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Building with CJ Homes

My suggestion is do not take this "advice" prima facie from the builder - call Brisbane City Council and ask to speak to the duty planner (provide them with your…

1 month1 monthiTooliTool posted:
Question about regulations re window sizes

Natural lighting requirements are dealt with in Section 3.8.4 of the Building Code Volume 2 (which you should be able to access online). It looks like the general requirement for…

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1 month1 monthiTooliTool posted:
Insulating Garage Door

I'd guess so, given the use of the term "drywall" rather than plasterboard. I have a vague recollection that R values in NA are not comparable to R values here…

1 month1 monthiTooliTool posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

...and as expected, he demonstrates my point.
Thread views up 35% since last night, I'm sure OP appreciates the bump. I'm not quite sure how the techno-predilections of gamblers is relevant…

1 month1 monthiTooliTool posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

1) Responds to the thread, thereby bumping it back up to the top of the page and providing the OP with greater exposure and sabotaging his own efforts to scent…

1 month1 monthiTooliTool posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

An unseemly but ineffective attempt at scent marking...
By the way, reading sentences and paragraphs may seem like an insurmountable task for the three word slogan crowd, but the rest of…

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2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Calculation of liquidated damages

Interestingly, mine says they can only claim an extension for the 3 week industry shutdown period if it couldn't reasonably be foreseen at the contract date that the construction timeframe…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Calculation of liquidated damages

Also check your contract for when they actually need to provide you within any claims for an extension of time.
e.g. in my HIA contract the builder needs to do this…

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2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
BCA clarification on step down v flight of stairs

Common practice yes, but mandatory? So long as the garage slab itself is a suitable height above the FSL of the driveway I can't see why it would be. I've…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
BCA clarification on step down v flight of stairs

BCA Cl 3.9.1.6 states "Where the threshold of a doorway is more than 230 mm above the adjoining surface it must incorporate steps having riser (R) and going (G) dimensions…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Can I insist the builder tells me who their subcontractor i

I strongly doubt there'd be a reason to address that in either standard building contracts or your State's building legislation.
No harm in asking, but if they decline to tell you…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
External stairs - galvanised steel or timber stringers?

Thanks, don't you mean AS1684?
Anyway, separately to fixing details my primary question is about the pros and cons of steel vs timber stringers. Anyone gone with one versus the other…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
External stairs - galvanised steel or timber stringers?

Our build includes external stairs coming off a deck. The stairs do not have a roof over them and so are open to the elements.
Our spec called for galvanised steel…

3 months3 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

Agreed, but standards set the minimum requirements/benchmark rather than some lofty ideal - therefore alternate solutions need to achieve the same or better outcome, and any competent engineer should be…

3 months3 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

The arrangement as it stands does not appear to comply with AS2870 Residential slabs and footings, specifically Clause 5.2.1:
"The ground in the immediate vicinity of the perimeter footing, including the…

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4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
When is actual Building start for liquidated damages?

What does your contract state?
For example, the standard HIA contract in QLD says that within 10 business days of commencement the builder must give the owner a signed notice confirming…

4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard

And, assuming it's a gravity main, OP's not going to be able to have it "lowered" per se as the inlet and outlet pipe invert levels will be set to…

4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
G.J Gardner build - Week 20 - Fitoff

I would recommend if at all possible you push the budget and get a retaining wall with proper footings underneath it and one of the concrete block retaining wall systems…

4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
How to Identify Block Boundary

This.
The two-foot tall red and white stake is not the boundary peg, which is an official survey mark. Moving/tampering with survey marks is an offence (in QLD anyway).
If the pegs…

4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Settlement Dilemma

When you say "on zero boundary", is your garage actually on the boundary or just closer than 1m to it? You've got no control over the lie of the land…

4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Council Work Zone permit

There are over 500 local government authorities (Councils) in Australia, each with their own processes and fees for road occupancy arrangements. Ask your Council those questions and you'll get a…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Minimum height for garage opening.

I had a look through the BCA and didn't find anything other than 2100mm in clause 3.8.2.2(d), as you've already found.
I'd suggest that you ask whoever is telling you 2200mm…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

In case anyone is still following this general thread, it looks like:
they've had 1 more direction to rectify structural work this year
at least one of the 3 replacement supervisors that…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Minimum height for garage opening.

2100mm is typical. Check out the specs on the B&D website for panel lift doors - headroom requirement is around 300mm, which makes sense given a standard floor height of…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

The purpose of formwork is in the name - to form. If they pulled the boards off on the same day and your edges are intact (i.e. well formed), then…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

I see what you mean. They didn't temporarily fix my barrier to the lower forms (just ran it out flat beyond the slab and turned it up at the form…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

I'm assuming you have a standard waffle pod slab without excavated footings? No seal is formed between the vapour barrier and the temporary edge formwork - excess water will be…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Screw pile and slab boundary.

Why don't you wait until they've installed the edge boards and then measure it to satisfy yourself?
There's no harm in keeping an eye on things, but there's also no point…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Screw pile and slab boundary.

The location of the piers don't determine the extents of the slab, a surveyor does (using the structural drawings and the site plan).
Any piers located along the perimeter of the…

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