Floor Loading Traps: Part 2

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IN PART 1, you saw how changing the use of a property can affect the loading requirements — and what it can cost you.

Read on to find out who is actually responsible for determining floor loading, Australian Standards, and how to protect yourself. [Read more…]

Floor Loadings can often be A Trap for the Unwary

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YOU MAY KNOW that floor loadings differ depending upon the intended use of the floor — but it is not that simple.

Floor Loading Requirements

The imposed loading on a office/commercial use building is generally 3 Kpa (3000 kg per sqm). And a residential use building is 1.5 Kpa (1500 kg per sqm).

Therefore, if you plan on converting a Commercial property to residential — the floor is capable to withstand the higher loads and meet the requirements. [Read more…]

Watch Out for the Hidden “Soft” Project Costs …

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DEVELOPMENTS generally comprise two types of costs:

  1. SOFT costs being the Designers, Engineers, Planners, Project Managers, Cost, Planning and Specialist Consultants.
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  2. HARD costs, which are actual physical building costs, Builder preliminaries and Contingencies.

Both of these costs need to be managed. But there are two specific traps to avoid when reviewing initial planning soft costs — so that your soft costs do not blow the budget later on. [Read more…]