Construction Industry News

  • Don’t Kill Australia’s Housing Recovery by Pulling the Wrong Levers

    21 October 2014

    There is a lot of talk about housing property bubbles and the risk of a major pricing correction. The post Don’t Kill Australia’s Housing Recovery by Pulling the Wrong Levers appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Qld:Girl’s Fall no Shock to Safety Group

    20 October 2014

    A children's safety group says a four-year-old girl's fall from a Gold Coast high-rise building should act as a wake-up call over the safety of many balconies and balustrades. The post Qld:Girl’s Fall no Shock to Safety Group appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • GBCA releases new Design and As Built tool

    20 October 2014

    The Green Building Council of Australia has released the new Green Star Design & As Built tool, which it says is the most significant update to Green Star since its… more

  • Advances in Paint Good for Buildings and People

    17 October 2014

    Paint is both a functional and aesthetic element of the built environment. Improved paint technology offers a variety of functional advances, including structural reinforcement and better indoor air quality. The post Advances in Paint Good for Buildings and People appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. 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

  • Huge Opportunities for Modular Building Industry

    16 October 2014

    Significant opportunities lay before the modular building and off-site construction sector in Australia, according to the director of an international project management firm for the offsite manufacturing and modular bathroom industry. The post Huge Opportunities for Modular Building Industry appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Foreigners Buy One in Six Australian Homes

    16 October 2014

    Foreign buyers are flocking to buy Australian property, snapping up one out of every six new homes - and that number is set to get higher. The post Foreigners Buy One in Six Australian Homes appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • We’ll Fight Hardie on Asbestos: Unions

    15 October 2014

    The nation’s leading union body has signalled its intention to fight any attempt by James Hardie to avoid meeting an expected shortfall in funds available to compensate victims of asbestos diseases, according to media reports. The post We’ll Fight Hardie on Asbestos: Unions appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Opportunity Lost as the Wider Building Industry Suffers

    15 October 2014

    The Victorian building industry is in turmoil and suffocating under a myriad of problems and issues brought about by years of abuse by leaders/regulators who prefer to bury issues rather than address them. The post Opportunity Lost as the Wider Building Industry Suffers appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge a green work in progress

    15 October 2014

    When Mirvac first began developing the Yarra’s Edge precinct in Melbourne, the language of green building was still a work in progress. The same can be said for the sustainability… more

  • Construction Suicides Cost Dollars as Well as Lives

    14 October 2014

    While dollar figures pale in comparison to the impact of lives lost, suicidal behaviour among construction industry workers costs around $520 million per year in New South Wales and around $416 million per year in Queensland, according to a new report. The post Construction Suicides Cost Dollars as Well as Lives appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • NABERS report: CBD program has driven greater sustainability

    14 October 2014

    The number of NABERS-rated buildings continues to increase along with the average star rating, according to the just-released 2013/14 NABERS report, and the Commercial Building Disclosure program – currently up… more

  • Shopping Centre Council’s new sustainability hire Kristin Pryce chases the ERF

    14 October 2014

    UPDATED: The Shopping Centre Council of Australia’s newly appointed senior adviser responsible for sustainability,  Kristin Pryce, is currently working on a submission to the government’s draft methodology for commercial building… more

  • DEXUS appoints Paul Oates as development manager

    14 October 2014

    DEXUS has hired Woolworths head of property development Paul Oates as its new group general manager, development. Mr Oates will start in December and be responsible for the operations of… more

  • Amir Girgis to lead Northrop sustainability team

    14 October 2014

    Engineering consultancy Northrop has appointed former Umow Lai sustainability consultant Amir Girgis to lead its sustainability division in Sydney. Mr Girgis has more than 10 years’ experience in the construction… more

  • New Building Standard for Ebola

    9 October 2014

    With a mortality rate which currently sits at around 70 per cent, Ebola has claimed more than 3,000 lives throughout West Africa in recent months and the situation regarding its spread has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an international emergency. The post New Building Standard for Ebola appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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