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A building, or edifice, is a structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place, such as a house or factory. Buildings come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and functions, and have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors, from building materials available, to weather conditions, land prices, ground conditions, specific uses, and aesthetic reasons. To better understand the term building compare the list of nonbuilding structures.
Buildings serve several societal needs – primarily as shelter from weather, security, living space, privacy, to store belongings, and to comfortably live and work. A building as a shelter represents a physical division of the human habitat (a place of comfort and safety) and the outside (a place that at times may be harsh and harmful).
Ever since the first cave paintings, buildings have also become objects or canvasses of much artistic expression. In recent years, interest in sustainable planning and building practices has also become an intentional part of the design process of many new buildings.

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    Hi, We are currently facing a situation where we need to replace a retaining wall and fence that sits on the boundary of our property and our neighbour’s. The estimated cost of this project exceeds $20,000. We have reached an agreement with our neighbour regarding the cost sharing and the type...
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    My next door neighbour is currently in the process of constructing a new house. The problem is that they’re planning to build a garage on the boundary of our lands. The proposed garage will block all of our sunlight, particularly in the living domain, which includes a long dining room window...
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  4. BillyTea

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    WA Progress payment and shonky work

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    VIC Domestic Building Contract

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  7. amirf

    VIC Insurance items required as part of compulsory strata building

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    VIC Access To Neighbouring Property for Building Works

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    Building a Study in a Unit (Cant get consent).

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