If you are contemplating building or refurbishing, there are some useful resources available before you commence:
What does an Architect do?
There are numerous advantages of engaging an architect rather than a building designer. Only Architects are registered by the Architects Board of WA which protects the interests of the client and public. There is a minimum seven years of study to become an architect and every registered architect is required to continue further study through continuing professional development as required by the Architects Act 2004. This Act of parliament further stipulates that architects shall carry a minimum of $1M of professional indemnity insurance while in practice. Buildings designers are not regulated by an Act of parliament, nor required to carry insurance, nor continue professional development studies.
Why an Architect?
What an Architect does?
Archicentre Cost Guide
Tradesmen with general construction experience
Tradesmen with Heritage Building Experience
Builders with Heritage Building Experience
DOWNLOADS / REFERENCES
You and Your Architect
Ref: Australian Institute of Architects (PDF Download)
Environment Design Guide
Property Inspection Report Scope
Guide to Developing Heritage Places
Building Surveying Contractors List
Ref: Building Commission
Registered Builders List
Ref: Building Commission
Owner Builder Registration
AS3959-2009 Construction of Buildings in bushfire-prone areas
Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Calculator
Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Calculator Simplified Procedure (Method 1)
Rainwater Catchment Calculator
Rainwater Catchment Calculator for Rural Zoned Dwellings
National Construction Code (NCC)
The Australian Construction market is seeing an increased number of products being imported from China (even entire houses) and whether these products achieve the benchmark requirements of Australian Standards is always the question. Unfortunately, sometimes the checks and balances happen far too late for some property owners.
Procurement of Construction Products
Ref: The Burra Charter (PDF Download)
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