Elizabeth Quay towers defects fiasco

#ElizabethQuayTower #Defects #Construction

The luxury Elizabeth Quay Tower in Perth is plagued with defects with one $2million apartment having 200 alone. While Mark Gibson tries to make a tenuous link to Opal Tower this is more a lesson of the dangers associated with buying off the plan and residential tower developer. A premium price does not mean premium quality.

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References

Elizabeth Quay towers plagued by leaks and building defects

https://thewest.com.au/business/construction/elizabeth-quay-towers-plagued-by-leaks-and-building-defects-ng-b881200185z

Opal Tower Still Empty and Australian’s off the Sirius Tender

#Opal #Sirius #Tender Process

Today we look at the 169 apartments empty Apartments in Opal Tower. Then we look at the tender process for the development of the $500 million Sirius public housing block in NSW. Why are there no Australian backed groups? Wouldn’t the multiplier effect be greater if the funding for the project was from Australian sources?

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References

In Sydney’s Opal Tower, 169 apartments remain empty almost four months after evacuation

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-15/169-aparments-at-sydney-opal-tower-unoccupied-four-months-later/11002796

Sirius bidders kept in the dark

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/sirius-bidders-kept-in-the-dark/news-story/24380e05ac2e1d7747823eba372a00fe

The Notre Dame Inferno

#NotreDame #Inferno #Paris

We look at the Notre Dame Inferno, from the perspective of the average person on the street and the international online response. The online joy from some people is disgusting.

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References

Police launch criminal investigation into Notre Dame inferno

https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/french-president-warns-battle-not-won-at-notre-dame-saying-fires-could-continue-for-days/news-story/9b94c5697a1f51a305a5ebcb4f2ae2f5

Mortgage Repayment Fears – References

#MortgageRepayments #PriceCrash #Housing

Interest only mortgages repayment periods are steadily ending with many predicted to finish by 2020. Do you think this will have an impact on the housing crash? Are people really so fullish to have not planned for this?

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References

Lenders release the Kraken: when mortgages rise by $1000 a month

https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/lenders-release-the-kraken-when-mortgages-rise-by-1000-a-month/news-story/c7445bc500e3bb7f3c3319b456639049

Work on Collins Arch Halted – References

#CBUS #CollinsArch #PrecastIssues

Work has been halted on CBUS’s Collins Arch project at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne because of Pre-Cast Column issues. Given recent events at Opal Tower, it is not surprising that people are concerned.

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References

Precast column movement concerns stops work at CBUS 447 Collins Street, Pantscaper twin tower project
https://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/investment-strategy/property-news-and-insights/97069-precast-column-movement-concerns-stops-work-at-cbus-447-collins-street-pantscaper-twin-tower-project.html

China’s strangest buildings, from pairs of pants to ping-pong bats

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/oct/23/-sp-chinas-strangest-buildings-from-pairs-of-pants-to-ping-pong-bats

Matt Barrie Says Our Housing Market May Never Recover – Reference

#AusPol #ConsumerConfidence #Housing

Matt Barrie the CEO of Freelancer warns that the Australian Housing market may never recover and highlights the simplicity of the Australian Economy. Interested by this, I find out how the complexity of the Australian economy compares to the test of the world and it is embarrassing.

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References

Our Housing Market May Never Recover https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/housing-market-may-never-recover-from-downturn-expert-warns/news-story/e65644df8cf03bb045055ef1dba5736b

Australia’s Economy is a House of Cards
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/australias-economy-house-cards-matt-barrie/

Economic Complexity Rankings
https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/rankings/country/eci/

Calls for a Building Industry Royal Commission – References

#RoyalCommission #Construction #Australia

I look at recent calls by the Builders Collective for a Royal Commission into our Building Industry and learn about the powers of a Royal Commission.

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Why Buildings Stand Up
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Why Buildings Fall Down Why Structures Fail
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https://youtu.be/YtFpavLAS5c

References

‘Appalling failures’: call for building industry royal commission

https://www.insurancenews.com.au/daily/appalling-failures-call-for-building-industry-royal-commission

Should Australia Adopt Hammurabi’s Building Code? – References

#Hammurabi #BuildingCode #Babylon

I look at the aspects of Hammurabi’s Code of Laws that relate to construction and ask the question, “Should Australia adopt these codes?”

https://youtu.be/gDsLGyejx8k

References

Hammurabi, King of Babylon
http://www.thenagain.info/WebChron/MiddleEast/Hammurabi.html

007. Babil (ancient: Babylon)
https://www.cemml.colostate.edu/cultural/09476/iraq05-007.html

The Oldest Code of Laws in the World by King of Babylonia Hammurabi
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/17150/17150-h/17150-h.htm

The Lacrosse Tower Outcome – References

#Lacrosse #Cladding #Fire

We look at an article about the recent ruling concerning the Lacrosse Tower Cladding Fire court case in which owners were awarded over $5.7 Million Dollars. I then read through portions of the judgement to understand why the Architect, Building Surveyor and Fire Engineer had to pay damages to the Builder under and Design and Construction Contract. Shockingly I agree with the Judge!

References

Lacrosse apartment owners awarded $5.7 million in damages after flammable cladding blaze

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-28/lacrosse-apartment-owners-win-5.7-million-cladding-fire-damages/10857060