February 2023, Vol 004, Issue 01
Lote Notes | Fire Safety and Security in Practice
Welcome to the first Lote Notes Newsletter for 2023. The new year brings with it a unique set of challenges, while at the same time offering a myriad of opportunities, prime among these being introspection and continuous improvement. The team at Lote is excited to present a range of articles for your consideration and feedback, reflecting industry trends and reflections on our practice. This edition of Lote Notes contains articles on the Design & Building Practitioners Act and Regulation in practice, designing to manage the risk of graffiti vandalism, and our 5 steps to getting your business ready from a cybersecurity perspective. Our wellness column proposes a mindset for getting things done.

The Design and Building Practitioners Act (2020) and Regulation (2021) introduced a raft of changes to better regulate the design and construction of buildings in NSW with the objective of delivering better quality and safety outcomes for owners and occupants of these buildings. Our article NSW D&BP Act in Practice: A Fire Engineering perspective reflects upon our experience in implementation of this new licensing and regulatory framework and the impact that it has had on projects, timelines, scope, duty of care and design contracts.

Graffiti vandalism is a common sign of urban decay in our cities, and is often associated with decreases in the perception of safety and an associated increase in crime and antisocial behaviour in our communities. Our article, Designing out Graffiti takes a designers perspective on what can be done about this issue, proposes strategies in line with CPTED methodologies as well as material selection and operational security policies to mitigate the damage.

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting networks, systems and programs from attack and aims to address the risks posed by one of the most rapidly escalating crime categories. Our article on the 5 Steps to Develop a Cybersecurity Plan for your Business is essential reading for all business operators. Taking these 5 steps will start you on your cybersecurity journey and ensure that your business digital assets and infrastructure are secure.

Finally, our wellness column features an article on approaching each task and project with the expectation to get to good enough before improving. Often, an expectation of perfection creates a barrier to getting started, where procrastination and endless research consume our time, rather than the actual task at hand. The proposed approach employs the Pareto Principle and encourages you to expend minimal effort in order to get to good enough and then to use feedback from peers and mentors, as well as a process of iteration to improve. Here's to getting things done!

We look forward to receiving your thoughts and feedback.

Best Wishes & Stay Safe
Dr Maher Magrabi

Lote Consulting | Fire Safety & Security
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Lote's Articles
NSW D&BP Act (2020) in Practice: A Fire Engineering Perspective
By Dr Maher Magrabi and Dr Amer Magrabi

Keywords: NSW D&BP Act 2020, Class 2, Fire Safety Engineering

The Design and Building Practitioners (D&BP) Act was enacted in June 2020, and established a new licensing and disciplinary framework for building practitioners involved in the design and construction of buildings in NSW. The D&BP Regulation 2021 details the rules for implementing the procedures of the Act and sets out specific requirements for licensing, registration and ongoing professional development required of building practitioners.
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Designing Out Graffiti
By Dr Maher Magrabi
Keywords: Graffiti, Materials selection, Design elements
Graffiti is a form of vandalism that involves marking property with writing, tags, symbols or illustrations, generally without the consent of the property owner (Morgan & Lewis, 2020). Graffiti is perceived as a form of urban decay and a contributing element to the perception of a decrease in community safety and an increase in antisocial and criminal behaviours.
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5 Steps to Develop a Cybersecurity Plan for your Business
By Yahya Eid
Keywords: Cybersecurity, Business Continuity, Cyber Ready, Cybersecurity Risks, Cyber Threats, Cyber Risks
Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, devices, networks, and information residing or transiting through them (ACSC). It involves safeguarding networks, systems, and programs from digital attacks, which can take many forms such as cyberattacks, data spills, malicious software, and ransomware.
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Good Enough vs Perfection
By Dr Maher Magrabi
Keywords: Pareto Principle, Procrastination, Project Management, Efficiency, Productivity
We are conditioned through schooling and university that there are right answers and wrong answers. That the culmination of all your efforts is an examination or test where the marker assesses your answers; they are right or wrong and based on these you pass or fail the subject.
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In The News
Reforms to Fire Safety regulation 2022
Why are fire safety reforms being introduced?
Reforms have been introduced to fire safety regulations to improve compliance with requirements for the design, certification and maintenance of fire safety measures in buildings through:
  • Increasing the involvement of Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) in reviewing non-standard fire safety design proposals;
  • Creating an independent checker role to assess installed fire safety measures before buildings are occupied;
  • Improving documentation of fire safety measures by standardising documentation and simplifying amendment processes; and
  • Mandating procedures for the maintenance of fire safety measures.
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Manchester Arena attack: Martyn's Law for venue security to cover all of UK
New legislation will be introduced to tighten security at venues in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.
The new rules, dubbed Martyn's Law, will cover all of the UK and require venues and local authorities to have preventative action plans against terror attacks, the government said.
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The terrorism risk level in Australia has been downgraded. Does that mean the threat is over?
By Greg Barton 
Eight years after raising the national terrorism threat level, Australia recently lowered it again — from mid-range (probable) to low-range (possible).
Does this mean the threat from terrorism is over?
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Construct NSW eNews

Welcome to 2023. I hope that you have been able to take some time to recharge, as there is plenty ahead as Construct NSW moves into a new phase of uplifting confidence in our building and construction industry.
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'NSW Government- Fair Trading Forms and Templates
This new registration scheme is part of a reform program to restore confidence in the residential construction industry and make sure that apartments being built are trustworthy. 
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Electric Vehicles (EV) and EV charging equipment in the built environment
This position seeks to identify and inform on the risks to the community and emergency responders in and around EVs and EV charging infrastructure in the built environment. 
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Home Fire Safety Checklist
 Did you know that he areas of the house where most fires occur are the kitchen, sleeping areas, and lounge area?
Are you fire safe in the home?
  • The fire services recommend this simple safety checklist to assist in keeping your home fire safe.
  • Installing an adequate number of suitable smoke alarms and testing them regularly is the first step in your home fire safety plan.
  • Having a written escape plan in case of fire and practicing it regularly.
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The Meteoric Rise of Cross-Laminated Timber Construction: 50 Projects that Use Engineered-Wood Architecture
By James Wormald
Timber is a natural, renewable material, easy to fabricate, and with low-carbon emissions. As a construction material, however, when put under enough directional force along its grain, sawn timber is structurally unstable, so deemed unsuitable under higher loads. In comparison, the manufacture of cross-laminated timber (CLT) involves simply gluing multiple layers of timber together at right angles.
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