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Home Living : October 20th 2009
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Roof trouble » ADVERTISING FEATURE Confusion between government, manufacturers and industry associations over high-fronted guttering regulations could become a costly and major environmental problem with climate change causing shorter but heavier rainfall patterns. Archicentre state manager Angus Kell says unsuspecting homeowners of both new and renovated homes might be having many of the homes fitted or renovated with guttering in non- compliant methods which can cause major damage if water flows back into roofing cavities on to plaster ceilings. This problem can cost thousands of dollars to fix. ''This is a major national problem that requires a national co-ordinated response from government and industry where the problem of non-compliant installation is still the norm and not the exception,'' Mr Kell said. ''The confusion over guidelines is a red- tape nightmare. This is largely due to manufacturers, industry associations, and government agencies issuing circulars and guidelines which are not clear and often misleading. ''These attempts to inform both the industry and the consumer often create more uncertainty, and have in some cases contributed to ongoing non- compliance. ''The Building Code of Australia prescribes a minimum standard of works, and alternate solutions should only be sorted within the 'deemed-to-satisfy provisions' as outlined in the Building Code of Australia.'' The building code calls for the roof drainage system to be connected to a stormwater drainage system that complies with the appropriate authority (local councils), and that the roof drainage system is designed so that any overflow during heavy rain is prevented from flowing back into the building. The eaves and gutters are only required to meet average rainfall intensities of a 1:20 rainfall event, and therefore adequate overflow provision must be allowed to meet greater rainfall events to ensure that water does not enter the building. If water is allowed to enter the building, the roof drainage system is non- complaint with both the requirements of the Building Code of Australia and the relevant building standard. Mr Kell says the only problem is that it is a bit late when water has poured into the house. Details: archicentre.com.au HOMELIVING 2277063i hlc wk41 Bld. Lic No 161882c CUSTOM MADE Call now on 9869 3336 or mobile number 0424 234 266 for an obligation free measure & quote. Fax: 9876 6769 Email: email@example.com 2119754i hlc wk17 SELECT FROM QUALITY AUSTRALIAN S MADE AND IMPORTED PRODUCTS T BLINDS SHUTTERS & AWNINGS UP TO 10 YEARS WARRANTY WON'T BE BEATEN ON COMPARABLE PRICING. Blinds, Shutters, Awnings and Flyscreens • Timber verticals • Timber Venetians • Timber shutters • We clean and repair all kinds of blinds The timeless look of natural timber blinds & verticals T. 9787 4484 3/433-435 Canterbury Rd, Campsie www.koalatimberverticalblinds.com.au Custom made Free quotes 2132305i hlc wk38 we reach more active home improvers 86% of Home Living readers have purchased products or services after seeing advertisements in their local Cumberland Newspaper phone 9689 5395 cumberlandnewspapers.com.au advertisenow 2190069 Source: Roy Morgan Readership Survey, June 2006 www.designarobe.com.au Custom Made Built In Wardrobes FREE Measure & Quote 10 Yrs Guarantee Sliding & Hinged Doors Polyurethane & Melamine Panels Glass Doors All Kinds of Walk in Wardrobes! Homes Offices ph 9748 0844 fax 9748 0546 firstname.lastname@example.org Unit 2, 68-72 Derby Street, Silverwater 2128 Showroom Open 6 Days We await your visit to our showroom! 2104151i hln wk17 Is mould & mildew taking over? • Tile Regrouting & Repairs • Stop Leaking Showers • New Shower Screens • Recolouring Grout & Seal • 4000 Showers already regrouted • Domestic & Commercial Work • All work guaranteed Free Quotes Ph: 041 GROUTER 0414 768 837 www.theshowerguy.com.au Email: info@the showerguy.com.au BL 117017C DON'T RETILE REGROUT!!! before after 2073849i hln wk17
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