All house builds have to be inspected to check on their compliance with the Building Code of Australia.
These Certification Inspections used to be carried out by the Local Council. Nowadays there is no requirement for a builder to use any particular certifier so many builders choose their own private certifier.
There are a limited [read more...]
I have previously carried out a worked example of the insulation of a Brick Veneer Wall, so as a comparison here is double brick wall.
I have also shown (in brackets) the effect of using a hebel block in place of one of the brick ‘leaves’:
Outside surface air layer
A lot of people people misunderstand how Australian Standards apply to Contracts so here is a quick guide.
All Australian Standards (AS) are published by Standards Australia. which is a non-government organisation.
It’s role is to meet Australia’s need for relevant standards for quality in goods and services that are also consistent with [read more...]
One of the problems that happen all too often during a new house build is that Sewers and Drains get filled with concrete.
Its normally happens on:
A knock down and rebuild project where the sewer connection wasn’t sealed during demolition. A Battle Axe block subdivision where the new home is built close to the [read more...]
“The Builder is ripping me off!” and ‘The Builder is overcharging for upgrades!” are two comments I hear regularly. Some of these cries may be justified, but a lot are because the customer doesn’t understand the Builder.
Why A Builder Is The Same As Other Businesses Profit
The aim of all businesses is to make [read more...]
Gabbions are big wire baskets filled with rocks.
The baskets are typically available for retaining wall use in 1m x 1m x 2m units. and you arrange the rock fill yourself.
Gabbion walls can be described as a Permeable, Steel Reinforced, Low Skill, Dry Stone Wall.
The House Construction-The Frame post explains the background about the frame construction.
The drawing below shows a typical standard wall frame
Minimum timber size will be 95mm x 35mm although this may increase for the following reasons:
Additional wall insulation may increase the depth of the frame to 125mm If [read more...]
The concrete pavement comprises the actual slab and its foundation known as the ‘Subgrade’
A lot of concreters will say a concrete slabs don’t need any foundations……That’s Bullshit!
The area around your new home is likely to have had service trenches dug across it and be churned up by construction activity which is [read more...]