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WA’s building and plumbing regulator has announced preliminary findings from its investigation into water leaks in Perth homes from a particular brand of polybutylene pipe. Building and Energy’s investigation focused on identifying the cause of failure of Pro-fit polybutylene pipes made by Iplex Australia. Most water leaks occurred in pipes manufactured between mid-2017 and mid-2022. As part of...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Aug 2023
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the liquidation of Western Luxury Homes Pty Ltd to contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance. The Perth building company appointed liquidators on 11 August 2023. Building and Energy understands Western Luxury Homes was contracted for 12 home building projects dating from mid-2020. Building and Energy Executive...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Aug 2023
The WA Government is transferring responsibility for power and water services in 141 remote Aboriginal communities from the Department of Communities to State-owned utilities Horizon Power and Water Corporation respectively. The WA Government want to ensure everyone has access to safe, efficient, and reliable power and water services. The transfer is the first step to ensure residents receive the...
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Aug 2023
A timely reminder to follow the lighting instructions. Building and Energy recently investigated an incident that resulted in a gasfitter being admitted to hospital after sustaining flash fire burn injuries to the face and eyes while attempting to relight a gas storage water heater. This incident occurred while the gasfitter was attending a service call when the property owner advised the...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Aug 2023
False home indemnity insurance certificate provided Building Services Board issues $3,500 fine Building permit application attempts to mislead permit authority The Building Services Board has issued a $3,500 fine to a Port Kennedy building contractor for providing a false certificate of home indemnity insurance (HII) to a permit authority as part of a building permit application. The Board found...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2023
False home indemnity insurance certificates provided for a development project Permit authority misled when issuing a building permit $5,000 fine issued by the Building Services Board The Building Services Board has issued a $5,000 fine to a Herne Hill building contractor for misleading a permit authority into issuing a building permit based on false home indemnity insurance (HII) certificates...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2023
Investigators from the State Government’s electrical safety regulator, Building and Energy, are on site at a property in Nollamara where an electrical worker tragically died this morning. The 24-year-old electrician was found deceased in the home’s roof space. Western Australia’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, has extended his deepest condolences to the electrician’s loved ones. “Our...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Jul 2023
Building and Energy is advising home owners who have contracts with insolvent builder Modco Residential Pty Ltd to contact home indemnity insurance (HII) provider QBE. The Perth building company’s external administration notice was published today (26 July 2023). Building and Energy understands Modco Residential was directly contracted for 29 residential building projects that are yet to be...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Jul 2023
Unqualified employee told to follow a script and manual to upsell electrical work Bonus scheme encouraged sales of electrical safety packages for at least $4,000 Vulnerable consumers told their homes and families were unsafe Pascoes Maintenance Group Pty Ltd has been fined $75,000 for instructing an unqualified employee to assess electrical installations as part of an “upselling” sales strategy...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Jul 2023
Following the liquidation of Perth builder City Residence Pty Ltd , Building and Energy is advising affected property owners to contact QBE to discuss a home indemnity insurance claim. City Residence appointed liquidators yesterday (12 July 2023). Building and Energy understands the company was yet to complete 13 residential building projects. Building and Energy Acting Executive Director Nabil...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jul 2023
Electric shock risk if power adaptors do not meet Australian safety standards Check for compliance symbol, insulated pins and no exposed metal when in use Buy from reputable retailers and be cautious about overseas or online sales A rise in electric shock reports has prompted a warning from WA’s energy safety regulator about dangerous travel adaptors that are not approved for use in Australia...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jul 2023
$34,600 staircase, decking and painting project left incomplete and faulty $8,000 fine after guilty plea for non-compliance with a building remedy order Previous order to pay more than $47,000 in rectification costs After issuing an $8,000 fine for abandoned building work, a magistrate has warned tradespeople not to accept jobs if they cannot complete them to the expected standards. The comments...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Jul 2023
Failure to fix defective swimming pool plasterwork $3,750 fine for not complying with a building remedy order Home owners previously received $19,000 compensation payment An Armadale swimming pool renovator will pay more than $4,000 in fines and costs after ignoring an official order to rectify work at a Roleystone property. In Armadale Magistrates Court on 13 June 2023, Steven Edward Eatwell of...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Jul 2023
Almost $250,000 in fines, compensation and costs No builder registration for carport work in Cottesloe and Mount Pleasant Ignored official orders to rectify work in Alexander Heights and Mount Hawthorn A Perth tradesman and his company have been ordered to pay almost $250,000 in fines, compensation and costs after four property owners were left with unauthorised, defective or incomplete building...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Jul 2023
Media statement from Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC, Minister for Commerce Expanded regulation of plumbing work to reduce risks to public health, safety and the environment Amended plumbing legislation will ensure adequate protections across Western Australia, including unmetered water supplies in regional areas Additional plumbing inspectors to enforce plumbing laws The State Government is ensuring all...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jun 2023
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the liquidation of Flexible Homes Pty Ltd to contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance. The Perth building company appointed liquidators yesterday (27 June 2023). Building and Energy understands Flexible Homes was directly contracted for 19 building projects. Building and Energy Executive Director Saj...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jun 2023
Exposed wiring in lounge room energised at a lethal voltage Electrician completed and signed a checklist for the electrical work $3,500 fine and almost $1,200 costs after prosecution by Building and Energy A Joondalup magistrate has condemned the “egregious error” of an electrician who missed hazardous exposed wires while checking work at a Two Rocks home. At Joondalup Magistrates Court on 9 June...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Jun 2023
The Commerce Regulations Amendment (Building Services) Regulations 2023 (Amendment Regulations), to introduce registration for building engineers in WA, were released for public consultation from 17 August to 24 October 2022. Building and Energy received 17 submissions on this draft.
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Jun 2023
Carbon monoxide hazards from faulty or incorrectly used gas appliances Gas heaters should be regularly serviced by a licensed gas fitter Ensure adequate ventilation and be aware of carbon monoxide symptoms WA’s Director of Energy Safety is urging Western Australians to stay safe and warm this winter by having their gas heaters serviced and being aware of carbon monoxide risks. Saj Abdoolakhan...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Jun 2023
Building and Energy has issued a warning to consumers, subcontractors and suppliers about the status of registered building contractor Modco Residential Pty Ltd (BC103549). Building and Energy – WA’s building industry regulator – has received information from several owners, subcontractors and suppliers giving rise to concerns about the builder’s capacity to pay its debts as and when they fall...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 May 2023
Teenager’s garden equipment appears to have touched overhead power lines High-voltage power line carrying 22,000 volts of electricity Guides on vegetation management and high-voltage installations available WA’s energy safety regulator is investigating an incident in Gnangara today (27 May 2023) in which a teenager appears to have received an electric shock from high-voltage power lines while...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 May 2023
Defects versus maintenance Building and Energy has observed a trend by strata companies regarding the inclusion of what is considered to be building maintenance items within a defect list, when making a complaint to the Building Commissioner. Background Under the revised Strata Titles Act 1985 , a formal 10-year plan (condition report) and a reserve fund have become a requirement for strata...
Building and Energy
Department News
05 May 2023
Progress payments sought when applicable building stages not complete Non-compliant contract variations to secure additional funds Caution issued by the Building Services Board Consumers are reminded that progress payments under home building work contracts should only be made for services or materials already provided. The advice follows a caution issued by the Building Services Board to Bunbury...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2023
Updated guidance on management of high-voltage electrical installations Publication issued by Building & Energy and endorsed by WorkSafe Revised version aligns with current regulations including new WHS Act Owners and managers of premises with high-voltage electrical installations can now access updated guidance from WA’s energy and workplace safety regulators. Facilities such as large...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Apr 2023
Building and Energy is investigating polybutylene pipe failures in some new homes Affected consumers should contact their builder in the first instance Pipe manufacturer, Iplex Australia, has announced interim remedy arrangements Western Australia’s building and plumbing regulator is investigating the cause of water leaks from burst polybutylene pipes, which have mostly occurred in homes built in...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2023

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