Housing Buzz: Opal Towers - Are the cracks starting to show in high rise residential construction? NSW Branch Networking Event
The AHI NSW Branch would like to invite you to a networking event for members and friends. Housing Buzz is a series of fun debates with industry and academic experts on key issues in housing policy. The topic of the first event of 2019 is “Opal Towers- Are the cracks starting to show in high rise residential construction?”.
Opal tower and its subsequent structural failure of precast panels represents a critical point in the high rise residential construction industry. Similar to the Grenfell tower tragedy in the UK, the construction industry operates under a regulatory system that appears unable to protect life and property.
Procurers of residential property, either investor, resident or portfolio managers are increasingly having their risks moved to an insurance model, relying on legal recourse for failures, with warranties unable to provide quality safeguards
The question is less about who to blame, but what are the impacts of poor quality residential construction (health, safety, stress, lack of resale), how regulation and systems can be improved, and how purchasers can be better protected.
Date: 20 March 2018
Time: arrive anytime after 5pm. Proceedings start at 6pm, finish at 8pm
Location: The Hive Bar, 93 Erskineville Road Erskineville
- Mark Singer AHI NSW Committee member
- Prof Mark Hoffmann, UNSW, lead investigator for the Government-commissioned report on the Opal Tower failure
- Terry Livingstone, Manager Licensee for HomeGround Real Estate
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