Model ‘T’ Link-Seal Given Two Hour Fire Rating

Independent assessment firm Exova Warrington Fire has issued a two hour fire rating certificate for the Model “T” Link-Seal, which is used to seal pipe penetrations through concrete structures. The rating was in accordance with Australian Standards 1530.4 and 4072 and involved exposing the seal to the extreme heat of a furnace, which it passed with flying colours, maintaining its integrity for 132 minutes without any gaps or cracks forming. (more…)

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How to Waterproof Walls and Floors

When making over a room in the home, whether it’s the bathroom or kitchen, waterproofing the walls and floors is an important step. Here’s how to waterproof walls and floors, thanks to Reader's Digest: Primer – A suitable primer should first be applied to the walls and floors. Silicone – Seal joints and openings with a bead of silicone for wet areas up to the level of the tiles. (more…)

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University Project Sign of Growing Demand for Living Roofs

In a recent Sourceable article, Kristen Avis describes a project being carried out at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus. Known as Burnley Living Roofs, it involves three separate living roofs that have been installed on the university’s administration building. They are being used for research and education and to demonstrate what can be achieved if designers and local communities incorporate such spaces into urban environments. (more…)

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How To Choose the Right Waterproofing Company

Waterproofing is an essential part of making sure your home stays liveable for longer. Jaclyn Fitzgerald provides some useful tips on choosing the right waterproofing company for your home. She advises you to: Make sure they are fully licensed and insured, so you are protected in the event of a problem. Ask for credentials and references. Only the dodgy companies will be reluctant to provide them. (more…)

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Leaky Balconies Causing Rise in Water Damage Claims

In a recent article in Sourceable, journalist Marc Howe exposes an apparent flaw in the Australian building code that has seen a dramatic rise in the number of claims and litigation over water damage to apartments in hi-rise buildings. The building code does not specifically require balconies to have an outfall for water, and they continue to be built exactly level with the interior of the apartment, allowing storm water to flow in unrestricted. The code also does not require balconies to be thoroughly tested and certified as waterproof, prior to occupancy permits being issued. (more…)

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