Construction Industry News

  • Green Building Goes Mainstream in Australasia

    19 December 2014

    A new report on the state of the green building market in Australia and New Zealand has found that sustainability measures have emerged as an unmistakable part of the mainstream industry practices over the past five years. more

  • CFMEU Should Face Criminal Charges: Royal Commission

    19 December 2014

    Criminal charges should be bought against the nation’s biggest building union, according to the interim report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. more

  • Boral and CSR to Merge Clay Brick Businesses

    18 December 2014

    Building materials firms Boral and CSR will merge their clay bricks businesses into a major market player after receiving the all-clear from the competition watchdog. more

  • Construction Trust Scheme Falls Short: Expert

    17 December 2014

    A leading debt recovery expert has blasted a new scheme by the New South Wales government which will require contractors working on construction projects to hold any money they receive in respect of work performed by their subcontractors in a separate trust account. more

  • Prefab Saves Millions in Hospital Construction Costs

    17 December 2014

    While more expensive to deploy than their traditional counterparts, prefab units can achieve huge savings in construction costs by cutting down on work schedules. more

  • Sydney Could Get 30-Day Approvals for Mid-Rise Apartments

    17 December 2014

    Precincts of mid-rise apartment complexes in Sydney which bring ‘the character of Paris’ to the city and are approved within 30 days could become a reality if a new code is adopted. more

  • Large Format Retail Rides Housing Construction Boom

    17 December 2014

    As the housing boom continues, landlords of large format retail property are set to cash in, with the latest report suggesting that rents will rise over the short to medium term as an upturn in demand outweighs the impact of new supply additions. more

  • Green Star picked up pace in 2014

    17 December 2014

    The Green Building Council of Australia certified 150 Green Star projects this year, up from 105 in 2013, with Lend Lease and Frasers-Australand leading the charge. GBCA chief executive Romilly… more

  • How to keep older equipment in service for much longer

    17 December 2014

    Let’s face it: vehicles and machinery don't last forever. Sooner or later they need major overhauls or replacement. more

  • Anti-dumping reforms establish 'level playing field' for Aust firms

    17 December 2014

    The federal government is strengthening Australia's anti-dumping system with a range of reforms to ensure Australian industry is in the strongest position to compete on a level playing field – whilst also complying with international trade rules. more

  • EU Approves Lafarge-Holcim Merger

    16 December 2014

    EU anti-trust regulators have given the green light for the merger of French giant Lafarge and Swiss rival Holcim to form the world's biggest cement group. more

  • New Home Buyers Could Foot the Bill for NBN

    16 December 2014

    The cost of new homes could be pushed even higher with a Coalition proposal to charge developers and owners with fees for NBN installation. more

  • The Defit Blog – Start as you mean to finish: green

    16 December 2014

    One of the biggest scandals in the property industry is the rampant waste of defits when tenants move offices. Furniture and fittings are typically sent to landfill, despite often having… more

  • Shaky Budget at mercy of commodity price windfall: MYEFO

    16 December 2014

    A third term of Coalition government would bring the Budget back to surplus, figures from the federal government's Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) released on Monday have indicated. more

  • AUSTECH 2015: 75% of floor space 'already booked'

    16 December 2014

    A telltale sign of its burgeoning popularity, 75 per cent of floor space has already been booked for AUSTECH 2015 – a pace which is even further than the record set by the event in 2013, organisers have said. more

  • Korea-Aust FTA 'early Christmas gift' for local firms

    15 December 2014

    Australian businesses can now take full advantage of opportunities with the nation's fourth largest trading partner, with the Korea–Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) entering into force last week (12 December). more

  • When is it time to outsource your manufacturing?

    15 December 2014

    Most manufacturers outsource some element of their production line, be it raw materials, inventory management, assembly or distribution. more

  • Rethinking building performance: part I

    11 December 2014

    In this three-part series based on her PhD, Samantha Hall looks at how a holistic building performance approach can bring economic and environmental benefits to Australia. In this first part,… more

  • Ming Long on why politics is not so important for property sustainability

    11 December 2014

    Ming Long, newly appointed fund manager of the Investa Office Fund, after several years as joint managing director and finance director, wanted to know a bit more about the green… more

  • News from the front desk: Issue No 221 – The ERF & why Santa’s stocking is not looking good

    11 December 2014

    Here we are just before Christmas. Will Santa have something nice for the property industry? All the happy property campers are busily stretching out their Christmas stockings to take the… more

  • World's first international compliance standard published

    11 December 2014

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published on 5 December the world's first international standard for compliance management, ISO 19600 Compliance Management Systems - Guidelines. more

  • EWP firm inspired to create "World's Tallest Self-propelled Boom Lift"

    11 December 2014

    Purportedly the world's tallest self-propelled boom lift, 1850SJ Ultra Boom, from elevated work platform specialist JLG, has arrived Down Under and is set to take aerial work platform versatility and performance to new heights. more

  • Renewable energy deadlock 'could cripple' industry

    11 December 2014

    Renewable energy firms are pleading with Labor to re-enter talks with the Coalition over Australia's renewable energy target before the end of the year, saying the current political stalemate is "crippling" the industry. more

  • Building recovery stalls on weaker demand in November: Australian PCI

    5 December 2014

    The national construction industry moved back into contraction in November, with the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI) dropping 8.0 points to 45.4 (index readings below 50 points indicate a contraction in activity). more

  • New Year's Countdown: Top 8 Resolutions for Business Success

    4 December 2014

    We've ticked off another Financial Year and now we're fast counting down to a change of calendar. While the New Year and personal resolutions go hand in hand, could your business also benefit from a little burst of enthusiasm? more

  • GDP data reveals stark truth about Aust's economic growth

    4 December 2014

    Recent GDP data suggests the Australian economy is considerably weaker than many commentators and policy-makers have been willing to acknowledge. more

  • Manufacturing 'edges ahead' in November: Aust PMI

    1 December 2014

    The Ai Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) increased by a marginal 0.7 points to 50.1 in November. more

  • Govt, building industry collaborate to increase productivity

    1 December 2014

    In a national first, a Framework elevating project team integration and building information modelling to the national stage has been released as part of a joint project by the government and industry. more

  • Faulty building products major focus of govt roundtable

    27 November 2014

    The Federal Government has made moves to focus attention on the problem of poor building product compliance, which is being increasingly experienced by builders and home owners. more

  • Aust Construction Achievement Award 2015 finalists announced

    27 November 2014

    Six project finalists will compete for the 2015 Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) with one overall project winner to be selected next year at a gala dinner on Thursday 14 May, 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. more

  • Many Aust buildings 'vulnerable' to earthquakes

    25 November 2014

    A 6.2 magnitude earthquake the size of the destructive 2011 Christchurch earthquake happens in Australia every 10 years, engineers and seismologists at the recent Australian Earthquake Engineering Society conference were told. more

  • Which industries will benefit most from Aust-China FTA?

    24 November 2014

    Australia is a net exporter of both goods and services to China, and the FTA is expected to unlock billions in exports. more

  • Stud removal process improved with Enerpac puller solution

    24 November 2014

    Stubborn studs on a bucket wheel reclaimer are now being removed more than 30 times faster and with enhanced safety during maintenance using customised Enerpac GT4 bolt tensioner technology specified by Meadow Industries. more

  • More 'fine detail' needed on FTA

    19 November 2014

    Concerns the signing of Australia's free trade deal with China could be opening us up to our largest trading partner have been dismissed by Trade Minister Andrew Robb. more

  • Property industry confidence spells good news for broader economy

    16 October 2014

    Australia’s property industry plans to hire more staff and increase construction activity, despite some mixed levels of confidence across the country. The ANZ/Property Council Survey shows overall confidence rose four points to 135 this quarter – with increases in NSW, Queensland and Victoria offsetting falls in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Property Council Chief Executive, Ken Morrison, said the results boded well for the broader economy. more

  • Master Builders Welcomes Extension Of Trade Union Royal Commission

    8 October 2014

    “Master Builders Australia welcomes the Government’s granting of an extension to the Royal Commission into Trade union Governance and Corruption,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. “The Royal Commission has so far revealed evidence of widespread instances of physical and verbal violence, secondary boycotts of contractors and suppliers and cartel behaviour in the construction industry,” he said. more

  • Ramping up the Rhetoric

    7 October 2014

    The corporate world will pack Newcastle City Hall later this week for October Hunter Lunch to test which by-election candidate has the best policy platform for revitalisation of the city centre. The Property Council’s NSW Regional Director, Andrew Fletcher, said today "The certainty provided by the new planning controls is fuelling a $1 billion pipeline of investment which includes modern green buildings and stunning heritage restorations" more

  • Strong housing activity and strong financial system not mutually exclusive

    30 September 2014

    The RBA needs to exercise caution before introducing macro-prudential reforms which may give rise to unintended outcomes according to the Property Council of Australia. Prudent management of Australia’s financial system need not dampen strong levels of activity in the residential market if the right policy levers are chosen. more

  • Australian economy battels on

    5 September 2014

    ABS figures for economic growth released today show that the economy continues to defy more pessimistic forecasts, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. During the June 2014 quarter, the economy grew by 0.5 per cent and was 3.1 per cent higher than the same quarter of 2013. The largest single contribution to growth came from the volatile inventories component, with stock accumulation by firms adding significantly to the growth figure. In contrast to recent quarters, international trade sliced a considerable chunk off the economic growth rate. “The fact that today’s… more

  • Senate Must Seize Chance To Back Sensible IR Reform

    31 August 2014

    The passing of the Government’s Fair Work Amendment Bill through the House of Representatives gives the Senate the opportunity to demonstrate that it is in support of sensible and balanced industrial relations reforms that will help boost economic and jobs growth. “Master Builders urges the cross bench Senators to seize this chance to back the Bill’s balanced productivity reforms which for the building and construction industry means it can increase its productivity and create jobs,” Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Foreshore crucial to Sydney: PCA

    31 August 2014

    The prospect of more integrated planning around Sydney Harbour’s foreshore will benefit the entire city, according to the Property Council of Australia. The Property Council’s members the vast bulk of commercial office, retail and hotel assets in the CBD and fringing the waterfront. "Sydney’s capacity to effectively manage sensible development and public domain outcomes is crucial to the city’s success," NSW Executive Director Glenn Byres said today. more

  • New sustainability giant for Australia

    31 August 2014

    The largest sustainability service provider in Australia is set to be created with a move by Ernst & Young Australia (EY) to acquire sustainability consulting firm Net Balance. Net Balance will be added to the Climate Changes and Sustainability Services wing of EY’s Assurance practice. Net Balance founder and director, environmental engineer Terence Jeyaretnam said the combined EY and Net Balance team would be the largest sustainability service provider in Australia. “We see the combined team as being a leader in the sector, both in Australia and as we expand into the Asia Pacific region,” Jeyaretnam said. more

  • Sydney and Melbourne bypass the post-mining malaise

    7 August 2014

    The Sydney and Melbourne office markets continue to perform strongly despite national office market vacancy rates rising over the past six months, according to the Property Council of Australia’s latest Office Market Report. The report shows the Australian CBD vacancy rate increased from 10.4 per cent in January 2014 to 10.7 per cent in July 2014, but vacancies in Sydney and Melbourne fell off the back of good demand for more office space. more

  • Property industry confident for the future

    11 July 2014

    Property industry confidence remains high despite falling expectations for Australia’s national economic growth. The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Index to September 2014 shows property industry confidence remained steady at 131 points compared to 132 last quarter. Property Council of Australia Acting Chief Executive, Glenn Byres, said the September quarter expectations reveal an industry confident about its future, despite low expectations for national economic growth. more

  • Housing Recovery Stays On Track

    11 July 2014

    “The nearly 10 per cent, seasonally adjusted, rise in the latest Building Approvals shows that the building and construction industry is well placed to be the major engine of growth and jobs as the economy adjusts to the decline in engineering construction in the mining sector”, Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Master Builders Calls For Urgent Reform Of Right of Entry

    29 June 2014

    Master Builders Australia has called for urgent reform of the right of entry workplace laws to redress the current imbalance which favours unions. Master Builders Australia made the call in an address by National Director of Industrial Relations, Richard Calver to the Industrial Relations Conference 2014. more

  • Peter Verwer: Fare thee well

    24 June 2014

    For more than two decades, this magazine’s editorial Zeitgeist was tuned to the virtues of our industry’s animal spirits. A prosperous society is built by risk-taking entrepreneurs and, let’s not be shy, buccaneering grit. We’ve criticised governments when they determine to assemble rickety policy scaffolds rather than trust citizens to build opportunity. We’ve also criticised them for stunting individual and mercantile liberty. Nevertheless, we’ve always recognised that free markets don’t mean a free-for-all. more

  • Property Council of Australia: NSW Geared up for growth

    24 June 2014

    The NSW Budget positions the state for sustained economic growth based on a robust infrastructure spend and thriving property market, according to the Property Council of Australia. The Property Council’s members finance, own, manage and develop major office, retail, industrial, hotel, residential and retirement living assets across NSW. more

  • This week's top stories from Building On Air

    15 May 2014

    This week's Building on Air top stories: Removing Silos Boosts Construction Productivity Recycled Cathode Ray Tubes Transformed into Tiles Sydney Shopping Centre First in Country to Sign Up for Green Star Performance Rating more

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