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    News Archive for February 2003

    More than just flexible

    Temporary Flexible Downpipe® provides an effective way of preventing the structural damage and unsafe working conditions created by the lack of temporary roof water catchment in the early stages of construction.


    Wet area compliance

    CSR Gyprock has released a new formulation of its Gyprock Wet Area Base Coat. Specifically designed for wet areas, its application ensures compliance with BCA requirements that wall joints in wet areas “be reinforced with tape set in water resistant taping compound.”


    Steel provides the link

    Lakeside at Pakenham, a new residential development in Victoria that features homes and extensive community facilities built around a 6.5 hectare lake, makes use of steel to provide a consistent look throughout the the 222 hectare site, reinforcing the community feeling the developers are seeking to generate.


    Streamlined solar

    The new generation of solar heaters are streamlined in design, meaning there is no longer any need to have a storage tank on the roof and also boast increased capacity and lower cost.


    Termite treated timber

    A joint development initiative between Hyne Timber and Koppers Arch Wood Protection provides low cost termite protection for structural timber. The technology, marketed by Hyne as T2 is expected to have a very positive impact on the use of treated timber.


    Parbury changes its name

    Building and construction products manufacturer, Parbury Technologies is now trading under a new name, Parchem Construction Products Pty Ltd.


    Two heads are better than one

    Airwell’s new range of Duo Multihead reverse cycle air conditioners allow for two wall-mounted indoor units to be matched to a single outdoor unit, giving users cooling and/or heating in two separate rooms.


    Clean site initiative

    BHP Steel has joined the fight to eliminate the pollution of Australia’s waterways by signing up as partner to the Clean Site program, an initiative of Keep South Australia Beautiful (KESAB environmental solutions), which aims to reduce and address the impact of building and construction on the environment, particularly waterways.


    New Executive Director at AIB

    Kayt Watts has been appointed Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB).


    Water aware

    The designers of an award-winning redevelopment at Elermore Vale near Newcastle made water conservation of major element of the complex, with each of the five units in the project incorporating a rainwater tank made from Aquaplate steel developed by BHP Steel to recycle water for reuse on the garden and the toilet.


    Steel stunner

    A striking Northern Territory house built from steel and glass that took out two major prizes in the 2002 national architecture awards illustrates how a building can embrace lightweight steel building technology to minimise its impact on the environment, while using solar power and rainwater collection to be self-sufficient in power generation and water supply.


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