Safety on The Block
Carl says that the OH & S on The Block is pretty rigid and followed by all the teams and contractors. “We all have all the appropriate documentation,” he says. The Block employs a safety officer, and often has camera crews as well as Keith and Dan walking around, checking that everything is done properly.
“No one has an issue raising a safety concern if we need a fall zone or a trip hazard or whatever it might be,” Carl adds. “We all speak openly and honestly about it. And it’s addressed immediately. Whilst it’s a TV show, it is a building site. And the safety is obviously always front of mind. With a high-pressure build you have to be on your safety game.”
Velux and those elusive seven stars
This year The Block is aiming to achieve a seven-star energy rating and, like all the suppliers, Velux was part of the accreditation. “There’s a lot of things in that system taken into consideration,” says Carl, including Bradford’s wall wrap and insulation. Skylights were involved as all materials were all incorporated into the design system.
When you’re when you’re building a house, you’ve just got to look at it bit by bit and piece by piece and have a little juggle – insulation here, skylight there, window there,” says Carl. “It’s a system in one, and they’re all things need to be considered together.”
“Everyone wants a more efficient house and why not?”