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  • Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard achieves Group 1 fire rating

    Kingspan’s market leading Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard has been gaining popularity in the Australian market and with a new rating under its belt, it is sure to keep climbing.  Once again showing its ... more
  • Big River Group launches ArmourCab

    Big River Group launches ArmourCab:  New timber cabinetry product in three native species. ArmourCab by Big River Group is a smart new choice for cabinetry and joinery applications requiring durability, sta... more
  • Industry heavyweight launches own native hoop pine plywood product

    A new generation of engineered Australian hoop pine plywood has been introduced by Big River Group, and will be manufactured at the company’s Grafton facility. “In a competitive market, the launch will s... more
  • Rawlinsons set to launch the 37th edition of the construction industry’s cost bible

    Quantity Surveyors, Architects and Builders are amongst the plethora of professionals who rely on the construction cost data found in the Rawlinsons Australian Construction Handbook and Cost Guide. Since 198... more
  • Home Warranty Assurance Australia (HWAA) launches “Expert Builders Program”.

    In an exciting move for the NSW building industry, from January 2019 Home Warranty Assurance Australia (HWAA) is preparing to become the first public unlisted company outside iCare to offer Home Building Compen... more
  • Revolutionary new LuxeWall FlameGuard wall system delivers a smarter solution for Zero Lot Boundary Walls

    The trend towards zero boundary, small and micro lots with parcel sizes as modest as 80sqm servicing detached houses across Australian cities means tighter building footprints.  This demands much more from thi... more

New WoodSolutions Technical Design Guide #46

..a comprehensive resource for all building and design professionals using wood construction systems The Wood Construction Systems Guide (#46) is designed to assist all building design professionals to confidently develop conceptual structural designs for timber-rich buildings and structures. As many design professionals working on commercial-scale structures are typically skilled with concrete and steel structures, this guide takes a whole-of-process approach. Guide #46, explores available structural systems, connections and material options, and design approaches before providing a concise reference on the technical aspects of wood and timber products. It also references other WoodSolutions Design guides and sources that can assist professionals developing their concept designs into detailed structural solutions. Design Guide #46 is available for download here... more

Pro9 Global prefab wall systems a game changer

It’s a rapidly growing international trend. The expectation to deliver a quality house faster and more cost competitively whilst maintaining margin is a growing challenge for even the biggest builders. The fact is, building a home the conventional way is becoming increasingly difficult. Rising trade costs and growing industry competition are putting pressure on builders.  It’s a recipe for conflict as client expectations rise and the budget gets the squeeze. Until now, there has been no distinct advantage for builders. It was simply a case of trying to be better and more cost effective than the next builder, yet equipped with exactly the same tools and building materials.  But that is now changing. Builders are now finding the competitive edge, building Class A finish homes, more cost effectively and quicker than traditional builds, with less trades. It might seem like a dream,... more

A new brand and new home for FMG Engineering

Leading engineering consulting firm FMG Engineering has given its brand a striking makeover and has also left its home of 31 years in Norwood for a larger, more modern head-office premises on Greenhill Road, south of the city. The mid-sized engineering firm, which services the development, property and urban infrastructure sectors, has over 45 years in business and is known for its contribution to many significant developments across SA and Victoria including recent large-scale initiatives such as the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Torrens to Torrens project. The company employs over 170 staff comprising engineers, scientists, technicians, and support staff and as CEO Matthew Loftes explains, it had outgrown its Fullarton Road site and required new premises that could accommodate expected future company growth.  "The South Australian economy has for some time shown very steady growt... more

Universal Light to pave the way for industry experts

In a conscious effort to further educate the importance of light and the critical role it plays in our daily lives, Perth architectural lighting designer, Unios has published the inaugural edition of Universal Light. With contributions from some of Australia's leading designers, consultants and lighting experts, Universal Light aims to seek out a range of perspectives on the changing and fast-paced nature of the lighting industry. Paley Ho, General Manager of Unios, says "It's a new frontier, one that, at its root, addresses our need for our lighting to work for us rather than the other way around. It's a more human way of thinking about lighting that takes into account what makes us who we are – our emotional and physiological needs." He continues, "It is changing the way we design the spaces we live and work in, and as technologies mature and trends settle, there are various innova... more

New – MondoClad Solid Aluminium Panels from HVG Facades

A Non-Combustible Solution Without Comprising Design Offering exceptional quality and fire performance MondoClad is a premium solid aluminium panel that provides a definitive non-combustible solution for compliance and safety with no complications. Categorically non-combustible certified to AS1530.1, MondoClad solid aluminium comes in a wide range of finishes and sizes to ensure even the most complex designs can be achieved. Providing architects, designers, developers, builders and contractors a premium solid aluminium façade panel they can safely specify for commercial, educational, aged care and residential projects without compromising design. Utilising a highly corrosive resistant marine grade alloy, MondoClad is ideal for installation in the harsh Australian environment. Together with its non-combustibility, low maintenance and ability to be folded into cassettes, Mo... more

Architectus launches Urban Design and Planning Melbourne and appoints new Principal

Leading architecture, interior architecture, urban design and planning practice, Architectus, has announced the launch of Architectus Urban Design and Planning Melbourne. The announcement of Architectus’ new offering to the Melbourne market comes at a time when the Urban Design and Planning (UDP) sector has seen exceptional growth for Architectus, including the recent appointment of Urban Design Principal, Dean Thornton. With over 23 years of experience, Mr Thornton brings a great breadth of knowledge and experience to Melbourne’s UDP team with expertise ranging from city shaping urban design projects, from initial visioning and master planning, through to detailed resolution and implementation. “We are delighted to have Dean join us to lead the team in Melbourne,” commented Architectus’ Managing Director, Ray Brown. “The role of urban design in creating great pla... more

New insulation plant in Malaysia to bring benefits to Australia

Knauf Insulation has just announced plans for a brand new $189 million Glass Mineral Wool insulation plant in Malaysia, which would provide an array of benefits to Australian builders and homeowners.   The new plant, which will be located in the Johor Bahru region of Malaysia is on track to provide a strong capacity of 75,000 tonnes of material a year. The $189 million Glass Mineral Wool insulation plant has been forecast to create 180 jobs in Malaysia, along with an added 60 new positions region-wide. The facility will feature state-of-the-art technology and control equipment, making it one of the most efficient and sustainable insulation plants within the Asia Pacific region. “We have seen record sales due to increasing energy costs across Asia and more stringent energy-saving building regulations in countries such as Australia, Japan and Korea,” shared Stuart Dunbar, Region... more