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Issues caused by Waterproofing failure and what you can do Whilst waterproofing issues are almost to be expected in older buildings, we are undertaking an increasing amount of work in newer buildings where, during the initial building process the builders and/or their contractors have overlooked specific structural requirements that have caused ongoing issues. Here are a few things you can look out for. 

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A Guide to Appointing the right Structural Repair Specialist In the situation that you do need to hire a structural repair specialist, it is important that you find the right one, but knowing what to look for – for something you have little experience with – in a contractor can be somewhat overwhelming. To help make life that little bit easier, we have put together a cheat-sheet on hiring a structural repair specialist.
 

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair, Tips

The three reasons companies invest in their commercial floor No matter the change in technology, nor the industry the enquiries come from, nor the level of technical expertise of the person enquiring, we have learned that the nature of each and every flooring enquiry can be categorised as one of three things. In this blog we discuss the three ways to classify flooring.

This entry was posted in Commercial, Commercial kitchens, Flooring solutions, Non-slip flooring, Tips

Boosting the Value of Apartment and Office Buildings with Fa├žade Upgrades First impressions count. When people are looking for an apartment to live in or an office space to buy or rent, they will look for buildings with attractive, safe-looking modern facades first.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair

Why You Should Consider Commercial Flooring Alternatives In the past, for reasons of price or beliefs over the efficacy of the surface traditional flooring options have included sealed concrete, tiles or vinyl, but with technology constantly offering innovations in terms of construction materials and visual appeal, the options available today gives owners and managers, a lot more flooring options to consider.

This entry was posted in Commercial kitchens, Flooring solutions, Non-slip flooring

Falls on Flat Surfaces: A Commonly Overlooked Work Hazard In the past Workplace safety was something people saw as a necessary evil. Today however, Workplace safety is one of the many aspects that business owners as well as facility managers have started to prioritise, recognising that a safe workforce is more motivated and less of a financial burden. In fact, workplace safetly is not only a requirement by Australian law, but it also has a proven effect in boosting productivity, employee retention and end product quality.

This entry was posted in Flooring solutions, Non-slip flooring

Reporting and Repairing of Structural Damage in Strata Buildings A recent national survey on strata-titled property – conducted by Queensland’s Griffith University and reported on Domain shows that building defects (physical problems found in the infrastructure or outer finish of a building) are the number one issue facing apartment owners in 2015.

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The Lifetime Value of Your Floor

You're in business right? You know the importance of ensuring that your assets work as hard for you as possible.

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Certified Fire Doors Can Save Lives

The issue of fire safety is one which is very close to our hearts at Remedial Building Services. The opportunity to do our part, by giving building occupants the best chance of survival, is all the incentive we need really.

This entry was posted in Commercial, Fire upgrades, Strata, Tips

DIY Tips for Your Flooring Surface

If you want to preserve the integrity of your floor for as long as possible, follow these tips.

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Happy New Year! Welcome back to 2013, a year we hope is profitable, healthy and successful for you all. In the time over the break a few of us discussed the direction the blog should take this year. What we decided was that we want to have a distinct bias towards providing you with more useful information which has practical use for you.

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Buyer Beware - The Pitfalls of Properties with Structural Issues

Things to be aware of when buying a new house or unit

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Building Maintenance and Environmental Sustainability

To us, building maintenance and the provision of specialised services is just one aspect of doing a job right. Whether we are providing concrete cancer repair, applying fire sprays, or laying a new industrial floor, in our eyes, environmental responsibility and sustainability measures must be factored into the job specificiation.

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The evolution of flooring options

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There is a saying along the lines of “A man (or woman’s) home is their castle”. I have no idea where the saying originated, but I think many of us can relate just the same. Home is where we feel safe, where everything is in order and where everything just feels right. Whilst we may enjoy this truth on the inside, sadly outside is not always the same. In some instances it is gardening duty and in others, building repair. Sadly, in many instances, Mother Nature works to conspire against dreams of our house being a castle, causing buildings to suffer from the effects of the environment (too often this is combined with poor quality construction methods).

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

Treat Concrete Cancer When it Becomes Apparent

I was reminded this week of the need to fix structural issues as they become apparent and to not delay maintenance. I was discussing the importance with a potential client who believed that fixing concrete cancer was as simple as removing the drummy concrete and rendering over the exposed area. I explained to them that this was a myopic view and one which would cost them more money in the short and medium term. They didn't want to agree, arguing that no immediate action was necessary to rectify the underlying issues I had explained. When they said this, I was reminded of the old expression which I will paraphrase here to make my point:

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I was recently reading an article posted in the Sydney Morning Herald (“No end in sight to waiting game on Bunn Street”) about an apartment complex in Pyrmont Sydney with chronic structural issues and fire safety non-compliance.  Due to these issues, residents had been forced to move out of the building in 2009 until such time the identified issues were rectified. Sadly, the residents are still not back at home in their apartments; instead, they are being housed at a cost of $90,000 a month, in Zetland.
This is just mind boggling. Not only is the cost of housing the residents elsewhere an unnecessary drain on the coffers of the NSW Government, but it is a gross imposition on the residents themselves who have been moved across town from the waterside suburb of Pyrmont to Zetland, a suburb in close proximity to the airport. 

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Earlier this year, independent research and testing laboratory Exova Warrington finalized a report on a recent project which Remedial Building Services were proud to be a part of. Through 2011, international company ABI Group contracted Remedial for the purposes of assisting in performing upgrade works to the Iconic, Heritage listed building, the Brisbane Town Hall.

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The planning process for building works is a time intensive one. Whether you are an architect, engineer, builder or the client, you know the time put into making sure the smallest details are covered off and the structure will be nothing short of brilliant when it is built.

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Earlier this year, Independent certification boday Branz undertook to test the fire rating properties of Nullifire B747 when used in conjunction with Mineral Fibre board.

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