New Building Legislation and Retrospective Laws Deter Dodgy Builders

New legislation has been passed in the NSW that aims to deter dodgy builders from cutting corners on construction projects. The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 attempts to restore confidence in NSW building industry. They do this by forcing contractors to exercise reasonable care as they carry out

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Protect Yourself With A Dilapidation Report

Protect Yourself With A Dilapidation Report Have you have recently employed contractors to undertake construction or building work in close proximity to your neighbours? You should assuredly take the time to have a dilapidation report written for your protection. Heavy drilling, excavation and demolition work produces vibrations which can result in cracks, leaks or other damage to neighbouring buildings.

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Too Little Too Late For NSW’s Building Industry

Government proposals to reduce the occurrence of building defects in NSW spell out an unpleasant reality for strata and building managers. Strata managers are left in throes following the introduction of consumer protection legislation. The legislation, which builds on the restriction of home warranty insurance by the former Carr government, has been widely criticised. The Carr Government restricted Home

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SBDIR Koala Rescue


I was contacted by Animals Australia and James Fitzgerald from Two Thumbs Koala sanctuary to use my drone thermal imaging to find Koalas in the burned forests and surviving areas in New South Wales not decimated by the Australia bushfires. Koalas are notoriously difficult to spot or find under daytime visible light. Even with a Thermal imaging camera performing

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Sarking: What is it and When is it Needed?

Sarking-type material means a material such as a reflective foil or other flexible membrane of a type normally used for a purpose such as waterproofing, vapour proofing or thermal reflectance. Reflective insulation means a building membrane with a reflective surface such as a reflective foil laminate, reflective barrier, foil batt or the like capable of reducing radiant heat flow.

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Black Mould: What it is, Where it’s Found and How to Treat it

Mould is organic matter that grows according to availability of food, moisture and oxygen. Mould often appears on old food, leather and building materials that are hygroscopic. Mould doesn’t require light to grow, but will appear when organic or porous materials are left in oxygenated, moist and humid environments for too long. There are over 100,000 different subspecies of

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5 Common Construction Defects to Look Out For

With more than 40 years hands on building experience, SBDIR have the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to identify all types of construction defects. These can occur within both commercial and residential properties, and they are structural faults which significantly dampen your enjoyment and/or utility of your property.  Defects can occur due to poor workmanship throughout the build, but

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The Building Dispute Resolution Process – Experience Matters

When it comes to choosing a building consultant to assist in resolving disputes, you should never base your decision solely on price. It takes years of dedication and experience to be able to assist with complex disputes, and in such cases you need assurance that your needs will be looked after. As an expert witness and senior consultant, I

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Modern Apartment Defect Controversy – Why Building Inspections are Crucial

 To help cater to the needs of a growing population, apartment building across Australia is at an all-time high. There have been more than 667,000 apartments built over the past 18 years.  You’re no doubt well aware by now of the serious structural issues found within Sydney’s Opal Tower and Mascot Towers, but you may not be aware that

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DIY Home Inspections – Some Helpful Tips

Whether you’ve just bought a home or have lived there for some time, it’s important to carry out an inspection at least once a year. Whilst we would always recommend engaging a professional, you can still conduct some basic checks yourself to avoid issues getting out of hand resulting in costly repairs. Whilst a DIY inspection can never be

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