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    News Archive for September 2002

    Altro flooring inhibits growth of MRSA superbug

    Altro High Performance floors, available from Australian Safety Flooring, are the first to be proven to inhibit growth of the MRSA superbug. Tests undertaken by leading UK independent research laboratory CCFRA confirm that all Altro safety flooring ranges meet this criteria.


    Beware the bust in the boom

    Caution is a must for those involved in the boom that is set to creep into the engineering and non-residential construction sector by late 2003, according to economic forecasting company BIS Shrapnel.


    Environmental award for Cummins power station

    The diesel power station designed and built by Cummins in the Adelaide suburb of Lonsdale has won an award for environmental excellence.


    Address to launch Architecture Week

    RAIA President Graham Jahn will address the National Press Club on Wednesday 2 October, with a talk titled ‘Architecture’s War on Words’. The address will mark the launch of the first National Architecture Week, taking place from 7 to 14 October.


    Residential to fall but other sectors growing, says BIS Shrapnel

    The residential building market is strong but peaking, and looks set to fall back over the coming year, according to BIS Shrapnel. Their latest economic forecast has shied away from labelling this a “slump” for the building and construction industry, however, predicting strong growth during 2003/04 in non-residential and commercial construction.


    Trends in Fabric

    Fabric by Susan Trocme, available from The Building Bookshop, takes an unprecedented look at the nature of fabric.


    Hi-Macs samples

    The Hi-Macs’ range of solid surface acrylics is now available in a convenient sample binder.


    Penetrating sealer

    During the construction of a hardware and home furnishing store in Gisborne, New Zealand, the usual damp proof membrane under the floor slab was dispensed with and instead the concrete was waterproofed with Aquron penetrating waterproofing sealer from Allcrete Industries.


    The right approach

    Utilising industrial climbing techniques developed over many years, the team at Abtech Industrial rigged a triangulated “up and over” rope system to allow safe access during the application of a waterproof coating to the domed roof of the Cyprus Turkish Islamic mosque in Sunshine, Victoria.


    Keeping noise in check

    Gyprock Soundchek Commercial from CSR Gyprock is a 13mm commercial grade, high-density plasterboard that has been purpose-designed to resist the passage of sound. The 13mm plasterboard was recently used for the bathroom lining in two newly-constructed high-rise beach resorts in Queensland, successfully meeting BCA sound requirements while also reducing installation costs.


    Low rise platform lift

    Available from PR King & Sons, the Terry wheelchair lift has an electro-hydraulic operating system, providing exceptional stability and minimal maintenance.


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