Aquatic Leisure Technologies' Ben Beale dies, aged 47

26 April, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Aquatic Leisure Technologies

Pool+Spa is saddened to report that Ben Beale of Aquatic Leisure Technologies has passed away. The 47-year-old died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on 24 April while holidaying with his family.

Three CPD hours for E1 certifiers — new activity approved

19 April, 2017 by Alice Richard

A three-hour continuing professional development (CPD) activity for E1 certifiers has been approved by the NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB). By completing the activity, which is delivered by CPD Training, E1 certifiers can earn three CPD hours.

Tile absorption and expansion

05 April, 2017 by Bryan Vadas

One of the greater complexities in understanding tiles is the relationship between porosity and expansion. Anything made of clay and fired in a kiln will grow over time, while the concrete base on which it is laid will shrink, creating pressures that must be recognised in the installation design.

LATICRETE 254 Platinum thin-set adhesive

27 February, 2017 | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

LATICRETE has changed the name of its 345 Platinum thin-set adhesive to 254 Platinum. The same product will continue to be manufactured in Australia — just the packaging and name will change.

WA deck builder fined for Contracts Act breach

07 February, 2017 by Alice Richard

A Western Australian deck builder has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for breaching the Home Building Contracts Act 1991. Matthew Paterson, who trades as Pato's Patios, was ordered to pay a $2000 fine, costs of $714.96 and $3915 in compensation to the property owner.

NCC seminars kick off in February

01 February, 2017 by Alice Richard

Struggling to get your head around the Building Code of Australia? The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is offering a series of information seminars on the NCC (National Construction Code) around the country, beginning in February.

2016 Year in Review: Carl Yench, Assistant Director and Head of Technical, Europe Imports

25 January, 2017 | Supplied by: Europe Imports Pty Ltd

Carl Yench, Assistant Director and Head of Technical at Europe Imports, shares his insights on the industry for the year just gone and the year ahead.

HBCF premiums expected to rise in NSW

23 January, 2017 by Alice Richard

NSW pool builders can expect an increase in the cost of their Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) insurance premiums as part of the NSW Government's decision to overhaul the HBCF. The premium increases will be phased in over the next two years.

LATICRETE appoints second Qld technical sales rep

17 January, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

LATICRETE Australia National Sales Manager Neil Warden has announced the appointment of a new Queensland technical sales rep for the company. Shane Anderson joined the company on 9 January.

Ensuring a smooth finish for Fiji resort pool

05 December, 2016 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Blue Glass Pebble Company

There's no good time to close a resort pool. But the pool at the Outrigger Fiji Beach resort was 16 years old and was in need of some love. The company selected the Blue Glass Pebble Company's products to resurface the pool.

How to get pools and spas approved in record time

25 November, 2016 by Eli Gescheit* | Supplied by: Navon Solutions

The most common question I receive from clients is: "Why is my Development Application taking so long to be approved for a seemingly minor project?" Unfortunately, this is not such an easy question to respond to, because there are so many variables involved with the DA assessment process that make it difficult to give an exact time frame. However, I believe there are ways in which you can improve the time frames for your DA.

Changes to NSW Home Building Compensation Fund announced

14 November, 2016 by Alice Richard

The HBCF has been overhauled to enable private insurers to enter the market. The new system provides a safety net for consumers in situations where a builder cannot complete residential building work or fix defects due to insolvency, death, disappearance or license suspension.

Bisazza GHIACCIO and GHIACCIO PLUS glass mosaic tile range

26 October, 2016 | Supplied by: Bisazza Australia

The GHIACCIO range of mosaic tiles from Bisazza is created by combining two white mosaic colours from the Vetricolor range: VTC 20.09 and VTC 20.10. It offers subtle variations in tone.

Bisazza appoints new BDM for NSW and ACT

24 October, 2016 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Bisazza Australia

Bisazza has appointed Mario Giarratano as its new business development manager for NSW and the ACT.

Malaysian tile group acquires Amber Tiles

10 October, 2016 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Amber Tiles

Amber Tiles has been acquired by Kim Hin Industry (KHI), one of Malaysia's largest integrated tile manufacturers. KHI also owns Johnson Tiles, which has operated in Australia for more than 50 years in the domestic and commercial markets.

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