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Building and Energy campaign targets carbon monoxide hazards in the home Gas heaters should be regularly serviced by a licensed gas fitter Ensure adequate ventilation and awareness of carbon monoxide symptoms A new campaign is urging Western Australians to stay safe and warm this winter by having their gas heaters serviced and being aware of carbon monoxide risks. The campaign, by the State’s gas...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jul 2021
Roll-out of LCC27 valves and appliance connections for small LPG cylinders Safety features protect against gas leaks and fires Existing appliance connections are compatible and can still be used Users of barbecues and other LPG appliances can expect to see a new type of cylinder valve and appliance connection available as a safer design is phased in over coming months. Cylinders with the current...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Jul 2021
Two separate incidents in WA resulted in serious leg burns Loose lithium-ion batteries can ignite if they touch coins or keys Safety warning for users of vapes and other portable devices WARNING: Images of burn injuries below. A Perth man has described the horrifying moment that a lithium-ion battery caught fire in his pocket with an “intense white light and heat”, causing agonising burns that...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jun 2021
Building Services Board’s $3,000 fine follows a SAT order to pay $20,000 Patio and alfresco project had 11 areas of defective work Value of work understated by almost $20,000 in building permit application The Building Services Board has fined a Duncraig building practitioner $3,000 after he carried out faulty patio work and provided incorrect details on a permit application. At its June meeting...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed through Parliament The Bill will improve security of payment across the WA building and construction industry An additional $6.9 million allocated for implementation, training and compliance The McGowan Government's Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed State...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
Plumbing work on-the-job by pre-apprentices undertaking a Certificate II in Plumbing qualification In April 2021 the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) published advice regarding an anomaly in the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations). The anomaly was that the Plumbing Regulations did...
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Jun 2021
Planned changes for better regulation of private swimming pool fences Building and Energy’s decision paper follows an in-depth review and consultation Preparation work underway including draft amendments to Building Regulations Building and Energy has outlined 16 ways that the State Government intends to improve the regulatory requirements for private swimming pools and their safety barriers in...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Jun 2021
Western Australia’s building regulator is reminding builders and their clients that any increases in the price of a home building contract must comply with legislation. The guidance from Building and Energy follows a sharp rise in enquiries from home owners about unexpected price increases to their fixed-price home building contracts, as well as about delays to building work. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Jun 2021
The Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking expressions of interest for appointment to the Building Services Board (the Board) for the following three positions. Building representative Applicants must be a registered building practitioner. Candidates with broad experience carrying out a range of building services are desirable and are...
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Jun 2021
Building a new home can be an exciting time, but many Western Australians going through the process right now may be facing unexpected price rises and construction delays. To help set the record straight on when prices can and cannot be increased, our colleagues at Building and Energy have published a new guide outlining what builders and their clients need to know about home building contract...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Jun 2021
Building Services Board issues $2,500 fine No building permit in place during an apartment balcony renovation Altered compliance certificate provided to the City of Perth A Mount Hawthorn building practitioner has been fined $2,500 for carrying out unauthorised work at a West Perth apartment and submitting incorrect documents to the City of Perth. The Building Services Board found that Christiaan...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Jun 2021
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 to be introduced to Parliament today Improving security of payment across the WA building and construction industry is a priority of the McGowan Government The Bill was introduced in the last Parliament but stalled by the Liberals and Nationals The McGowan Government will introduce the Building and Construction Industry (...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 May 2021
Rogue elements in industry exaggerate necessity for extra work and costs Consumers urged to get multiple quotes to avoid paying too much Do research to find licensed tradies offering sound advice and a fair price WA consumers who get quotes from companies that offer both plumbing and electrical services are being urged to get multiple quotes before signing a contract in order to avoid paying too...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2021
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the closure of the Pindan Group to immediately contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd. Pindan Group entered external administration on Tuesday. The group includes four registered building contractors which carried out commercial, government-funded building projects and residential work:...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 May 2021
Building and Energy seeking input from property owners with solar systems Focus on safety, compliance and experiences of WA’s solar industry Survey closes on 30 June WA’s electrical safety regulator is seeking feedback from customers who have had solar power systems installed at their properties. Building and Energy’s five-minute survey aims to improve understanding of the community’s experience...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 May 2021
Building work at a Kalgan property did not match the approved plans Issues included excessive height and an unauthorised carport Mr Jennings failed to properly manage and supervise a building service A former registered builder has been fined the maximum amount of $5,000 by the Building Services Board for deviating from approved plans and building standards while constructing a house in WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 May 2021
Former Shire of Cuballing building surveyor unintentionally misled the Shire of Narrogin Errors included the wrong type of certificate, no DFES review and non-compliant fire hydrants Building Services Board penalty followed a Building and Energy investigation A former local government building surveyor has been fined $1,000 for misleading a neighbouring shire when he incorrectly certified...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2021
Mr Marusco misled clients by falsely claiming homes were built by the company Director failed to ensure company’s building projects were properly supervised Inspections found many defects and breaches of standards and practices A director of a registered building company has been fined $8,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for deceiving clients about the company’s previous projects...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Apr 2021
Mr Hudson was the nominated supervisor but didn’t carry out duties properly Supervisor had no previous experience in similar role Fined $4,000 by SAT for breaching Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 A nominated building supervisor for a registered building company has been fined $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for failing to carry out his responsibilities properly. James...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Apr 2021
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

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