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...]
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...]
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...]
With over 400 copies sold I have done a major revision of the PCI Guide:
Extra Check Lists Even more advice on what to look for
All those who bought the previous edition between 1st July and today should have already received a Free Update by Email. If you have bought [read more...]
You will often find a reference to ‘Fill’ in your Geotechnical Report.
Your site may require ‘Cut and Fill’ to level the site.
Here is a bit of information about the various types of fill:
Ordinary fill is normally excavated material from the site or from a unspecified location. After placement the excavator [read more...]
Although I give lots of opinions on all aspects of building a house, including checking quality, I would never say “Don’t employ your own Building Inspector.”
I’m very experienced in the construction industry and have done lots of research so I’m happy doing it myself. A lot of people wouldn’t have the same level [read more...]
Glanced Light can be an issue with modern construction techniques…….. so what does is mean?
Well when light strikes a surface at a flat angle like in this first sketch alongside its said to be a glancing angle.
Because of the angle any imperfections in the surface cause shadows that make the defect more [read more...]
For our first Australian house we lived and worked close by and visited every evening.
During our latest build it was 40km away so I only visited once or twice a week.
Many builders will tell you that you are not allowed to visit the site for OH&S reasons, unless the Site Supervisor accompanies you. [read more...]