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Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system helps reduce construction times at Parkville Melbourne apartments

Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system helps reduce construction times at Parkville Melbourne apartments | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

The Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system was specified for the five-storey timber framed apartment complex, The Green being developed and built by Australand in Parkville, Melbourne.


Revolutionising affordable living concepts to address Australia’s medium-density housing demand, the Green utilises the latest timber frame construction methodology by Australand, and is also the first five-storey timber framed building completed with Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system in Australia. Australand has utilised its ‘hybrid’ construction methodology that combines commercial disciplines with a domestic trade base.


Australand sought a lightweight thermally efficient walling system to be installed over the timber frame construction on the building to meet their fast track construction criteria and timelines.


Developed jointly by Kingspan Insulation and Dulux AcraTex, the Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system is a proprietary CodeMark accredited non-load bearing, lightweight walling system delivering high performance insulation, lightweight rigidity, exceptional thermal efficiency and a Fire Rated Level (FRL) solution while also assisting with acoustic requirements.

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FJMT’s 200 George Street shows that timber can work on commercial skyscrapers

FJMT’s 200 George Street shows that timber can work on commercial skyscrapers | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

When walking south across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the afternoon, the newly-completed 200 George Street glows gold among the mostly monochromatic CBD skyline. When the sun beams down on the building’s curving north and western facades they reflect back in a distinctive golden timber hue. This is no ordinary Sydney skyscraper.

 

It’s obvious even from a distance that 200 George is a Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) project. The firm’s affinity for timber and glass is well known and judging by their past successes with the materials alone, it could be argued that they use them together like none other in the country.

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Timber industry welcomes research funding into forestry on farms

Timber industry welcomes research funding into forestry on farms | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Timber industry representatives say a new plan for research into agroforestry will not be a repeat of failed managed investment schemes.

 

On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced $520,000 in funding for a research and development project to look into growing trees for harvest on farmland.

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For sale: Block where big hardware store now stands

For sale: Block where big hardware store now stands | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

A PROMINENT eastern hardware store could make way for a 10-storey retail and apartment block, after the site was placed on the market this month.

 

The Banner Mitre 10 site on Magill Rd, near the intersection of North Tce and Fullarton Rd, is up for sale.

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How to maintain timber

How to maintain timber | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

THERE are many misconceptions around the best ways to maintain a timber deck.

 

Tim Orbell from Sikkens Australia identifies common questions and provides solutions to ensure outdoor timber finishes and decks are in top condition for guests and outdoor entertaining all year.

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Does timber high-rise equal high risk?

Does timber high-rise equal high risk? | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Much of our building code has evolved from the Great Fire of London.

 

The fire that wiped out 80 per cent of the city in 1666 led to the London Building Act of 1667 – the first that enabled surveyors to enforce its regulations.

 

It laid down that all houses were to be built in brick or stone, with the number of storeys and width of walls carefully specified.

 

Three-hundred-and-fifty years later, we still see construction above three storeys as risky business.

 

But is it?

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Dozens of Australian building sites contaminated with asbestos

Dozens of Australian building sites contaminated with asbestos | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

So-called asbestos free building materials that actually contain the deadly compound are slipping into Australia from overseas, fuelling concerns the problem will worsen under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.


More than 50 building sites across the nation are suspected of illegal asbestos contamination from China, in a problem described as the "tip of the iceberg".


Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency CEO Peter Tighe said he was aware of 64 sites where asbestos-tainted concrete fibre sheeting has been used in construction.


State workplace safety authorities are monitoring 17 sites in New South Wales, 13 in Queensland, 11 in South Australia and eight in Victoria.

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Timber Buildings to Rise Higher Following NCC Amendments

Timber Buildings to Rise Higher Following NCC Amendments | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Approved changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) will see timber buildings in Australia rise to far greater heights starting from May 1, 2016.


The changes to the NCC will permit the construction of Class 2, Class 3 and Class 5 timber buildings to effective heights of as high as 25 metres, which is roughly equivalent to eight storeys.


This is a marked increase compared to previous provisions, which restricted the height of timber buildings to just three storeys in the absence of “alternative solutions” that had been specially designed and documented.


The new code paves the way for the widespread use of timber construction products in Australia’s mid-rise building industry, and is expected to spur increased demand for both lightweight and heavy timber building systems.

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Investors support Metcash bid for Home Timber & Hardware

Investors support Metcash bid for Home Timber & Hardware | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Metcash has been in talks over the potential acquisition of Woolworths' Home Timber & Hardware for more than six months, sources close to the listed wholesaler say.


Talk that Metcash was running the rule over the Home Timber & Hardware business emerged months ago but the wholesaler would not comment on claims it was in talks with Australia's biggest supermarket chain.


Metcash has been working with corporate adviser Luminis Partners and sources close to the wholesaler say it used a "third party" to reach out to Woolworths as long ago as the middle of 2015, but the supermarket chain told Metcash it was "too early" for any discussions.

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Construction Sector Acts on Faulty Products

Construction Sector Acts on Faulty Products | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

The construction sector in Australia has taken further action in its efforts to rid the building sector of dangerous and life-threatening products which do not meet Australian standards under the Building Code of Australia.


As concern over the importation of dangerous and dodgy products into Australian buildings and houses continues to grow, around 40 major industry representative groups have worked with the Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) to release the second version of the Australian Construction Procurement guide, which outlines the steps which designers and builders should take to ensure products which they select, purchase and install are fit for purpose.


The move comes amid growing concern over the potential for dangerous building products to cause catastrophic loss of life.


Speaking before a recent Senate Inquiry, Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade fire safety director Adam Dalrymple warned of grave concerns about the potential of products which don’t meet standards to cause ‘disastrous loss of life,' and said no modern apartment building can be deemed to be fire safe because of the extensive use of non-compliant cladding.

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3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood

3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Hardwood has been relied upon by designers and builders for centuries as a proven and flexible building material across architecture, furniture and interior design projects. However, the increasing international demand for tropical hardwood has led to the destruction of rainforests in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia, contributing to climate change.


Definitely sustainable - Designers are being offered bamboo ply as a new alternative to hardwood timber, allowing them to contribute to minimising the destruction of native forests while moving towards managed commercial plantations that are selectively harvested annually without the destruction of the grove or stand. 


Strong and enduring - Bamboo ply is stronger and harder wearing than most hardwoods. Bamboo's tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel, and the material is 25 per cent harder than Red Oak and 12 per cent harder than North American Maple. It also has 50 per cent less expansion or contraction than Red Oak.


Design flexibility - Bamboo plywood can be cut, sanded, nailed, screwed and plugged using conventional woodworking equipment and also offers excellent dimensional stability.

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Surge in apartment construction continues

Surge in apartment construction continues | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

New figures have revealed that the national construction industry has expanded for the third consecutive month, driven by strong growth in apartment building activity.


According to the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI), the growth is the fastest it has recorded in its 10-year history, with the index climbing by 0.2 points to 52.1 last month, remaining above the 50-point level separating expansion from contraction.


“The strong run of apartment building activity continued in October and commercial construction edged closer to expansion,” Ai Group head of policy Peter Burn said.


“In contrast, house building slipped into negative territory and engineering construction remained in contraction.”

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Australian Construction Industry Forum - Forecasts: Sector by sector

Australian Construction Industry Forum - Forecasts: Sector by sector | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

ACIF Forecasts November 2015 include a new detailed analysis of the variations in the short period since the last release in July 2015.


The latest ACIF Forecasts shave between $2-4 billion per year for the next three years from future construction activity ACIF had forecasted in July 2015. This largely reflects a forecasted dip from a peak in Residential Building spending, and the continuing decline from the peak in Engineering Construction.


Australia’s macro story is changing, and this affects building and construction requirements. Population growth rates have been revised downwards reflecting falls in immigration from recent peaks. The reduction in growth in the working age population has profound implications for future employment, unemployment and economic growth.

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Woolworths' hardware chain Masters gains some ground on Bunnings in WA

Woolworths' hardware chain Masters gains some ground on Bunnings in WA | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Woolworths' struggling hardware chain, Masters, is one of the biggest winners from a West Australian government decision to expand shopping hours in Perth.
 

Masters has been less able to compete with rival Bunnings because of anomalies in the trading laws, which allow the Wesfarmers-owned chain to open earlier and snare lucrative trade traffic.
 

But a decision by the West Australian government on Tuesday to allow shops to open earlier will pare back the shopping hours gap between the two chains.


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Record new housing growth drives demand for Australian timber

Record new housing growth drives demand for Australian timber | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Increasing demand for timber to build new homes has driven growth in Australia's forest and wood products sector.

 

"For the first time in 2014-15 the value of harvested logs increased by more than 10 per cent to above $2 billion," ABARES economist Kevin Burns said.

 

Mr Burns is the author of ABARES Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2015 report.

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Timber manufacturer sheds staff amid problems with supply

Timber manufacturer sheds staff amid problems with supply | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Hardwood manufacturer Australian Solar Timbers (AST) is letting go of workers at Kempsey on the New South Wales mid-north coast because it cannot secure the timber it needs.

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Timber mill owner claims Boral given unfair commercial advantage

Timber mill owner claims Boral given unfair commercial advantage | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

A New South Wales hardwood flooring manufacturer is calling for a State Government inquiry into contracts issued by the state-owned Forestry Corporation of NSW.

 

Australian Solar Timbers' (AST) Douglas Head claims one log supply contract awarded to Boral provided it with commercial advantages over his business.

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Timber Buildings Rise to Record Heights

Timber Buildings Rise to Record Heights | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Engineered timber products are enabling buildings made from wood to rise to unprecedented heights in the 21st century.

 

Toward the end of last year, construction commenced in the Canadian province of British Columbia on what is slated to be the world's tallest timber building upon completion.

 

The Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia will stand 53 metres in height comprising a total of 18 storeys, making it the modern era's tallest building made from wood.

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What to look for when choosing timber floorboards

What to look for when choosing timber floorboards | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it
 
With an increasing awareness of the importance of authentic home restoration, timber floorboards are trending more than ever, with a growing number of renovators either refurbishing old flooring, or investing and installing new ones. While engineered boards are a widespread choice for the practical and budget-savvy, nothing screams luxury like the real deal. 
 

When choosing your boards, there are two areas to consider: the durability of your floor and its overall aesthetic appeal. Selecting your flooring thoughtfully will ensure you are installing floorboards with longevity and loads of visual appeal.

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Smart tools for HVAC professionals

Smart tools for HVAC professionals | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Testo’s set of eight Smart Probes is capable of connecting to mobile devices via Bluetooth and is ideal for HVAC specialists of all levels.

Users control these Smart Probes with the Smart Probe App, an easy-to-use mobile interface that accommodates the professionals on the go.


HVAC professionals can connect to the set of instruments wirelessly through smartphones or tablets using the Smart Probe App.

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Criminals target tools for cash

Criminals target tools for cash | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

YARRA Ranges police are urging people to keep a record of their tools after more than $400,000 worth of hammers, chainsaws, and drills were stolen in the region in just 12 months.


Crime Statistics Agency Victoria figures revealed tools were the second most common item stolen in the Yarra Ranges between October 2014 and September 2015 with 879 tools stolen in that time. Motor vehicles was the most popular target for thieves with 967 stolen.


Yarra Ranges criminal investigation unit detective Sergeant Pat Barrow said tools were a common target for criminals looking for quick resale cash.


“Power tools are more easily transported and they are more readily sold than a lot of other items,” Sgt Barrow said.

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Call to protect other stores as the Masters plan unravels

Call to protect other stores as the Masters plan unravels | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

South Australia's Hardware Association has called for State Government support to protect Woolworth's smaller hardware franchises following the decision to drop Masters from its stable of businesses.


The association, which represents 100 retailers and 50 suppliers around SA, said Woolworths was more than Masters and included 36 Home Timber and Hardware/Thrifty Link stores.


While most of the focus has been on the “big box” Masters business, Woolworths also announced it would sell Home Timber and Hardware.


South Australia’s hardware industry was valued at $2.5 billion and employed between 8000 and 9000 people, association president Paul Stewart said.

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Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system helps reduce construction times at Parkville Melbourne apartments

Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system helps reduce construction times at Parkville Melbourne apartments | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

The Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system was specified for the five-storey timber framed apartment complex, The Green being developed and built by Australand in Parkville, Melbourne.


Revolutionising affordable living concepts to address Australia’s medium-density housing demand, the Green utilises the latest timber frame construction methodology by Australand, and is also the first five-storey timber framed building completed with Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system in Australia. Australand has utilised its ‘hybrid’ construction methodology that combines commercial disciplines with a domestic trade base.


Australand sought a lightweight thermally efficient walling system to be installed over the timber frame construction on the building to meet their fast track construction criteria and timelines.


Developed jointly by Kingspan Insulation and Dulux AcraTex, the Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal facade system is a proprietary CodeMark accredited non-load bearing, lightweight walling system delivering high performance insulation, lightweight rigidity, exceptional thermal efficiency and a Fire Rated Level (FRL) solution while also assisting with acoustic requirements.

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New $1.4 billion Gold Coast development starts

New $1.4 billion Gold Coast development starts | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

The $1.4 billion dollar development on the Gold Coast which commenced construction on Wednesday morning is said to be the beginning of a ‘new’ Surfers Paradise ahead of the Commonwealth Games.


Gold Coast City mayor Tom Tate turned the sod on the first stage of the Budds Beach development, on the corner of Norfolk and Oak Avenues, which will include 228 apartments in a 30-storey building.


Construction of the first stage is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, before stage two goes ahead. Stage two has been approved under delegated authority.

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Big changes in prospects for building and construction

Big changes in prospects for building and construction | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

The latest industry forecasts show the crucial role the building and construction sector is playing in rebalancing the Australian economy, as it transitions from mining and housing booms towards moderation in a services based economy.


Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will release its latest forecasts on Monday 23 November, with a detailed analysis of major variations since its last forecasts were published in July. The forecasts outline the changes in demand for the next decade for residential and non-residential building and engineering construction - and therefore the employment prospects of the 1 million Australians working in the industry.


“The November 2015 ACIF Forecasts highlight the quick pace of change in our economy, with major changes in our outlook for building and construction across Australia since our last forecast,” said Adrian Harrington, Head of Funds Management for Folkestone and Chair of ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, which produces the ACIF Forecasts.

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How to select the correct drill battery for your power tools | Australia Professional Battery Blog

How to select the correct drill battery for your power tools | Australia Professional Battery Blog | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

It’s difficult to find replacement cordless power tool battery for your drill, especially if your power tool is an older model and out of production.


Many local stores do not carry the older power tool battery packs just to entice you to buy the latest new drill, today Australia reliable drill battery supplier: AussieBatt power tool battery experts share the essential tips for finding a correct replacement drill battery pack

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