As the new year approaches, we take a look at Better Building's 10 most popular stories of 2019.
From the cracking of Mascot Tower to insight from industry leaders, this year's top stories are as fascinating and varied as the industry they represent. While the forecast for the building and construction sectors' isn't all optimistic, the coming decade nevertheless promises opportunity and innovation for those who embrace the challenge.
With that said, here are the 10 most popular stories of 2019:
The son of a saw miller from the country, the work of Scott Cordwell has been turning heads ever since building a house for Violent Femmes guitarist Brian Ritchie. In this interview with Peter Colquhoun, Cordwell reveals how his career started, his experience working with renowned Melbourne architect John Wardle and what sets country builders apart from the rest. Read more >>
Not long after he was named Building and Construction Executive of the Year at The CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards, Better Building caught up with Sam El Rihani to find out what it takes to expand a business amidst industry downturn and his considered approach to leadership. Read more >>
It's been a tough year for builders across Australia, and while the future will hold potential for some, not all will be so lucky. We broke down the Master Builders Australia forecast to determine what workers in the construction, commercial and home sectors can expect over the next five years. Read more >>
10 Sorrel Street is one of the best builds we have ever covered. The home of Carmel and Antun Cule, it was built by their own company, Cule Constructions Ltd and designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Antun took the time to walk us through the project from development to delivery in an interview published early this year. Read more >>
Far too often, building and construction SMEs overlook the importance of marketing. Here's the thing though: it is important, and as challenging and complex as it is, anyone who runs a business should understand the basics. In this article, JOSH LOH and Crown Group's ELLIE CASHMAN break it down in a way anyone can understand and utilise effectively. Read more >>
Technology is constantly expanding to make the work of builders quicker and easier. Measure and Quote AR is proof of that. Uniting measuring, supplies calculation and quote production within a single app, it's an exciting example of how simple tools can make a profound difference. Read more >>
Two years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the cladding crisis remains an ongoing issue on an international level. These new technical specifications are designed to ensure similar issues don't occur as a result of aluminium composite products and mark an important step towards rectification. Read more >>
The issues with Mascot Tower and Opal Tower have highlighted serious issues with building and construction standards in Australia. Making headlines across the country, the problems have only compounded a general distrust for the industry. Read more >>
Tech architects have the potential to provide a siloed approach for the large number of Australians looking to renovate their homes in the coming years. In this article, MARK JEISMAN explains what that means and how it works. Read more >>
Another of our favourite builds (and another case of a house made for the owner of the construction company that built it), Huntingtower is a four-bedroom residence owned by Bear Agushi. We sat down with Agushi to discuss every element of the project. Read more >>
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