Are you a building owner or agent who is yet to complete your obligations under Queensland’s Safer Buildings Program?
Queensland’s Safer Buildings Program, administered by the Queensland Building Construction Commission (QBCC) provides building owners the necessary steps to identify the presence of combustible cladding and whether this represents a cladding fire risk to their building and its occupants.
Owners of in-scope buildings have a responsibility to comply with the program by completing the combustible cladding checklist (Checklist).
With all the do-it-yourself programs around, people can be forgiven for believing anyone can deliver an award-winning home renovation in a weekend. The reality is very different, as are the potential pitfalls of using someone unlicensed.
Using an unlicensed contractor increases the likelihood of defective and unfinished work. It may void your access to Queensland Home Warranty Insurance, a scheme designed to assist home owners when these issues occur.
It’s not just those who work in the construction industry who need to beware of exposure to asbestos. In you are renovating, maintaining or carrying out alterations on a property built before 1990, you need to be aware of the hidden dangers of asbestos.
Despite asbestos use being banned since 2003, about one-third of Australian homes still contain asbestos products. It was used in more than 3,000 common building materials before it was banned, and these can be found in homes and gardens across Queensland.
After a number of serious incidents in the past two months involving hot water heaters, including injuries to home owners, the QBCC Plumbing Investigation Unit has produced a home owners guide to help minimise potential risks associated with hot water heaters.
The QBCC advises that the best way a home owner can mitigate any issues arising with a hot water heater is to contact an appropriately licensed contractor.
Below is a list of issues that could potentially occur, how home owners can identify these to better protect themselves, and who to contact if necessary.
In Australia lead is used in the manufacture of some plumbing products, such as brass fittings. These products are widely used in drinking water systems in homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Lead can be released from some brass plumbing fittings, either as small particles or through dissolving into the drinking water, particularly where the water has been sitting in contact with these brass plumbing products for long periods.