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MBA Housing Awards Annual Issue 18

This annual publication is a showcase for the prestigious Housing Awards, presented by the Master Builders Association of NSW. MBA Housing Awards Annual displays myriad new home ideas, designs, products and services with colour photographs, floorplans, prices and a brief description of each project and builder details. Essential for anyone about to buy or build a new home.

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in this issue

2 min
president’s message

With the amount of building activity at a record high in most sectors of the industry in NSW and forecasts suggesting that this will continue for some time, 2016 saw a number of major opportunities for the Master Builders Association (MBA), its members and industry to make a real difference on how we attract people to the profession of building. The introduction of a concentrated focus on preapprenticeship courses for both new entrants and mature-age students, as well as new strategies to attract, motivate and retain first-year apprentices, are designed not only to satisfy the future needs of our industry, but also deliver the skills we need to construct a high-quality built environment. Further, in an exciting initiative between the NSW government and MBA, we will offer, for the first time,…

5 min
housing awards 2016 judging panel

ALAN BROWNE Alan Browne has been a building consultant since 1988 and before this was a licensed builder with a trade background in carpentry and joinery. Alan holds a Carpentry & Joinery Trade Certificate, Building Foreman & Clerk of Works Certificate, Building Certificate and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying and Assessment from UTS. His varied career includes being a part-time teacher at TAFE teaching the Building Supervision Course (now Certificate IV) and assessing earthquake damage for the Earthquake Commission of New Zealand following the earthquakes in Christchurch. Alan is a past president of the St George Division of the Master Builders Association and has had a heavy involvement with local St George and Chullora TAFEs. PETER COURT Peter Court is managing director of Concourt Pty Ltd, which he established in 1971. He…

2 min
master builder of the year

PAVILION PERFECTION The Clifton Gardens project consisted of a new pavilion residence, the creation of which required imaginative construction and structural solutions. The floating pavilion is supported by a 31m-long off-form profiled concrete beam, known as "the superbeam” by the project team. The Envisia concrete was developed by Boral’s technical department and was the only concrete that satisfied the engineer’s strict specification. The concrete was specially designed by Boral to achieve no deflection over such a long cantilever. The form for "the superbeam” was manufactured in five pieces by Innovation Composites on the NSW South Coast, and transported to site where it was craned and secured in position. The joints were then fibreglassed by boat builders to achieve the required design and the whole 31m were then polished. This project pushed the limits of…

2 min
young builder of the year

APASSION FOR LUXURY Living Constructions was formed in late 2013 by the 2016 Young Builder of the Year, Daniel Lees, with his business partner, Daniel Gallon, a colleague who shared his passion for luxury residential works. “The passion for the luxury residential market was the result of my previous exposure to similar projects that I was involved with at Bezzina Group, and Daniel Gallon through his time at Kell & Rigby, working at St Patrick’s Estate in Manly and for UK developer St James on a luxury high-rise development in London,” says Daniel. “When I worked at a large Sydney-based commercial building company I developed a number of solid contacts with architects who work in the luxury residential market, namely Iain Halliday from Burley Katon Halliday, Phil Corben from Corben Architects, Nick…

1 min
the building industry’s night of nights

The MBA Excellence in Housing Awards showcase the very best in residential construction and attract a broad cross section of the residential building sector, including project homebuilders, contract builders, apartment constructors and contractors specialising in additions, alterations and renovations. This year saw a record number of projects entered, with the judges not only recognising the amazing quality of construction, but also noting the challenges of the many building obstacles successfully overcome while maintaining excellent relationships with clients, subcontractors and design teams. The awards are categorised into 21 divisions extending over a diverse range of residential projects. The entire residential building spectrum is covered — everything from multimillion-dollar design-and-construct projects, exhibition homes and townhouse developments to the best use of timber, energy-efficient housing and environmental management. The judging panel personally inspected every building…

2 min
the mba code of conduct and fair business practice

By joining the MBA, members give a commitment to adhere to the following principles: • Deal honestly and fairly with clients. • Recognise that fair and genuine competition is a fundamental service to which prospective clients are entitled. • Maintain a high standard of work and comply with the plans and specifications in the execution of all works undertaken. • Comply with prevailing building and construction codes for construction and work towards their improvement in the interests of structural efficiency, safety and health. • Deal justly with employees and those with whom members contract. • Conduct business so the health and safety of employees, of those with whom they contract and their employees, and of the community, are safeguarded. • Avoid all conduct or practice likely to discredit or do injury to the building construction industry and…