Building Commission NSW: All About the New Regulator
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by Archi-QS
4d ago
Starting December 1, 2023, the Building Commission NSW will assume the responsibility of overseeing the building and construction industry in NSW. Let’s explore the functions and objectives of this recently established commission. What’s The Building Commission NSW? The Building Commission NSW is a newly established building regulatory body that consolidates teams from NSW Fair Trading and the Office of the Building Commissioner. This integration aims to offer a unified and cohesive strategy, ensuring confidence in residential building quality in NSW. Building Industry Capability Through data ..read more
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Asbestos Identification and Management: Everything You Need to Know
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by Archi-QS
1M ago
Welcome to our comprehensive guide on all things asbestos, dedicated to Asbestos Awareness Month. Learn more about this renowned yet hazardous mineral and how to handle it safely. Whether you’re a homeowner, a business owner, or a construction professional, this blog post equips you with the knowledge you need to navigate the complexities of asbestos management and ensure a secure living and working environment. What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally existing mineral discovered on the Earth’s surface, renowned for its robust fibers with exceptional durability, fire resistance, and insulatio ..read more
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Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme Stage 1: Lodging the Building Bond
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by Archi-QS
1M ago
In the ongoing effort to combat building defects in New South Wales (NSW), the Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme (The Scheme) has emerged as a pivotal eight-stage strategy. The initial step of The Scheme – lodging the building bond, is a responsibility entrusted to the developer. In this article, we will walk you through the essential steps, ensuring that you can confidently navigate this first phase of the scheme. Registering in the NSW Planning Portal 1. Register the project in the NSW Planning Portal  2. Provide the bank with the last page of the Building Bond Report (appendi ..read more
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Building Inspectors: Guardians of Building Compliance in NSW
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by Archi-QS
1M ago
Constructing a property represents a substantial financial commitment for individuals. Consequently, it is vital to guarantee that the building process maintains high standards and complies with pertinent construction codes and guidelines. NSW through a sweep of legislative changes, has introduced many new initiatives aimed at addressing defective building works. One of these initiatives is The Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme (The Scheme). In this article, we will discuss the role Building Inspectors play, the requirements to become one and delve into their responsibilities within ..read more
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Navigating Building Defects: NSW’s Journey with the Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme
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by Archi-QS
1M ago
Australia has been plagued with building fires and major defect events in recent years. As a result of many reports and recommendations, the NSW government has responded and committed to strengthening the building sector through a sweep of reforms. The Scheme Amongst the changes is The Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme (SBBIS), which came into effect on 1 January 2018 under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 No. 50. Through these changes, the government aims to restore consumer confidence by improving the quality of residential apartment buildings. How prevalent are building defe ..read more
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What are Special Levies and How to Avoid Them?
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by Archi-QS
2M ago
In the event of a capital work cost surpassing the capabilities of the capital works fund, strata schemes may resort to a Special Levy. This financial mechanism involves distributing a one-off cost among the property owners within the scheme. Why Special Levies arise? Special levies are a financial recourse that strata schemes resort to when facing exceptional financial demands that the standard capital works fund cannot cover. These demands can emerge due to two primary scenarios: Inadequate Fund Accumulation: One reason behind the imposition of a special levy is the improper accumulation of ..read more
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When should I choose a detailed Capital Works Plan?
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by Archi-QS
2M ago
If you don’t know when you should choose a detailed detailed Capital Works Plan, keep reading this blog post to find out! A detailed Capital Works Plan is suitable for properties: That have undergone major capital works upgrades. Have plans to undergo major capital works upgrades where builder’s quotes have been finalised and can be included in the capital works planning. Have defects that need to be included as provisional sums for better future planning. Complex buildings as well as for owners who wish to know more about their buildings and monitor their building’s performance on regular ba ..read more
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The Role of Quantity Surveyors to Achieve Your Dream Home
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by Archi-QS
2M ago
The September edition of the Built Environment Economist features an article authored by our principal, Samuel Star. This article comprehensively outlines the various roles of a Quantity Surveyor within the realm of construction and renovation projects. “As a Quantity Surveyor who has been in the industry for over 30 years, I wish I could send this letter to anyone who has ever contemplated renovating or extending their home. They are often the most vulnerable clients, ill-equipped to navigate the complexities of the construction process. They are the ones who have so much to lose and lose big ..read more
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Minimising Out of Pocket Expenses with our Capital Works Plans
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by Archi-QS
2M ago
At Archi-QS, we understand the profound impact that our recommendations in a Capital Works Plan can have on the lives of residents within a building. We recognize that each property is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t cut it. That’s why we take a comprehensive survey of every element, considering its condition, effective life, and location, enabling us to anticipate future expenditures within the 10-year plan effectively. Our goal is to ensure that our recommendations are grounded in common sense, neither inflated nor insufficient. This approach guarantees that every buildin ..read more
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Capital Works Plan: The Truth Behind It
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by Archi-QS
2M ago
When it comes to maintaining a building’s integrity, there’s a common misconception that we simply set a date for replacements or repairs and expect residents to foot the bill. But here’s the real deal – that’s not how Capital Works Plans work! Capital Works Plans are about residents paying regular levies to build up a fund for future replacements or fixes. It’s all about planning ahead and being prepared for the inevitable wear and tear that buildings face. We don’t just roll the dice and hope for the best. Oh no! Our team of experts takes a thoughtful approach to creating the perfect plan. W ..read more
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