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QBSA is now QBCC

Apr 29, 2014   //   by qbi   //   Good Info  //  No Comments

DID YOU KNOW?
On 1 December 2013 the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) replaced the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA) as the building industry regulator for Queensland.

Want to check their website? Here is the link:

www.qbcc.qld.gov.au

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year To All

Dec 18, 2013   //   by qbi   //   Good Info  //  No Comments

We here at Queensland Building Inspections wish all our wonderful Clients, Associates and Friends a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year !

Our office will be closed for the festive season – from Friday 20th December to Wednesday 8th January.

So see you in the new, wonderful year of 2014 !

Take care and best wishes

From the QBI team

Is It Normal To Expect Cracking To Occur In Brickwork, Walls and Ceilings?

Oct 1, 2013   //   by qbi   //   Good Info  //  No Comments

Yes, damage in varying degrees can be expected in the life of the building depending on the relevant site classification.
If cracking becomes apparent the site maintenance conditions should be checked as noted below.
Corrective action should be carried out immediately and may include regrading surface drainage, moving gardens and trees or repairing leaks in water supply, stormwater and/or sewer drainage.
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING LANDSCAPING TO AVOID STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
* Plan type and location of gardens, paths, driveways, lawns, filling and retaining walls.
* Take care in selection of trees and shrubs. Do not over plant next to the house.
* Keep trees with high water demand well away from buildings in reactive clay areas.
* Avoid variable conditions around the house and maintain adequate moisture/watering. Do Not OVER water and avoid the use of unregulated sprinkler systems.
* Locate ponds and water features away from the house.
* Direct surface water away from the house. Do not allow water to be trapped or pond near the house.
* Repair leaking pipes and taps.
* NOTE: These issues should be considered as part of planning and maintaining the home. Aim to provide a consistent moisture regime around the house. This will minimise soil moisture variations that may cause movement and result in structural damage.
(Extract from BSA booklet “A simple ‘How To’ guide to preventing structural damage to your home.”)

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