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New building laws won’t stop dodgy developers cutting corners

With the home unit building fervour in NSW in full swing, the occurrence of substantial defects in new construction is a massive problem. It is common for large-scale apartments of 100 units or more to have defects costing $5 million to $15 million to fix. Many strata owners end up paying for the repairs themselves after protracted efforts to get the developer, architect, engineer or builder to fess up. Recent and proposed changes to NSW strata and building laws have been Read More...

Australia Must Improve Waterproofing Standards and Practices

For five Irish students and one Irish American, the date of June 16, 2015, should have been one in which they celebrated a 21st birthday party at an apartment in Berkeley, California. Each of the six died, however, following the collapse of a balcony on the fifth floor where they were standing. Several others were injured. Grief for families turned to outrage, however, when the California State Licensing Board subsequently ruled that the collapse had been caused by shoddy material selection Read More...