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In recent years, building cladding has become almost the default design element of architects and those
involved in new construction and refurbishment of existing buildings, due to its ability to transform what
may otherwise be a plain building, or old building into something much more contemporary and
aesthetically pleasing.
But as evidenced by high-profile fires in the last three years at Grenfell Tower (London), Lacrosse Docklands
(Melbourne) and the Torch Tower (Dubai), non-compliant fire panels – the type which have been used
extensively in Australia and around the world – represent a major fire hazard which can lead to multiple
deaths when a fire does start within the building.

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While home or property owners see the need for repairs and maintenance, the cost for of undertaking preventative structural analysis can be high and is likely to put many people off. But the cost of doing so may surprise people. 
Usually people wait until damage becomes serious enough to be apparent and cause other issues, by which time the damage is done and extensive works are required. In doing this, what could have been a relatively small captical expenditure becomes something much more significant. 

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One of the most difficult things to maintain in a restaurant or commercial kitchen is high-quality standards for cleanliness. Too often, under the stress of delivering great service, employees neglect routine hygiene in production areas. But the truth is in reality, it simply can’t be ignored.

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Leaking pipes are one of the most significant issues property managers need to action immediately, yet despite acting promptly, the effects of leaking pipes can last well beyond the time they were leaking. In fact, the greatest threat of water seepage to structural integrity is when moisture has reached the building's steel frame, which is part of the structure's foundation. 

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Bricks remain one of the most interesting and beautiful building materials today, yet despite being hardy they are not impervious to the effects of time and weather. Nor are they able to always withstand the pressures put on them from structural movements of the slab or building around them. When they crack however, there is a solution. Come learn about Crack Stitching. 

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Structural Foundation Issues: What Are They and How They Can be Resolved Like your own general health, the best way to protect your building is to undertake routine checkups and maintenace. This allows you to notice when things start to look different and quickly identify issues which may need attention. We've put together a guide to help you notice key signs and what to do about them. 

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

Fire Upgrades for Building Code Compliance If you're issued with a Fire upgrade order, or are just looking to update your building so it is in line with the code, there are a number of considerations you need to be aware of. In this piece we discuss what they are and what you need to be aware of. 

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

The advantages of Carbon Fibre During the design phase, determinations for the load-bearing capacity of a slab is mandatory considertion. However, through the process of time, a change in the intended use of the slab can mean the load-bearing capacity may no longer be adequate. In this instance carbon fibre can be a very quick and cost effective solution. 

This entry was posted in Carbon fibre, Commercial, Structural repair

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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