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    Good. Better. Best: Assessing drinking water systems for certification and compliance

    Drinking water is an essential component to human health so it is important to ensure the safety and reliability of systems used to deliver water for human consumption.

    Car Lift Compliance: Navigating the differences between AS 1418.8 car hoists and AS 1735 passenger lifts

    Technological innovations have ensured that there is a car lift solution for almost every project. With each new solution there are regulatory guidelines and standards that must be met. In New South Wales, recently issued Regulated Design Guidance has created confusion regarding the correct application of car hoists and passenger lift, and raises an important question: Is it possible for a compliant AS 1418.8 car hoist (or other similar solution) to carry passengers?

    Belling Design Collection Buyers Guide: Premium design meets premium technology

    Premium design meets premium technology with the Belling Design Collection. Enhance any kitchen space with built-in and freestanding ovens featuring sleek ‘Pure Black’ oven glass, cooktops made from stainless steel or high-grade Italian tempered glass and ultra-stylish dishwashers that are refined in both look and function. Each appliance has been expertly designed with style at the forefront to create a sophisticated and seamless finish.

    Fire Protection of Structural Steel: Design considerations for steel members, joints and connections

    Steel-framed construction has emerged as a popular construction method due to its durability, design flexibility, speed of construction, and resistance to rust, rot, and degradation. However, as several fires over the past decade or so attest, the stakes are high when it comes to protecting steel buildings from the effects of fire exposure. What do architects, designers and specifiers need to know?

    Good. Better. Best. Understanding certification and compliance for drinking water systems

    Sub-standard drinking water systems can put occupants and the community at risk. However, choosing the right drinking water system is not always easy in today’s complex regulatory landscape. Designers and specifiers need a detailed understanding of how compliance and certification works in the drinking water industry to identify solutions that meet project objectives for performance, accessibility and sustainability.

    Case Study: Dural House - Aged care home

    Dural House is Thompson Health Care’s brand new Additional Services home. With a charming location and outstanding amenities, all interiors had to be thoughtfully considered to create a space that would be sympathetic to its tranquil setting and in tune with the resident’s needs and preferences.

    Sustainable Structures: Why mass timber is the future of construction

    Advancements in materials technology, manufacturing capabilities and changes to building codes and regulations have given rise to mass timber – a new category of structural wood that has the potential to become a renewable, sustainable and low-carbon solution for large-scale construction. As this new material gains popularity around the world, architects and designers are recognising its architectural benefits, and its potential to help decarbonise the building sector.

    Raising the Bar: Glazing performance for residential buildings under the National Construction Code energy reforms

    Regulators are undertaking a significant overhaul of the National Construction Code (NCC) in 2022 to stipulate more stringent requirements on residential building materials such as floors, walls and especially glazing. These reforms have the effect of increasing thermal performance requirement for homes, essentially taking the current NatHERS equivalent energy rating from 6 to 7 stars. How will these new requirements impact window system and glazing design?

    Commercial Podcast Series eBook

    The Talking Architecture and Design podcast showcases the innovative and amazing from all corners of the Australian architecture and design sector. Through interviews with the most forward-thinking and inspiring figures, each episode explores a new idea and looks at how it’s shaping the industry of today, and tomorrow.

    Living in place: Planning for kitchen accessibility

    Many Australians say that they desire to 'age in place' – this means new builds and renovations must include design elements that ensure the home is suitable for individuals as they grow older. One of the first spaces to consider is the kitchen as it must not only meet the daily needs of its users, but it must also address their lifestyle and aesthetic preferences.

    Crafted for Quality: The benefits of building with handcrafted clay bricks

    Beyond their strength, durability and performance, one aspect of clay brick that has kept it among the most popular building materials is its ability to reflect a broad spectrum of architectural styles. Handcrafted bricks in particular offer incredible design flexibility for both heritage and modern builds, and a unique aesthetic appeal that cannot be replicated with mass production techniques.

    Building resilient cities: A journey of learning and adaptation

    Resilient cities build on older patterns from previous iterations - they adapt to events and evolve over time. Older structures are now preserved and adapted for new purposes or community needs, such as old commercial riverways morphing into residential villages or entertainment precincts.

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