Posted by Daniela Carloni
on Nov 23, 2017 12:07:54 PM

Air pollution is a world-wide concern, so how can our builders help?

Posted by Daniela Carloni
on Jan 10, 2017 03:36:15 PM

Streets of your town’, a two part mini series featured by ABC at the end of last year gave a fascinating insight into Australian home design through the ages. The unexpected presenter Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross was allowed to indulge his passion for Australian architecture.

Posted by Daniela Carloni
on Nov 21, 2016 09:43:43 AM

One of the most reliable ways of knowing the reverberation time of your space before building is by using the complex three dimensional architectural and acoustical modelling and measuring technologies. For acoustically critical venues, even a physical model of the building and its interiors may be required.

Posted by Daniela Carloni
on Nov 16, 2016 02:55:02 PM

What is an FRL or fire rating?  

A Fire Resistance Level (FRL) or fire rating is the term used to describe the fire resistance of a building element. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) defines an FRL as ‘The grading periods in minutes determined in accordance with Specification A2.3, for the following criteria: 

Posted by Daniela Carloni
on Nov 16, 2016 02:33:38 PM

Are Knauf systems with an FRL fire tested?

Knauf plasterboard systems with a Fire Resistance Level (FRL) have either been fire tested or assessed according to the Building Code of Australia.  It would be restrictively expensive to fire test all combinations of products that make up plasterboard systems and this is recognised by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) which permits a Registered Testing Authority (RTA) to prepare fire assessment reports.

Posted by Daniela Carloni
on Nov 9, 2016 11:44:16 AM

In 2010 Australia made a bid to host the 2022 World Cup. With the Socceroos on the world stage and soccer becoming the most popular team sport for many, it was ‘our’ turn. So when Qatar won, Aussies were in their right to ask ‘Why?’ as much as to question ‘How is it even possible?’

Posted by Daniela Carloni
on Sep 27, 2016 04:12:32 PM

How to select a fire rated wall or ceiling

One of the most common questions I get asked is “how can one system have two different Fire Resistance Levels (FRLs) and what does each one mean?” For example a wall system can have -/90/90 and 60/60/60. Even for architects, understanding the requirements of the Building Code Australia (BCA), can be confusing. But when it comes to selecting  fire rated systems, including fire rated walls and fire rated ceilings, there is some key terminology you need to know. For example, Fire Resistance Level or Fire Rating?