It’s that time of year when school leavers all across Australia celebrate their freedom. But for many graduates that joy will be short lived, as the sobering prospect of job hunting and embarking on a new career sets in.
As the impacts of climate change become increasingly visible - with more extreme temperatures and severe weather conditions - buildings must adapt in order to accommodate their environment. Here we highlight some of the major environmental challenges climate change is expected to create throughout the world - and how we can prepare for them through smarter building practices.
As contractors, employees and stakeholders in the constructions industry, we have a mutual responsibility in ensuring that buildings meet safety standards so that preventable injuries and damage is avoided. Building a safer environment should never be an afterthought, but in some cases — such as older buildings that no longer meet the safety test — it’s necessary to retrofit safety products to pre-existing surfaces.
Mechanical expansion joint covers are designed to accommodate structural movement in a building due to thermal shrinkage and expansion of a building’s structure, or the impact of environmental factors like seismic activity. However, because expansion joints are manufactured differently according to their intended application, it’s integral to choose the correct type.
Are you looking to install the right product in your latest engineering project, but can’t tell the difference between what alternate companies are offering? They may all seem one and the same, but when you’re considering a structural component like expansion joint covers, there’s a huge divergence in the quality, durability and reliability between manufacturers. So how do you know which supplier to choose?
Climate change adaptation strategies have become increasingly important to Australian engineers, architects and designers in order to remain competitive in the construction industry. While some people remain sceptical of the impact of global warming, the fact is that investors are now looking ahead to how climate change might create risks to their building projects.
At Latham, we like to keep an eye out for local businesses and contractors doing well within the building and construction industry. Whether they're new up-and-comers to the industry or long-established businesses who started small and have gone on to to achieve great things, we think they should be recognised for their efforts.