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Green Roofs Offset the Cost of Contaminated Water

Green Roofs Offset the Cost of Contaminated Water | Roofing | Scoop.it

Contaminated runoff has a cost in terms of both dollars and health, but green roofs can help alleviate the problem.

Local governments and water authorities in most Australian cities require that new developments manage storm water in some way. This may be by restricting runoff to pre-development flows or by treating storm water on-site. 


Rather than paying the offset contribution or building on-ground elements that take up developable space, another way of dealing with this problem and saving money is to include green roofs as a part of the development.


A green roof will manage storm water without taking up valuable developable areas. It will also provide amenity and other financial benefits that include energy savings and protection from fire.

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Aussie invention that super seals storm damaged roofs secures $450,000 funding

Aussie invention that super seals storm damaged roofs secures $450,000 funding | Roofing | Scoop.it

A new patented Australian invention, Stormseal – that super seals buildings and roofs damaged by storms or left open during construction – will soon come to the aid of extreme weather victims, their insurers and builders, thanks to a federal government commercialisation grant of a little over $450,000.

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A guide for specifying green roofs in Australia

A guide for specifying green roofs in Australia | Roofing | Scoop.it

Green roofs are sprouting in popularity around the country and are used to create healthy, ecologically responsible buildings. They improve a building’s performance and support living vegetation on a flat or pitched surface.

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Australian solar roof tile developer to launch IPO

Australian solar roof tile developer to launch IPO | Roofing | Scoop.it

A Sydney-based company behind innovative solar PV roofing tiles that can both generate electricity and heat water has lodged a prospectus with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission ahead of the launch of an Initial Public Offer.


Trac Group Ltd announced last week it was offering up to 26,000,000 shares at $0.25 to raise $6.5 million, money that would be used to fund the expansion of the company in Australia, to roll out its products internationally and to maintain its intellectual property portfolio.


Trac Group managing director and co-founder Jason Perkins said the company had already made significant progress with the commercialisation of its building integrated solar PV (BIPV) products, including its its “Tractile” solar energy roof tile.

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How to mow it just one challenge of museum's new roof

How to mow it just one challenge of museum's new roof | Roofing | Scoop.it

The question of how to mow the lawn on the roof of the new Orange Regional Museum in central west New South Wales still has to be answered, but for now, the task is to lay the grass.


The $8 million construction project is well underway, and now a specialist company has been brought in to put in the infrastructure to allow a green roof to take shape.


It is a complicated task that uses the latest innovations in using plants as integral parts of the architecture.

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Roofing scammers targetting the elderly in Monash

Roofing scammers targetting the elderly in Monash | Roofing | Scoop.it

TWO scammers attempted to hoodwink a visually impaired 87-year-old woman at her Mt Waverley home.


The fraudsters, who had Irish accents, knocked on the woman’s Donald St door at 11.30am yesterday, with one jumping onto the roof to check her tiles.


Her daughter Maree said she believed the man on the roof smashed a tile to prove it was in dire need of repair, and moved several other tiles to create a hole.


“They wanted $3500 to fix the problem,” Maree said.

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Roofing company on Trac for ASX listing

Roofing company on Trac for ASX listing | Roofing | Scoop.it

SOUTHPORT-based building products company Trac Group Holdings has lodged a prospectus as it moves closer to a planned ASX listing.


Trac Group manufactures smart roofing tiles that can also harvest the sun’s energy to generate electricity and heated water.


Its innovative roofing systems are marketed under the Tractile brand. The company has won a string of design and innovation awards for its products.


The group is planning to secure a slice of the annual $3 billion roofing services industry.

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City of Melbourne wants green roofs, but will they get their wish?

City of Melbourne wants green roofs, but will they get their wish? | Roofing | Scoop.it

The City of Melbourne has created a map of rooftops across the municipality in an effort to uncover under-utilized spaces that could be used for energy production or vegetation.


The Rooftop Project has identified 880 hectares of space, equivalent to five times the size of Melbourne’s largest park, with the potential to house solar panels, green roofs or cool roofs that reduce the amount of heat transferred to buildings below.


“Most of these rooftops are used only to store heating and cooling equipment,” said Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. “We could set them up to generate clean energy, increase property values and cool temperatures within the city.”

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Queensland storms: Roofs ripped off houses in Warwick, 20,000 properties left without power

Queensland storms: Roofs ripped off houses in Warwick, 20,000 properties left without power | Roofing | Scoop.it

More than a dozen homes have lost their roofs and about 20,000 properties were left without power after very dangerous thunderstorms tore across south-east Queensland on Sunday afternoon.


The storms, which began out west in the afternoon before moving towards the coast in the early evening, dropped golf ball to egg-sized hail in the Brisbane suburbs of Rocklea, Acacia Ridge, Archerfield and Corinda, and more than 72 millimetres of rain in 30 minutes at Harrisville in the Scenic Rim.

Energex recorded 107,000 lightning strikes and power crews have worked through the night to restore electricity. About 1,000 properties, mostly around Ipswich, were still without power early on Monday morning.



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Perth Stadium's roof construction underway

Perth Stadium's roof construction underway | Roofing | Scoop.it

Construction at Perth Stadium is one-third complete with the five-tier structure recently reaching its full height of 42 metres.


The mammoth task of installing the 60,000-seat stadium's roof is now underway and expected to take 12 months.


During a site visit on Thursday, Premier Colin Barnett continued to spruik that the stadium was on track to open at the start of the 2018 AFL season.


"Just 12 months ago we were onsite to see the first concrete pile driven into the ground," he said.  "The progress since then has been remarkable and construction is now 33 per cent complete based on design and procurement status.

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Important Things To Keep In Mind When It Comes To Your Roof

Important Things To Keep In Mind When It Comes To Your Roof | Roofing | Scoop.it

If you’re like many homeowners, you don’t think much about your roof. But, given the importance of the roof to any home, you need to be sure your roof is in good shape.This article helps you learn all you need to know about roofing. Keep reading and learn more!


If you find a leak, you need to make sure you fix it properly the first time around. This often means that it’s not a good idea to patch up the first leak you come to and stop there. Check over the whole roof so that you can see if there are more problems. Rubber boots should be worn when you get up on your roof.


There are many questions you need to ask the roofer before signing a contract. One question to ask is the quantity of nails they will put in each shingle. Three nails are usually doesn’t cut it. Ask them about what their methods are to see if the methods they give is satisfactory. If they do not, then seek out another one.


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Tractile’s advantages offer architects a new roofing option to consider

Tractile’s advantages offer architects a new roofing option to consider | Roofing | Scoop.it

Architects, builders and homeowners select roofing materials based on various performance criteria as well as aesthetics and price.


Given a choice between roof tiles, COLORBOND steel roofing and Tractile roofs, what would be the most suitable roofing option for a home?


Roof tiles and COLORBOND steel roofs are the two major roof products in Australia. However, a new product, Tractile is shaking up the market with the new roofing material outperforming the established options at various levels.

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Retractable roofs: bringing the great outdoors, indoors

Retractable roofs: bringing the great outdoors, indoors | Roofing | Scoop.it

No longer reserved for just large-scaled sports stadiums, retractable roofing systems are fast becoming a hot commodity for restaurants and hospitality venues to maximise on space and create dynamic social atmospheres for customers.


With demand for both alfresco-style and dramatic rooftop dining on the rise, retractable roofing structures are being employed nation-wide in restaurants and eateries to allow for patrons to enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year – with solutions for Australia’s many and varying climate zones.


Promoting vibrancy and pedestrian activity, these roofing structures offer a seamless flow between interior and exterior spaces paving the way for a greater return on property, and with more seating options, increased revenue for proprietors.

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Church call to fix the heavens

Church call to fix the heavens | Roofing | Scoop.it

CALLING ­­ anyone who was married or christened in St Matthew’s Church in The Corso, Manly. The historic church needs repairs to its dilapidated roof and is inviting anyone who has had any connection to it over the years to buy a slate for $50.


You won’t have your name engraved on the slate but you will be helping the Anglican Church pay the $450,000 needed to restore the roof.


Senior minister Bruce Clarke said recent strong winds had dislodged some of the Welsh slate tiles on the roof, which had come to the end of their life. Being close to the sea had also weathered the slate faster than usual. “Because the building is heritage-listed we must replace like with like,” the Reverend Clarke said.

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Are Green Roofs Viable?

Are Green Roofs Viable? | Roofing | Scoop.it

Using a rooftop to host a garden which the building community cultivates in some kind of common space is an alluring notion. It seems an excellent means of meeting various planning requirements, achieving a high rating under WELL, and making use of an otherwise wasted space.

 

But does it work? Are community garden green roofs viable?

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Head swimming coach says the Coast Aquatic Centre risks being white elephant without roof

Head swimming coach says the Coast Aquatic Centre risks being white elephant without roof | Roofing | Scoop.it

THE Gold Coasts 41 million aquatic centre is at risk of becoming a white elephant unless a permanent roof is built before the Commonwealth Games, says Australias leading swimming coach.


Jacco Verhaeren, who will lead Australia’s gold rush push at this year’s Rio Olympic Games, has warned city leaders that a roof is built, the Southport centre will be left unused following the 2018 Games.


Council sources suggest the cost of a roof to cover the entire complex could be $20 million.

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Police warn about roofing scam

Police warn about roofing scam | Roofing | Scoop.it

POLICE are warning about a potential roofing scam targeting elderly and vulnerable residents.


An elderly Plympton Park woman received a knock on her door, about 2.30pm on Friday, from a man who asked if she needed roofing work done.


She agreed and the man said he would return in 10 minutes. The woman soon had second thoughts and contacted police.

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Is Passive Solar Design Irrelevant?

Is Passive Solar Design Irrelevant? | Roofing | Scoop.it

Passive solar design principles are now recognized as being less effective at maintaining indoor comfort than superinsulated buildings.


As a new generation of do-it-yourself builders got busy experimenting in the 1970s, passive solar design ideas proliferated. Builders claimed that attached sunspaces, solar collectors, trombe walls, earth ships, and many more ideas could keep a house comfortable with minimal or zero use of fossil fuels.


Superinsulated designs, likewise, saw intense development in the 1970s, and have come to the forefront of green building thanks to the Passive House standard. This demanding approach focuses on improving air-tightness and insulation, decreasing thermal bridging, and setting rigorous levels for energy use.

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Green Roofs Bring Myriad Benefits to Urban Environments

Green Roofs Bring Myriad Benefits to Urban Environments | Roofing | Scoop.it

In addition to beautifying urban centres, green roofs bring many benefits that can significantly enhance the efficiency and sustainability of cities.


Joe Glesta, a graduate student researcher at the University of Melbourne, points to the broad range of positive impacts that green roofs can have on urban environments.


“The benefits of green roofs include decreased cooling and heating loads, improved air temperature, improved air quality, reduced urban heat island effects, carbon footprint reduction, improved stormwater management, storm water runoff quality and urban hydrology, as well as sound insulation and attenuation, which is very important in a city,” he said.

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Government funds could help pay to replace roofs on homes, Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce says

Government funds could help pay to replace roofs on homes, Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce says | Roofing | Scoop.it

TAXPAYERS would replace the roofs of almost 25,000 north Queensland houses under a plan to help them withstand cyclones and ease the bill of insurers.


The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), which is working with the Commonwealth to help protect vulnerable communities, asked the Turnbull Government to consider stumping up the cash.


The proposal, submitted to the Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce, was the best, low-cost option, the ICA said yesterday.

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Severe thunderstorms, destructive winds tear roofs off houses in New South Wales, Victoria

Severe thunderstorms, destructive winds tear roofs off houses in New South Wales, Victoria | Roofing | Scoop.it

Wild weather causes chaos in parts of New South Wales and Victoria, with strong winds taking the roofs off houses in both states.


In Strathmerton, in northern Victoria, wind caused destruction on a suburban street, bringing down trees and lifting the roofs off at least two houses.


"Absolutely wild. Houses completely torn to shreds," local Instagram user Austkathy said. On Sunday morning, storms along the NSW and Victorian border also damaged a number of houses and brought down trees.

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Wolfin waterproofing membrane rectifies roof membrane failures at coastal properties

Wolfin waterproofing membrane rectifies roof membrane failures at coastal properties | Roofing | Scoop.it

The Wolfin sheet membrane system from Projex Group was recently installed at the Watsons Bay Hotel as well as a home in Blue Bay on the Central Coast to rectify roof membrane failures.


It’s imperative for a waterproofing system in coastal or harbour environments to be able to resist the harsh weather conditions as well as the highly aggressive and damaging salt environment.


The Wolfin sheet membrane system was installed to rectify roof membrane failures at the Watsons Bay Hotel and the residential property in Blue Bay, Central Coast. With both properties located adjacent to the water, the existing roof membranes were severely compromised by the salt environment and UV exposure.

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Busting the Myths of Metal Roofs

Busting the Myths of Metal Roofs | Roofing | Scoop.it

With metal roofs come many preconceived notions. But which are true and what are the pros and cons?


  1. The Rain Is Louder
  2. They Stop Ice From Forming
  3. They Shed Snow
  4. They Makes Homes Warmer
  5. They Don’t Add Value
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Australians hot on small-scale roof-top solar

Australians hot on small-scale roof-top solar | Roofing | Scoop.it

Australia is one of the world leaders in the uptake of roof-top solar systems, but it is falling behind when it comes to the rollout of large-scale solar farms, a new study has found.


As speculation mounts about the federal government changing its climate change policies, an analysis by the Energy Supply Association of Australia found South Australia and Tasmania had some of the highest per capita wind generation in the world.


The report found Australia ranked sixth in the world when it came to the uptake of solar photovoltaic roof-top systems on a per capita basis (with 0.19 kilowatts). The top three countries were Germany (0.47 kilowatts), Italy (0.31 kilowatts) and Belgium (0.19 kilowatts).

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Roofing and Roof Materials Advice and Recommendations

Roofing and Roof Materials Advice and Recommendations | Roofing | Scoop.it

TYPES OF ROOF INSTALLATIONS Building and construction of both commercial and home properties almost always involves choosing an appropriate roofing style and material. Getting this one critical choice correct can lead to years and years of quality roof protection. Getting this choice wrong on the other hand can lead to painful repairs and expense.


Categorically, there are two types of roofing, commercial and home. Both commercial and home roofing can be challenging, pricey and tedious processes, but with the right guidance and supplies, you can save thousands and prevent errors and out of pocket expense to the contractor.

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Green Roofs Offset the Cost of Contaminated Water

Green Roofs Offset the Cost of Contaminated Water | Roofing | Scoop.it

Contaminated runoff has a cost in terms of both dollars and health, but green roofs can help alleviate the problem.

Local governments and water authorities in most Australian cities require that new developments manage storm water in some way. This may be by restricting runoff to pre-development flows or by treating storm water on-site. 


Rather than paying the offset contribution or building on-ground elements that take up developable space, another way of dealing with this problem and saving money is to include green roofs as a part of the development.


A green roof will manage storm water without taking up valuable developable areas. It will also provide amenity and other financial benefits that include energy savings and protection from fire.

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