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The course comes as reforms are introduced to restore confidence in apartment designs. Image Supplied – Woods Bagot.
  • Course stems from new reforms to restore consumer confidence in apartment designs
  • NSW Building Commissioner labels gaps in design integration as the biggest issue in the industry

As new reforms for the New South Wales building industry come into force this month, Woods Bagot in conjunction with the Property Council (PCA) has announced a residential property development course.

The reforms hope to restore consumer confidence in apartment designs.

Earlier this week it was announced the prohibition order for the Skyview project would be lifted, given developer Toplace agreed to an ongoing inspection and maintenance program guaranteed by a financial guarantee.

Currently, there are eight active prohibition orders in place according to NSW Fair Trading.

The course seeks to bridge a gap in multi-disciplinary design integration – a gap, which, according to the NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler, is the biggest single problem in the residential building industry.

“The lack of multi-disciplinary design integration in the construction industry is eating away at consumer confidence… that’s why this online course is so important”

David Chandler OAM, NSW Buidling Commissioner

Michael O’Brien, Woods Bagot contracts and commercial manager, believes it will equip stakeholders, such as emerging developers, contractors and designers, with each stage of the design and construction process to order to achieve a good outcome.

Mr O’Brien also received assistance from the NSW Office of the Building Commission and TAFE NSW to author the course,

“A good outcome is a building that works well, is stable and safe, will last a long time, and provides a high quality experience for its occupants,” said Mr O’Brien.

“Participants will learn about the design process and what needs to happen at each stage—the coordination and integration—to protect design integrity in a building’s construction.

Michael O’Brien, Woods Bagot

”Through upskilling, the course will also support improving the quality of products and services offered in the industry, which is the reason we got behind it.”

The 2-hour online course consisting of eight topics is currently available on the Construct NSW Digital Learning Platform.

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