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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A spectacular view demands a spectacular pool, and this pool overlooking Beverly Hills didn't match its stunning surroundings. Not only was it dated, but it had also been poorly constructed, creating serious problems with water intrusion relative to the perimeter overflow system. Using LATICRETE products, Rock Solid Tile created a pool worthy of the spectacular view.
LATICRETE Australia recently held a free Pool Tiling Installation Systems training day at its NSW Training Centre in Smeaton Grange. The seminar attracted a broad cross-section of the industry, including pool builders, pool tilers, renderers, landscapers and suppliers.
The New Zealand Master Pool Builders (NZMPB) 2016–2017 Photographic Competition winners have been announced and, having been invited to join the judging panel, I can attest to the quality of the entries. In many cases, it was very difficult to decide on a winner as there was so much fantastic work showcased.
Biopolymer-based hydrogels — slime formed by living organisms — sound like something out of Ghostbusters. While you don't want them in your mouth or in your plumbing, German researchers have found a place where they're actually desirable: in mortar.