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Finding a qualified tradesman that's conveniently located is
HIA's web-based Tradebuild business directory, tradebuild.
com.au can help make this daunting task easy.
Tradebuild offers a full list of industry professionals from
architects and interior designers, to your local plumber or
The directory is open to all HIA members who want to
advertise their businesses -- builders, other tradespeople,
home designers, manufacturers and suppliers.
Tradebuild is also a free service for consumers that puts
them in touch with a skilled tradesperson or builder. To access
the directory consumers go to tradebuild.com.au, click the type
of service they are after and key in the relevant postcode.
HIA Hunter Region Executive Director Steve Jeffries said
tradebuild is a more effective way of connecting consumers
with quality services in the home building industry. "It takes
the hassle out of finding the tradesperson required," he said.
Tradebuild also provides details of HIA GreenSmart
Professionals who can help design and/or deliver a more
sustainable environmentally friendly project.
"With severe skills shortages across the entire building and
construction industry this service will assist consumers who
have found it difficult getting a tradesperson," Mr Jeffries said.
Tradebuild is also linked to HIA's eQuote service that allows
consumers to send details of the work they require, which is
listed on an online noticeboard.
"These services will save consumers both time and money.
I encourage anyone planning to build or renovate to visit
tradebuild.com.au and make their journey hassle-free."
FIND A TRADIE
WITH TRADEBUILD Bushfire season seems to be getting longer with every passing
year, to the point when there is no longer any time when
residents in bushfire prone areas can relax their guard.
To assist in improving the ability of buildings to better
withstand attack from bushfire a new Australian Standard for
building in bushfire prone areas was adopted in NSW on the 1st
May 2010. The standard sets amongst others the construction
methods and materials to be used in bushfire prone areas.
Here are some standard precautions to keep you, your family
and your property protected.• Clear debris that may have
collected over the winter from roofs, gutters and any outside
areas close to the house such as decks and courtyards.
• Choose materials that will not burn such as metal or concrete
instead of timber.
• Check your access to water supplies which may include
rainwater tanks, dams, swimming pools, as well as the mains.
A sprinkler system connected to these supplies should be ready
in case fire approaches.
• Do not store firewood against the walls or underneath the
home and make sure all doors have close-fitting screens. Keep
grass close to all buildings cut short and remove fallen branches
that could provide fire fuel.
• Plant trees and shrubs away from the home, as the resulting
open space will create a fire break. Put screens over any
chimneys to catch falling embers which will otherwise have a
way straight into the interior.
Remember it is everyone's responsibility to take all possible
precautions. You could be saving your life and those of your
family, friends and neighbours.
Be sure to use a professional you can trust. HIA members
adhere to a strict code of conduct. To get the most out of your
next project, contact an HIA member near you by visiting
For further bushfire information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
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