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  1. | 6 Jun 2013

    Aged Residents and Housing

    Designing and building housing for older people is becoming very important as the Australian population ages. Each year one in three every older Australians will suffer a fall, with around 5 to 10 per cent of these falls causing an injury which requires medical attention. Many of these falls around the home are preventable. Sensible […]

  1. | 6 Jun 2013

    Appliances and Building Specifications

    It is common for home buyers to do insufficient research on whether a builder’s standard specification is suited to their needs. Frustrated new home owners sometimes discover too late that their new garage is not wide enough or high enough for their 4 wheel drive (especially for multi-vehicle households), or that their fridge is too […]

  1. | 6 Jun 2013

    Apprentices: Hiring

    Master Builders believes it is in the interests of builders and subcontractors to invest in our industry’s future by taking on and training apprentices. A Master Builders publication is available to as an easy guide to the requirements for employing an apprentice for either a part or the whole of their apprenticeship. Your Investment for […]

  1. | 6 Jun 2013

    Building Legislation

    From 1 January 2011, WA has adopted one of the biggest reforms in building control legislation our State has seen in 50 years. The establishment of the Building Commission in WA marked the end of the Builders’ Registration Board and the Painters’ Registration Board and provides a one-stop shop for the regulation of the building […]

  1. | 6 Jun 2013

    Building Approvals Getting the Red Light!

    As was expected, the introduction of the new Building Act has caused confusion and disruption to the approvals and the completion of buildings currently under construction. With all change, there is an adjustment period. Builders, architects, designers, building surveyors, Local Government, Water Corporation, and FESA are feeling pressure to adapt to the required changes, and […]

  1. | 6 Jun 2013

    Building Inspections: Existing Homes

    In general buyers should arrange the following inspections prior to purchasing an existing home:   A building inspection: in order to check for structural problems. A pest inspection: in order to ensure the house is free of termites and pests. There are a number of precautionary steps that you can take to ensure that you are […]

  1. Fall in Housing Finance threatens recovery

    The fall in Housing Finance figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics demonstrates that the tenuous recovery in the housing market is in danger of stalling.

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  1. South West: Decision to Delay Reforms Welcomed

    Master Builders Associations South West Region has welcomed the Building Commisions decision to delay the implementation of new Building Act reforms that will improve the way approvals are managed in the State next year.