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More RCD’s in new buildings from 1/1/19

12/6/2018
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AICWA members will be aware that since 2007, all new residential premises must be fitted with at least two RCD’s (as per AS/NZS standard 3000:2007) For all domestic dwellings built before 2007, the vendor must arrange for the RCD’s to be installed before transfer of title or prior to the renting/leasing of the premises. A new version of AS/NZS 300 was released on June 26th. ASNZS 3000:2018 will commence on January 1st 2019. The new standard requires an RCD to...

Changes to REIWA General Conditions in 2018

21/2/2018
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Some highlighted changes to the 2018 version of Joint Form of General Conditions (JFGC), might mean that you could see some differences to the 2011 JFGC. Please note, we are not lawyers and are merely relaying some discussions as generically covered in an industry forum. The biggest concern was the ‘Lawyers picnic’ referenced as clause 9.3, where opposing lawyers could argue just about any outcome they desired, for a breach of warranty. Service by email still needed to be ‘signed’...

Smoke Alarms 2018 Important Update

14/7/2017
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Is a Hard Wired Smoke Alarm Enough?We have written on the important topic of smoke alarms on numerous times in the past and it has always generated considerable interest. Key issues have included: What are the rules? When do they apply? Does it matter when the property was built? Battery or Hardwired? Interconnected? Transition Rules and compliance with which Australian Standard? Our previous blog dealt with the above issues so we are not going to cover them again here. You...