NEWS BULLETIN 40: 6 Oct 2020

Western Australia is introducing the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 into State Parliament which involves a mandatory retention trust scheme to protect subcontractors' money from being misappropriated or lost through insolvency throughout the contracting chain. It is also designed to remove disreputable contractors from the industry.

Have your say on what constitutes 'building complexity' in the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) consultation which is open for comment until 1 November 2020. A definition for the term has been developed as part of a risk-based classification system for the design, construction and certification of complex buildings.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) that is delivering the Inland Rail freight corridor has introduced a streamlined procurement and packaging plan. A video presentation of ARTC's recent industry briefing is available to watch on opportunities on seven different projects along the 1700 km route.

A new method of connecting precast beams and columns invented at South Dakota State University in the US will make it possible to quickly repair concrete buildings damaged by extreme events and reduce the amount of damage a building sustains, according to A/Prof. Mostafa Tazarv (pictured).

Researchers at the University of Sydney have successfully poured a trial eco pavement made from a unique mix of fly ash and waste materials including ground glass and gaseous carbon dioxide. They say the trial saved 752 kg of sand and 327 kg of CO₂ emissions as well as the equivalent energy of a car driven 1800 km.

The UK concrete and cement industry has released its Roadmap to Beyond Net Zero explain how it plans to become net carbon negative by 2050. Also in Britain, the HS2 London to Birmingham high speed rail project has awarded the Phase 1 contract for the offsite manufacturing of the 140 miles of concrete slabs.