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Building the Foundation for Education through Smart Classroom Design

Australia is redesigning classrooms to emphasize openness, flexibility and collaboration. However, the built environment of our schools is currently up for debate. While some believe the old design is no longer conducive, others have found that the popular, open learning environments are not working as well as previously imagined. 

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Queens Wharf Construction Ramps Up

Dynamic times ahead as work ramps up on the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development in Brisbane, with 2,000 construction workers expected to be involved by 2021.

Destination Brisbane Consortium is delivering the landmark development, which spans 26 hectares of land and water and unites repurposed heritage buildings with elegant architecture.

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The Dangers of Silica Dust, What you Should Know

One of the major health hazards on many construction sites is the one you often cannot see—crystalline silica dust. The extremely fine particles are released when granites, sand, bricks, cement, and other materials release dust due to activities such as cutting, grinding and blasting.…

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What’s Being Done About the Building Sector’s ‘Crisis of Confidence’

Recent high-profile defect issues in apartment buildings and the ongoing issue of non-compliant cladding have made the Building Minister’s Forum fast-track the implementation of reforms.

The State and Federal Building Ministers’ meeting on July 18 saw the ministers agree to address issues including growing difficulties around professional indemnity insurance.

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Making Aged-Care Facilities New Again With Construction Technology

Creating a built environment that meets the needs of our elderly residents, particularly those with dementia, is one of the most significant challenges the building and design industries face today.

While the internal fitout and interior design play an important part in creating the right environment, we are now seeing some really cool technology implemented early in the construction phase.

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What Construction Can Learn from Car Builders

Standard modular site sheds or mining camp dongas might be what comes to your mind when you think of prefabricated buildings. However, the growing prefabricated building sector is developing capabilities that can deliver architecturally dynamic structures.

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Will 3D Printing Transform Global Construction?

Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as, 3D printing, is having what you might call “a moment” in construction. The technology is prized for its ability to quickly produce all kinds of structures for pennies on the dollar compared to traditional construction methods.…

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Top 20 Hotspots for Residential Construction

Rockbank at Mount Cottrell in Victoria has taken the crown as the country’s number one hotspot in terms of population and residential building construction this year.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has released its annual Population and Residential Building Hotspots report for 2019.

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Waterproofing 101: How to Get it Right

Recent Deakin University research has found defects involving waterproofing are one of the major issues for Australian buildings. The research study focused on multi-residential buildings and included an in-depth examination of 212 building defect audit reports from Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales for buildings completed over the past decade.

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Closing the Skills Gap one Student at a Time

With many secondary school students heading straight into the workforce or University, apprenticeship numbers—both the uptake and completion—have seen a steady decline in recent years. This drop is being felt by construction companies across the country, with several different trades already experiencing a skills shortage.

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Cool Solar Innovations Coming to a Jobsite Near You

At the end of 2018, Australia passed the milestone of two million households with rooftop solar panels, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). As new products and materials come onto the market, roof-mounted panels are only one of the options of turning a building into an electricity-generating powerhouse.

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Parramatta: A City in Transformation

Parramatta, located just 20 kilometres from Sydney CBD, is making a name for itself. With a population of more than 230,000 people and another 41,000 expected to move to Parramatta in the next five years, the city is being touted as one of Sydney’s most desirable places to live. 

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A Look Inside the Development of Australian Standards

Anyone involved in the Aus/NZ building industry needs to navigate numerous Australian and New Zealand Standards integrated into the applicable building codes. The AS/NZ Standards underpin compliance, safety, quality and performance; they are the result of thorough technical, scientific and commercial investigations.

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How We Build Now – Tracking Technology in Construction 2019

Technology is expected to deliver productivity gains, improve processes and reduce the burden of paper-shuffling for contractors in Australia, according to recent research undertaken by ACA Research for Procore.

The research also found that leading-edge technologies including prefabrication, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and data analytics are increasingly being adopted by firms wanting to stay ahead of the competition.

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Vertical Gardens Are Helping Reshape Construction Design

Vertical gardens are a growing design trend in the construction industry. This has been fuelled by greater consideration of sustainability and the environmental impacts of construction projects.

We spoke with Travis Smith, Vertical Garden Specialist for Vertical Gardens Australia, a business that sells pre-built and custom-built vertical gardens for residential and commercial projects, on the impacts of vertical gardens and a more sustainable approach to contemporary construction projects.…

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Window into the Future: High-Tech Glass

Glass has a rich and storied history dating back thousands of years. From creating iconic, color-splashed panels for cathedral interiors to wrapping modern office towers in massive glimmering panes of glass, the material has always been a way to make a striking architectural statement.…

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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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