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.

Stunning pool renovation completes stunning view

30 September, 2016 | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

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 hosts another successful tiling seminar

27 September, 2016 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

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.

NZ industry names its top pool builders

13 September, 2016 by Alice Richard

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.


22 August, 2016 | Supplied by: LATICRETE Pty Ltd

LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive by LATICRETE is a two-component, high-strength epoxy adhesive that is engineered and formulated for the spot-bonding fixing method of installing tile and stone on vertical surfaces.

Bacterial slime creates water-repellent hybrid mortar

08 August, 2016 by Alice Richard

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.

Face lift for ageing Adelaide beauty

31 July, 2016 | Supplied by: Mapei

An ageing Adelaide leisure centre was given a face lift for its 40th birthday. Contractors used a range of Mapei products to ensure the tiling job was up to scratch.

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