NSW – In response to the Grenfell tower fires – The NSW Government’s 10 point plan will expedite a number of fire safety reforms intended to keep families safer in their homes.

NSW - Families across New South Wales will be safer in their homes with the announcement of a wide-ranging fire safety package by the state government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the 10 point plan was Australia’s most comprehensive response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire last month. Read the full article and fact sheet here .

NSW – The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018.

NSW - The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018. It was originally scheduled to commence on 1 July 2017. This means that the scheme will only apply to construction contracts signed (or where there is no contract and building work commences) from 1 January 2018. NSW Fair Trading will not require developers of new strata schemes to lodge defect bonds before 31 December 2017. Read more here.

SA – The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

SA - The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The audit will be led by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), with initial findings to be reported to the Minister for Planning by the end of July 2017. The findings will confirm if further steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of these buildings. Click here to read the release.

NSW – Planning & Environment has announced new BASIX energy targets to improve the energy efficiency for houses and low-rise units.

NSW -  Planning & Environment has announced new BASIX energy targets to improve the energy efficiency for houses and low-rise units, having increased by approximately 10 per cent, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units Part of the government’s initiative to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, the BASIX changes will improve the energy efficiency of homes in NSW, resulting in lower utility bills for residents, and reduced environmental impact. Follow the link to view more.