|Mapei work method statements||12/12/2020|
|Heads up on framing shortages||15/10/2020|
|Structaflor, Easier, Faster||26/05/2020|
|Helping Builders for over 100 Years||21/04/2020|
|HIA Safe Work Guidelines||06/04/2020|
|Locksmiths SCEC Endorsed||31/03/2020|
|Caboolture is Relocating.||02/03/2020|
|James Hardie Price Adjustment. Effective 1st May 2020.||25/02/2020|
|Geebung Store Updates||29/01/2020|
|Albion's Hours are Changing||20/01/2020|
|Hume Doors||December 2020||Timber & sheeting products||Various|
|Tiling||December 2020||Cedar products||Various|
|Bostik||January 2021||Adhesive & sealant||1.75%|
|Hettich||January 2021||Cabinet hardware||4.5%|
|Matthei Timber||January 2021||Timber||Various|
|Modinex||January 2021||Architectural timber||Various|
|Wesbeam||January 2021||Engineered wood products||8.25%|
|Assa Abloy||February 2021||Door hardware||Various|
|Bord Industries||February 2021||Supabord||5%|
|Cement Australia||February 2021||bagged cement||Various|
|Dindas||February 2021||Engineered wood products||Various|
|Forest One||February 2021||Timber & sheet products||3-10%|
|ITI||February 2021||Timber products||3-10%|
|Paslode||February 2021||Impulse tools||up to 6%|
|Parkside||February 2021||Hardwood products||3.5 to 5.0%|
|Selleys||February 2021||Glue & adhesive||2.5%|
|Tilling||February 2021||SmartLVL, SmartJoist, SmartForm, SmartPlank||8%|
|Value Timbers||February 2021||KD F17||Various|
|Vida Canfor||February 2021||Pine framing||10-18%|
|Abey||March 2021||Plumbing products||Various|
|Ardex||March 2021||Tile glue & waterproofing||Various|
|Bellevue Architectural||March 2021||Door hardware||Various|
|CSR Bradford||March 2021||Insulation||3.9%|
|CSR Gyprock||March 2021||Plasterboard||3.9%|
|CSR Rondo||March 2021||Ceiling systems||2.95%|
|Hyne Timber||March 2021||Pine framing||up to 10%|
|CSR - Hebel||March 2021||Hebel||3%|
|Lysaght||March 2021||Steel fencing & permalite||4.5%|
|Pinewood proucts||March 2021||Timber||3 to 7.5%|
|Qld Sheetmetal||March 2021||Roofing||up to 4.5%|
|Spear &amo; Jackson||March 2021||Hand tools||Various|
|Sika||March 2021||Sealant & adhesives||Various|
|Simmonds Lumber||March 2021||Hardwood||Various|
|Tasman KB||March 2021||Imported decking & framing||Various|
|Timbeck||March 2021||Hardwood & Cedar||Various|
|USG Boral||March 2021||Plasterboard||Various|
|Ampelite||April 2021||Roof sheet||6%|
|Australian Panel Products||April 2021||Structaflor||4%|
|Laminex||April 2021||Sheet products||Whiteboard 3.5%, flooring 4%|
|Stanley Black & Decker||April 2021||Tools||Various|
|TPAC||April 2021||Merbau/Kwila timber products||5%|
As we near the end of the year, I’d like to take the time to sincerely thank you and your staff for your support over the last 12 months - what an unbelievable year!
Over the past 12 months the world has experienced unprecedented demand, unthinkable supply constraints and untold grief. What we have seen emerge from this global chaos has been a willingness to improvise, work together and create solutions that we are extremely grateful for.
Just in case anyone wants to work through the Christmas break, we will keep Chermside open throughout on “Holiday Hours”, only closing for the statutory holidays. Holiday Hours are 7.30am to 4.00pm from the 29th December until the 8th January and we will be back to normal from Monday the 11th January. Please check our website https://bretts.com.au/locations/ for other closing times.
On that note, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to catching up and doing it all again next year.
These very informative documents are intended to be used not just as a guide, but as a documented WMS for building supervisors and building companies. The Statements encompass all the Mapei products Bretts Trade stores sell and are available for download now, or bookmark the Mapei solutions link, this will ensure you always have the most up to date versions.
At Bretts, we like to try and keep all of our customers up to speed with any significant market trends, so we thought it prudent to warn you about timber framing shortages which are only going to get worse before they get better.
We have found ourselves in a perfect storm as a result of last year’s bushfires wiping out a significant amount of resource. On top of that, there has been a worldwide renovation boom as a result of the Covid lock downs, where people have started spending on home improvements. The price of lumber in the US has almost tripled and whilst we don’t import a lot of wood from America, it has jacked the world price up. The result is that there is now around 20% less framing available in Australia and we are already seeing the impact on our stocks right now.
As truss and frame manufacturers we have two choices, i.e. substitute higher grade wood to ensure our frames meet code, or delay manufacture until we can get stock of the correct grade and size framing. Where possible, we will substitute and absorb the price increase ourselves, but where this becomes significant, we will be forced to pass this increase on to the customer, or else ask you to be patient and wait for the wood to arrive.
Moving forward, you can also expect more price increases on timber framing, as a result of the shortage. All suppliers are having a price rise in November and there is talk of another in February 2021, so please keep this in mind when you are quoting and talking to your customers.
Sorry for the bad news, but better to be forewarned and forearmed to deal with the consequences. As soon as we know more, we’ll be in touch to keep you informed.
Bretts Pty Ltd
The 1920 Spanish Flu
The Great Depression of the 1930’s
The 1987 Stock Market Crash
Paul Keating’s 1990 recession we had to have
The 2007 Global Financial Crisis
We’ve made a 100 year career out of helping builders through good times and bad. More than ever, you need strong independents like Bretts, so please help us help you to see it through these dark days.
Thanks for your support in the past and more importantly, your support in the future.
Executive Chairman and third generation shareholder.
In line with national work, health and safety requirements and the current health and safety obligations to meet COVID-19 working arrangements, the residential (domestic) building industry commits to making space on site to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) endorsed allows Bretts to perform work on Australian Government facilities. To gain endorsement Bretts Locksmiths were required to undertake special security training regarding installation and servicing of SCEC endorsed products.
We have expanded our stock ranges to include SCEC approved product, and we can also manufacture SCEC endorsed products in our workshop. This means a much quicker turnaround on orders so your jobs can be completed faster than ever before.
In addition to this it means you can be confident in knowing that Bretts Locksmiths are continually updating our security systems and practices. While doing this we are ensuring our Locksmiths are fully trained with the necessary qualifications to perform to the highest level of security work.
The Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) is a standing interdepartmental committee responsible for the evaluation and endorsement of security equipment for use by Australian Commonwealth departments and agencies.
ASIO's T4 Protective Security directorate, on behalf of SCEC, evaluates protective security products to determine their suitability for use in Australian Government facilities. Approved products are listed in the Security Equipment Evaluated Products List (SEEPL).
SEEPL categorises products into four levels that indicate the relative ‘security strength’ of the item for use in Government applications. SL4 products offer a high level of security while SL1 products offer the lowest acceptable level of security for Government use.
SCEC Approved Locksmith scheme provides Australian Government agencies with Security Zone Consultants and Locksmiths who have demonstrated the necessary skills as well as having met high standards of integrity, honesty and confidentiality required of personnel working for or on behalf of the Australian Government.
31st March 2020
We would like to say that all our sites are currently operating, although we have put in place all the necessary disciplines for sanitisation and social distancing, as previously reported many of our team are now working from home. If you have any concerns about scheduled production of Frames & Trusses, Windows & Doors or Trade material supply please contact myself or your trade representative.
With the ever changing status of this situation, we wanted to keep you informed on what is happening across the ditch in New Zealand.
On Monday 23 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country was to move from Level 2 to Level 4 restrictions as of 11:59pm Wednesday 25th March for a period of 4 weeks.
Level 4 restrictions included specific details and definitions of ‘essential activities’ that were allowed to continue across the 4 week period.
Unfortunately, the building/construction industry (bar a few essential exceptions) was deemed non-essential and was forced to close for the 4 week period. So what has this meant for the Kiwi builders? It has meant all building sites have ground to a halt, unless they were deemed “essential activities” like health projects, critical infrastructure and or correctional institutions. So if Scomo follows suit, that’s most of you guys shut down for four weeks.
And what would it look like for Bretts? Well there’s a bit of an exception rule on building supply businesses. All Frame & Truss plants and Window factories are shut, so that’s our manufacturing operations shut down, but Hardware Stores & Timber Yards have been allowed to trade from 7-11am each day, but only to Tradies servicing the essential activity sites. So we’d probably keep the Trade sites open for a 4 hour window each day, to service those of you that are doing work on “essential activity” sites.
We most certainly will keep our internal & external sales teams operational, if only in a skeleton form in order to continue estimating/detailing and taking orders for when the lock down is eventually lifted.
So what happens next? Hard to tell, but what we do know is that the change from Level 2 to Level 4 restrictions in NZ was rapid (48hrs) and caught many off guard. We are currently putting together contingency plans for our business should this happen in Australia and our strong advice would be for you to do the same.
Whatever happens in Australia, we will be here to support you as much as we practically can.
Caboolture is expanding!! It’s been four years since we returned to Caboolture and set up a Trade Store again in the region and what a wonderful four years that has been. The Caboolture team have done a magnificent job, initially outgrowing the first shed in just 2 years and now we are already at a stage where both sheds we occupy simply aren’t big enough.
We will be moving to the Trend Windows building, which is literally at the end of the street. We took over the building on the 1st February and will be up and trading by the 9th March. The building is roughly twice the size of our current two buildings, so gives us the scope to significantly increase the range of timber and hardware stocked.
Renovations are underway and we can't wait to see you in our new store!
Please note, as we prepare to open on the 9th of March, we will be closing the store Saturday the 7th of March. We hope this doesn't cause to much inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding.
|HardieFlex™ sheet & HardieFlex™ sheet in eaves lining sizes Villaboard™ lining||2.3%|
|ComTex™ façade panel HardiePlank™ weatherboard |
New EasyTex™ Cladding
New ExoTec™ Vero™ Façade Panel
HardieTex™ base sheet
HardiePanel™ compressed sheet
James Hardie™ ceramic tile underlay,& vinyl and cork underlay
New RAB™ Board
Scyon™ Linea™ weatherboard
Scyon™ Secura™ interior and exterior flooring
Scyon™ Stria™ cladding
|ExoTec™ façade panel |
Scyon™ Axon™ cladding
Scyon™ Matrix™ cladding (inc. Scyon™ Cavity Trim)
|ARChitectural™ INraw™ panel & accessories |
Scyon™ Axent™ Trim
|All general and/or product specific accessories not individually specified herein* |
HardieBreak™ thermal strip
HardieWrap™ weather barrier
*Excluding HardieDeck™ accessories, HardieBlade™ saw blade
Our manufacturing facilities at Geebung are expanding and to make room we are moving our trade distribution and pickup centre to our newest trade store at Chermside. All future orders should be placed through our Chermside store, you will be notified as soon as they are ready for collection. With this change we will be running down stock on the Geebung site over the next month, so to avoid disappointment please do not call into Geebung, head to 616 Rode Rd. Chermside to collect your orders.
Of course if you are pressed for time you can always place orders on “BOLT” our website ordering platform. We can deliver your gear the same or next day and to make sure you are not out of pocket, if your order value is $250 or greater we won’t charge a delivery fee.
As of the 1st of Feb 2020, Albion will be open Monday-Friday. Saturday the 25th of Jan will be our last saturday trading.
For 24/7 Locksmith emergency service call 0408 651 844 any time including public holidays.