|Launch of the 2018 Australian Building Industry Contracts|
On the 10 year anniversary of the first edition of the Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC), the joint authors Australian Institute of Architects and Master Builders’ Association have revised the contracts and are launching improved editions of Major Works, Simple Works (commercial and domestic) and Basic Works (commercial). This seminar will examine the new contract provisions and mechanisms in detail, how to administer these, as well as looking at the supporting guidance materials and templates available to users of the new contracts.
|Now is Not Too Soon|
In this presentation Thomas Fisher talks about the architectural impact of the media revolution and the importance of architecture in our new economy and social function. Thomas explores concepts such as "Third Wave Thinking" and the "Third Industrial Revolution" and how the design and architectural community can find new ways to meet people's needs.
|ArchiTECHNOLOGY: Going digital to power your people and projects|
Managing increasing amounts of project and staff information has long been a challenge for architecture practices. Increasingly, digital working is critical to connect your people, projects and processes.
The two topics to be covered will be Project Management and HR Management.
|Passive House on the Rise|
|Aesthetics, technicalities, collaboration and fundamentals of Passive House design. This event will explain the essentials of Passive House design and how aesthetics are integrated into the design. It will discuss a range of typologies and dissect the design processes and challenges from each of the building types. The focus will be on educational, high rise and commercial projects, not residential.|
Finally, this session will address the technicalities that come with Passive House design and outline what a successful project looks like.
Related EDG note: Passivhaus: The pathway to low energy buildings in Australasia by Clare Parry
|How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism|
|What is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency - architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism.|
|The National Construction Code (NCC): A Performance-based Code|
|The use of performance-based design will be explored as an option to achieving compliance with the NCC’s mandatory Performance Requirements.|
The seminar will explain the fundamental principles of the performance-based code and how it is applied, along with an outline of ABCB resources available to support industry in its application. An overview of the ABCB reforms will be provided with the aim of fostering a performance culture, increasing innovation and productivity.
|BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design|
|The fundamentals that underpin BIM and Sustainability will be explored by highlighting when and why environmental analysis should be undertaken and what tools are available within BIM software packages.|
This seminar will explain what each analysis is, how it works and why it’s important. It will also explore non-BIM tools and other considerations beyond BIM that designers should be mindful of when creating truly sustainable designs.
|Contract Administration – Mechanisms, Glitches and Nightmares|
|An introduction to the mechanisms of Contract Administration (CA)
under common lump sum building contracts for small to medium-sized
projects. With particular emphasis on SW-2008, this session will also
discuss the notable differences between the ABIC contract and
AS2124/AS4000, including discussion regarding choice of contract.
Interesting, problematic and hidden contract mechanisms will be
highlighted, and there will be anecdotal examples of difficulties that
have arisen, how they came about and how they were approached.
|The Anatomy of a Leak|
Water leaks remain the most frequently occurring and most
expensive defect in modern buildings. With the surge in apartment
dwelling construction, the frequency of leaks is increasing.
Furthermore new regulations mean that designers are more likely to be in
the firing line for legal action taken against builders and developers
for building defects.