Queensland Government Acts on Non-Conforming Building Products

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The Queensland Government is trying to address the problem of non-conforming products on the building and construction industry in the state with the introduction of a Bill.

The 2013 report from the Australian Industry Group (AIG) highlighted the issue, making it evident that action was needed.

The report found that the current regulatory system places too much responsibility on building certifiers at the point of installation. Now the state government is aiming to address this issue by introducing a Bill that places conformance obligations on all supply chain participants.

The Steering Committee of the Construction Product Alliance (CPA) welcomed the Bill saying it was clear the state government was taking their concerns into consideration.

Read more at http://www.manmonthly.com.au/non-conforming-building-products

Solar Shingles the Latest Product Released by Teslas

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Tesla’s latest product was recently revealed by Elon Musk during a presentation in LA. The product is solar panel roofing that come in 4 different styles. What makes them different to other solar panels? In the words of Musk “the key is to make solar look good”, which is what this product does.

The tiles have a special coating that changes depending on the viewing angle. The coating becomes transparent when seen directly from the angle of the street making it inconspicuous, camouflaging it essentially. Underneath the coating are the solar cells.

Read more at http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/10/teslas-electric-domination-moves-forward-with-debut-of-beautiful-solar-shingles/

National Approach to Building Safety

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Source: www.asbestostesting.com.au

Thankfully building ministers from around the country have come together to establish a national response to the use of non-conforming building products.

The Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni hailed the decision as one that would restore confidence in Queensland’s building sector.

At the forum of building ministers on the Gold Coast, ministers agreed to cooperate in the implementation of safety issues related to high risk building products.

Ministers agreed to the development of education strategies to keep consumers better informed and holding building industry participants accountable for their contribution to the use of unsafe products.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/collaborative-national-approach-improving-building-safety-standards/#.Vu7IHOJ97IV

Non-Compliant Cladding May Be Used on Gold Coast Buildings

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Source: www.constructionweekonline.com

An investigation has begun into the use of potentially flammable cladding on buildings on The Gold Coast.

A forum was held by building ministers to discuss the problem at Bond University, following calls for federal attention.

Among those calling for government action are Strata Community Australia who have describe the situation as a “flammable cladding crisis”.

Gold Coast federal MP Karen Andrews confirmed that concerns had been raised about the use of non-conforming, potentially flammable materials in the area.  She said the results of the state’s investigation will reveal more about the situation and the action to be taken.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-19/fears-flammable-cladding-used-on-gold-coast-building-sites/7183604

Construction Technology Update: Pollution Extracting Bricks

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Source: Sourceable.net.au

Technology in construction is advancing at such a fast pace that we can barely keep up. The latest development is a brick that could alleviate a huge problem in every city around the world. The problem – pollution, the solution – pollution extracting bricks.

In a recent post on Sourceable.net the transition by designers from simply reducing buildings’ emissions to working with techniques that remove pollutants from the air was discussed. One such system is Nemesi’s “photcatalytic’ facade for the Italy Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.

The facade captures and reacts with pollution in the presence of light. These technologies mostly affect the air that physically comes into contact with them by working like a vacuum cleaner, sucking in the air and cleansing it.

For a more indepth explanation visit Sourceable.net