We would like to ask you to take a few moments of your time to read a builder’s view on different aspects of the process of Renovating and Extending your existing home.

There are some points to consider before undertaking your renovation and extension. These points play a major role during the process, so let’s get started.

Sustainability while Renovating your Home.

Thanks to a near-universal agreement on climate change, Australians are now taking the environment seriously and carefully considering the most energy efficient ways of building their houses and conserving natural resources.

A lot of our energy efficient practices today are standard inclusions in the average Australian home, due to the changes incorporated into the Building Code of Australia. There are also other simple items which are standard design features, for example, the Eave.

The Eave, also known as the roof overhang has been used by Builders for centuries, not only for protecting the home during violent heavy storms and allowing the rains to fall away from the house and protect the exterior walls.

Shading windows from direct sunlight it also lowers temperatures to the exterior walls and increases the roof area by 20 %, which increases the water harvesting capabilities of the roof.

That’s why when building in climatic conditions like we experience in Brisbane, it’s not only more energy efficient to incorporate the eave it’s also more economical during the life of the home to build eaves into the design.

In the past during the 1980’s & 1990’s , I remember in Brisbane when large volume Builders would design homes with eaveless roofs, at the time I couldn’t rationale the sense behind it. Within the industry we thought this was reckless behaviour on the behalf of the building designers.

Now in the future, we understand that the Eave is a major environmental feature in the Australian home. The inclusion of the Eave in your design of your next home renovation will provide added value both financially and improved sustainability of the home.

Professionals in the Industry

Surveyor Did you know when I started in the industry the only time that a Surveyor was engaged was when the owner purchased the block of land, nowadays the Surveyor comes to the site numerous times during construction with a major renovation he firstly carries out a boundary identification survey, then the Surveyor marks out the foundations and possibly could remark them after the foundations have been poured. The other time that the Surveyor is required is possible for a height certificate so that the building is within a specified height within town planning laws. https://www.surveyorsboard.com.au

Engineer The Engineer is engaged at the design stage of a project, he firstly carries out a soil test to identify the type of soil your land has inherited after the soil test has been identified the Engineer then designs the foundations and slab to be used on your site. The engineer could also be engaged to design structural elements of the project (i.e. steelwork, timber sizes). Once the Engineer has completed the design stage of the project, they are engaged by the Builder at different stages of the job to inspect the Builders work (i.e. foundation/slab, erection of steelwork). The Engineer’s role is to certify their design. https://www.bpeq.qld.gov.au

Private Building Certifiers This professional has been rebadged over time (i.e. council building surveyor), in simple terms the Private Building Certifier acts as Council in the public’s interest and has a responsibility to ensure that the Building Application complies with the Building Code of Australia and local codes (i.e. Qld development code). During the course of the Building Application, the Private Building Certifier carries outset inspections on the building works being carried out. After completion of building works by the Builder, the Certifier is to carry out a final inspection and issue a compliance certificate prior to the building being occupied. https://www.bsa.qld.gov.au/Pages/BuildingServicesAuthority.aspx

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