The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-07T01:54:40Z Bifold Doors Becoming Even More Popular in Perth 2017-03-07T01:54:40Z bifold-doors-becoming-even-more-popular-in-perth Perth, WA, 06 March 2017 - According to a leading builder of custom doors and windows in Perth, bifold doors are becoming the most popular door installation for those who want to modernise their homes. Bifold doors are popular for a number of reasons. Their popularity has made them an essential part of modern home design. Advantages of Bifold DoorsBifold doors provide a number of advantages over other types of doors, especially for those who want their homes to be more than just living space. One of the biggest advantages is that they let a lot of light into a home. Sunlight makes a home more cheerful and more modern-looking. That is why so many contemporary designs are built around bifold doors, both inside and out.On the inside bifold doors allow for numerous design options. They are most commonly used in open floor design. When the walls between common areas such as the kitchen, dining room, family room and living room are knocked down, it turns them into one large open area. Bifold doors can be used to separate the rooms when necessary. When they are opened, though, they sit to the sides, allowing all of the space in a home to be used to its maximum benefit.Bifold doors allow for the widest openings of any door configuration. They are made of from two to any number of sliding panels. The panels fold against each other and are stored at one or both sides of the opening. There are many designs that feature an entire wall of bifold doors, allowing for an opening nearly the entire length of the wall wide.Bifold doors on an exterior wall are the most effective doors for integrating the outdoors into a home and the home into an alfresco living area. Because they can open so wide and allow such unencumbered views, they essentially turn the alfresco living area into part of the home’s living space.Standard doors that open toward the inside require clearance space. Bifold doors don’t require any clearance space because they sit neatly at the side. Not only do bifold doors provide more space, but the light they let in and the views they provide give the illusion of even more space. For those who believe perception is reality, this is a plus.Michaela Ashord is the office administrator for Fremantle Door and Window, local builders and installers of bifold doors and other custom build doors. According to Ms Ashord:“Bifold doors are extremely popular right now across all demographics and suburbs in the Perth area. People are beginning to realise how bifold doors can help them modernise and update their homes for far less than a full renovation would cost.”Ms Ashord concluded: “As far as we’re concerned, bifold doors provide the best value in home renovation today.”Fremantle Door and Window create and install custom built bifold doors for homeowners in the Perth area. They use high quality, locally sourced timber frames and weatherproof glass panels specially made for them in WA. Besides bifold doors, they offer a variety of contemporary and traditional styles of doors and windows. To learn more or for a free consult with a craftsman, call (08) 6500 6888 or visit their website: http://www.fremantledoor.com/. Timber Sales Outlet in Brisbane Reminds Customers about Bushfire Safety 2017-03-02T03:15:56Z timber-sales-outlet-in-brisbane-reminds-customers-about-bushfire-safety Brisbane, QLD, 03 March 2017 - A lot of business owners talk about how they value their customers and their community. But some actually make the effort to serve their communities beyond the standard business/customer relationship. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, is a business owner who consistently does his best to help make his community better.Recently, on their company blog, Mr Kyle provided what has become an annual plea to those in his community to have a bushfire evacuation plan. Bushfires are dangerous. They can spread a lot faster than people think and many lives are lost because people didn’t have a plan and didn’t understand just how dangerous bushfires can be. According to Mr Kyle: “We love the timber business, but we love our family, friends and neighbours even more. So, once a year we like to remind readers of our blog about how important it is to have a bushfire escape plan ready. Bushfires can be deadly and it is important to know when to leave.”Mr Kyle continued: “ We are proponents of leaving as soon as it looks like you could be in danger. As far as we are concerned, there is no such thing as evacuating your home too early when a bushfire is on its way.”Every state in Australia has a reminder on its website to create a bushfire evacuation plan, practice it and execute it when the time is right. The basics may seem like “common sense” to some, but it is crucial to know what to do and when to do it.It is recommended that every household have a bushfire evacuation plan and that everyone in the household understands it. Most states recommend practicing it because it can save crucial minutes in a bushfire emergency.It is important for everyone to know their bushfire danger ratings. Those with elderly relatives or small children are advised to evacuate as early as possible. Those in areas at high risk for bushfires should know their nearest evacuation centres, bushfire safe places or meeting points. They should also know their locations and how to get there.It is also advised that anyone in the path of or near an active bushfire pay close attention to local TV and radio for updates. Most media outlets and emergency organisations now post updates on social media. According to Mr Kyle: “We think it is most important to have a cut and dried plan for leaving and execute it when the time comes. People tend to underestimate the danger of bushfires and think it won’t happen to them. The extra hours one gains by evacuating early can be crucial and can even save your life and those of your family.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Don’t worry about your possessions; you can always rebuild. But only if you are alive to do so.”Narangba Timbers is a timber sales outlet in the Brisbane area. They provide high-quality, ethically-sourced timber for the lowest prices in the area. They have been supplying timber fencing, timber flooring and timber decking materials to the Brisbane area for three generations. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Timber Revolutionises High-Rise Construction 2017-01-31T22:37:53Z timber-revolutionises-high-rise-construction Timber construction could revolutionise skyscraper typology, says Dr Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales. Dr Oldfield will be appearing at the inaugural Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit in Melbourne to discuss opportunities for rethinking Australian tall building design inspired by climate, culture and context. His presentation will explore opportunities for reinvention in tall towers, looking at how they can play a more generous role in future cities as well as accommodate innovative new functions and provide places of community and recreation in the sky. Dr Oldfield will also feature on a panel discussion regarding Regulations Impacting Height Limits for High Rise Buildings. While there are many new developments and innovations in the high-rise construction arena, Dr Oldfield is most intrigued by the timber as a building material. “For me the most exciting development is the growth of timber as a potential structural material in tall buildings.” Australia is already home to some impressive timber structures, including the Forte Apartments in Melbourne which held the title of the world’s tallest timber building before the recent construction of an 18-storey timber tower in Vancouver by Acton Ostry Architects. The 18-story Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia is, at 53 meters tall, the tallest mass wood hybrid building in the world. The $51.5 million project boasts costs that are comparable to concrete and steel structures. The wood hybrid structure rose at a rate of two floors per week. The design also incorporates prefabricated materials with a prefabricated steel beam, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) slab panels, steel connectors and façade elements. From an environmental perspective, the project demonstrates the benefits of timber construction in the construction of smart, green buildings. The development is estimated to have a carbon benefit of 2,563 tonnes through the use of carbon-trapping wood construction. “The big advantage is that timber has a far lower embodied carbon than steel or concrete,” says Dr Oldfield. Increased use of timber results in a reduced reliance on steel and concrete, which require large amounts of energy to be transformed into useable materials. However, cautions Dr Oldfield, as timber construction soars in popularity, becoming more widespread in Australia, it is imperative to ensure that forestry can handle increased demand.  “In terms of sustainability, using timber is only useful if for every tree you fell, you replace that with a similar tree. A future of timber towers requires us to be planting these trees now.” Dr Oldfield’s research suggests that 33% of a modern office tower’s carbon footprint is embodied in its materials. While skyscraper design has long focused on optimising operating energy performance, they have neglected the energy costs associated with construction materials. “We need to focus more attention on reducing embodied carbon through dematerialising the structure and using low-carbon materials,” says Dr Oldfield.   Beyond the obvious environmental advantages of timber, the material also presents additional benefits in terms of design and liveability. “Timber can bring a warmth and natural quality to interiors so often lacking in high-rise,” says Dr Oldfield. Other notable timber constructions in Australia include Melbourne’s Library at the Dock in the Docklands, constructed primarily from Cross Laminated Timber. The project won the Sustainability Award at the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards. Melbourne will also see the construction of an 8-storey CLT building with the proposed development at 105 Punt Road promising to deliver a smart, sustainable structure with a carbon sequestration system. As well as using innovative CLT technology, the building places priority on shared communal spaces and environmental features such as solar panels and recycled rain water. With plans for timber towers of up to 35-storeys in the pipeline around the world, timber construction is certainly on the rise, rivalling traditional building materials with its undeniable array of substantial benefits. Timber design and production specialist Associate Prof. Gregory Nolan is Director at the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania. Prof Nolan will appear at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit to discuss opportunities for timber construction systems in high-rise buildings, profiling the increased use of prefabricated timber structures in major building projects. The Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit will be held on the 28-29th March 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.    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 www.expotradeglobal.com Timber Decking Takes Over Brisbane 2017-01-30T02:52:27Z timber-decking-takes-over-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, January 30, 2017 - To many, it seems like timber decking is mandatory for every house in the Brisbane area. While it isn’t really a requirement, it is easy to understand how so many people feel that way. Indeed, many homeowners who don’t have timber decks but have enough room are planning on having one in the future. Timber decks are a natural for Brisbane’s climate. They provide a great place to entertain friends or to just unwind from a hard day of work. Many Australians have used timber decks to create alfresco living areas. Alfresco living areas don’t cost as much as expanding a home, but allow the homeowner to gain a sizeable amount of living space. Alfresco living areas can be as simple as a deck, a table and two chairs or they can come with all of the trimmings, such as a flat screen TV, a roof, flyscreens, BBQ, a fridge and even a full kitchen or a pizza oven. People who love to entertain friends, neighbours and relatives are more likely to build alfresco living areas. Not only are they a lot of fun and a great place to entertain or just “hang out,” they keep all of the mess outside. It is no wonder so many people in the Brisbane area have built their own alfresco living areas.Timber decking can also enhance a home’s appearance and value. Besides the added living space, timber decks make a home look more inviting and tend to add more money to the selling price. They can also enhance the appearance of the landscaping and both can be integrated into the other. Timber decking can be used for verandahs, balconies and as a transition from the swimming pool to the pool house. When other features such as lighting or timber planters are integrated into a timber deck, it can turn a drab garden into an exciting one.Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, who supply timber decking materials to the Brisbane area. According to Mr Kyle:“Relaxing or entertaining on timber decks seems to be the Australian national pastime. We have helped numerous homeowners get their DIY timber decks up and running in record time. We have a display deck where customers can see what different varieties and combinations of timber and different finishes look like. They can also get design ideas from our website or at our service facility.”Mr Kyle continued: “We are committed to providing the finest customer service possible. We have helped complete novices succeed on their first projects and produce professional looking timber decks. We have all of the timber you need to build a timber deck. We also carry all of the hardware you need. We even carry deck oil and a variety of finishes.”Mr Kyle concluded: “All you need for the perfect timber deck is a positive attitude and a willingness to work. We’ll supply you with the rest. And we’ll save you money doing it.” Narangba Timbers provides timber decking and other timber products to the Brisbane area. They offer a full range of timber for building and DIY projects. Their customer service staff, often known as “decks-perts,” have an incredible knowledge base and are dedicated to providing the best customer service in the business. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Local Supplier Stunned by the Popularity of Timber Flooring on the Sunshine Coast 2017-01-23T04:51:42Z local-supplier-stunned-by-the-popularity-of-timber-flooring-on-the-sunshine-coast Brisbane, QLD, January 23, 2017 - According to a timber flooring supplier in Narangba, timber has become the material of choice for an increasing number of Sunshine Coast residents. Timber flooring has been around for centuries but never seems to lose its appeal. Carpet and tile have become popular over the years, with many designs becoming trendy, only to disappear or become “dated” when something else becomes more popular. Timber flooring, however, looks a lot like it did hundreds of years ago and never seems to go out of favour.Benefits of Timber FlooringFor most homeowners, the main choices are between carpet and timber. While kitchens and bathrooms often have tile, carpet and timber are the main choices for the other living areas of a home. Timber flooring offers a number of benefits over carpeting.According to most people who have timber flooring, one of the biggest benefits is its aesthetic. Most timber floor owners feel that nothing can provide the “look” or beauty of a high-quality, well-maintained timber floor. Timber provides a natural, timeless, prosperous appearance that is unmatched by most carpet or tile designs. While timber does provide an air of prosperity and was once seen as only affordable by rich people, timber is increasingly affordable and is the most cost-effective flooring material over the long term. Timber costs a bit more at the beginning, but it doesn’t have to be replaced every five years like carpet. While both carpet and tile tend to degrade in appearance with time, a well-maintained timber floor actually looks better with age.One of the biggest benefits of timber flooring over carpet is that it is so much more sanitary and easy to clean. Carpets are often described as a “magnet” for dust mites, fleas, cat litter, fungi and a host of parasites. These can be mostly removed by vacuuming, but vacuuming ends up forcing a lot of dust mites and other parasites into the air, where they are breathed in by residents of the home. This can be an extreme bother for those with allergies.Timber flooring is easy to clean and maintain. It just needs to be swept and mopped. Spills need to be wiped as soon as possible. The finish needs to be maintained long term. Timber is a cleaner, safer surface for everyone in a home. Even if one doesn’t have pets, the air in a well-maintained home with timber flooring will always be of better quality than that of a home with carpeting.Timber Flooring Wins the Day on the Sunshine CoastMore and more Sunshine Coast homeowners are choosing timber as their surface of choice for all areas except the kitchens, bathrooms and dining areas. Trends may come and go, but timber flooring will probably be around in the next millennium.Narangba Timbers supplies timber flooring from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. They offer a wide variety of Australian and imported hardwood for businesses, builders and homeowners. They carry timber flooring, timber fencing, timber decking, structural building timber and a host of miscellaneous hardware and building supplies. To learn more or to talk to a customer service agent, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Custom Built Doors and Windows Continue to Wow Perth Homeowners 2017-01-16T07:10:59Z custom-built-doors-and-windows-continue-to-wow-perth-homeowners Perth, WA, January 16, 2017 - A rising trend for homeowners who want to improve their homes is to replace their standard doors and windows with custom built doors and windows. Many Perth area homeowners are doing this because they are consistently amazed at how much improving the doors and windows can update a home. How Custom Built Doors and Windows can Modernise a HomeStandard homes built off of builders’ standard plans are decent places to live. When they are new, they look great and the buyers are excited to move in. However, builders need to turn a profit and they tend to do so by lowering their costs of materials and labour as much as possible. The doors and windows are often a place where they can save a lot of money but still put out that looks good, at least initially.As time goes on and the homeowner has lived in a standard home for a few years, they begin to notice some of the “little things” going wrong. The fit of a sliding door or window in its track may start to feel “funny.” They may notice light coming in through gaps under doors or through the outer parts of their windows. Sometimes the doors and windows don’t open and close as easily as they used to.Michaela Ashford is the office administrator for Fremantle Door and Window, a business that creates custom built doors and windows for Perth area homeowners. According to Ms Ashford:“Ultimately, it’s not the walls that make a modern home modern: it’s everything else. Your doors and windows are a large part of your home’s makeup. The fit and finish of your doors and windows will determine a large part of its appearance. But it’s when you add the element of style that the true magic happens.”Ms Ashford continued: “Think of what happens when you replace a standard front entry door with a solid timber front door or a sleek pivot door. Or you replace an entire wall facing your pool with a series of bifold doors. Or servery windows in your kitchen. There are so many great design improvements that can be made in your home just by installing custom built doors or windows.”Bifold Doors Can Even Change a Floor PlanBifold doors are being used by more and more Perth area homeowners to provide an open floor plan with little to no effect on the home’s foundation. Inner walls of common living areas are knocked out and replaced with bifold doors. This gives homeowners the option to turn their kitchen, dining area, family room and living room into one large open room by opening the bifold doors. When closed they allow light to permeate the home, making the home look larger.Ms Ashford concluded: “Of all the ways you can modernise your home, custom built doors and windows create the most change for the lowest cost.”Fremantle Door and Window create custom built doors for homeowners in the Perth area. They offer a full menu of popular options, such as bifold doors, sliding doors, french doors, casement windows, servery windows and many more. To learn more or to call for a complimentary design consult, call (08) 6500 6888 or visit their website: http://www.fremantledoor.com/. Custom Built Doors and Windows Help Homeowners Save on Home Renovations 2016-12-09T03:49:06Z custom-built-doors-and-windows-help-homeowners-save-on-home-renovations Perth, WA, December 09, 2016 - Homeowners in Perth and across Australia have a propensity for home renovations. The proliferation and popularity of home renovation shows on television would indicate that Australians love home renovation and that nearly everybody renovates their home at least once. Due to an uncertain property market, many Australians want nicer homes but don’t want to “buy up” to have one. Instead, they modernise the homes they currently live in through renovations. Unfortunately, many renovations are intrusive into the homeowner’s lifestyle, especially if it is a major renovation. It is difficult to live in the space being renovated if there is a lot of work being done.Luckily for Perth area homeowners, there is a solution that modernises homes while saving time, money and inconvenience: custom built doors and windows. How Custom Built Doors and Windows Modernise Homes When a house begins to “look old,” it is often the doors and the windows that are causing most of the visual discomfort. Most home builders use aluminium windows and doors, except for the front entry door, which is usually a hollow door made with a frame and timber laminate. As the home ages, “standard” doors and windows tend to age badly.Aluminium doors and windows can warp and lose the shiny appearance they have when they are new. The timber laminate entry door can also begin to look old and dated. They can make any effort to renovate one’s home futile. Ironically enough, it is the doors and windows that are making the home look dated. The walls of any home can usually be modernised simply by painting them in a bright, contemporary colour. But it is the doors and windows that most determine how a home looks. Custom built timber doors and windows are an immense improvement over “mass build” doors and windows. Timber frames are versatile because they can be finished with paint, stain or a clear finish. On the exterior, such as entry doors, sliding doors, bifold doors, servery windows, French windows, casement windows, bifold windows or sliding windows, timber integrates a home with nature. On the interior, bifold doors can be used to convert a drab home into an open floor plan, using bifold doors to provide one large common room in the open position or separate rooms when they are closed. Open floor plans let a lot of light into a home, making it look more spacious and modern.Tish Thompson is the office administrator of Fremantle Door & Window Company, a provider and installer of custom built doors and windows. According to Ms Thompson:“It’s no contest. Custom built timber doors and windows are the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to renovate and modernise a home.”Fremantle Door & Window Company provides custom built doors and windows for homeowners in the Perth area. They provide a wide range of contemporary and traditional doors and windows, including bifold doors, sliding doors, French doors, front entry doors, bifold windows, sliding windows, servery windows, Aneeta windows, casement windows, awning windows and more. Their doors and windows are built with WA-sourced weatherproof glass and sustainably sourced Australian timber. To learn more, call (08) 6500 6888 or visit their website: http://www.fremantledoor.com/. Builders Reveal Why Homeowners Love Custom Built Timber Doors and Windows 2016-10-13T06:12:49Z builders-reveal-why-homeowners-love-custom-built-timber-doors-and-windows Perth, WA, 13 October 2016 - Fremantle Door & Window Company provides custom built doors and windows to the Perth home market. In a recent blog post called “Why Timber is Our Favourite Material for Custom Built Doors and Windows,” they revealed the main reasons not only they, but Perth homeowners love timber as a building material. The Timber AestheticTimber is used by architects, builders and home designers alike to integrate homes into nature. Timber is a natural material. When it is cut and stained correctly, the natural grain shows through. Timber doors and windows create a visual transition from the surrounding trees to the home itself.When bifold or sliding doors are used, they can turn a patio, deck or alfresco living area into a part of the home’s living space. A solid timber entry door in the front of a home can project prosperity, abundance and tradition. Those who love timber feel that nothing can replace the appearance of timber.Timber Can Save MoneyTimber can save money on heating and cooling costs for two reasons. First, solid timber is a much better insulator than alternatives like aluminium or laminate. It helps keep heat out of the home in the summer and cold out of the home in the winter.In addition, timber makes a much more snug “fit” around the edges. Aluminium can often leave small gaps. It also tends to warp after a few years, creating gaps so large that not only heat and cold, but insects can get into the home.The end result of installing custom built timber doors and windows is a lot less money spent on heating and cooling bills. Custom Built Doors and Windows Raise Home ValuesCustom built timber doors and windows can raise a home’s value by much more than the homeowner spends on them. Improving the doors and windows is the most cost-effective method of updating or modernising a home. It is also the method that involves the least inconvenience for the homeowner. The longer the homeowner holds onto the home, the more increase in value they will attain when the home is sold.Environmental ConsiderationsTimber helps fight global warming. When timber is harvested from responsible and ethical sources, another tree is planted to replace the one that was just cut down. That tree starts storing carbon as it uses carbon to make timber fibres. This helps the environment because all carbon that is taken from the environment fights global warming. Meanwhile, materials like aluminium actually add greenhouse gases containing carbon into the environment. Environmental impact is measured by the “carbon footprint.” Timber has a negative carbon footprint while artificial materials such as aluminium have a large carbon footprint.The End ResultThe end result is that homeowners and builders alike love timber as a building material. Fremantle Door & Window Company provides custom built timber doors and windows to homeowners. They help homeowners modernise their homes and they also provide custom built doors and windows for elite Perth builders. They offer popular choices such as sliding doors, bifold doors, servery windows, french doors and a plethora of other modern and traditional options. To learn more, call (08) 6500 6888 or visit their website: http://www.fremantledoor.com/. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Timber Flooring Still Popular After All These Years 2016-08-18T05:05:44Z timber-flooring-still-popular-after-all-these-years Brisbane, QLD, 18 August 2016 - Flooring in Brisbane, as well as across Australia, has evolved and fluctuated greatly in appearance over the last 100 years. Carpeting has become more popular and changed a lot, with many different piles, lengths and styles. Tile has also evolved considerably, with a different “look” coming and going every year. Last year’s “hot product” is this year’s tepid memory. However, the timber floor is still popular, just as it was 100 years ago. Timber floors don’t really look all that much different than they did so many years ago, either. Board widths may change but timber is still timber in appearance and performance. Why has timber been immune to style changes for more than 100 years? Here are some reasons why timber flooring is still so popular in Brisbane.Benefits of Timber FlooringTimber flooring costs more than many other options in the Brisbane area but it has both short-term and long-term benefits that more than compensate homeowners for their initial investment. For example, while a good carpet may last for 10-15 years, a solid, well-built timber floor can last for longer than 100 years under normal use.Timber floors are a lot easier to clean than carpets. All it really takes to keep a timber floor clean is a soft brush or broom and some light mopping. Some even prefer to take a light vacuum to a timber floor. While carpets hold in up to 100,000 dust mites per m3, dust mites can’t gain a “foothold” on timber flooring. In addition, fleas and dust don’t tend to stick to timber but will stay in your carpet for as long as you allow them to. And it is really difficult to get them out. It is also a lot easier to clean spills of food and beverage off your timber floor than your carpet and the timber floor doesn’t stain as long as it is sealed.Eventually, a carpet wears down and has to be replaced. A timber floor can just be sanded and refinished for a lot lower cost than replacing a carpet.Another consideration is that styles of carpet and tile seem to go in and out of style every year. A tile configuration or a carpet colour may be “in” one year and seen as “tacky” the next. A timber floor looks mostly like they did 100 years ago and they never go out of style. In addition, a timber floor improves aesthetically as it gets older, due to the ageing of the timber and softening of the colours.Timber flooring also helps the environment, especially when it is obtained from ethical sources. Timber stores carbon for as long as it is whole. Even counting processing and transport, timber has a “carbon footprint” roughly 1/5 that of any other flooring material.Ultimately, timber flooring is still popular in Brisbane because of its aesthetic, its low maintenance and its high performance.Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers who provide timber flooring, timber fencing and a host of other timber products to the Brisbane area. They combine high quality, sustainably sourced timber with low prices and world class customer service. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Insiders Rate Best Timbers for Timber Decking in Brisbane 2016-08-15T06:23:42Z insiders-rate-best-timbers-for-timber-decking-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 15 August 2016 - It’s no secret that timber decking is big in the Brisbane area. They are a popular way to enjoy cool beverages outdoors across Australia. Recently, a timber supplier from Brisbane rated the best timbers for timber decking on his company blog. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, decided to share years of experience in the timber business to help homeowners who are considering building timber decks.According to Mr Kyle: “We have been in the timber business for three generations. Over the years, some patterns have emerged. Though public taste has changed a little bit, there are still certain timbers such as Merbau that have become extremely popular among those looking to build timber decks in the Brisbane area.”Mr Kyle singled out six particular timbers as the most popular or “favourite” timbers for timber decking in Brisbane. Two are listed below.MerbauMerbau is also called “Kwila.” It is debatably the most popular timber for timber decking in Brisbane and across Australia. It has an orange-brown colour when it is new and matures into a red-brown colour as it ages. It is a favourite due to its appearance, hardness and durability. It provides natural protection against termites, rotting and bushfires. However, its appearance is the reason so many people across Australia love building their timber decks with Merbau. It can be used with a clear sealer only or it can be stained but most people leave it clear and let the natural beauty of its colour and grain show through.ACQ Treated PineACQ Treated Pine is the only softwood on the list but it is hard enough and durable enough to make for great timber decking. ACQ stands for Alkaline Copper Quaternary and is a substitute for the more toxic CCA treated pine. ACQ is safe for timber decking and provides protection against rotting, termites and bushfires.Pine has become very popular for timber decking because it is so versatile. It is a softwood and is quite porous. That makes it easier to work with, especially with a saw, than hardwood. It also absorbs seal, stain and paint exceedingly well. For those who like paint or stain, pine is the best timber available.An Overview of Timber Decking in BrisbaneAccording to Mr Kyle, there are a variety of popular timbers for decking in Brisbane:“There are six timbers that we find to be extremely popular among those looking to build timber decks. While we are partial to Merbau, Pacific Jarrah is another timber that is very popular for people building timber decks. Like Merbau, Select Pacific Jarrah has a distinctive appearance that makes it a favourite among deck builders. Jarrah can be light brown or it can be a dark shade of brown or red. “Mr Kyle concludes: “Whatever you like, as long as you choose a high quality timber, you can’t go wrong.”Narangba Timbers is a supplier of timber decking supplies in Brisbane. They have a full selection of popular hardwoods and softwoods most commonly used for timber decking and other home projects. They recommend visiting their display deck for a firsthand look at a wide variety of timbers and finishes. To learn more or to speak to customer service, call (07) 3888 1293 today or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Timber Decking Increases in Popularity Among Brisbane Homeowners 2016-07-15T05:48:57Z timber-decking-increases-in-popularity-among-brisbane-homeowners Brisbane, QLD, 15 July 2016 - Timber decking has always been popular in Brisbane but timber suppliers in the area believe it is becoming even more so. A drive down pretty much any residential neighbourhood will reveal a plethora of timber decks of various sizes, shapes and designs. A recent blog post by Jack Kyle, Owner of Narangba Timbers, timber suppliers in the Brisbane area since 1972, took a look at the reasons for the popularity of timber decking in Brisbane.Natural BeautyTimber is the most natural of all building materials. The natural grain of a popular decking hardwood such as merbau is a perfect way to integrate nature into a home. The grain can be enhanced by a totally natural finish such as deck oil or a light stain that still allows the grain to be visually dominant.Timber decks are not only valued for their aesthetic by homeowners, they are also a fixture at golf courses, restaurants and snack or souvenir shops at beaches or parks.  Low MaintenanceTimber decks require very little maintenance. When built with a hardwood such as merbau and sealed with a good stain or deck oil, timber decks are naturally resistant to water, pests and bacterial or fungal “rot.” The only real maintenance that a timber deck usually requires is to be kept free of debris, especially organic debris such as food. It is also wise to sweep or squeegee the water off of a timber deck after a shower. Adherence to this minimal maintenance can help a timber deck last for more than 30 years.Why Timber Decking?Timber is a natural insulator that doesn’t absorb heat like concrete or other building materials do. At home, people can walk barefoot on a timber deck in the summer and not burn their feet. Timber decks make great places to relax outdoors and get some fresh air. They increase the value of a property for resale because they turn unused space into living area.Alfresco Living AreaTimber decks can make a great natural alfresco living area. They can be built with a roof and even screens and windows. The structural demands for a timber deck are a lot less than the structural demands for adding an area of the same approximate space onto one’s home. Because timber decks are strong and low-maintenance, they are appropriate for alfresco furniture, BBQ and even other fixtures such as flatscreen TV’s and outdoor kitchen equipment.According to Mr Kyle: “The timber deck may be the most popular of all large DIY projects. When the deck is finished, it makes a great place to relax or to entertain friends. It helps us enjoy some fresh air and relax, by ourselves or with friends. I don’t think any DIY project provides such great immediate pleasure as a timber deck does.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers in Brisbane. They provide a wide variety of timber species for uses such as timber decking, timber fencing, timber flooring, home projects and general construction use. They are a third generation family business that has been serving the Brisbane area since 1972. To learn more or to speak to customer service, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Be Free With Your Tea 2016-07-01T05:14:37Z be-free-with-your-tea The world is increasingly aware that fresh is best, and now a young product design engineer based in the lush surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria is hoping his innovative two piece mug design called Freetii™ will help health conscious tea drinkers enjoy fresh tea on the run. 29 year old Neil Strohbeck became fascinated with fresh herbal tea after suffering digestive issues in 2011. Required to have a bowel x-ray, endoscopy, blood tests, and numerous specialist consultations, he was prescribed Nexium and IBS Support amongst other things, but found none had any effect.  After watching Aussie Netflix hit ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ he was inspired by Joe Cross’s commitment to taking health matters into his own hands and began experimenting with a range of fresh tea leaf infusions to improve his health. This involved even swapping regular beer consumption for tea, even when his mates came over to drink beer and watch the football!  When he found fresh leaf herbal tea was helping, drawing on his degree in product design engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, the serial innovator decided to start work on a revolutionary two piece mug design - Freetii™ which is designed to make loose leaf herbal tea, fresh leaf herbal tea and iced tea, and which allows tea sippers to start their travels while the tea is still infusing. “The continuous steeping design holds the tea leaves in the bottom portion of the mug continuously while the top portion is filtered ready for you to enjoy at any time,” says Strohbeck. Strohbeck says that apart from the health benefits, it is widely regarded in the tea industry that loose leaf tea has a better flavour than bagged tea, particularly whole loose leaf tea. “This can be attributed to three main reasons. Bagged tea is usually made from low tea grades, such as dust and fannings which have a larger surface area than whole leaves. The larger surface area allows the flavour containing oils to evaporate. Secondly, bagged tea is usually a mixed blend from various sources and regions, whereas whole leaf tea is usually a specialty tea from a specific region. And finally the conventional bag limits the infusion because of the restricted area that the tea is contained within. By using the whole loose leaf tea in Freetii™, people will enjoy a more refined flavour with better health benefits,” he says. Already patented, the Freetii™ mug is not Strohbeck’s first product innovation. Though he only recently stopped working full time as a Construction Project Manager, he has created several products already including ‘Quiescence’, an artistic heated towel shelf designed for a rejuvenating touch to a bathroom which was a finalist in the Reece Bathroom Awards in the Professional category; the Share Shower Ware double head shower concept which was a finalist in the Reece Bathroom Awards in the student category; The Liberty Walker a product set, consisting of a rollator, dual rails, brake coupling mechanism and a backrest to provide assistance for users to ascend or descend household stairs which saw him become a student first round shortlist in the Australian International Design Awards and also has a business with his mum FEOART.com.au which manufactures and distributes a wall mounted kitchen accessory that holds and dispenses Nespresso coffee capsules all around the world. Strohbeck says he believes the product will be most of interest to the health conscious and those who like sustainable products. “The portable mug which can be used over and over minimises waste and therefore impact on the environment, and also features acacia wood which provides a fast-growing renewable wood source,” he says. Units will be selling for as low as $19USD via a crowdfunding campaign which will launch on 12 July. Strohbeck hopes to raise $55,000USD which will allow him to tool the product, and fully launch the business. Follow the campaign via the Freetii™ social accounts: https://www.facebook.com/Freetii/ https://twitter.com/freetii_herbal  https://www.instagram.com/freetii.herbal/ Or see their website at www.freetii.com. >ENDS<  Media interested in arranging an interview or photos should contact Yvette Adams on 0405 022 977 or info@thecreativecollective.com.au.  DIY Pergolas Gaining in Popularity 2016-06-30T03:28:46Z diy-pergolas-gaining-in-popularity Brisbane, QLD, 30 June 2016 - According to timber suppliers in Brisbane, pergolas are becoming popular as DIY projects. In particular, a low deck on the ground with a pergola built over it to create an alfresco living area seems to be a popular choice among Brisbane homeowners. Alfresco living areas are becoming extremely popular in Brisbane and across Australia. Many feel this is because they are a great way to add living space to a home without spending the money to “trade up” to a larger home or build an addition onto their home. A deck with a pergola over it offers reasonable protection from the elements. The pergola provides shade and can even provide protection against rain, depending on the build of the roof. The low deck puts a floor in the backyard, allowing for furniture and providing protection from wet ground after and during a rainstorm. For many Australians, there is nothing like sitting on one’s deck in the shade under a pergola, enjoying a cold beverage and some food. A reasonably-sized deck can be used to entertain guests on weekend afternoons or warm evenings, too. A low deck and a pergola are seen as a good beginning to intermediate projects because they are low-risk. The pergola doesn’t have nearly as many structural demands as a roof on a building. A low deck doesn’t entail nearly as much structural work as a raised deck with a stairway on the second storey or roof.This combination of low deck and pergola allow the DIY builder an opportunity to expand the living space of his home without spending nearly as much money as it would be for the same area to be turned into an addition to the home. It also doesn’t increase the area of the inside of the house, meaning there will be no increase in the cost of heating or cooling the home.Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, high quality timber suppliers in Brisbane. According to Mr Kyle: “We have seen a bit of an upturn in DIY pergolas being used to create more outdoor space for homeowners. With homes getting smaller and more expensive, incorporating some of your backyard into your home is the best way to increase living space and enjoy yourself more.”At Narangba Timbers, they carry everything a DIY builder needs to build a pergola and a timber deck. They also have a customer service crew that takes a great deal of pride in being able to help homeowners create the desired outcomes when undertaking their projects. Mr Kyle concludes: “All it takes is a look at the cable TV guide to get an idea of just how much we love our DIY projects in Australia. We love the combination of a pergola and a low deck because it has a great ratio of enjoyment to the time and effort spent building it. It feels great to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They carry a wide selection of timbers for a variety of projects such as pergolas, timber decking, timber fencing and timber flooring. They have a reputation for amazing customer service. For more info or to enquire about timber for a project, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Timber Supplier in Brisbane Applauds Changes to National Construction Code 2016-04-18T02:56:43Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-applauds-changes-to-national-construction-code Brisbane, QLD, 18 April 2016 - Beginning 1 May 2016, builders will be able to build timber structures up to 25 metres high. They will be required to have fire sprinklers and fire-resistant cladding, among other requirements. These changes in the National Construction Code catch Australia up with numerous countries that have made similar changes. Jack Kyle, Owner of Narangba Timbers, timber suppliers based in Brisbane, is happy about the new construction code because it will eventually result in more affordable housing. Mid-rise apartment structures are often cost-prohibitive in many suburbs due to the high cost of building a traditional cement and steel building. According to Mr Kyle: “This is great news, not only for the timber industry but for builders and developers of mid-rise apartments and anyone looking to buy or rent one at an affordable price. There is really no downside here. Timber is a natural insulator. We expect timber to provide the same benefits that it does in smaller buildings: lower heating and cooling costs and more consistent temperatures.”Timber will allow smaller developers with a bit less money to build mid-rise apartment structures and make them more affordable. While the materials involved only save approximately 2% for builders, there are many other savings because of the nature of the materials. Generally, materials only account for around 25% of the cost of a building. The rest of the cost is labour.Timber buildings go up faster because timber weighs less than concrete and steel and is more easily workable. The costs for foundation, scaffolding and cranes are far less. The process of installing air conditioning, ventilation, heating and electrical services is much faster using timber. Timber buildings can save as much as 20% compared to concrete and steel buildings.Firefighting Technology has ImprovedFor more than 350 years, building codes have been influenced by the Great Fire of London. After structural integrity, fire prevention and fire fighting have been the main focus of building codes. Construction technology and firefighting technology have improved greatly in the last fifty years.The fire sprinklers, fire resistant cladding and fire resistant plasterboard which will be mandatory are all recent developments. Insulation and thermal breaks can also be used to make a timber building safer in the event of fires.According to Mr Kyle: “A lot of people in the construction industry think timber buildings will be safer than concrete and steel buildings thanks to all of the safeguards that are going to be required. Concrete and steel buildings aren’t required to have water sprinklers, for example. Ultimately, the goal of fire regulations is to save lives. That is done by giving those who live in the buildings enough time to escape in case of a fire. I am fully confident that timber mid-rise structures will be as safe as their concrete and steel counterparts.”Narangba Timbers are foremost timber suppliers in Brisbane. They are a three generation family business that specialises in having a wide selection of high quality timber at low prices. They pride themselves on providing top notch customer service. All of their timber comes from ethical, sustainable sources. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/