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Premises certified despite not complying with applicable building standards Fire safety risks for building occupants, including a child-care centre Registered building surveying contractor and practitioner fined $5,000 each The Building Services Board has fined a Perth building surveying company and its former supervisor $5,000 each for incorrectly certifying that a commercial premises complied...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jun 2022
Directors admit to sourcing and providing fake insurance certificates, falsely representing a project value and failing to ensure oversight of building services State Administrative Tribunal orders global fines of $35,000 each Western Australian Construction Pty Ltd entered administration in 2020 Two former building company directors have been fined a total of $70,000 after admitting to forging...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Jun 2022
As we enter the winter months, with cold and stormy weather on our doorstep, it’s important to keep yourself and your family not only warm but safe by considering Building and Energy’s top safety tips. “The new season acts as reminder to check your electrical and gas appliances before using them, be conscious of extra mould growth, and ensure your property is rain, hail and wind prepared,”...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2022
Hydrogen is an odourless, tasteless, colourless, non-toxic, and flammable gas. It reacts readily with oxygen, releasing a considerable amount of energy as heat and producing only water as a by-product. It is also used in fuel cells to produce electricity. The difference between a fuel cell and a battery Both fuel cells and batteries supply electricity. However, there are important differences in...
Building and Energy
Department News
31 May 2022
A recent gas incident has highlighted the need for gas fitters to be aware of the potential for over pressurization of a gas installation due to the failure of an older style single stage LP Gas installation regulator. Failure of single stage LP Gas regulators can lead to downstream piping, apparatus and appliances being exposed to dangerously high pressures. Prior to 1999, most domestic and some...
Building and Energy
Department News
31 May 2022
ATCO has presented Building and Energy with statistics which describe the most common defects it encounters whilst inspecting gas installation work. Failing to follow the manufacturer’s instructions makes up 14 per cent of ATCO’s total defects. These defects can be avoided if proper care is taken to ensure that the manufacturer’s installation instructions are understood and followed. In...
Building and Energy
Department News
31 May 2022
WA building sector impacted by worldwide shortages and rising costs Information for consumers facing delays, cost increases and other challenges Resources available at the Building and Energy website (dmirs.wa.gov.au) WA’s building regulator has developed helpful information to assist consumers affected by current challenges in the home building sector, including impacts on project timeframes and...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 May 2022
Only registered painters can legally carry out paid painting work over $1,000 Consumers are encouraged to check the Register of Painters Building and Energy has received 59 complaints about painting work this financial year Following recent action by Building and Energy, consumers are reminded that painters must be registered to carry out paid painting work valued at $1,000 or more. Painting...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 May 2022
Fire risk from several models of LG home energy storage batteries 450 of the recalled batteries are estimated to have been installed in WA Affected consumers should switch off the battery and contact LG or SolaX WA’s electrical and product safety regulators are alerting consumers about a national recall of some LG-branded home energy storage batteries, which may overheat and ignite. Building...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2022
Electrical tests carried out by assembly line staff, not licensed electricians Public at risk if electrical equipment is supplied without expert testing Company pleaded guilty and has changed its testing practices Following the prosecution of a Perth air-conditioning company, Building and Energy is warning WA manufacturers that testing of electrical equipment above a certain voltage must only be...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 May 2022
A new 2021 edition of AS/NZS 1170.2 Structural design actions - Wind actions has been included for adoption in the 2022 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC). The new edition of AS/NZS 1170.2 has many improvements, however it also includes a reduction in design wind speeds for wind Region D.
Wind region D map
Wind region D map, by sgrove
Wind Region D is unique to Western Australia. It is a 50km...
Building and Energy
Department News
12 May 2022
Notices of completion not provided for gasfitting work at five Perth properties Notices are compulsory for safety, compliance and inspections Mr Mohammadiah was convicted of the same offence in 2012 A Rivervale licensed gas fitter has been fined $3,000 and ordered to pay $500 in costs for not lodging compulsory notices with WA’s energy safety regulator – 10 years after being convicted for the...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 May 2022
Perth tradeswoman contracted for home renovation and painting work without the required registrations Deposits over the legal limit of 6.5 per cent were taken from the home owners Mandatory contract notices were not given to home owners A Perth tradeswoman has been fined a total of $7,400 after pleading guilty to seven offences including contracting for building and painting work without the...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 May 2022
Roof of a two-storey Alkimos home detached during a storm in Easter 2019 Inadequate systems and procedures led to insufficient roof tie-down connections $15,000 fine for company and reprimand for Mr Trager following SAT mediation The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has fined Perth builder Ben Trager Homes Pty Ltd $15,000 and reprimanded its nominated supervisor Ben Trager for not properly...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 May 2022
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (WA) (the “new Act”) will introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry. It is one of the most significant legislative changes for the local industry since the 2004 introduction of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the “CCA”). In line with the State...
Building and Energy
Department News
06 May 2022
Drainage plumbing inspections. Drainage plumbing inspections are completed while the work is under construction. Most drainage inspections will arise from notifications made by, or on behalf of, the licensed plumbing contractor responsible for the work. To enable drainage plumbing work to be inspected while it is under construction, licensed plumbing contractors are required to notify the...
Building and Energy
Department News
05 May 2022
North Coogee home renovation work carried out without the required registration 50 per cent deposit taken when only 6.5 per cent was allowed Consumers urged to avoid big deposits and check the builder is registered Building and Energy is encouraging consumers to check their builder is registered and to be aware of rules about deposits for home building work, following the regulator’s prosecution...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2022
Product safety recall for various pool gate latches made by Aristo Glass Products The faulty gate latches may not latch properly and pose a drowning risk for children Consumers are reminded that pool safety is an all-year-round issue Building and Energy is alerting consumers about a recall of several faulty latches that may fail to securely shut swimming pool gates, creating a drowning risk for...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Apr 2022
Undetected electrical error due to lack of testing step in procedure Voltage rises caused damage to electrical appliances at a Lancelin property Magistrate advised Western Power to speed up its review of procedures Western Power has been fined $45,000 for not providing adequate testing instructions, which would have detected an electrical error that caused almost $600 of damage at a Lancelin...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Apr 2022
Electric shock risks from Spa Quip 800 and 1200 controllers Flexible socket can allow equipment to be plugged in incorrectly A Perth man died after connecting a pump’s electrical plug upside-down Action by Western Australia’s electrical safety regulator has led to the national recall of hazardous spa components involved in the tragic death of a Perth man. Building and Energy prohibited the sale...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Apr 2022
Under the Gas Standards Act 1972 s.13E(3a), the Director of Energy Safety has adopted standards relating to the approval of Type A and Type B gas appliances. The Western Australian Government Gazette No.45 published on 29 March 2022 details Standards that are to be used as a benchmark for both Type A and Type B gas appliances for the purpose of approval requirements as per s.13D(1) (Type A) and s...
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Apr 2022
Apprentice failed to connect the main neutral conductor to a new switchboard A resident received an electric shock from an energised shower tap Mr Alliston was fined $5,000 for inadequate supervision of the electrical work A Nedlands family was lucky to avoid serious injury after an electrical work error caused the metal pipes at their home to become energised, with one person receiving an...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Apr 2022
Building and Energy is pleased to announce two initiatives to support prospective adjudicators/review adjudicators in gaining registration under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (Act): an approved training course to be run by Jackson McDonald and supported by Building and Energy from Monday 23 May 2022; and the waiving of all application and registration fees...
Building and Energy
Department News
07 Apr 2022
‘Live’ metal objects at four Kingsley homes after wrong cable disconnected Inadequate instructions provided to workers and contractors Guilty plea for failing to ensure that network maintenance was carried out safely Western Power has been fined $30,000 following an error by one of its contractors, which led to a Kingsley man receiving an electric shock and nearby residents being exposed to...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Apr 2022
Always turn off the mains power before entering a roof space This is compulsory for all tradespeople including electricians Building and Energy is distributing safety stickers for manholes and switchboards Recent tragic deaths and close calls have prompted a plea from Western Australia’s electrical safety regulator to always switch off the mains power before entering a roof space. Building and...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Mar 2022

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