Strata warning over renovations and upgrades in Aussie towers

first_imgThe burnt out upper floors at remains of the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington, west London on June 22, 2017. Picture: AFP/Niklas HallenTHE terror of London’s Grenfell Tower fire should be a wakeup call for Australian unit owners, experts warn, with some buildings already known to be non-compliant.Archers the Strata Professionals director Colin Archer said owners should be investigating fire safety compliance of their buildings.Among those who should re-evaluate were people who had renovated or upgraded their apartment or building, he said.“Many people will put in a security door, install or remove internal partitions, or have a deadlock or peephole installed, without realising this could interfere with the doors fire-safety, rendering it non-compliant with regulations.”“We recommend before any planned changes to a building are set in stone, particularly amendments to stairwells and lifts, a private certifier should be engaged to ensure the changes will not impinge on fire safety.”Mr Archer said it was cladding that caused the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne’s Docklands just three years ago, where the cost was estimated at $15million or $50,000 per apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoA general view of the Lacrosse building in the Docklands on June 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesThe Insulated Panel Council Australasia said Queensland’s laws involving high rise building safety were beefed up as recently as May by the State Parliament.The new laws were designed to prevent the use of non-conforming construction products in Queensland and lower the risk of building fires, according to IPCA chief executive Ron Lawson.“That’s not to say fires can’t happen, but we as an industry are doing everything we can to minimise the risk. Building regulations should improve safety, health and amenity. Getting legislators to put rules in place and then industry following them with the rules or legislation being enforced, is crucial to building safety and that’s what is happening.”He said “audits have already been done on cladding materials used in high-rise buildings in Australia”, and acknowledged there were some non-compliant buildings that were not built to code.“We don’t need new audits of those buildings as has been suggested, but we could have better qualified people take another look at them and make recommendations on prioritising the replacement of non-compliant material,” he said.Mr Archer warned that bodies corporate needed to know what their situation was, regardless of whether the remedy came at a substantial cost or valuation downgrade to the building.“We will closely monitor the dilemma facing legislators in coming to a workable solution to provide tighter regulation, knowing that in instances where the building products are found to be faulty after the expiry of the defects period there is unlikely to be any building insurance remedy, with the repair cost to be at the owners’ expense.”last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: How did USWNT get here?

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Who made the USWNT roster for tournament in France? The team powered its way through the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and a quick look at the numbers shows just how dominant the U.S. was during qualifying:0 goals conceded throughout the tournament 1 U.S. hat trick during the tournament2 players scored at least one goal in every game they played 3 individual tournament honors were awarded to the U.S: Golden Ball (Julie Ertz), Golden Boot (Alex Morgan) and Fair Play Award3 braces scored by Morgan during the tournament, which came against Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica4 players scored at least one brace during the World Cup qualifying10 players scored throughout the tournament14 total shots were scored against the U.S. through the five-game tournament19 total assists for the USWNT during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players20 players saw action during the tournament, which turned out to be the entire roster26 goals were scored by the U.S. Here’s a detailed look at the Americans’ journey in the CONCACAF Championship, which served as the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.Oct. 4, 2018: 6-0 win over MexicoThe U.S. had previously faced Mexico twice before the CONCACAF Championship. In both games, the USWNT won by a margin of at least three goals (4-1, 6-2). The team doubled its success against its southern neighbors to open the qualifying tournament.The Americans ended up playing all three of their Group A games in Cary, North Carolina. Morgan and Megan Rapinoe led the team in its first 6-0 victory over Mexico. The pair both scored a brace as the USWNT started its CONCACAF shutout streak. Ertz and Tobin Heath also chipped in goals as part of the team’s high pressure attack. Rapinoe opened with a goal in the third minute after sending a Lindsey Horan assist to the back of the net. The team dominated all game with its fast-paced play. In the first half alone, the U.S. outshot Mexico 11-0.The USWNT’s next five goals all came in the second half.Oct. 7, 2018: 5-goal shutout against PanamaPanama entered the contest fresh off a 3-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago, but didn’t have anything to celebrate in its second game as the USWNT breezed to another victory.Carli Lloyd highlighted the Americans’ second win of qualifying with a hat trick. Her three goals helped push the USWNT past Panama, 5-0.What’s more, the team continued to showcase its defensive talent. When the U.S. entered the game, it had not given up a goal in the competition in 694 minutes, spanning six full games. The streak continued to seven full games … and counting. Oct. 10, 2018: 7-0 victory against Trinidad and TobagoThe U.S. marked its most dominant win of the tournament against Trinidad and Tobago. The 7-0 victory featured a brace from Morgan and Rose Lavelle as well as goals from Crystal Dunn, Heath and Horan.      The match was the final game of the group stage for the USWNT.The U.S. once again had control from the the opening kickoff to the final whistle. In the group stage, the Americans ended up outscoring their opponents a whopping 18-0. ​Oct. 14, 2018: 6-0 win vs. Jamaica The USWNT officially qualified for the World Cup after defeating Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship as the top three finishers automatically earned berths to France. The win came in dominant fashion with a six-goal shutout.The U.S. scored its first goal in the opening minutes with Heath finding the net to set the team up for the win. She added another goal later in the half for only her second career multi-goal game. Rapinoe, Ertz and Morgan also scored to give the U.S. a 5-0 advantage at halftime.The Americans ended up outshooting Jamaica 15-1 in the first half alone.Morgan capped off the strong scoring in the second half on her way to her 100th international goal. With the victory, the U.S. was unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3) and outscored its opponents 89-17 while scoring in all 25 games. The U.S. is currently favored along with France to win it all, while Germany and England are also among the favorites. The national team faced both France and England in friendlies leading up to the World Cup.  But before the USWNT punched its ticket to the World Cup, it had to qualify. Related News The U.S. women’s national team is just hours away from opening the defense of its FIFA Women’s World Cup title. While the team cruised to its eighth consecutive World Cup since the tournament began in 1991 — winning the inaugural championship and then earning the 1999 and 2015 titles — the U.S. will likely have a tougher time repeating its championship against a talented field, including host country France. The U.S. went on to defeat Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF Championship final with goals from Lavelle and Morgan.Since then, the U.S. was tested in a friendly against France, where it lost 3-1, and in 2-2 draws against Japan and England in the SheBelieves Cup, but defeated Australia, Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico in friendlies in recent months, posting clean sheets in the final four matches before heading to France. The Americans’ first World Cup group stage game will come June 11 against Thailand.last_img read more