The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-29T06:20:15Z Poly Australia to re-release apartments under $800,000 for first-home-buyers 2017-06-29T06:20:15Z poly-australia-to-re-release-apartments-under-800-000-for-first-home-buyers Sydney, Thursday 29 June 2017 – Last month, in response to NSW government initiatives to assist first-home-buyers, International developer Poly Australia announced it would hold back all remaining apartments at their premier development, Poly Horizon in Epping, saving them for first-home-buyers. Now, Poly Australia is preparing to re-release these apartments back to the market, as promised, at the exact same price they were taken off the market. “This will allow first-home-buyers to secure an apartment within the NSW Governments set parameters, taking advantage of discounted stamp duty and a $10,000 first-home-owners grant,” said Poly Australia Sales and Marketing Director Jay Carter. Since announcing the initiative last month, Poly Australia has experienced a number of enquiries from foreign buyers looking to avoid the hikes in stamp duty, however has committed to holding any apartments under the $800,000 threshold for first-home-buyers. “As expected, we have seen a spike in enquiry from foreign purchasers who want to secure property at the lower tax rate, however anything under $800,000 is being held, as promised, so that first-home-buyers can have the first opportunity once the stamp duty discounts take effect.” Mr Carter added that it was difficult to turn away buyers who were looking to exchange before June 30, however was happy to assist in finding a solution for them. “Several of the buyers we initially turned away for the lower priced apartments actually ended up purchasing some of the units that were just over the $800,000 price point,” he said.  Poly Australia will be releasing 23 apartments priced below $800,000 at Poly Horizon in Epping on July 1st. First-home-buyers will be given the first opportunity to purchase these apartments to take advantage of discounted stamp duty and a $10,000 first-home-buyers grant. For more information, contact Poly Agency on 1300 889 958. For media enquiries, contact Jamie Pericleous on 0421 173 361 or   -END- About Poly (Australia) Real Estate Development Pty Ltd   Poly (Australia) Real Estate Development [Poly] is the Australian division of the listed international property development company, Poly Real Estate Group Limited.   Founded in 1992, Poly Real Estate Group Limited listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2006 and operates in Australia, UK, the US and China. The company has a total asset value of AU$120 billion.   Through its Australian subsidiary, Poly (Australia) Real Estate Development, Poly Real Estate Limited entered the Australian marketplace in January 2015 acquiring its first site in Melbourne, closely followed by a site in Epping in Sydney’s northern suburbs.   Poly (Australia) Real Estate Development is the Australian division of the listed international property development company, Poly Real Estate Group Limited. Founded in 1992, Poly Real Estate Group Limited listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2006 and operates in Australia, UK, the US and China.   In New South Wales, Poly is currently developing a landmark $344 million mixed-use project, Poly Horizon in Sydney's northern suburb of Epping which comprises 501 apartments. The company has also acquired sites in Werrington and Lindfield.   Poly aims to build a development pipeline of between 2,000 to 3,000 apartments in New South Wales. Poly intends to explore additional opportunities in other areas as well, including commercial buildings and retirement villages.   About Poly Real Estate Group Ltd   Poly Real Estate Limited is the Shanghai-listed commercial property arm of the state-owned China Poly Group Corporation.   Poly Real Estate is ranked 332 in the Forbes Global 2000 list in 2015. The company has assets valued at $125billion.   About China Poly Group Corporation Pty Ltd China Poly Group Corporation operates as an investment company, The Company invests in trading, real estate development, culture and the arts, mineral resources, and other businesses. BUSY backs Hutchies in building Indigenous careers in the construction industry 2017-06-29T02:03:21Z busy-backs-hutchies-in-building-indigenous-careers-in-the-construction-industry BUSY At Work is proudly supporting a new employment program which is producing some excellent results in building Indigenous careers in the construction and building industry. BUSY At Work Project Coordinator/Mentor Robyn Donnelly said BUSY was delighted to partner with Australia’s largest privately owned builder Hutchinson Builders to deliver the Statim-Yaga program. Statim-Yaga is derived from Torres Strait Islander Creole and the Jagera language and means to “start work.” “We have been working with Hutchies since January this year to deliver mentoring support and career planning to eligible Indigenous apprentices, trainees and their employers within the construction industry.” “This support has included face to face and online support for the apprentice and employer, tailored mentoring support, creating work plans and providing information and advice on workplace issues,” Ms Donnelly said. Robyn said the mentoring support would focus on at least their first six months of employment. “Statistics indicate that apprentices who received specific mentoring support particularly in the early stages, were up to 15% more likely to complete their apprenticeship than those who were not part of a mentoring program,” Ms Donnelly added. Hutchinson’s Indigenous Program Manager, Mark Kucks said the Statim-Yaga program, which kicked off in November 2015, was funded by the Australian Government’s Employment Parity Initiative (EPI). “Hutchies responded to an invitation from the Federal Government to some of Australia’s largest corporations to be part of the EPI. The government has set a bold target of 20,000 more Indigenous Australians to be employed in the private sector by 2020.” “As part of this Hutchies has committed to placing 350 Indigenous job seekers into employment within the construction industry through Hutchies and our subcontractors and suppliers by 2019.” “We are also committed to increasing our own workforce to at least four percent within this time.” “We are well on target to achieving this goal with 175 Indigenous Australians in employment through the program,” Mr Kucks said. With a turnover of approximately $2.2b this year in construction projects from Cairns to Hobart and across to Darwin, Mark said a major focus of the program was on employing apprentices particularly in skill shortage trades such as bricklayers, plasterers, tilers and painters. Mark said the success of the Statim-Yaga program was based on retaining people in the program and creating lifelong opportunities for Indigenous people. “We don’t see this as getting 350 people into jobs. We are here to change people’s lives and in turn their family’s lives, giving people the opportunity to develop lifelong careers in the construction industry,” Mr Kucks said. “Through our construction schools at Yatala, Gold Coast, West End and Toowoomba, and with partnerships like BUSY At Work, we hope to further source more employment opportunities for Indigenous people with ours and other subcontractors and suppliers to provide Indigenous Australians with genuine career paths.” “Our motto is to provide the right person, with the right training, for the right career,” Mr Kucks said. BUSY At Work General Manager – Programs, Paul Andrews said BUSY was pleased to partner with Hutchies in supporting Indigenous job seekers in the construction industry. “The Statim-Yaga program demonstrates why Hutchinson Builders is so well respected within the construction industry and BUSY is very proud to be working alongside them to make the program’s vision a reality,” Mr Andrews said. The Statim-Yaga program is open to • Indigenous Australians looking for a career in the construction industry • Construction industry employees wanting to hire an Indigenous apprentice For more information visit or contact Robyn Donnelly on 0417 875 005 End NewTechWood Partners with Decking Out Melbourne at the 2017 Melbourne Home Show 2017-06-26T08:11:21Z newtechwood-partners-with-decking-out-melbourne-at-the-2017-melbourne-home-show NewTechWood Australia announces it expansion into Victoria with a display of their composite timber decking at the 2017 Melbourne Home Show.  They will be sharing Stand No. O01 with Decking Out Melbourne, Melbourne’s premier deck building company.  The Melbourne Home Show will be held 17-20 August, 2017 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank.   NewTechWood is a world wide company with distributors based in all 7 continents and headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company started as a plastic recycling company in the mid 1980’s in the U.S.  It prides itself on innovation and commitment to environmental values.   NewTechWood composite decking, cladding and screening is imported and distributed exclusively by Urban Direct Wholesale, a Perth company.  The product has been steadily growing in popularity and increasingly being specified by architects and builders.  NewTechWood composite decking and cladding is also now being specified on projects in NSW and Victoria, with demand expected to grow.   Company Director, Ben Ranieri says in the three years NewTechWood has been selling in Western Australia, it has been rating either #1 or #2 best selling composite decking product during this time.  The rise in popularity is attributed to a more discerning customer base who actively seek products and companies who are both socially and environmentally responsible.    Ranieri says the fact NewTechWood is also one of the better quality composite products being offered at a more affordable price point has boosted its rise in popularity.  It is also made from recycled timbers and plastic products resulting in less impact on natural forest resources. Unlike some composite products, NewTechWood has an exclusive “Ultrashield” capping around all 4 sides, protecting the ‘core’. This offers full UV, moisture, fading, warping, rotting, splitting and termite resistance.  It’s a favourite with home-owners because it is maintenance free, requiring no oiling, staining or painting and is backed by a 25 year warranty. Award winning Decking Out Melbourne, established in 2001, is the first reseller in Victoria of NewTechWood. Priding themselves on quality, service and innovation, they have established themselves as one of the leading deck builders in the country, domestic and commercial, using capped composite decking product. They were the first deck building company outside of North America to win awards, which include first place, at America’s most prestigious deck building awards, governed by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). With their solid and established reputation and experience, choosing Decking Out Melbourne as their first Victorian reseller was an obvious choice.  Their workmanship will be on display at the joint NewTechWood and Decking Out Melbourne stand at the Home Show.   Crestron shatters records at InfoComm 2017 2017-06-26T06:01:20Z crestron-shatters-records-at-infocomm-2017 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; color: #042eee} li.li2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} li.li3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; color: #042eee} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 13.0px Helvetica; font-kerning: none} span.s3 {font: 9.0px Helvetica; font-kerning: none} span.s4 {font: 11.0px Helvetica; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #042eee} span.s5 {font: 9.0px Helvetica; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #042eee} span.s6 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} span.s7 {font-kerning: none; color: #000000} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} Crestron Wins Company-Best 26 Industry Awards at InfoComm® 2017 Crestron Mercury™, DM® NVX Series, Avia™ DSPs and Amplifiers, and DMPS 3-Series® Presentation Systems, among others, receive top honours at largest professional AV show in North America Sydney – June 26, 2017 – Crestron, a global leader in enterprise control and automation technology, announced today it received a company-best 26 industry awards at InfoComm 2017, the largest event in North America focused on the professional AV industry. Crestron was recognised in multiple categories by leading AV industry trade publications. “Crestron is extremely proud and honoured to be recognised by the AV industry for a company-best twenty-six awards at InfoComm 2017,” said Fred Bargetzi, Chief Technology Officer. “These awards are validation of the hard work and ingenuity of the hundreds of engineers and visionaries in our R&D labs. They share a passion and relentless commitment to push the boundaries of what’s possible and anticipate our customers’ needs.” Crestron received the following awards at InfoComm 2017: rAVe Reader’s Choice Awards Favourite Manufacturer-Based Training Program Favourite Control / Signal Processing Manufacturer Favourite Overall Systems Product: DigitalMedia™ Commercial Integrator® Best Awards Audio Conferencing Solution: Crestron Mercury Collaboration: Crestron Mercury Video Distribution Systems: DM-NVX-350 Large-Scale Control Systems: CP3N Touch Screens: TSW-1060 Programming, Design & Engineering Solutions: Crestron Studio® Government Video® Best of Show Awards Crestron Mercury DMPS 3-Series Presentation System DMPS3-4K-300-C Avia 12x8 Digital Signal Processor Avia 8-Channel Power Amplifier Digital Graphics Engine DM-DGE-200-C SCN® InfoComm Installation Product Awards Most Innovative IoT Product: Crestron Mercury AV Technology Best of Show Awards Crestron Mercury DigitalMedia Network AV Encoder/Decoder DM-NVX-350 Avia Digital Signal Processor w/Dante™ DSP-1283 DMPS 3-Series Presentation System DMPS3-4K-300-C Sound & Video Contractor® Best of Show Awards Crestron Mercury Avia 8-Channel Power Amplifier AMP-8150 4K Multi-Window Video Processor HD-WP-4K-401-C Digital Signage “Best of Show” DigitalMedia Network AV Encoder/Decoder DM-NVX-350 Tech & Learning® “Best of Show” DMPS 3-Series Presentation System DMPS3-4K-300-C Digital Graphics Engine DM-DGE-200-C GPA Global Excellence Award Crestron was also honoured to receive a prestigious 2017 GPA Global Excellence Award. These are awarded annually to the leading audio, video, and UC manufacturers and vendors who show the highest level of commitment to delivering a superior experience worldwide. - ENDS - About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting *** All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2017 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Contact Information DEC PR Jennifer Gillis, Ruth Fletcher or Duyen Nguyen / (02) 8014 5033 Local Illawarra Builder Beats Big Nationals for Coveted Award 2017-06-23T23:48:30Z local-illawarra-builder-beats-big-nationals-for-coveted-award Shellharbour 23 Jun 2017   Local, family-run home-builder Mincove Homes has picked up a Master Builders Association Award for Best Display Home. Known as “Oakwood” it was the only home in the Lend Lease CalderwoodValley Display Village to win an accolade. Owners Shayne and John Howle received the honour at SE Region Awards the awards ceremony held in the Ulladulla Civic Centre on Saturday the 17th of June.     Left: Shayne and John Howle with their recent Master Builders Association Award for Best Display Home. Right: Mincove General Manager David King receives the award in Ulladulla on behalf of Mincove Homes presented by Gavin Reynolds from Harvey Norman Commercial Nowra (right)   Mincove Homes are no strangers to industry recognition, having received a similar award in 2015 for their impressive display home in Shell Cove.   A local business success story, Mincove homes has been building homes in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions for over 18 years.   Mincove General Manager Mr. David King said “The reason people choose to build with Mincove Homes, is the quality of the finishes. Mincove employ all their major trades such as Bricklayers and Carpenters and this ensures a high-quality finish on every home that we build” King also said, “Shayne and John are very proud to win this award and they believe the quality of our tradies are a key to the success of this business”.   The Award-winning 4 Bedroom Display Home “Oakwood”   The “Oakwood” delivers the ultimate in spacious family living for anyone looking to build a single storey home on a standard building site. This clever design even has a spit built into it, so it will also suit a sloping site. This design has come about through listening to what Mincove Homes’ clients are looking for in an affordable home.   The official judges’ comments on the Oakwood were clear about the superior design and build of this home.   Judges’ Comments: This was a well-constructed display home with different materials and textures utilized to give a pleasing effect. Face brick to outside faces with part portal frame construction to include a built in gas barbeque with its wood supply was a nice touch. The rear fence incorporated vertical sleepers to give a rugged warm feel which offset the neat merbau decking.   The Mincove team have chosen a number of key elements to create a home with some great character that is also an affordable family home.   The Oakwood features a generous master suite complete with his and hers walk-in robes and ensuite, three additional double bedrooms, and an open plan kitchen, dining and living area flowing onto an alfresco area that is sure to inspire a year-round indoor-outdoor lifestyle.   The whole family will relish the notion of a dedicated home theatre room, while the children’s activity area ensures that kids have their own space for games, crafts, reading and more.   The “Oakwood” display home is only one of the two homes that are on display at the Calderwood Valley Display Village. The second home is a double storey called the “Ridgewood” and was designed specifically for narrow blocks.   Mincove homes has built its business by specialising in custom and sloping site builds and with the opening of these two homes at Calderwood, it now has a range of affordable housing to suit anyone who is looking to enter the market. Mincove homes also have a range of narrow block designs and double storey designs specifically suited to the Calderwood valley precinct.   Mincove’s Display Homes are open 7 days in Calderwood Valley or Shell Cove Calderwood Valley Display Homes 73-75 Brushgrove Circuit, Calderwood NSW 2527 Ph: (02) 4243 8841   Shell Cove Display Home 4 Windjammer Crescent, Shell Cove (off Apollo Drive) Ph: (02) 4296 0007   Or visit the Mincove website for more details   ENDS   For more information please contact: Media contact Mincove Homes   David King – General Manager(02) 4256 0222 Media packs including high-quality photography of the display homes is available on request Media contact Master builders Association   Contact Lynn Smith – Manager Master Builders Association of NSW – Ulladulla office T: 02 4454 1955 Email and Website \ MODE wins big at the 2017 NT Architecture Awards 2017-06-22T05:01:42Z mode-wins-big-at-the-2017-nt-architecture-awards Darwin’s architectural community gathered on Friday 16 June for the annual 2017 NT Architecture Awards, with MODE taking out the prestigious Tracy Memorial Award for the Bullocky Point Education Precinct. The project was dubbed “a work of the Northern Territory” and also picked up an Education Architecture NT Chapter Award and the Award for Interior Architecture, making it the most awarded entrant. MODE’s design of the Bullocky Point Education Precinct involved landscape architecture, interior design, architecture and wayfinding to deliver a cutting-edge environment for staff and students to advance their studies. The purpose-built, flexible distance education facility is located within the grounds of Darwin High School and provides a unique opportunity for students of both schools to interact. Fundamental to the projects mission, was improving outcomes for remote and regional learning, through a space that would offer state-of-the-art technology and an expanded distance education capacity. MODE’s Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar, was also awarded the 2017 Student Prize (supported by the Liveris Family) on the night, along with MODE receiving a commendation for the innovative Asbuild Office Fitout under the Small Project Architecture category. To view a list of all award winners, go to: ---End---   Award Details for MODE: ·         The Tracy Memorial Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Educational Architecture: NT Chapter Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Interior Design Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Small Project Architecture Commendations for Asbuild Office Fitout ·         MODE Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar won the 2017 Student Prize Award Grenfell Tower Fire Tragedy 2017-06-22T04:07:46Z grenfell-tower-fire-tragedy The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) joins with other organisations from the Australian building and construction industry and from around the world in expressing our dismay at the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower building fire catastrophe in London. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this devastating incident. It is the opinion of ACIF that the appropriate processes and investigations must be undertaken and reports published before further comments are provided. In 2014 Australia experienced a somewhat similar building fire incident at the Lacrosse building at Docklands, Melbourne, at which fortunately there was no loss of life or injury.  At present there is a Federal Parliamentary inquiry into non-conforming building products being used in the Australian building and construction industry. This inquiry should also inquire into the broader range of issues flowing from these and other overseas fire incidents including: codes and regulations, testing and approval of product design, selection, certification, construction and inspection of products as used, reporting, enforcement and appropriate consequences of non-compliance within the building process. Of importance too is the dissemination of information and the education of all building and design practitioners in the interpretation of the Building Code of Australia and the use of product. Australian governments, regulators and the construction industry should continue to cooperate and be vigilant to prevent similar tragedies occurring in Australia in the future; there should be no room for complacency on this issue. - ENDS - About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian construction industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are among the most significant associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction, building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from  Aspect Furniture sponsors Australian Government Procurement Week 2017-06-19T22:18:42Z aspect-furniture-sponsors-australian-government-procurement-week Aspect Furniture is sponsoring Australian Government Procurement Week, which will be held in Sydney between 26th and 28th July 2017. The event will bring together procurement managers, from the Australian public sector, who are looking to achieve greater value for money in their operations.   Aspect’s commitment to delivering value and efficiencies in its operations — in design, manufacturing and supply of commercial office furniture — makes its involvement in Australian Government Procurement Week pertinent. “Striving for efficiencies and sustainability in our processes is smart business, for us and the organisations we supply” says Grant Kennerley, National Marketing Manager for Aspect. Our sponsorship of Australian Government Procurement Week is a fantastic opportunity to connect with public sector managers who are seeking greater value for money in their supplier contracts.” One way that Aspect delivers value for money is through keeping production local. Faster delivery, design flexibility, and quality assurance are some of the benefits. Aspect also creates efficiencies for purchasers through designing innovative products that need less servicing due to their enduring features. “Innovation is an important part of achieving value for money. It’s core to our business, so we’re excited that the public sector is looking at new ways to gain efficiencies in their procurement processes” says Grant. Aspect is a leader in the Australasian market for commercial office furniture, and has been operating for over 30 years. Working with public and private sector clients, Aspect is a trusted supplier known for delivering quality, flexible furniture systems that adapt to the changing needs of businesses. For more information, please contact: Grant Kennerley National Marketing Manager Phone: 1800 696 334 or 0437 352 175 Email: For details about Australian Government Procurement Week, visit  myosh Contractor Management Simplifies Contractor Engagement and Compliance 2017-06-19T10:18:10Z myosh-contractor-management-simplifies-contractor-engagement-and-compliance Organisations who engage contractors need to ensure that contractors and their employees are not exposed to health and safety risks.  Organisations or PCBU's have the same duty of care towards contractors, as they do to their own employees. Contractor are also required to be pro-active in recognizing and reporting potential hazards in the workplace. It is important that the contractor is familiar with workplace procedures.  Induction training which stipulates safe work procedures, is essential before any work commences. The myosh Contractor Management Module simplifies the process of contractor engagement. In myosh Classic Contractor Management for medium sized enterprises, the following features apply: Create a preferred supplier list and capture all the details of a specific contractor Capture details of contractor employees Upload all relevant contractor documents such as insurances, JSA’s, agreements and licenses Receive internal alerts when Insurances expire Record contractor employee qualifications and training. Receive notifications for qualification expiry Upload contractor equipment testing records and calibration certificates. Receive alerts when these are due for renewal Monitor contractors HSEQ performance record Access to inspection checklists and registers for tasks and equipment myosh Custom Contractor Management for large Enterprises, is a fully customisable software solution that also allows you to: Invite your contractors onto your HSEQ system, giving them access to the Contractor Management Module and allowing them to populate it with all necessary records and documents for a specific job, for e.g.  Training and Qualification records, Licenses, Insurance and employee details, JSA’s/SWMS. Contractor Compliance Checklists Receive internal and external alerts when Insurances expire Record contractor employee qualifications and training. Receive notifications for qualification and training expiry Track Contractor Training Link Contractor Training to Online Learning myosh also offers the myosh365 software program designed specifically for small businesses. Contractors should be encouraged to use myosh365 to manage their HSEQ issues and provide them with a verifiable system to satisfy their clients’ requirements. This webinar will highlight the differences between myosh Classic and Custom Contractor Management with the focus being on Custom Functionality. Join our free Webinar on Tuesday 4th July to learn more. Matter Launches Revolutionary Innovative ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ in Australia 2017-06-19T06:40:10Z matter-launches-revolutionary-innovative-solar-for-dual-occupancy-in-australia Dual occupancies are an exciting investment where the landlord collects two rental incomes from a single property If you share one block of land between two rental dwellings then why not share one solar system as well? With 'Solar for Dual-Occupancy' a property investor can now have four incomes from a single property – accelerating their property returns Matter has launched the much-awaited innovative 'Solar for Dual Occupancy' a new service for property investors with dual occupancy properties, like duplexes, town houses, dual key and even granny flats.  It is the first anywhere in the universe, including Australia. Melbourne, Australia — June 19, 2017 — Matter Technology has launched a new ‘Solar for Renters’ service for Dual Occupancy property investments. Keeping up with the latest property investment asset class to capturing the imagination of developers & investors. Dual occupancies - a remarkable property investment where the landlord collects two rental incomes on one property and they are also a good way to increase equity. Matter thought well if you share one block of land with two rental dwellings then why not share one solar system as well? With 'Solar for Dual-Occupancy' a property investor can now make four incomes from one property.  With the ever-increasing price of land, it can make a lot of sense for property investors to capitalize on the land value by developing a dual occupancy,  done right - it's a good way to increase equity.  ‘Dual-Occs’ with solar provides quad-income that accelerates becoming cash flow positive. For property investors this in turn speeds up building a property portfolio. Dual occupancy is an opportunity for people to change the composition of their negatively geared portfolio to create a neutral position, or even make it positively geared. Usually dual occupancy properties can get rental yields that are higher than what a suburb would typically deliver for typical rentals. And buying a property that is suitable for dual occupancy can also be a way for first time homebuyers to get their foot onto the property ladder. The most obvious way to boost income for dual-occupancy is why wouldn't you use the roof-space of both dwellings to generate more cash flow and increase value.  This is where Australia's startup Matter comes into the picture. They are the inventors of 'Solar for Renters' a popular service for property investors and tenants to benefit from Solar. ‘Solar for Rentals’ is a service that provides a straight forward way for property investors to generate considerable value from selling solar power produced on their investment property to their tenants. Instead of power utilities making all the money the tenant pays the landlord a reduced rate for solar power produced during the day. It’s a win-win, but it can make considerable value to a property investor. All this is possible because of the never-ending escalating price of grid power, Matter's innovative technology and their remarkable 'Solar-for-Renters' service. For an upfront investment of about the price of a decent paint job a property investor can generate extra value of somewhere around $85,000 when coupled with "Matter Money". Interestingly they can potentially make up to $200,000 of value if things go the investors way.  ‘Matter Money’ is a service from Matter that boosts value for property investors from ’Solar for Rentals’ cash flow. Demand came from property investors using 'Solar for Rentals' Matter's ever-growing property investor admirers have been pushing Matter to support multi-tenancy investment properties for a while, in particular dual-occupancy. They have been asking Matter to use their innovative technologies to boost property investors’ returns on dual-occs - they have been demanding 'Solar for Dual-occupancy'. Matter not has not only responded with a resounding yes for dual-occupancy. And have also opened up the possibility for dual-occupancy property investors making more from their investment from other common or shared things or services, like hot water systems, air conditioners and evaporative coolers to name a few. Matter will have more to say on this soon. Matter now supports not only supports single occupancy they have also included in their service repertoire dual- and multi- occupancy for its popular 'Solar for Rentals' service. This is good news for property investors as it opens up more avenues for positive cash flows. ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ allows a property investor to install one solar system that is used by both rental dwellings in a dual-occupancy so that they can earn extra cash flow by providing tenants cheaper, cleaner energy that they are charged for. This coupled with “Matter Money” becomes rocket-fuel that generates significant value for a property investor. How Matter handles Dual Occupancy In a dual-occupancy tenants are charged for a premium energy product - Blended Energy - using Matter's innovative energy plan based on a "pay as you go" energy plan. So renters only pay for Blended Energy that they consume which worked out using Matter’s very accurate smart meters that measure this new Blended Energy. Matter's innovative technology that works out what portion of the Blended Energy is from the grid and what portion of the Blended Energy is from solar being manufactured from the dual-occupancy’s roof. Each tenant in the dual-occupancy receives a bill as part of the Matter service. Each Dual-Occupancy bill breaks down how the charges are arrived at. Tenants are able to also see how much they saved by using Blended Energy. The Blended Energy Plan uses a ‘piggy-back’ ToU (time of use) rate for the grid energy portion of the Blended Energy and flat rate for the solar energy proportion of the Blended Energy. The flat rate is normally priced at 20% less than what a tenant would pay from the utility for daytime power, so the tenant wins. For the Landlord Matter works out what the pricing structure (the Blended Energy Plan) for the ‘Solar for Dual Occupancy’ should be – and Matter also negotiates this with the tenant as part of the service. This ensures that the dual-occupancy property investor can cover cost of the grid energy and also make a good return for the solar energy part of the Blended Energy.  The idea is not to make money from the grid energy portion, but not to loose money on the grid-portion as well. In a dual occupancy the feed-in credit from the utility could be shared on a pro-rata basis or can be allocated to one particular tenant, or it can be allocated all to the property investor. In Victoria this can be 11.3 cents per kWh whereas in other states it can be as little as 5 cents/kWh. Since the property investor has the utility bill in their name the feed-in credit is typically not taken into account for the tenants and this feed-in revenue goes straight to the property investor as well. While Feed-in further boosts income for Solar Energy not consumed at the Dual-Occupancies. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the main reason why property investors install a ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ system. As a rough guide ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ costs the property investor 5.6 cents / kWh to generate solar energy and typically tenants pay more than 28.5 cents per kWh for daytime power from the grid – some utilities charge more in some places like Adelaide tenants can pay 35 cents per kWh. Why Matter invented Blended Energy Matter created the innovation Blended Energy for dual- and multi- occupancy in mind. In a dual occupancy situation to save on electrical wiring and buying extra expensive meters the solar power is automatically charged to each tenant based on pro-rata usage based on the their measured portion of the Blended Energy and solar and grid proportions, it is a very accurate, fair and cost effective way to charge tenants for this Blended Energy. Matter uses innovative smart meters for measuring Blended Energy that are accurate and but less expensive than utility grid meters. This avoids the property investor in dual occupancies running separate solar electricity wiring to each tenancy, and metering them individually. It’s a very clever practical way to bill dual-occupancy tenants for solar power that is mixed with grid energy that becomes Blended Energy. The property investor can now take advantage of rising energy prices and do something positive about the Australian energy crisis for their tenant, their investment portfolio and pocket. You use one property for dual rental income why not use one solar for two more incomes. One property, four incomes.  For more about Matter's ‘Solar for Dual Occupancy’, please visit Availability ‘Solar for Dual Occupancy’ available from 1st July 2017 # # # For more information, images, or to request a spokesperson interview, please contact: Aurelia Glod Matter Technology Ltd E: M: +61 (0)2 8097 1420   About Matter Solar panels collect energy. Matter lets landlords sell it. Matter is an Australian-based technology start-up and the emerging leader in ‘Solar for Rentals’. Matter is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy energy and how property investors make more through such leading product and service innovations. Our service enables landlords to earn money from solar by charging their tenant for daytime electricity generated from their roof. For tenants this means lower prices, clean electricity and more in their pocket. Matter’s goal is to use technology to help make energy cheaper and cleaner for everyone whilst putting more in property investors pockets. Matter’s advanced platform delivers outstanding experience to tenants who are unwilling to compromise on service quality and value.   For more information, please visit   London tower fire can be avoided in Australia if regulations are followed 2017-06-15T23:34:16Z london-tower-fire-can-be-avoided-in-australia-if-regulations-are-followed The peak body representing Australia’s insulated building panel industry has assured residents of high-rise buildings that regulations and legislation covering the building industry in this country have safeguards that are unparalleled elsewhere in the world. However, the Insulated Panel Council Australasia (IPCA) warned that there are too many non-compliant buildings in Australia. IPCA says when regulations are followed, the risk of any high-rise fire in Australia being as catastrophic as the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower is minimal. “We don’t need new regulations or audits,” said IPCA chief executive officer Ron Lawson. “But we must ensure builders are buying the right materials and installing them properly, and we need to get rid of those in the industry who use non-compliant products. “This can only be done by improving the approval process for buildings, which must involve industry groups, that often know which developments are failing to comply. “My understanding is that the number of developments that are non-compliant is increasing, and building certifiers may be signing off on these because they are not aware.” He said calls for an urgent audit into Australian high-rise buildings are a knee-jerk reaction. “Investigations, while beneficial, need to be conducted by educated, informed and truly independent persons to be of any real value, not just those with vested interests or self-appointed armchair experts.” Mr Lawson said the London fire was tragic and extended his and IPCA’s sympathies to the families and friends of the victims. “Safety should be paramount in product development, which is why IPCA continually advocates for improvements to product standards.” “We should learn from London and make the changes that will protect Australians.” Australian Company - Turbo Scaffolding Approaches in Perth 2017-06-15T06:57:18Z australian-company-turbo-scaffolding-approaches-in-perth The scaffolding industry in Australia has experienced both positive as well profitable ridges to the shallow and heartrending furrows within the scaffold industry in former 7 years. The scaffolding service industry has faced unpredictable conditions since the late 2000s, reflecting the wide range of different market trends in construction. However, accelerated growth of demand in the infrastructure market and steady growth in high-rise projects has increased the demand of scaffolding industry to the extremes.  With supreme management know-how and advanced quality equipment, many leading suppliers of scaffolding offer a huge range of scaffolding equipment and efficient services, but to select the best among them is your call!    Turbo scaffolding is highly experienced Australian scaffolding supplying company that is headquartered in Sydney has more than 20 years of industry experience. Ranges the products such as: •   Scaffold jacks •   Heavy duty kwikstage scaffolding •   Scaffold planks •   Scaffold accessories •   Scaffold fittings •   Cup lock scaffolding  •   Scaffold specials & props •   Scaffold tubes, stairs, & ladders Trusting us won’t go in vain. As Turbo Scaffolding is a popular choice for large and small mining projects, home projects, industrial projects and commercial undertakings. Turbo scaffolding Sydney has an established, booming track record gained through a fanaticism for quality, safety, and customer service delivery. And hence, to encourage and maintain the legacy and integrity, Turbo Scaffolding Is Now In Perth!  Turbo scaffolding Perth facility acquires approximately 3000 m2 of the space and is established in the south of Perth in the industrial centre. You can completely trust Turbo Scaffolding for receiving sturdy scaffold supplied in Perth for concluding all sorts of projects you’re looking for!  Company Delegate! With decades of experience offering scaffolding and excel customer services, we bring a wealth of acquaintance and expertise to assist you. We have accelerated the growth of our company by establishing in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane and now in Perth. Turbo Scaffolding has achieved the expansion through customer’s recognition of the high-level services and best-quality equipment offered by us. Looking for good quality scaffolding? Despite inviting ambiguity, select Turbo Scaffolding as your first preference. Rest is assured by us!   For more information about Turbo Scaffolding please call 08 9437 9389 or visit: Timber Firm Puts Customer Service Over Sales 2017-06-15T06:04:38Z timber-firm-puts-customer-service-over-sales Brisbane, QLD, 15 June 2017 - To many Australians, it seems like people don’t do business like they used to. It can seem like today’s world is is a never-ending maze of sales outlets where nobody remembers their customers’ names anymore and everyone is viewed as a revenue resource to be maximised when they walk in the door. It can seem like too many businesses are so focused on money that they forget to provide customer service. At Narangba Timbers, a timber sales outlet in Brisbane, this kind of behaviour is unacceptable. According to Jack Kyle, Owner of Narangba Timbers:  “As a third generation business that has been around since 1972, we have long-standing relationships with many of our customers. Some of our employees are third generation employees and some of our customers are third generation customers. Over time, many of our customers have become one large, extended family. We remember that every day when we open our doors.” Knowledge is the KeyAt Narangba Timbers, they pride themselves upon having what they see as the “most knowledgeable customer service crew in the business.” Their employees are “lifers” in the timber business and have dedicated themselves to providing the best customer service in the business. Younger employees always have older employees who have amassed decades of knowledge to rely on until they become the older employees and another generation of younger employees are asking them questions. This cycle has gone on for three generations at Narangba Timbers and Mr Kyle doesn’t see the cycle being broken anytime soon. According to Mr Kyle: “We make sure everyone here knows their timber and does their best for every customer who walks through our doors. We feel everyone deserves our best so we treat everyone like we would treat our own family. So many of the people who walk through our doors are family, friends and neighbours that treating everyone like family just becomes second nature to everyone here.” Case in Point: Timber DeckingAt Narangba Timbers, they have employees they call “decks-perts” who pride themselves in knowing all there is to know about timber decking. They also have a display deck at their facility that contains many different varieties of timbers and finishes so customers can experience for themselves how they would look in their backyards. They make it easy for the DIY builder by providing a decking calculator on their website, but most of their customers take full advantage of the knowledge and service provided onsite by their “decks-perts.” Mr Kyle concludes: “We have made it a priority to provide our customers with the best service in the business. When we combine literal lifetimes of knowledge with the professionalism and the motivation to help everyone who walks in our doors complete their projects successfully, the results are amazing. You really have to experience it for yourself.” Narangba Timbers are a timber sales outlet serving the Brisbane area. They have developed a reputation for providing world class customer service along with low prices and high quality timber. They provide a wide selection of timber and hardware for timber decking, timber flooring and timber fencing for their customers in the Brisbane area. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Melbourne named 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year 2017-06-14T23:17:10Z lighting-melbourne-city-2017-intelligent-community-of-the-year Along with its long-running standing as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne has claimed the title as the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year, conferred by the Intelligent Community Forum. Smart lighting plays a crucial role in the city’s smart-enabled landscape with more works now underway to futureproof Melbourne’s lighting domain.  Since his presentation at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016, Ironbark Sustainability’s Business Manager Alexi Lynch has seen a plethora of changes in the smart control street lighting domain. Councils have moved beyond the innovator phase of technology adoption to an early adopter phase where more mature discussion can transpire concerning smart lighting controls and smart cities, says Lynch. Public lighting guidelines, policies and strategies set out by councils are increasingly taking into consideration smart city elements, controls and networks with the Federal Government’s $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program investment.   Technology trials and pilots are underway in most major centres with Victoria leading the way, in an Australian-first, network-wide, smart street lighting system for councils that includes thousands of smart-city enabled LEDs for Melbourne. The City of Ryde is a notable case study as the fourth largest CBD in Australia located in an local government area with residential and city smart controls installed over two years ago. Anthony Ogle is the Asset Systems Manager for the City of Ryde, responsible for the operations of city roads, streetscapes, street lighting, stormwater and local civil infrastructure for the City of Ryde. Since 2002, the City of Ryde has seen public street lighting through public domain upgrades with Multi-Functional Poles (MFPs) by developers as well as underground metered circuits. The Council is currently converting existing MFP’s to LED with smart controls. The work of Dr Fred Watson, Head of Lighting and Environment at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, raises awareness of light pollution concerns associated with LED lighting. Dr Watson will be presenting at the Summit which also plays host to Ironbark Sustainability’s Managing Director Paul Brown among a range of local and international lighting specialists who will profile major developments in the lighting sphere. Following his well-received appearance at the Summit in 2016, Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance Executive Director Bob Parks is presenting up-to-date information on quality public lighting design at the 2017 edition of the Summit. Parks showcases real-world examples to emulate, as well as those to avoid. Florida Power & Light is undertaking one of the largest smart street lighting projects in the world. The utility is expected to implement nearly half a million networked energy-efficient LEDs with 75,000 lights already installed. Florida Power and Light’s Principal Lighting Engineer, Joe Hancock, reflects on the challenges in delivering North America’s largest street light control network. Instrumental in the provision of Auckland Transport’s inventory of 105,000 street lights which represent a third of all those in New Zealand, Technical Principal of Lighting Design from New Zealand Opus International Consultants, Andy Collins, delivers a trans-Tasman perspective on energy efficient street lighting. Australia’s premiere symposium on smart lighting, smart cities and the Internet of Things, the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit underscores the industry’s commitment to developing innovative and intelligent lighting solutions. The Summit takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 13th and 14th of September 2017.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit   COMMON GROUND QUEENSLAND WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S $1.8B INVESTMENT 2017-06-11T23:46:08Z common-ground-queensland-welcomes-government-s-1-8b-investment Common Ground Queensland has welcomed the Queensland Government’s decision to invest $1.8 billion to increase supply of affordable and social housing in Queensland.    “This is a bold initiative that will fundamentally change the way Government and the service sector respond to people who require assistance to access housing and services to prevent and respond to homelessness.  The Queensland Government is to be commended on developing a plan that has the potential to create a generational impact,” said Common Ground Queensland CEO Sonya Keep.   “We welcome today’s announcement, and are especially eager to work with the Department of Housing’s new partnership office to investigate State-owned land that may be available in order to replicate Brisbane Common Ground or other supportive housing models that provide housing for families or young people at risk of becoming homeless.   “We know the Common Ground Supportive Housing model works and our organisation has the procedures, processes and relationships in place to act immediately and develop new major projects to address homelessness.”   Common Ground Queensland’s successful supportive housing project at 15 Hope Street, South Brisbane is now home to more than 140 formerly homeless and low income tenants, and has been independently proven to help improve quality of life while also saving the Queensland Government $13,100 a year for every formerly homeless person who resides there.   “The Queensland Government recently released the evaluation report of our Brisbane Common Ground project, which the research conducted by the University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research.   “The report offers evidence of the success of the model while clearly showing it saves the government thousands of dollars every year.”   Brisbane Common Ground offers a combination of long term affordable housing with on-site support services to people who have experienced chronic homelessness.  The building is a 14-storey apartment complex comprising 146 pleasant but modest studio and one bedroom apartments, with a front-desk concierge service to provide a safe and secure environment.