Construction Industry News

  • Do We Need a Construction Industry Strategy?

    29 January 2015

    Industry activist David Chandler has been writing for more than a year about the need for an industry strategy. more

  • Caterpillar Q4 Earnings Drop

    28 January 2015

    US heavy equipment maker Caterpillar says the plunge in oil prices hit the company's earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014. more

  • A Sustainable Flame Retardant for Timber Buildings

    28 January 2015

    Scientists have developed an eco-friendly process for increasing the fire resistance of timber that also dramatically increases its strength. more

  • Sustainable developments vying for Property Council awards

    28 January 2015

    Seven new builds and five existing buildings have been announced as finalists for best sustainable development in the 2015 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence… more

  • Rethinking building performance: part II – 5 key measures of a sustainable building

    28 January 2015

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

  • Westfield Scentre Group appoints Benjamine Duncan

    28 January 2015

    Benjamine Duncan has been appointed energy and sustainability manager for Scentre Group, which owns and manages Westfield’s property portfolio across Australia and New Zealand. Ms Duncan was most recently manager… more

  • Case study: the Tuhoe Building – NZ’s first Living Building Challenge contender

    28 January 2015

    Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua in the Bay of Plenty is the first New Zealand project designed and constructed to Living Building Challenge specifications. Completed in 2014, the Tuhoe building has… more

  • The Defit Blog – Plasterboard recycling: returning used gypsum board to the productive economy

    28 January 2015

    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

  • 5 Considerations for Importing Products

    28 January 2015

    Does your business have its eye on a great new product from overseas? more

  • Calls for National Building Regulation to be Passed by Senate

    27 January 2015

    The recent announcement by the Victorian Government, to abolish the Victorian Building Code has prompted the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) to again call on the Australian Senate to pass the Federal Industrial relations legislation currently before it. more

  • Why 2015 Will Be the Year of Tall Timber Construction

    27 January 2015

    In recent years, the building design and construction industry in many developed economies has witnessed an increased interest in the use of timber framed (TF) construction for low to mid-rise development projects. more

  • What is the Impact of the Boral and CSR Brick Merger?

    27 January 2015

    In my view, the ACCC’s recent approval of the Boral and CSR brick business merger is a job half done. more

  • Union Thuggery Must Be Stopped: Construction Groups

    27 January 2015

    Senior Liberal Party leaders as well as building industry lobby groups have stepped up their attack on what they say is an increasing level of unlawful activity by union officials on construction sites, and have renewed calls for the reinstatement of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). more

  • Skills Crisis for 2015 Residential Construction

    27 January 2015

    As we launch in to the new year, the strength of building approvals confirms the strongly positive outlook forecast in 2015. more

  • Billions at Stake In East West Link Negotiations

    26 January 2015

    Splashing $3 billion on a huge infrastructure project in Victoria shouldn't be hard to do. more

  • Tinkering with Clinker Makes Cement More Sustainable

    26 January 2015

    Heightened understanding of the molecular structure of a key ingredient in cement could enable manufacturers to dramatically reduce energy consumption via modest changes to the production process. more

  • Property to drive economic growth in 2015: new figures

    23 January 2015

    Australia’s property industry is emerging as the main driver of economic growth and increased employment in the transition away from a decade-long reliance on mining, according to new figures released today. The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows residential construction activity is expected to remain one of the highest of all sectors over the next twelve months. The quarterly survey is one of the largest measures of business confidence in Australia. Now in its third year the current issue canvassed the views of 1,955 respondents during the first two weeks of December 2014. more

  • Explosive report lifts the lid on Australia’s building energy performance sham

    22 January 2015

    There is “a pervasive culture of mediocre energy performance across the Australian building industry”, according to a damning review by pitt&sherry and Swinburne University that the government has sat on… more

  • Kill fee for Melbourne’s East-West Link contract is contentious on all fronts

    22 January 2015

    According to the Property Council of Victoria executive director Jennifer Cunich our opinion piece on the East West Link in Melbourne covered in the latest News from the Front Desk… more

  • India-Aust trade push 'another win' for bilateralism

    22 January 2015

    Australia's trade mission to India under Andrew Robb last week provided a much-needed impetus to conclude an Australia-India free trade agreement in 2015 – another APAC victory for the Coalition government having recently signed FTAs with Japan, China and Korea. more

  • Leaked review examines sweeping changes to workplace law

    22 January 2015

    The timing of a massive review by the federal government of workplace laws, which will place penalty rates, the minimum wage and workplace flexibility under the microscope, has placed unions, business and industry at odds with each other. more

  • How Aussie Post achieved a major asset value uplift with green thinking

    21 January 2015

    According to consultants involved in the $45 million upgrade for the Australia Post headquarters at Strawberry Hills in inner Sydney, the building achieved a substantial value uplift primarily because of… more

  • Why you need a Job Description for each employee

    21 January 2015

    It is not uncommon for employees to see their Job Description during the interview and initiation, yet never set eyes upon it again. However, this is a wasted opportunity that could be put to better use for the benefit of both the employee and the company. more

  • Opportunities for carbon abatement vanishing

    19 January 2015

    Policy uncertainty and the removal of the carbon tax have shrunk available emissions reduction opportunities immensely, including those in the building sector, according to a new report by RepuTex. The… more

  • Infrastructure spending 'must' be post-Qld election priority

    16 January 2015

    Whoever wins the Queensland election must put infrastructure spending as a priority, lest construction jobs be at risk, leading industry body the Civil Contractors Federation of Queensland (CCFQ) has warned. more

  • Japan EPA concessions create climate of uncertainty for locals

    15 January 2015

    The blanket 457 visa concessions included in the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JEPA) leave Australian workers with "nothing but uncertainty", CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor has said. more

  • Industries set to fall in 2015

    12 January 2015

    As Australian companies enter the new year, there are a few industries for which 2015 may well turn out to be annus horribilis. more

  • Industries set to fly in 2015

    12 January 2015

    As Australian companies enter the new year, business information analysts reveal the industries expected to soar. more

  • Lacklustre end to 2014 for construction

    9 January 2015

    The national construction industry contracted at a slightly steeper rate in December, with the Ai Group/HIA Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI) dropping 1.0 point to 44.4 points. more

  • Manufacturing slips back into contraction

    8 January 2015

    An indication of another contraction in conditions across the manufacturing sector, the Ai Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) fell by 3.2 points to 46.9 in December. more

  • Well-connected workers 'able to adapt' to negative change

    8 January 2015

    Contrary to popular belief, some workers can adapt well to pressures caused by changes in the workplace, new research has suggested. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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