External Cladding – How to Manage an Emerging Problem

What is the problem? Over the past 10 to 15 years many buildings have been constructed using Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP). ACPs are frequently used in buildings because of the need to improve thermal or acoustic aspects of the design and also because the panels are a comparatively cheap building material to use. ACPs typically […]

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Changes to the Domestic Building Contracts Regulations

Effective from 1 August 2017 there will be a number of changes to regulations under the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic) (Act). Major Domestic Building Contracts Major domestic building contract is now defined as a domestic building contract where the contract sum is more than $10,000 (previously $5,000).1 If the contract sum for preliminary […]

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Security of Payment Claims Following Termination or Suspension of the Construction Contract

The first High Court decision1  to consider the operation of the security of payment legislation found that a claimant may be unable to submit a payment claim after the termination or suspension of the construction contract. The Facts – Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (in liquidation) v Lewence Construction Pty Ltd The facts are […]

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