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June 11, 2020

‘HomeBuilder’ Stimulus Package

An exciting new announcement was released by the Federal Government this month. They are introducing a limited time, tax-free grant program called the ‘HomeBuilder’. The program was designed to assist the residential construction market to encourage the commencement of new home builds and renovations through the Coronavirus pandemic. According to…
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May 29, 2020

Keep up to date with the Australian Building Codes Board YouTube Channel

The Australian Building Codes Board Resource Videos Did you know The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has a YouTube Channel? The channel offers a collection of videos to help people within the industry to better understand the National Construction Code (NCC) including the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The videos…
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May 12, 2020

Understanding Passive Fire Protection for Service Penetrations

What is Passive Fire Protection? Most of us are familiar with sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers, but what about the parts of the building you cannot readily see? Passive Fire Protection involves creating physical barriers which are designed to stop fire from spreading from one building to another, or from…
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April 16, 2020

What is the Role of a Private Certifier?

You may have heard you need to get a building approval to start works on a shed, carport or other structure. But, did you know you don’t have to go through council to get your building approval? Private certifiers inspect and approve building work to make sure it complies with…
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April 10, 2020

When Do I Need a Building Approval?

All structures in cyclonic areas require a building approval regardless of size. Anything with a roof, patios, garden sheds and even decks with no roofs. If you fill in under your house or change a garage (non-habitable) to a bedroom (habitable), it all needs an approval. If you’re, digging, hammering,…
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December 5, 2019

Plumbing Form 16s No Longer Needed by Certifiers

As of the 13th of November 2019, we received a Newsflash from the Department of Housing and Public Works advising certifiers that we no longer are required to obtain certificates for plumbing under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (PDA). Local governments are responsible for administering requirements of the PDA…
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September 19, 2019

Designing and Building to Accommodate Earthquake Loads

Did you know, designing and building to accommodate earthquake loads has become the latest “hot topic” with the new BCA 2019 being implemented? This little gem affects any dwelling that falls outside the parameters in Appendix A of AS1170.4 and pretty much any commercial building. The biggest factor that affects…
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September 5, 2019

Mamma Mia Featuring Our Own Harald Weber

SHOWING SOON at a Theatre Near You in 2020 ... Our Own Harald Weber The Cairns Choral Society is bringing the hit musical show, Mamma Mia, to Cairns in 2020 and our own Harald Weber has landed a role! The musical is set on a colourful Greek island and follows…
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June 26, 2019

New Plumbing & Drainage Act 2019

As of the 1st of July 2019, the new Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 will be commencing. As always, we will still lodge water and plumbing applications on your behalf to council at no additional cost, this is just part of our service…
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May 7, 2019

Can ACA Help with other applications or permits?

At All Construction Approvals, we try to be a one-stop shop. When you bring your building application in to us, we can also take care of the lodgements of the plumbing applications. We also look after your code assessment applications if you need one, and siting variation applications, if required.…
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