NEW COMMITTEE and PRESIDENT FOR AIB VICTORIAN CHAPTER

Last night at the Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building Mr Frank Pavan FAIB was elected unopposed to the position of Chapter President.  Joining him as the other Office Bearers were Ms Linda Tivendale MAIB, Mr Leo Dridan AMAIB and Mr Karl Vaitiekunas AMAIB.   After the meeting Mr Pavan said

“I’m delighted to be given the honour of being President the AIB’s Victorian Chapter for the next 12 months.  I wish to express my sincere thanks to David Burnell FAIB for his service as President over the past two years and look forward to continuing to work with David as he retains the Victorian Chapter nominee position on the National Council.

 To all Victorian Members, I look forward to engaging with you during my Presidency and would welcome your engagement in the Chapter’s activities during 2015-2016.  Members are welcome to contact me direct at vicbuild@aib.org.au should there be any particular issues they wish to raise with me.  There is much happening in the Building Industry in Victoria – some good, some not so good.  I hope during my term as President that the AIB has a healthy engagement in the issues important to the industry and AIB members and that it continues its fine work under its motto of “Advance through Learning”.

For a full list of the Chapter Committee membership please refer to the chapter webpage on https://aib.org.au/chapters/vic/

REGISTRATIONS CLOSING FOR FORECASTS BRIEFINGS

Next week will see the Australian Construction Industry Forum’s 2015 construction industry forecasts breakfasts for 2015. To be held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne these forecasts are not to be missed.  For more information click here

DWELLING APPROVALS REMAIN AT HIGH LEVELS IN MAY

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved fell 0.1 per cent in May 2015, in trend terms, after rising for 11 months.  In May, dwelling approvals decreased in South Australia (3.8 per cent), Queensland (2.1 per cent) and New South Wales (0.5 per cent) but increased in the Northern Territory (9.7 per cent), Australian Capital Territory (6.0 per cent), Tasmania (3.3 per cent), Victoria (1.1 per cent) and Western Australia (0.4 per cent) in trend terms.The value of total building approved fell 0.9 per cent in May, in trend terms, and has fallen for three months. The value of residential building rose 0.1 per cent while non-residential building fell 3.4 per cent in trend terms.

Further information is available in Building Approvals, Australia (cat no. 8731.0) on the ABS website at http://www.abs.gov.au

BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY DISCLOSURE DETERMINATION 2015

This determination specifies the manner in which energy efficiency ratings must be expressed in advertisements, the assessment methods and standards to be applied in calculating energy efficiency ratings for buildings, and the information set out in a building energy efficiency certificate.  The Determination and Explanatory Statement can be viewed at https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L01074

CONSTRUCTORS RELEASE SAFETY RESOURCE MATERIAL TO INDUSTRY

Australia’s leading construction companies have continued the progress of their Safety Initiative with the release of a further suite of documents aimed at assisting the building and construction industry to improve its safety performance. The documents, released by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA), supplement the reports released last year on Safety Culture and Safety in Design and cover a range of issues including: Guidance on the development and use of lead performance indicators to enable a proactive approach to identifying safety risks before accidents occur. A glossary of common safety terms aimed at standardising safety documentation and clarifying safety concepts. Guidelines on undertaking a training needs analysis to identify competencies and develop safety leadership capabilities within a business.  Read more ACA Media Release – 3 June 2015

CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, AUSTRALIA, MARCH 2015

CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, AUSTRALIA, PRELIMINARY, MAR 2015

The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 1.8% in the March quarter 2015. The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 2.4% to $48,397.8m in the March quarter. The trend estimate for total building work done rose 2.0% in the March quarter. The trend estimate for non-residential building work done rose 0.2%, while residential building work rose 3.1%. The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done rose 3.3% to $23,597.0m in the March quarter. The trend estimate for engineering work done fell 4.7% in the March quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done fell 7.3% to $24,800.9m in the March quarter.

See http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8755.0?OpenDocument