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Things are about to heat up here in Australia, so make sure you are prepared by reading these helpful hints and tips for tiling in hot weather.
You want to ensure the best installation of your projects over the hotter months, and there is a simple rule to follow when an installation is subjected to high temperatures: The 8ºC Rule – for every 8ºC above 21ºC, Portland cement and epoxy based materials take half as long to cure.
General tips for working in Hot Temperatures:
Tips for Grouting in Hot Temperatures:
Queensland has ushered in a new era of ‘fairness’ in the building sector as the government in that state introduces legislation designed to improve protection for subcontractors.
Introduced into Parliament, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 aims to improve security of payment laws, modernise and simplify provisions for making subcontractor charges, improve ease of access to security of payment legislation and provide for greater accountability.
A critical part of the policy revolves around the introduction of project bank accounts (PBAs) - trust accounts into which progress payments and retention monies are held in trust, independent of the head contractor and principal.
These will be mandated under a two-stage process with PBAs becoming mandatory on all government building projects valued at between $1 million and $10 million between from 1 January next year and on all building projects over $1 million (public or private) from 1 January 2019.
In a setback for subcontractors, however, the rules apply only to building projects. Civil or engineering projects such as roads, ports or mines are not covered, and contractors/subcontractors on these projects will not enjoy PBA protection.
Also, the Bill applies to first tier subcontractors only - those who deal directly with the head contractor.
Whilst the Bill enables the protection available through PBAs to lower tier sub-contractors (e.g. sub-subcontractors) later, no protection will be applied for these sub-contractors at this point.
The Bill also aims to further prevent phoenix activity within the industry by clamping down on ‘shadow directors’ - those who have been banned from running construction companies in Queensland but effectively control companies from behind the scenes (such as through their spouse being a director).
Amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act will ensure that the current definition of an ‘influential person’ is expanded to ensure that a person’s function is captured in addition to their formal role.
Other elements of the legislation will overhaul provisions for progress payment claims, improve the usability of subcontractor charge provisions and increase penalties for unlicensed work.
In its explanatory memorandum, the Government said problems in respect of late or non-payments had been identified through two years of consultation.
“What was once considered poor business practice has become a standard operating model for some licensees in the industry - higher contractors often do not make, or delay payments to subcontractors to supplement cash flow, offset the costs of other projects or to receive interest, and avoid additional financing costs for accessing further funding,” the memorandum states.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the changes will help to ensure fair practices within the building sector.
“For too long the building and construction industry has operated by pushing most the risk for projects onto subcontractors - often family run businesses,” de Brenni said.
“That changes with these new laws. We are putting the construction industry on the level.”
Tips for Tiling and Grouting in Cooler Temperatures
Winter has well and truly set in for Australia, but despite the colder temperatures projects still need to go ahead. Below is some helpful tips for tiling and grouting in cold weather.
An extract taken from the LATICRETE Technical Data Sheet on Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting, TDS-1002
Conventional portland cement tile setting beds, thin-set mortars, grouts and cement plasters are often permanently damaged when subject to below freezing temperatures immediately after installation. The water content of a mortar turning into ice often results in portland cement gel structure rupturing with significant loss in strength, flexibility and durability. Subsequent repairs to the damaged work and resulting site delays are extremely costly.
There is a simple rule to follow when the temperature is low during installation: The 8°C Rule - for every 8°C below 21°C, portland cement and epoxy based materials take twice as long to cure.
Click on the link to continue reading the Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting TDS http://laticrete.com.au/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=DUsVmw8bdpw%3d&tabid=186