28-30 Apr 2020
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

DesignBUILD 2019 | Day One Wrap Up

May 14, 2019 Uncategorised

Experts from the architecture, building, construction and design communities today made a commitment to improving and setting new standards across the industry.

Experts from the architecture, building, construction and design communities today made a commitment to improving and setting new standards across the industry.

Addressing issues of compliance and procurement, modern slavery and planning for a big Australia, industry leaders shared their views as part of the first day of DesignBUILD 2019.

Speaking this morning, Richard Choy from NATSPEC, a not-for-profit focused on construction quality and productivity, emphasised the importance of good documentation to avoid design changes and the use of non-compliant products. According to Choy, good documentation goes hand-in-hand with enforcement to effectively reduce defects, protect costs, deliver on time and produce high-quality buildings.

Drawing from his experience in engineering and architecture, Choy commented that the industry has a duty of care to adhere to the regulatory requirements at various levels (national, state and local council) and understand the constantly changing landscape of what is permitted, which includes the National Construction Code (NCC) which this month has had 100 clause changes and 28 standards changes.

Choy added that builders and designers must ensure that products not only conform to Australian standards, but they are also applied in a compliant manner.

Another session today looked at the modern slavery act – now in place at both the state (NSW) and federal level in Australia. Nicole Thompson from Edge Environment similarly reinforced the importance of good documentation to assist the industry in recognising modern slavery risks in supply chain.

Francesca Muskovic from Property Council of Australia added that every leading property company has modern slavery in their supply chain, which can be overcome with industry collaboration, sector-specific initiatives, procurement policies and innovative use of technology.

This afternoon also saw the first instalment of Collectivity Talks at DesignBUILD, with a panel discussion on planning for a big Australia, focusing on the possibility of three CBDs in Sydney.

During this session, Rob Mirams of Fender Katsalidis, commented on the importance of cultural institutions in the emergence of new cities and creating connectivity with mixed-use, high-density activation.

Craig Allchin, from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), says that the industry must move away from masterplanning and towards a framework for change. He added that new urban life is about connection and suburbs cannot purely be sustained by the idea of housing value.

DesignBUILD 2019 continues until Thursday 16 May. Tomorrow’s sessions will feature Bronwyn Weir, co-author of the Shergold-Weir report, William Smart from Smart Design Studio and Lisa McLean of Open Cities.

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