Work Safely at Heights

Work Safely at Heights

PEP Solutions Senior Building Consultants and Architects Linh Nguyen and Brian Hickey undertook a ‘Work Safely at Heights’ certificate course through Pinnacle Safety Training at their facility at Murarrie.  It was a full day course commencing with classroom theory in the morning and practical experience in the afternoon. Practical training sessions involved reviewing all equipment,…

What downsizers want

National Research into what Downsizers want

National Research into what Downsizers want Guest article: Ellivo   With the numbers of potential Downsizers in Qld set to increase by around 350,000 over the next 20 years, Ellivo Architects recently undertook a nationwide study to better understand the preferences of this growing market. Distributed nationally via the Your Life Choices online community portal,…

Building Inspections

Technical Due Diligence – What did you miss?

Technical Due Diligence – What did you miss? There can be three levels of Technical Due Diligence inspection and reporting: Routine Maintenance Inspection; Condition Inspection; Detailed and invasive inspection. The focus of this article is in regards to a limited high level report. A limited high level report may typically include a review of core…

Value Management

Value Management and Value Engineering in Design

Value Management and Value Engineering are terms that are often perceived as interchangeable, as being the same process. They are often associated with the stigma of “cost cutting” because the project is “over budget”, reluctantly creating the need to sacrifice or compromise targeted vulnerable aspects of the design / project. This often leads to disappointment,…

Graham in Hawaii

Graham’s Recent Holiday Adventure

Graham’s Recent Holiday Adventure Graham standing atop Diamond Head in Hawaii after a climb of nearly 200m in extremely humid conditions. Diamond Head is part of an extinct volcano crater near Waikiki on the island of Hawaii (the big island). The venture took in the other 3 main islands of Maui, Oahu and Kauai with…

Craig Jack Superintendent

The role of a Superintendent

Here at PEP Solutions, we believe property development should be a simple process, especially after approvals are achieved for improving sites. As developments are delivered in phases (pre-construction, construction, post-construction), we will discuss each phase in the next three blogs. Acting as the Superintendent can add significant benefit to the project at every phase, so…

Office Fitout

Adding floors to existing buildings

Adding floors to existing buildings Guest Article: Inertia Engineering There is an increasing trend in building design to add floors to existing structures providing a new lease of life to a building and minimising the cost and time associated with a full scale redevelopment of a structure and site. Scott Clements of Inertia Engineering and Graham…

Fair agreement

What is the definition of fair?

What is the definition of fair? We’re a country built on one simple word – fair. A fair fight, a fair go, a fair result. However, we are finding more often that building occupiers, specifically tenants are unaware that the term “fair” will not necessarily provide them the “fair go” they think it provides them…

Time is running out as QBCC pushes owners to be compliant to avoid costs

Building owners reminded: 8 weeks to complete cladding checklist for free The below information was released by QBCC on 5th February 2019: http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/media-releases/building-owners-reminded-8-weeks-complete-cladding-checklist-free   The latest combustible cladding incident in Melbourne has highlighted the importance of Queensland building owners completing the Safer Buildings checklist before 29 March 2019. With eight weeks until the deadline for Part…

Enoggera Apartment Unit Development

This week Craig Jack, PEP Solutions Project Manager carried out a site inspection progress report for a new apartment development in the north-west Brisbane suburb, Enoggera. The new development is well underway and progressing nicely as the project has reached stage two of the seven-unit development. The completion date is set to be early February…