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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Why Tiling Quotes May Differ

In a recent article for Home Improvement Pages, Rob Schneider looks at why one quote for laying tiles can differ dramatically from another. He says it is all in the detail. When you ask for a detailed quote, you may find that the cheaper quote does not include: The installation of an underlay and waterproof membrane, if the tiles are being laid on timber floor boards. (more…)

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The Benefits of Waterproofing Your Crawl Space

What is a crawl space and why should you waterproof it? According to a recent article in London Community News, your crawl space is the narrow area between rooms and floors in your home that allows access to the plumbing and electrical infrastructure. The article points out that because such spaces are generally neglected, they are susceptible to infiltration by insects, mildew, mould and moisture. These can not only damage your home, but because the air in these crawl spaces circulates throughout the house, they can also cause serious health issues such as respiratory problems and aggravation of allergies, asthma and hay fever. (more…)

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