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MBA Housing Awards Annual Issue 20

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, 2018 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 MBA’s focus on pre-apprenticeship courses for both new entrants and mature-age students, as well as strategies to attract, motivate and retain first-year apprentices, continued throughout 2018. New industry programs to attract more women and Aboriginal people to our industry, as well the introduction of a “Maths in Trades” course for high school students, were also undertaken. Further, in an exciting initiative between the NSW government and MBA, the association commenced a new training pathway “from Apprenticeship to Bachelor Degree” for…

5 min
housing awards 2018 judging panel

ROSS FINNIE Ross Finnie has worked in the construction industry for more than 40 years, managing projects of various types, sizes and complexity and specialises in health, safety, environmental and quality issues. He is a member of various organisations including MBA NSW, where he is a Gold member and a divisional ex-president of the Northern Suburbs Division. He is also a Certified Building Consultant and involved in Legal and Contracts plus Council of Management at MBA NSW, and the MBA representative on the WorkCover NSW Construction Industry Working Party and Standard Australia’s Construction Advisory Group. In addition, he is a member of Resolution Institute Australia and the NSCA — National Safety Council of Australia and has been secretary of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA). Ross established his own business, TREW…

3 min
heavenly hamptons

Gyllenpalm, an exquisite American Hamptons-style home of around 600m², sits on a Bronte site of approximately 1100m² with a 10m fall and has had significant landscaping works. There was a large amount of additional works and changes during the construction period yet despite this, the owners moved in for Christmas, 13 months after construction commenced. There is extensive use of painted H3 LOSP-treated timber with banding, columns, beams, soffits and architraves externally; and internally with decorative ceiling beams and wall panels to achieve the Hamptons look. The floor finish throughout is an engineered roasted blackbutt oiled timber. The windows and doors were changed from aluminium to painted rosewood timber as a just-in-time selection decision. Considerable design detail changes were developed concurrent to the construction arising from this change. The client had a significant…

3 min
making his mark

Thirty-eight-year-old Mark Newman of Newmark Constructions always wanted to own his own building company. His father ran a small business and it was always a matter of when, not if, Mark would open his own company. Knowing that, Mark was selective in the roles and companies he worked for. Unless the role offered good experience and had good people willing to teach best practice, Mark wasn’t interested. After 20 years of industry experience, when the opportunity came for Mark to form Newmark Constructions, he did so on the back of two decades of investment in learning about the industry from within. During this time, Mark completed his carpentry apprenticeship and worked as a carpenter for a number of years before completing further study. Initially, he completed a Certificate IV and a…

1 min
the building industry’s night of nights

The Housing Awards showcases the very best in residential construction and attracts a broad cross section of the residential building sector, including project home builders, 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 MBA Excellence in Housing Awards is categorised into 22 divisions extending over a diverse range of residential projects. The entire residential building spectrum is covered — everything from multi-million-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…

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 with 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…