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Australia may be home to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, at South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve, but it’s the smaller models that have prompted a reminder about how to safely handle, use and store them. Consumer Protection and WA’s electrical safety regulator, Building and Energy, are aware of two incidents in WA this year in which e-cigarette batteries have ignited in the user’s...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2021
Building and Energy officers providing on-ground support in the Mid West. Residents urged to be cautious when using generators, gas equipment and other portable appliances. Avoid DIY repairs to electrical, gas and plumbing infrastructure. WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing key electrical and gas safety advice for people in cyclone-affected areas who may be using portable equipment or...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Apr 2021
Have you had a solar system installed at your property? If so, Building and Energy, would like to hear from you regarding your experience with the solar industry via a short survey. As the Western Australian Electrical Regulator, Building and Energy is undertaking this survey to gain a better understanding of the community’s experience with the solar industry. We would appreciate any feedback you...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Apr 2021
The Building Services Board has cautioned a local government building surveyor for failing to ensure that adequate information was included in the certification of work at a Bicton property. The Board found that Modesto Giancaspro (BSP190) was negligent or incompetent while carrying out building surveying work when he signed a certificate of building compliance (CBC) issued by the City of...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Mar 2021
Consumer Protection intelligence prompts warnings about rogue tree-loppers Home owners are urged to be cautious and know their rights Recent prosecutions and warnings are helping to protect consumers Consumer Protection is urging home owners to carefully choose their tree-loppers following reports of unscrupulous operators offering their services in Perth. During the 2019-20 financial year,...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Mar 2021
A South West building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined a total of $3,500 for negligence after their certification of a Roleystone building project failed to meet the required standards. The Building Services Board found that Eaton-based building surveying contractor Jescar Pty Ltd (BSC14) and building surveying practitioner Richard Ruhen (BSP279) were negligent in carrying out...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Feb 2021
The Building Services Board has fined a building surveyor $1,000 for misleading the Shire of Toodyay by knowingly signing a certificate with the wrong building classification. Daniel Ross Smee (BSP293) provided a certificate of building compliance (CBC) in March 2019 for additions and alterations to a Julimar property, including a bedroom, games room and sunroom. The Board was told that Mr Smee’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Feb 2021
Western Australia’s building and energy safety regulator is sharing top tips for a safe summer when using gas barbecues and camping appliances, pools, party lights, lithium-ion batteries, roof spaces and items attached to pillars. Gas barbecues “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if they are not correctly used or maintained,” Building and Energy A/...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jan 2021
Mr Howard was jailed for fraud regarding invoices to the North Metropolitan Health Service His conviction led to recent action under WA building registration laws State Administrative Tribunal issued a reprimand and an order to pay costs A former builder has faced disciplinary action under WA’s building registration laws after being convicted of fraud over misuse of North Metropolitan Health...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Jan 2021
Building and Energy and Consumer Protection have joined forces to warn parents and retailers about the risks and rules when using and selling portable pools this summer. Building and Energy oversees WA’s swimming pool safety barrier standards, which are enforced by local governments, while Consumer Protection regulates product safety. On average, one child a year drowns in a portable pool in...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2020
The ACCC has issued a media release urging consumers to check their caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) for dangerous Surburban branded water heaters which may emit carbon monoxide. A recall was issued in November 2019 for Surburban recreational vehicle water heaters due to their safety hazards. If you have an affected water heater, do not use it in gas mode under any circumstances. For...
Building and Energy
Alert
10 Dec 2020
In recent years, concerns have been raised regarding incidents resulting from leaked gas due to a known weakness in the current Type 21 ‘POL’ cylinder valve. After considerable consultation, Standards Australia have published AS/NSZ 5601.1:2013 Amendment 4 and AS/NSZ 5601.2:2020 which include a change from the current Type 21 ‘POL’ connection on a LPG cylinder to a new safer leisure cylinder connection (LCC27). The standards refer to this as the Type 27 connection.
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Dec 2020
Building and Energy want to remind gas fitters about the importance of installing new gas appliances according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, as required by Regulation 20 (1)(b) of the Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumers Gas Installations) Regulations 1999 .
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Dec 2020
WA consumers are being warned about an asbestos and demolition operator who is misleading the community, by falsely claiming to hold valid WorkSafe licences which have expired or were once held by companies that have since been liquidated. David Michael Scofield of Applecross, is the registrant of the website www.actionasbestos.com.au which contains a reference to “Class 2 Demolition Licence No...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2020
WA’s building regulator is seeking public comment on proposals to review registration requirements for building practitioners and contractors. The consultation is part of Building and Energy’s broad review of the compliance and enforcement framework for the WA building industry. The main aim of the initiatives is to improve confidence in the building sector and respond to a major national report...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Nov 2020
WA’s energy safety regulator is reminding campers that outdoor gas appliances must only be used in the open air to avoid potentially lethal exposure to carbon monoxide. Building and Energy’s warning comes as West Australians gear up for a summer in the great outdoors with portable gas-fuelled equipment such as barbecues, cookers, heaters and fridges. “Outdoor use means the open air,” WA Director...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Nov 2020
McGowan Government to commence phase-out of swimming pools and spas for family day care services Stronger regulations to immediately require additional safety measures and training for family day care educators whose residences have pools, spas or water features Changes to improve child safety outcomes for the family day care sector The State Government will strengthen regulations for family day...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2020
It’s World Toilet Day (November 19) and WA’s plumbing regulator is sharing key advice to ensure lavatories are safe and efficient. Building and Energy Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan urged home owners not to attempt to install or repair a toilet themselves. “By law, plumbing work related to sanitation, water supply or drainage must only be carried out by a licensed plumber ,” he said. “Many...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Nov 2020
The supervisor of a house construction in Shelley has been fined $5,000 after several areas, including the roof and ceiling, failed to comply with approved plans or building standards. The Building Services Board found that Christopher John Joseph Brereton (BP102223) breached WA’s building registration laws by failing to properly manage and supervise a building service. Mr Brereton was a co-...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Nov 2020
South Perth building company Jaxon Construction Pty Ltd (BC12208) has been fined $5,000 for negligence after carrying out unauthorised building works that deviated from the approved plans for a Perth hotel development. The Building Services Board also issued a $2,500 fine to the builder’s nominated supervisor, Christopher Christou (BP/BC6285), for failing to properly manage and supervise the...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Nov 2020
On 31 March 2020, the Western Australian Government announced a $1 billion COVID-19 health and economic relief package to support Western Australian small and medium-sized businesses. The package included waiving a significant number of fees for a period of 12 months to help businesses survive the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For licensed plumbers, the COVID-19 relief package...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Oct 2020
The National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 was adopted on 1 July 2020 with certain transitional provisions in relation to Volume One and Two of the NCC (the Building Code). These transitional provisions end on 30 April 2021. This means that a building permit application lodged on or after 1 May 2021 needs to demonstrate compliance with the NCC 2019 Amendment 1 until such time that a future edition of the NCC comes into effect. It is recommended that NCC 2019 Amendment 1 is used for current and upcoming design proposals, particularly where there may be a chance that the building permit application cannot be made prior to 1 May 2021.
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Oct 2020
WA’s plumbing regulator has issued a reminder that taps, toilets, showerheads and most other plumbing products must have WaterMark certification to show they have passed safety and quality checks to meet specific Australian standards. As National Water Week (19-25 October) gets underway, Building and Energy is joining with the Australian Building Codes Board to highlight the national WaterMark...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Oct 2020
A Perth owner-builder has been ordered to pay $6,000 in fines and costs after failing to fix several building issues affecting the new owners of a Yanchep house. Jonathon Robert Reardon did not appear at Joondalup Magistrates Court on 1 October 2020 when he was convicted of breaching WA’s building laws by not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order. The court was told that in 2013 Mr...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2020
Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 to be introduced into State Parliament Delivering an election commitment to provide a fairer system for those carrying out construction work or supply related goods and services in WA Bill improves security of payment across the WA building and construction industry New laws to bolster the confidence of all participants in Western...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Sep 2020

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