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Housing : March 2009
What’s New on the Market what’s new eco-smart design Akril is a new, eco-smart way to add colour, functionality and durability to your design projects, whether domestic or commercial. An innovative and versatile alternative to painted glass, the lightweight, easy-to-use panels are ideal for decorative walls and vertical surfaces of any type where direct heat will not be applied, such as kitchen splashbacks, wet areas in bathrooms and laundries, and cupboard and wardrobe doors throughout the home. Akril is a highly-engineered polymer which can be cut and fit on site, comes in an inspiring palette of modern designer colours and finishes, and has been awarded a ‘green tick’ by Good Environmental Choice Australia. For more information call 1800 464 728 or visit www.akril.com.au flying solo The new quoting and estimating software from SoloAssist is a userfriendly, flexible system designed specifically for builders and contractors in the alterations, additions, new homes and small commercial markets. Its latest plan scan add-on solution, PlanAssist, makes take-offs fast and accurate. According to SoloAssist, PlanAssist effortlessly works out areas, lengths, counts and volumes on plans, directly on your computer. The new RemoteAssist program enables SoloAssist staff to access your computer at anytime, Australia-wide, to provide support with demonstrations, training and problem solving. For more information call 0409 485 850 or visit www.soloassist.com.au best butts If you’ve ever experienced plasterboard ceiling sag, peaking, deformities or cracking then you’ll welcome Best Butts. Australian Construction Technologies (ACT) says this innovative product solves the problem of accurate butt joining on plasterboard, eliminating costly quality issues. According to ACT, Best Butts is designed to accommodate back-blocking, delivers a quality, smooth and even finish and meets Australian Standard AS2589:1:1977. The system results in an accurate and controlled 1.6mm to 2mm recess and is suitable for large ceiling spans, such as apartments and large commercial areas. For more information call 03 5970 4090 or visit www.bestbutts.com.au 6 The Best Butts system easily attaches to the first plasterboard sheet. The other side of the Best Butts system is attached to the second plasterboard sheet. Finished plasterboard butt join with a controlled 1.6–2mm recess. HOUSING MARCH 2009