March 13

What Remdial Building Services offer | Home Warranty Claims | Remedial Building Services

Don't let a dispute about defective building works [...]

HOME WARRANTY CLAIMS

Home warranty insurance protects residential building owners in cases where there has been defective workmanship during the construction of the building. When a claim is filed by a policy holder, the insurer will provide a high quality contractor to rectify the building’s defects. Remedial works collaboratively with the insurance provider as well as a consulting engineer or building consultant to carry out rectification works with minimal fuss. We pay strict attention to every last detail to ensure that both building owners and insurers are completely satisfied with the end result of the rectification works.Our services encompass both structural and aesthetic issues, including common claims such as faulty waterproofing, defective window installationstructural issues and concrete spalling.

March 04

IoT Technology & Fire Rating | Nullifire | Permax

Learn about the role that industrial IoT in Austra [...]

How the IoT Technology is Changing The Way Buildings are Protected


Gone are the days when securing our homes and buildings only meant buying the thickest locks and installing a tall fence to enclose our prized properties. It’s also time to finally say goodbye to the era when fire protection meant having an extinguisher on standby as well as storing a good amount of water to sprinkle in case a combustion occurs.
Because guess what?
Thanks to IoT solutions, we can finally create a comprehensive security and alarm system that senses burglars and smokes, creates alarms for emergencies and intrusion, identifies who to let into your building or if someone is in danger, and allows you to remotely check what's happening in your premises while you are away. Today, we thought we would pivot slightly from focussing purely on intumescents, and instead look into the future to see how the Internet and technology will transform how we protect our properties from accidents and unauthorised entry.

The Internet of Things

Technology is increasingly becoming a part of daily living. Thanks to the Internet of Things, technology allows us to engage with our premises and products. But not as a response, but as a dialogue.
The evolution of smart buildings has been astounding. Aside from the convenience of having a fully automated commercial complex, there is also the added benefit of security. IoT helps reduce threats and risks by integrating different measures into what it now known as complex IoT environments (CIE). But how exactly is IoT playing a growing role in making buildings more secure? We’re glad you asked.

Connectivity is still the backbone of IoT.

Ok, so yes, the IoT requires you to have an IT infrastructure set up, but one that is capable of huge throughput. To be truly considered smart, buildings have to be fully equipped with good Internet connectivity that allows communication of both large and small data to flow seamlessly. 
This is the backbone of IoT and it plays an integral role in making sure that information is delivered in push-and-pull mode in case of emergencies.

Mobile device integration is crucial to safety.

Unlike homes where you’re only managing limited square footage, buildings are a lot harder to keep secure because of their size and location. And when you consider that commercial buildings are more prone to security threats and risks both from the inside and outside, having real-time updates is a massive advantage. 
Smart buildings can now be fully integrated to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, with built-in notification systems alerting owners to any emergency in real-time. 
For instance, if a fire has been detected on the top floor of the building, the system can be configured to notify the owner right away through SMS or even voice so you can call in emergency response quickly. 
Our expectation as we move towards the next decade is that mobile device integration is will become a core component of fire rating design because it allows for quicker actions, which will help managers and owners to incur less damages and mitigate losses for your business.

Artificial intelligence and big data are playing increasing roles in predictive maintenance.

Asset digitisation is one of the key roles of IoT where inexpensive sensors are used to capture real-time data about crucial assets like HVAC systems. This allows for proactive measures that help prevent accidents. 
But let’s look it in construction and maintenance terms: When you install sensors in your building, it can monitor your rooftop units, cooling towers, and chillers. This IoT-powered technology will help provide critical information like compressor run ties, vibration and flow rates, and fan speeds that will help building managers determine if predictive maintenance is needed.  Any potential issues flagged will give the owner of the information the ability to take corrective action as needed ahead of any issue, thus reducing the costs of repair as damage is reduced.

IAQ doesn’t only protect the building but also its occupants.

While a lot of IoT advancements are now focused on making smart buildings more secure, there’s also an opportunity to protect building occupants from health hazards that affect their productivity, concentration, and overall well-being in the long run. 
Studies have shown that poor air quality in a building causes nasal irritation, nausea, headaches, and breathing difficulties. To address this issue, indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring is now being implemented in most smart buildings. 
Air quality is monitored in real time and information sent to building managers and owners for them to evaluate and address humidity, temperature, and carbon dioxide levels in different parts of the facility.

AI and IoT integration allows for better control of building access.

With buildings being more prone to unwanted visitor access, AI and IoT are now being increasingly used to prevent any unauthorized people from gaining access to the building. 
Sensors are installed throughout the premises to capture real-time data that help building managers initiate quick response to possible threats and improve their safety measures to prevent more incidents from happening in the future. 

IoT visitor management systems, for instance, allow for full control of a person’s access to the building. So if an employee has already resigned or is becoming a threat to security, a building manager or owner could deactivate his access to the building and the business’ information at any time.

What it may Mean for Fire Rating

We already mentioned that we see IoT being important for the role it will play in development of fire rating design, but we believe that as technology advances, so too will the application for the fire rating industry. Some of the things we would like to see, or which we believe may become a reality include:

  • Low-cost temperature sensors installed to steel beams which allow fire crews to see just how safe one area of a building is over another

  • Batch control monitoring – allow applicators to scan materials and those materials to be mapped to a central database. This will allow better product quality control and improve product accountability

Smart interconnected devices which monitor multiple sensors and draw resources to or away from certain areas of a building to help control fire. EG shutting fire door dampeners to prevent oxygen flow, whilst simultaneously increasing water to an area.

​Conclusion

Actionable data is definitely one of the biggest benefits that IoT offers. It will work to keep buildings safe and secure from both threats within and outside its premises. Preventive measures and quick response processes will not only help building owners save money but also protect their assets and employees from the increasing threats in security these days.
It is an exciting time ahead, and one that stands to benefit all.

December 17

Not All Kitchen Flooring is Created Equal | Remedial Building Services

Fitting out a commercial kitchen is not exactly th [...]

NOT ALL KITCHEN FLOORING IS CREATED EQUAL

  

Fitting out a commercial kitchen is not exactly the most affordable exercise. From the ovens, to the dishwashers, to the knives, fridges and all the other accoutrements that go with a kitchen, the costs can run up very quickly. as such, when it comes to the flooring surface, we've found that many owners tend to go for the 'lower cost' alternative. Too often this means that tiles or vinyl are laid in the kitchen.

Tiles and Vinyl: Inexpensive and Ineffective

What's wrong with tiles and vinyl you may ask? People use them in their kitchens all the time and there are no problems. You may be right, people may use them in their HOME kitchens without any issues, but a home and a commercial kitchen floor are completely different in terms of what they are put through. At home vinly and tiles have some great advantages, they wear well, they can add style to the house and they are easy to clean. However, a kitchen floor in a commercial setting has a totally different set of demands. Heavy foot traffic (often 6-7 people in a small area for more than 12 hours a day), people moving in a rush dropping hot oils or sharp objects, intense cleaning chemicals and high volumes of water as well as animal fats make commercial kitchens a different beast all together.

Due to the demands of these elements, vinyl and tiles are some of the more ineffective options available. Both are easily damaged (a sharp knife will easily cut the vinyl surface and similarly, a dropped knife will damage a tile easily), both are slippery if hot oils, or animal fats are spilled, grout in tiles is a breeding ground for bacteria and is easily eroded through washing and scrubbing and heavy foot traffic will cause scuffs and potential trip hazards. As a result, the surface becomes dangerous and a breeding ground for bacteria, and neither of these are desirable in a working kitchen. A health inspection will find high bacteria levels and this can close your kitchen for days or weeks till it is rectified.

As a result, constant maintenance is required to keep the surface in safe and good working condition. Over 5 years, it is not unusual to need to perform maintenance to the surface a number of times, escalating the cost of installation significantly. Sure the installation may have been cheaper, but long term the cost escalates due to maintenance.

Epoxy and MMA Floors offer resilience, safety and style

Whilst the initial cost may be slightly higher than the installation of tiles or vinyl, epoxy flooring surfaces and Methyl Methacrylate Acetate (or MMA) flooring offer a number of advantages which make them a better, safer and more affordable option in the medium term. These advantages include:

  • Resilience to animal fats and blood
  • Aesthetic designs and colours are available in nearly as many options as vinyl
  • Non-slip surface makes it safer
  • Can be laid in a much faster period than tiles
  • Floors can be seamless (no joins), eradicating the capture of bacteria and water
  • High resilience to dropped objects
  • We can lay floors overnight allowing other trades to work as normal or allowing you to operate during business hours without loss of trade
  • We can lay our floors over the top of your existing surface
  • We can create new levels on your floor
  • Easy to maintain

At the end of the day, we recognise that different decisions are made regarding what surface to put down due to different circumstances. However, we provide the above information so that you may, with new knowledge make a better informed decision. We have a number of case studies which you can peruse at any time.

November 29

Understanding Rectification Works | Strata Buildings | Remedial Building Services

Many people think that small repair jobs are strai [...]

WHY A SMALL JOB MAY BE BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

  

Many people think that small repair jobs are straightforward and easy to repair. However, whilst they are sometimes, at other times, what people see as a negligible flaw or something minor can actually be a cause for concern. The trick is to know what to look for. 
A good example of this is the presence of rust in structural steel. The layperson often immediately assumes that covering the orange-yellowish stain with paint can make the problem go away. But what they don't know is that the problem is actually more serious than what they think it is. Coating the steel or any other band-aid solution does not really solve the problem. 
This misconception of thinking that a small construction job is simple often makes problems bigger than they need to be. In this post, we uncover allegedly simple repairs and works that are actually more complicated that they seem.
Let’s get started.

April 26

The Advantages of Off-Site Application | Nullifire | Permax

Take a look at some of the reasons why modular bui [...]

Offsite construction (often referred to as modular construction) is the technology-driven intersection of design, fabrication and pre-planning processes where structures are constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designed to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities. These rapid, precise, and high-quality modules are then transported and assembled on site. To put it in lay terms, it is akin to adult Lego building.