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Using cheap, non compliant building materials

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Budget is a key issue in any project with clients and builders alike always on the lookout for cost effective solutions.  However, sometimes, the lure of cost big savings can be found in using cheaper, imported materials that do not comply with Australian Standards or the Building Code of Australia.  However, as this article shows, a cost saving in the short term can result in a huge expense, injury or potentially loss of life later on.  The apparent widespread use of this cladding material in commercial and high rise residential applications will have saved vast sums of money through the construction process, but it could well now make some legal folk very wealthy.  Have a read at http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/replacing-flammable-highrise-cladding-a-costly-logistical-nightmare-experts-20150528-ghbsu4

 

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  • Sorry it’s taken a little while to write you this letter of thanks, I’ve been busy moving into my new home! But, a letter of thanks is most certainly due, for all the wonderful work you did to help me get to the finish line of this project.

    First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for never giving up.

    We encountered many obstacles – one of the biggest being the council Planning Department. With the first drafter dropping out and the second drafter being completely unsupportive, I really needed that knowledgeable backing to push through and reach a design that made both the council and (most importantly) my budget happy.

    Next , you fielded builder’s quotes, and by this stage my home was a completely custom design. There’s no way I would have had the know-how to do that, and to the same standard that you did. You found me a great builder, with a good history and accompanied an inspection to see their previous work. You asked all of the questions I didn’t think of to ask.

    You background checked them, read through the contract and pointed out amendments required. When the builder and I had a misunderstanding right at the start, you were able to give me advice on which issues I was right or wrong on so that when I met with them, I could state my case clearly and the resolution was easy.

    Your inspections throughout this build were invaluable and picked up on little issues here and there (nothing huge thankfully, because the builder was great) including finding that not all of the windows had locks. That’s really important! And something I simply didn’t notice! Imagine if you weren’t in the picture and I’d completed handover without window locks!

    Overall, when it came to handover, I was able to sign the final documents and collect my brand-spanking new keys in complete confidence. I didn’t hesitate or worry that something was missed. I’m endlessly grateful for that peace of mind. I’d probably be a nervous wreck otherwise.

    When the obstacles got too much for others around me (eg. my drafters, my family) you didn’t give up. You kept searching, suggesting different methods and problem solving until we got there. And we got there!!

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    John is the Director of Residential Project Management and a Senior Project Manager with more than 15 years of experience across a variety of sectors, managing complex multidisciplinary projects with tight timelines and budgets. He holds qualifications in Built Environment, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, the Housing Industry Association and the Planning Institute of Australia. He is an accredited HIA GreenSmart Professional, able to provide advice on ways to make your home more sustainable through improved design and material choices when building or renovating. John has had a passion for the development and renovation of residential properties from an early age. He has a keen eye for quality workmanship…
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