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A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
What is the European House Borer? The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest that targets seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it can cause major structural damage to buildings. The adult beetle lays its eggs into cracks, holes and...
European House Borer
The Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) combines with local government by-laws to regulate the erection and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the determination of boundaries and a mechanism for courts to deal with...
Dividing fences
As part of its function, Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Building service and home building contract complaints
The board advises the Minister and the Building Commissioner about matters relating to the Building Services (Registration) Act.
Boards
Boards and committees: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by Building and Energy 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Building regulation Through a range of regulation reforms, Building and Energy has delivered the most significant transformation of Western Australian building laws in over 50 years. Architects Act 2004 The Architects Act 2004 provides for the effective registration of architects in WA. It...
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The Building Commission has released a final audit report on some compliance and conformance issues that arose during the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) at the QEII Medical...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building and Energy
Reports
24 Apr 2017
Articles on regulatory matters, electronic enablement initiatives, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. Building Commission News 1/2017 Click here to view the newsletter
Building and Energy
Newsletter
13 Apr 2017
Building and Energy
Reports
11 Apr 2017
Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
Principals, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers working in the building and construction industry should be aware that the remaining sections 7 and 20 of the Construction Contracts Amendment...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
24 Mar 2017
Building and Energy
Checklist
20 Mar 2017

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Announcements

Standards Australia is seeking public comments on proposed changes to Australian Standard AS 3959 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas . Comments are also being sought by Standards Australia on its draft Preliminary Impact Analysis regarding the proposed changes to AS 3959. Public comments are to be provided directly through Standards Australia Public Comment online portal by...
Building and Energy
Department News
18 Oct 2017
Wembley Downs builder Peter Clyde Carman (BC100666 – expired & BP100822 – restricted) has been fined $4,000 by the Building Services Board for submitting a misleading building permit application to the City of Karratha in 2014.
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Oct 2017
The Building Commission’s supplementary audit of Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) fire walls has found isolated areas of non-compliance but no systemic issues that pose an ongoing concern for the safety of occupants.
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Oct 2017
Recent fire events in Australia and worldwide have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-rise apartment buildings.
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Oct 2017
The four month transitional period that delayed the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for areas that were newly identified as bush fire prone on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (that came into operation on 1 June 2017) concludes on Saturday 30 September 2017. From Sunday 1 October 2017, applications for building approvals for...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Sep 2017
A Warrenup man has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed while contracting for and constructing three sheds, in Robinson, Elleker and Warrenup, in 2014.
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Sep 2017
The September 2017 edition of Building Commission News is out now. Read the Building Commission News Edition 3/2017 – September 2017 The newsletter features articles on audit and compliance matters, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. If you didn't receive a copy of the newsletter, make sure you are signed up to receive our news and updates. Subscribe to news and updates
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Sep 2017
Truth in advertising Consumer Protection continues to receive a number of complaints about representations builders are making in their marketing material. The issues highlighted in this article relate to house and land packages, often where the builder does not own the land. Consumer Protection published its concerns about the advertising of house and land packages in 2013, and while industry...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Sep 2017
The Building Commission has confirmed that testing found no asbestos-containing building products and materials supplied by Yuanda Australia in its general inspection of 13 Western Australian buildings.
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Aug 2017
Margaret River registered builder William Robert Price (BC10294 & BP10294) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct.
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Aug 2017

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