12 November 2020 The construction industry must deliver buildings that don’t harm people physically, emotionally or economically, and that have a small environmental footprint, if it wants to win back consumer confidence, says NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler, who will be speaking at The Fifth Estate’s Building Circularity event in two weeks. The industry must start cutting embodied carbon in building projects, and could one day be subject to pricing signals [...]
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NOVEMBER 2020 The conspiracy of silence that surrounds apartment buildings and possible defects would be ended in the next round of landmark building reforms. In the wake of the Grenfell, Mascot and Opal tower disasters, Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson is proposing law changes forcing strata schemes to hand over basic maintenance information about their building. OCN executive Karen Stiles said the strata portal would only be the second in the [...]
3 November 2020 The certifiers who passed the notorious Opal Towers as fit to live in have had a finding of professional misconduct against them downgraded in a secret deal with the very government body meant to protect homeowners. The agreement between the Building Professionals Board and certifiers McKenzie Group Consulting was approved by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal with the terms to remain “confidential”, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. [...]
27 OCTOBER 2020 Consistently unruly Airbnb guests and hosts will be publicly shamed and banned for up to five years under new rules for the NSW short-term rental industry that come into force for the Christmas holidays. From December 18 the state's fair trading watchdog will have the power to craft conditions for short-term rental accommodation users and operators who have breached a new code of conduct. The new rules come [...]
13 OCTOBER 2020 Listen to a radio segment recording from ABC Radio Sydney including an interview with Karen Stiles, Executive Officer of OCN, discussing pets in strata. ABC Radio Sydney, Breakfast with Robbie Buck & Wendy Harmer.
21 OCTOBER 2020 We had no idea how far the disease had spread until the autopsy was carried out. We’d known something was wrong because there was no mistaking that pungent smell of rot and decay. But when we peered into those dark cavities after the first incision was made and the fragile skin had been peeled back, the full horror of it all became clear. By then, the culprit was long [...]
20 August 2020 Getting all owners in an apartment complex to agree to extensive renovations requires much more than the power of persuasion. A commercial mindset, an active and competent body corporate and good timing are also essential. Licensed real estate agent and auctioneer Craig Rosevear, who has been closely involved in the external transformation of the three blocks of 14 apartments where he is an owner, suggests treating the project as [...]
13 AUGUST 2020 If you walked the streets of Lisbon at the end of last year, just after Portugal voted to reelect its surprisingly successful center/left coalition government, it wouldn’t take long to notice something strange. The people spilling out of the capital’s beautiful old apartment buildings were very often, very obviously, tourists — not locals on their way to work, but usually groups of well-to-do 20-somethings looking for an upscale [...]