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New Laminated Windows, A Better Option?

By Editor | January 14th, 2014 | Category: Building News

Double glazing has now become a thing of the past with new laminated glass options becoming available.
Laminated glass has been developed to maximise transparency, solar control performance, noise levels and high fire levels.

It is designed to manage heat in the summer months and also reduces glare and UV fading of furnishings.

In the winter months it provides a thermal insulation and can reduce heat loss of over 30% compared to standard glass, without the use of thick coatings that reduce natural lighting.

Laminated glass also has acoustic benefits and can reduce the voice noise level by up to 13% and traffic noise level by up to 24% compared to standard 3mm glass.

Bush fires are very serious and have become more extreme. Shattered glass can be very dangerous in this situation. A toughened laminated glass will prevent this and is available for high levels of bush fire attack.

Overall the new laminated glass options are becoming a more cost effective and preferred option for the home owner. They cover all the requirements that the double glazingoption gives with the additional performing factors. Laminated glass is available in colour options and windows can be custom designed with ease.

Australia Among the Top 10 Most Expensive Places to Build

By Editor | September 30th, 2011 | Category: Real Estate News

Australia is one of the most expensive places to build, according to the International Construction Cost Comparison Report.

The report details the standard for construction costs in 55 countries, using UK prices as a baseline. It lists Australia among the top ten of the most expensive countries to build. However consumers will find solace in the fact that the high costs are offset by the relatively cheap cost of labour, which is in stark contrast to some of the other top 10 members.

Denmark and Sweden have both retained their respective titles as second and third most expensive places to build, with Switzerland topping the list with prices 71% higher than in the UK. India and Sri Lanka feature at the opposite end of the spectrum (although not in the top ten) with prices an average of 72% the UK baseline.

Canada is the only other non-European country to feature on the top ten list, with prices said to be on par with the UK.

Carbon tax adds $5,000 to home construction cost

By Editor | July 12th, 2011 | Category: Real Estate News

A carbon tax knock-on effect could add roughly $5,000 to home construction costs as it becomes more expensive to manufacture materials. The Master Builders Association said it expects roughly $5,000 to be added to the current $300,000 cost of an average residential home.

"There's so many products that go into making a house, it's logical that a tax of this nature is going to have an impact on the sector," says MBA chief economist Peter Jones.

However new homeowners who intend to make their newly constructed dwellings as energy-efficient as possible might be in for a further shock: insulation and double glazing are expected to be hit by the full impact of the tax.

According to Australia Glazier and Glass Association executive director Nigel Carpenter, it seemed “ironic” that smaller manufacturers that make more energy-efficient products won’t receive the support that larger manufacturers of the less energy-efficient float glass will be receiving.

Although it has not yet been decided whether manufacturers or buyers will absorb the additional costs, many agree that this will have an overall negative impact on a very sensitive housing market.

Property Not in a Bubble

By Editor | June 10th, 2011 | Category: Real Estate News

Experts say that the real estate sector is not experiencing a bubble. Several key elements are missing. It is true that some properties may be considered to be overpriced but a crash is unlikely. The key reasons for this are that unlike the US, Australia is not experiencing a building boom. Infact we have about a 200,000 housing shortfall nationally. This is leading to higher rents which is helping to keep a floor on propery prices.

WA to Fast Track Building Approvals

By Editor | April 7th, 2011 | Category: Building News

The new process will allow builders and developers to bypass local council which will significantly speed up the development assessment and approvals process.

Even though the Building Act is currently before Parliament, the property council expects the Commission to have the private certification framework in place and ready to commence in October.

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Yes. All standard plans can be modified to suit your needs. You can change the number of rooms, increase or decrease the size of the house or if you prefer, you can bring your own plans for costing. more »

What is included in the kit?

A full inclusions list can be found here. In general however, the kit includes all materials required for lockup but does not include on-site labour, transport and delivery charges, site survey, site clearing, PC items, concrete for footings, Electrical and plumbing etc. more »

Where do you deliver to?

Delivery areas include all Australian states and territories. Arrangements can also be made for international deliveries excluding some countries. more »

In general how much could I expect to save if I decide to build a kit home as an owner builder?

As an owner builder/manager you are effectively cutting out the builder and therefore should make a saving of 20% to 30%. If you choose to be more hands on and undertake some of the manual tasks such as erecting the walls and roof trusses, installing windows, doors and painting the internal and externals etc, your savings will be increased further. more »

Is it hard to become an owner builder?

The process to obtain an owner builders permit is usually very straight forward. There are a few requirements and depending on which state you are building in, may also require you to undergo a short course (usually a weekend course), either online or at a training school. In most states a small application fee is payable. Click here for more owner builder information. more »

Are kit homes suitable for areas prone to cyclones?

Yes. Cyclonic kits can be purchased at an additional cost. These kits are manufactured with extra reinforcements that will make then suitable for areas prone to cyclones. All standard kits can be upgraded to cyclonic kits. All standard kits can be manufactured to meet with the cyclonic rating required for your area. more »

What is the turnaround time, from ordering the kit to onsite delivery?

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How will my kit home be delivered?

The entire kit can be delivered to your site in a shipping container, or part container and part by truck. Delivery can also be made in stages upon request. It is up to you what is more suited to your build plan. more »

How long does it take to build a kit home?

This depends upon the amount of labour and skill level. As a guide, a non-skilled owner builder can erect frames and roof trusses for an average size home in two to three days then the remainder of the build is similar to that of normal build times. A smaller kit can be built to lock up within a month. Larger, more complex homes will take longer. You should allow ten to twelve weeks on site for an average home. more »

Does the kit home come with warranty?

The steel frame is Backed by a 50 year BlueScope Steel warranty and all other components of the build have their individual manufacturers warranties. more »