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Moving Living Spaces are Changing the Way We Build

Homeowner trends and tastes change, and highly customized living spaces is a frequent demand of many buyers today. This presents a challenge for developers, who must cater to those very specific demands while also creating homes whose layouts will appeal to a diverse range of homebuyers in the coming years and decades, when current trends end and new ones begin.…

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Snowy 2.0: Building on a Legend and Legacy

The massive multi-billion-dollar expansion of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric scheme has broken ground this month, following the federal government’s recent announcement of shareholder approval for the project.

Dubbed “Snowy 2.0”, the project will see new tunnels and power stations as well as supporting infrastructure constructed to deliver a pumped storage hydro-generation facility.…

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$470 Million Westfield Coomera Project Announced

Scentre Group and joint partner and owner, QIC Global Real Estate, have announced a new $470 million development of Westfield Coomera on the Northern Gold Coast, Queensland. The modern, brand new development will be located only 500 metres from the Pacific Highway (M1) and right next to Coomera train station, offering customers a shopping experience and social destination in what is planned to be the heart of the booming region. 

The development, reported to open late next year, comprises 140 specialty stores on a 59,000-square metre site, transforming the area and offering a modern precinct for customers.…

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John Holland’s Big Sustainable Winning Streak

Leading construction and engineering firm John Holland has taken a bold leap forward with its sustainability credentials, becoming the first construction company to join the Qantas Future Planet program.

The company has committed to offsetting the carbon emissions from all flights taken by the business by supporting Australian-based offset projects.…

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Triple Tower in Epping Ready to go Ahead

A premium residential opportunity

The planned development, which includes several basement levels, a commercial ground floor, three separate residential towers and roof levels, will total a ground floor area of 41,394 square feet.…

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Drones in the Construction Industry Take Flight

In cities all over Australia, the residential construction boom shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to a steadily growing population, foreign investment, and a generation of first homebuyers keen on getting their foot in the door with property, new residential living options are seemingly endless.…

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How We Can Build for Extremes Without Blowing Budgets

Worldwide, there is a growing emphasis on delivering buildings that won’t just survive routine wear and tear but will also be able to handle extremes—heatwaves, power outages, and flash flooding. Jobsite consulted some leading Australian experts to find out what makes for a resilient building and how project teams can add the right elements to deliver them.…

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What the Industry can Learn from the Opal Tower

Compliance and quality issues are back in the headlines following the failure in concrete components of the Opal Tower in Sydney’s Olympic Park. The faulty structure forced the Christmas Eve evacuation of some residents of the new apartment building.…

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Will VR revolutionise the construction industry?

There is an abundance of technology set to disrupt industries across the globe over the coming years: artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain tech, autonomous devices. For construction, however, the chief disruptor could be virtual and augmented reality.…

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Independent Review of Engineering Design Vital for Quality & Safety

The independent expert report commissioned by the NSW Government into the causes of the Opal Tower incident has highlighted the importance of independent verification of engineering designs.

The report noted that following the major failures of precast elements on several levels of the tower, the building’s original structural engineer proposed rectification measures of the damaged parts.…

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Buildings that Showcase the Best of Innovation and Design

While art and architecture have many similarities, architecture ultimately has a functional and definitive purpose. It is defined as the process of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other structures. 

The architect considers function, visual expression, spatial effects, culture, human behaviour, and much more.…

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How Data Can Make Construction Safer and More Profitable

Data and construction are two concepts that don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but the construction industry now has the opportunity to use data in order to increase project efficiency.

The construction industry should embrace the role of data in recognising patterns and trends, and as such, construction management technologies can be leveraged to create safer job sites, cut costs and enable large scale projects to be delivered on time and within budget.…

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Archistar: A Game Changer In Building Design

Assessing site feasibility can be an arduous and time-consuming process. Developers, builders and architects alike play Tetris with multiple layouts in an effort to get the most logical and profitable configurations within the parameters of allowable development.…

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Why Hiring an Apprentice is Smart Business

From WestConnex to the Parramatta Light Rail project, and Nowra Bridge to new residential builds, Australia is in a constant state of construction. To keep up with demand, we need to build a strong assembly of skilled tradies.…

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Industry Leaders Drive Sustainability Efforts

Three of Australia’s leading property companies have added their names to a growing chorus of businesses and councils committing to zero-net carbon emissions by 2030. These industry leaders will also serve as advocates for driving buildings to be net zero in operation by 2050.…

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Tasmania, No Longer the Forgotten State

With an area of 68,401km2, and accounting for just 0.9 per cent of Australia's total area, Tasmania is our smallest state. But this hasn't stopped it from experiencing substantial popularity in recent years. 

Population growth and high employment levels are contributing to a buoyant housing market, with house price growth among the highest in Australia.…

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Smarter Buildings = A More Intelligent Future

To put it simply, a smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to control the building's operations. This means that things, such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and security, are connected and controlled automatically by a central system.…

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Get Set for NCC 2019

With the new iteration of the National Construction Code due to be formally adopted by all the states and territories in May, builders and subcontractors are being urged to become familiar with its key changes.…

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