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New homes that are being built now by first or second time homeowners are likely to be the homes they live in into old age. New builds need to prioritise safety, accessibility and comfort to meet the needs of occupants now and into the future.
Download this whitepaper to learn how informed drainage design can enhance the quality of life of occupants as they “age in place”.
In an industry facing rising costs, tightening schedules and demanding building performance requirements, choosing the right grate and drainage combination is critical. Grates that are hard to work with and install can result in costly project delays.
Download this whitepaper to learn about the relevant design considerations when choosing an efficient, durable and aesthetically-pleasing grate for your next building project.
As they eliminate the need for core drilling or cutting through concrete slabs when relocating kitchenettes and bathrooms, the use of pumps, macerators and lifting stations in commercial refurbishment projects is on the rise.
Download this whitepaper to learn about the range of alternative plumbing solutions used in commercial refurbishments and how high level alarm interlocks can effectively prevent flooding due to pump failure.
Good glass roof design delivers benefits in line with Passive House principles: exceptional insulation, ventilation, and airtightness. However, low performing components, limited functionality or simply a lack of awareness of the options available can limit a system’s potential.
Download this whitepaper to learn about the key design elements that make a glass roof system the ideal choice for energy efficient, sustainable buildings.
In cities around the world, rising car ownership is presenting more problems than just air pollution and traffic jams. The sheer space required for car parking is putting a strain on the already scarce real estate in many urban centres.
In the post-COVID world, councils are seeking to revitalise streetscapes to allow businesses to operate outside, create spaces for community interaction and protect pedestrians alongside busy roads. Carefully-designed street furniture can be utilised to help achieve these goals, creating a lively and safe atmosphere that engages the community. What material is best suited for the demanding requirements of public spaces? Precast concrete.
Australia’s harsh climatic conditions place exacting performance demands on building structures. Exterior use engineered structural timber is growing in popularity due to its environmental, aesthetic qualities and versatility. With the sheer volume and variety of engineered structural timber solutions on the market, specifiers must take an informed approach to the specifying process to ensure the best performing solution is identified.
The unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of future pandemics have prompted designers to quickly adopt new touchless, hands-free technologies such as touch-free tapware, sensors and integrated interfaces to create contactless workplaces where the risk of viral transmission from shared touchpoints is almost zero.
In Australia, the food and restaurant industry is showing signs of growth, presenting designers and specifiers with new opportunities. As food and dining options grow, so will the demand for commercial kitchen design. In a sector where food hygiene, safety and cost control are paramount, an effective drainage system is a must-have for a successful commercial food operation.
The Janka rating is often used by flooring professionals as a measure of quality for timber flooring. However, hardness is only one of the properties that provides an indication of a timber floor’s overall durability. Stability, that is the timber’s ability to resist dimensional change that can result in warping and splitting, is an important consideration.
In recent years, the National Construction Code’s stricter regime for fire safety has had the effect of restricting the use of timber materials for certain building applications, including timber veneer panels and plywood for wall and ceiling linings. Accordingly, designers and specifiers are taking a cautious approach when specifying fire-rated products. However, compliance should not come at the cost of the beauty and performance that real wood options can offer.
Against the backdrop of extended Australian droughts and a changing climate, the specification of an onsite wastewater system takes on even greater importance as it allows households to save and safely reuse significant amounts of water every year.