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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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    VIC Access To Neighbouring Property for Building Works

    An adjoining property is currently under construction and we are having multiple problems with this site. We tried to address these long-outstanding issues with our neighbour (ie by getting compensated for damage they caused, being provided with assurances that there would not be further damage...
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    How does the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) operate in relation to debt recovery?

    Hi All, I have a legal question i would like some understanding on
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    Building a Study in a Unit (Cant get consent).

    Hi Apologies if I mis key info here: In Sydney, NSW, I have a property, its a 1 bed, 2 bath. It is large, 104SQM. I wish to build a wall to make a study. This unit is unique, there are 7 above it with the same SQM, that already have a wall there, they are 2 bed, 2 bath. Mine was ordered to...
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    TAS dispute over building designer fees

    Hi, I engaged a building designer/drafting services firm in Tas to develop concept plans for my house renovation, but have now been invoiced for double the amount originally quoted. Here is what happened: They quoted me an initial cost of ~$3000 for a set of concepts which I accepted and paid...
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    VIC Q: Is this really a 'repair'? (Sec 48, Owners Corporation Act)

    Hi all. I am the owner of a flat, on the upper level of a double storey building. Under the concrete slab (upon which my flat 'sits') are 4 carpark spaces, ie there is no downstairs flat. I mentioned some cracks in my internal walls to the OC, and they commissioned Engineer1, who said that the...
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    WA HIA fixed price building contract - builder increasing price after construction starts ?

    Hi building a first residential house in WA standard HIA fixed price building contract thru large project builder. Slab is laid construction underway. We have a 5% price rise which is being charged due to clause 3a (attached) as there was a delay to start construction beyond 45 days. The delay...
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    Neighbour building garage wall on our boundary

    I have recently finished construction of a house in a new residential estate in VIC and would like to get works underway to have my side fencing erected. I have asked my fencer to erect this fence along the side boundary; this fence will end just before the gas meter of my house where there will...
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    Building notice

    Hi, Following my neighbour's complaint about side fence council sent inspectors and now I received a building notice for front yard 600mm high retaining break wall.the options are to apply for permit or demolished it. I called council before constructing the wall they only talked about the high...
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    VIC Faulty Building works.

    After water damage to my home. We have had over a year and a half of problems with the insurance company and quality of the building works. We had to move out into caravans because of mould contamination last winter. A lot of the work was so poor they are having to come back and redo all the...
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    VIC building dispute

    Hello, I have signed a building contract in jan 2020. Now my loan is not getting approved and after all I am not at all happy with the builder work as he built another house and took long time. Now I am asking to cancel the contract he is telling he will not cancel, he will give me 3 months...