Advance notice of known anticipated price movements from Bretts major manufacturers and suppliers:
May - June 2017
post - 25 May, 2017
Butterfly wings have inspired researchers to develop new solar windows
A new energy-efficient technology has been designed by the research team at the Australian National University (ANU). They have developed small nanostructures that are capable of finely controlling the direction of light.
Inspired by the Morpho Didius butterfly, the wings have tiny cone-shaped nanostructures that scatter light to create a striking blue iridescence. The ANU research team made similar structures and applied the principles in the butterfly wings to control the direction of light, which had previously been a challenge. These nanostructures are expected to drive efficiencies in solar cells and smart windows.
The technology is expected to create smarter solar panels by controlling light and heat transmission. It could also be used in aesthetic applications, by selecting from the visible spectrum. As an example, this technology could create a window that is transparent to some colours and opaque to others. This technology has the potential to create new designs and applications in architecture.
There has been no set timeline for this technology to be released to everyday windows and doors.
Source: Architecture & Design
post - 18 May, 2017
See what new products we have in stock now
Want the latest building supplies? Check out our newest products available on our shelves now!
All products now available at Bretts trade stores!
post - 11 May, 2017
Research suggests using timber in buildings can create healthier environments
A new report by Planet Ark, Nature Inspired Design, highlights the benefits of the interior use of wood to the occupants of the building.
The new report highlights the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world and how ‘Nature Connected Design’ and using wood can bring nature indoors and provide a healthier, happier environment. The research has identified that use of wood in furniture, fittings and structures has measurable physiological and psychological health benefits. These include:
In addition to health benefits timber also has significant positive environmental outcomes. Timber is a renewable building material. It both stores carbon and reduces CO2 emissions, helping us fight against climate change.
An increasing number of architects are incorporating significant amounts of wood into their structures to capitalise on health and wellbeing aspects. For example, the use of timber in the Melbourne School of Design aspires to both educate the uses and also provide a catalyst for learning.
Using timber in design and construction of buildings can create healthier and happier environments.
Source: Planet Ark, Nature Inspired Design, 2017
post - 31 March, 2017
Inspectors can now issue on-the-spot fines
Changes to Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 in December of last year, mean inspectors can now issue on-the-spot fines for 18 new infringement notice offences. These new infringement offences relate to high-risk areas such as asbestos, hazardous chemicals and construction work. The fine amounts range from $432 for an individual and $3600 for a corporation.
Make sure that you comply with the new laws by speaking to your Site manager or WHS officer. If you are missing any safety equipment, have defects with your tools, or you are not complying with these new laws, please see the range of safety equipment we stock such as:
post - 15 February, 2017
Bretts open new trade store at Geebung
In keeping with Bretts Timber & Hardware trade roots a brand new trade store opened on Monday 13th February 2017. This brings the number of trade stores to five including Rocklea, Caboolture, Windsor and the Trade Plumbing store at Narangba.
The store is conveniently located on the Northside at 26 Brickyard Road Geebung, at the front of the 8 acre Bretts manufacturing and warehousing facility. Bretts have occupied this site for a number of years now. Operating a Frame & Truss plant, Floor cassette and floor truss manufacturing line, Aluminium Window and Door factory as well as a distribution centre, warehousing bulk building materials for order assembly and delivery. So it made sense that Bretts open a trade store on the site to provide a pickup point for Northside customers. Feedback from Bretts trade customers identified that it was not always convenient to travel to the Windsor flagship store, so Managing Director Mr. Bill Nutting and his trade team decided to give their customers what they asked for.
The new store will be a fully stocked trade store holding bulk quantities of all the commonly used items you expect to find at a Bretts trade store. The comprehensive range will include all types of timber including; Structural hardwood, engineered timber, structural framing, mouldings, deck and step material, timber cladding, fibre cement and plywood cladding, landscape timber and fencing products, flooring, doors, jambs and architraves, general builders hardware, CD and bracing plywood, fibre cement sheeting, fasteners, finishing hardware, glues and sealants.
Bretts Trade General Manager, Mr Lewis Rolls has been hard at work to make sure the store has been designed to facilitate easy entry and exit and is compact yet spacious enough to allow fast order picking and loading onto a tradie ute. Trade customers can call in and pickup or forward order via Bretts online ordering system, nominate Geebung as the collection point and the trade team will have the order assembled ready for collection. Or check the delivery option for same day speedy service on one of our many delivery utes.
The long history of association Bretts has enjoyed with Brisbane builders continues with the rollout of this latest Bretts trade offer. Many older builders might remember the days when Bretts had over 10 stores scattered throughout South East Queensland, with future stores now planned Bretts will once again be Brisbane tradies building material supplier of choice.
post - 23 December, 2016
New Smoke Alarm Laws from 1 January 2017
The new laws aim to protect the lives of every resident, by creating safer homes and one unified smoke alarm system. The new laws apply to new domestic dwellings, rental properties, and properties that are undergoing substantial renovations. From 1 January 2017 smoke alarms installed in new homes must:
Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has put together a fact sheet on the changes – you can download a copy here.
post - 20 December, 2016
The installation of window and doors is still a major issue in Australian construction
Installation continues to be a major problem for the performance of windows and glazed doors throughout Australia. Large amounts of time and money are spent investigating a ‘failed window system,’ only to discover that real concern is installation. Around 80% of all window complaints are attributable to installation and care during the construction period.
The Australian Window Association’s (AWA) Marketing and Communications Manager Gary Smith comments, “poor installation has been the ‘Achilles’ heel’ of our industry for many years.” In direct response, AWA have produced a series of short instructional videos. The videos provide guidance to the industry on correct installation practice of windows and doors in different types of construction including brick veneer, commercial block work, clad/lightweight and double brick. You can watch all of the videos here.
You can always talk to us about windows and doors by either booking an appointment with our showroom consultants, or send us a request online and one of our window solutions representatives will contact you.
post - 7 December, 2016
An Australian sawmill company are looking into power suits to improve their OH&S practices
A new exoskeleton power suit developed by P-sonic and subsidiary ActiveLink could help a large Australian sawmill company. The AWN-03 power suit would provide lower back support to the user whilst packing timber. The sawmill company has been looking to improve its OH&S in its manual packing lines and are looking into the power suit as automatic systems are either too expensive or are unable to handle the complex shape of timber and do not have the productivity of humans.
Hiromichi Fujimoto, President of Activelink, the developer of the power suit said, “We are proposing robotics to help at worksites, because there will always be a certain level of work that must be done by people, and these power assist suits can help reduce the physical strain during work.”
The power suit, which connects to the back, thighs and feet of the user, automatically senses the user’s motion when lifting and holding heavy objects, and sends a signal to the motors to rotate the gears. It also raises the user’s upper body while pushing on their thighs which in reduced stress on the user’s lower back by 15kg.
This is a just a small glimpse into how power suits could be used to assist workers in manufacturing, forestry and construction. They may even find their way to your work site in in the near future.
post - 7 December, 2016
Want to save time when shopping with us?
Introducing our new ExpressPick for mouldings and timber. It’s easier, faster and more efficient! All you have to do is:
It saves you time and also means less wait time at the checkout! It’s a win, win!
post - 24 November, 2016
Australia’s Very Own Timber Multistorey Buildings
Australia’s first residential, commercial and public timber buildings made entirely from cross laminated timber
Australia’s first success story, Forte in Melbourne, was the first building in Australia to utilise cross laminated timber panels. Developed by Lend Lease, the project made global headlines after it became the tallest timber high-rise apartment building in the world at 10 storeys (which has now been surpassed by the Treet building in Norway). Another more recent project by Lend Lease is The Library at the Dock, a three storey community hub and library in the Melbourne Docklands. The first commercial building, International House Sydney, will also be constructed from cross laminated timber and is scheduled to be complete in 2017.
Cross laminated timber has been popular in Europe for more than a decade, however Lend Lease has been the first in Australia to use it in multistorey buildings. Still a rarity in Australia, the engineered timber industry is still in its infancy, lagging behind Europe and increasingly the US and New Zealand. These mass timber building have the structural strength similar to traditionally used steel and concrete, and has the potential to change the way buildings are constructed in Australia.
Using timber offers many advantages over convention materials of steel and concrete. Timber is renewable and sustainable resource and it reduces CO2 emissions. It offers better thermal performance and requires less energy to heat and cool which means reduced energy and water costs. The cross laminated timber panels for Australia’s 3 major projects were prefabricated in Europe, are craned and screwed into position with next to no waste and far less construction noise. Mass timber buildings can be built in two thirds of the time compared to the traditional materials of steel and concrete. Lend Lease’s Head of Timber Solutions, Andrew Nieland commented on the benefits of using cross laminated timber, “Cross laminated timber uses more efficient construction process that is environmentally sustainable, durable, better quality and safer.”
Cross laminated timber and has the potential to revolutionise the way Australian buildings are being constructed, toward a more sustainable future. Maybe we will see an 80 storey timber building, just like last week’s article, in our future skylines.
post - 17 November, 2016
"New comprehensive range of Colt compressors now at Bretts Windsor"
As part of our commitment to trade supplies we have beefed up our range of compressors, with a comprehensive range of Senco Colt compressors. The range is expansive enough to meet most of your on-site requirements.
|Specifications||Colt 160||Colt 180||Colt 200||Colt 270||Colt 312|
|Tank Capacity||24 litre||6 litre||12 litre||50 litre||50 litre|
|Power||1.5hp / 1.1kw||1.5hp / 1.1kw||2hp / 1.5kw||2hp / 1.5kw||2hp / 1.5kw|
|PSI||up to 145 psi||up to 116 psi||up to 145 psi||up to 145 psi||up to 145 psi|
|Power source||single phase |
|single phase |
|single phase |
|single phase |
|single phase |
240v 10 amp
|Capacity||2.5cfm, 70lpm |
|2.1cfm, 60lpm |
|7.1cfm, 200lpm||2.1cfm, 60lpm |
|Warranty||12 months limited||12 months limited||12 months limited||12 months limited||12 months limited|
|Steel valve plates||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||yes|
|Cast iron cylider |
with aluminium heads
|Thermal overload switch||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||yes|
|Oil lubricated||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||yes||Oil free||yes||yes||yes||yes||n/a|
post - 17 November, 2016
"River Beech Tower, 300 unit all timber construction high rise"
As part of a master plan along the Chicago River, USA, the River Beech Tower is a residential high-rise which, if built, would be taller than any existing timber building. The Perkins+Will’s proposal is still in very early development but it would include 300 duplex units and communal shared areas such as indoor parks. The team’s vision is to create a “social and sustainable adaption to high rise development.”
Reaching to 80-stories, it would tower over other timber skyscrapers like other proposals such C.F. Moller and Dinsell Johnsson’s 34 story building in Stockholm and our very own 10 story Forte apartment building in Melbourne. To reach new heights, the Perkins + Wills team have used a different approach to the previously built structures by using a diagrid system. Perkins+Will explain, “The design is made possible by an innovative structural system engineered to take the full advantage of the timber’s natural strength through an exterior diagrid system.” The building’s vertical and lateral loads are resisted by connecting the outer diagrids with the internal cross bracing that skirts the central atrium, allowing for efficient load distribution across all timber elements.
It is still unknown if the River Beech Tower will be realised but it will definitely be one for the record books. River Beech Tower is a collaboration between Perkins+Will, Thornton Tomasetti and the University of Cambridge.
Next week - Part 2 - Australia’s Very Own Timber Multistorey Buildings
post - 17 November, 2016
The QBCC has recently detected issues with the treaded rod
Which provides tie-down to roof and wall frames particularly in high wind and cyclonic wind speed regions. AS1684 Timber Framing Code includes a requirement that all metal straps, framing anchors and similar connections have a minimum corrosion protection of 275 grams weight of zinc coating per square metre of surface area
Bretts Trade is aware of QBCC requirements for cyclone tie down rods as stipulated in AS1684. We have a full range of HDG cyclone rods available, that completely comply with the QBCC standards. We also stock Bremick electroplated zinc rods with organic coating. Bremick have stated that their electroplated zinc rods with organic coating have been tested in an appropriate facility. Bremick believe their products outperform the corrosion protection performance of the HDG rod, which does comply with the relevant standards. Bremick have sought approval from QBCC about the compliance of their product.
post - 17 November, 2016
Quotes back in 1 Hour   Deliveries to site, same day Deliveries for Free!
Sound to goo to be true? Read on to be pleasantly surprised and find out how to get this level of service using your trade account at Bretts!
Did you know we have online ordering and pricing for our Trade Account customers? Log onto Online Pricing and check out how easy it is to price a job or place an order online! Pricing a job is made easier and faster with us, by generating a list online. Send it to our Trade Estimating Team and get fixed job pricing back in an hour.
Order all of your materials online and select either delivery or collection in store. Your order will be prioritised and will be delivered on site or be ready for collection within 2 hours (subject to product availability). If your fasteners and consumable items order is over $200 your Ute delivery will be FREE! Easier, Faster and more efficient, you’ll be able to spend less down-time at the site and no need to rush to get supplies.
post - 03 November, 2016
This week at the trade brekkie James Hardie will be talking about the features and benefits of thier HardieDeck system, specifically talking about the new timber like stain finish that can be achieved with HardieDeck.
post - 03 November, 2016
Bretts windsor now stocks a comprehensive range of pumps to suit many applications
post - 14 October, 2016
"An exciting development for the construction industry".
There is a growth of timber building pushing the height limits. Canada has three tall timber buildings in the pipeline, a 13-storey Quebec City project, using cross-laminated timber and glulam, a 12-storey building in Ottawa and a project in Vancouver targeting 18 storeys. Not to be outdone, the highest timber building planned so far is a 23-storey office building in Sweden.
To accelerate the uptake of timber framing and massive timber building systems in mid-rise projects in accordance with the recent changes to the National Construction Code, the new WoodSolutions team of design, engineering, construction and development specialists has started a pilot program in Melbourne, complemented by a smaller-scale activity in Brisbane.
Earlier this year, a series of workshops, facilitated by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and attended by senior industry representatives, saw Jennifer Cover, Executive Director of the United States’ WoodWorks program (www.woodworks.org) outline the structure and achievements of the US wood field force advisors. Based on their considerable success, a similar model was developed for trial in the Australian market.
Extensive consultation with industry and potential sponsors outlined the scope and operations of the new Technical Field Force Pilot Project, with funds in excess of AU$1.5 million over three years being committed from a large number of industry sponsors including key gold sponsors who are AKD, Australian Sustainable Hardwoods, Bowens, Hyne Timber, Meyer Timber, Parkside Timber, Tillings, Timberlink, Timber Queensland, XLAM and Wesbeam with matching contributions from the Australian Government via FWPA.
“This is an exciting development for our industry, said Ric Sinclair, FWPA’s managing director, “first, we undertook the research, secured the code change to allow market access and now we have a dedicated program to encourage uptake of the research by the building community. Our high calibre professional team is focussed on market extension, and we know from research that it is important to get involved in the early stages of projects to ensure adoption”.
With extensive experience in property development, construction, timber engineering and architecture, the WoodSolutions team of Program Development Managers are ideally placed to liaise with development, design and construction professionals, providing generic information and advice on making the most of the cost, time and other advantages of timber building systems.
Melbourne-based Gerry Neylan, a construction, planning and property specialist and WoodSolutions team member, said this was a great opportunity to engage with the marketplace about constructing new projects more quickly, quietly and safely – while also addressing issues such as social responsibility and sustainability. Sentiments that were echoed by Brisbane-based Stefan Gerber, a timber engineer, who added that after only a few weeks he is already finding many designers and engineers are highly interested in discovering more about new opportunities with timber.
“Typically, the outputs of research, even following a building code change of this order, we would expect changes in design and building practices and material specifications to take many years to flow through the market,” explained Mr Sinclair, “this new program will substantially reduce the uptake time and generate greater sales volumes for timber products. The challenge for our industry is to ensure that the whole supply chain is knowledgeable, prepared and able to meet the increased demand.”
post - 13 October, 2016
This weeks trade Brekkie at Windsor.
Deal of the week from Pryda, purchase any box of Triple Grips or Multi Grips and receive a 500g packet of galvanised connector nails at no charge.
post - 6 October, 2016
In the state of Queensland, Pryda DOES NOT support use of power driven nails in triple grips and multi grips any further.
Experience has shown over many years that it is not practical to use power driven nails in timber connectors such as triple grips and multi grips owing to:
As a result, majority of connections done using power driven nails in triple grips and multi grips are non-compliant. Similar concerns have been expressed by QBCC [Queensland Building and Construction Commission] via it’s industry release “Connections: Gun Nailing of Framing Anchors and Straps” for December’ 2015
Power driven nails may be used with other connectors like Cyclone Ties, Tie-Down Straps [Punched/ Un-punched], Mitre Plates and Joist Hangers while adhering to strict parameters as recommended in Design Guides. Failing correct use of power driven nails in such connectors, the certifiers have every right to deem the work defective needing immediate remedy.
Check out further information on the QBCC blog Read more