AU2012201775B2 - A building panel, building system and method of constructing a building - Google Patents

A building panel, building system and method of constructing a building Download PDF

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AU2012201775B2
AU2012201775B2 AU2012201775A AU2012201775A AU2012201775B2 AU 2012201775 B2 AU2012201775 B2 AU 2012201775B2 AU 2012201775 A AU2012201775 A AU 2012201775A AU 2012201775 A AU2012201775 A AU 2012201775A AU 2012201775 B2 AU2012201775 B2 AU 2012201775B2
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- 29 A building system comprising: a building panel comprising first and second outer sheet members, an inner sheet member disposed between the first and second outer sheet 5 members, and solid insulating material disposed between the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member; a first track member, the first track member and the building panel being arranged such that the panel is engagable along a first side with the first track member and the first track member is connectable to the first and second outer sheet members; a second track member, the second track 10 member and the building panel being arranged such that the panel is engagable along a second side with the second track member and the second track member is connectable to the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member. 3233566_I (GHMatters) P85369 AU 5 27/03/12 16 56a 50 34b 56b 52a 30b 52b 37 36b 20 32b 24 --- 28 30a 33 14_ 30b 44 42 FIG. 1

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AUSTRALIA Patents Act 1990 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION Standard Patent Applicant(s): FBM Corporation Pty Ltd Invention Title: A BUILDING PANEL, BUILDING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING A BUILDING The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method for performing it known to me/us: -2 5 A BUILDING PANEL, BUILDING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING A BUILDING This application is divided from Australian patent application No 2011316472, the content of which is incorporated herein by reference. 10 Technical Field A building panel and building system are disclosed for constructing a building. A method of constructing a building using the building panels and building system is also disclosed. 15 Background Art Third parties have proposed a building panel which comprises outer sheet members and an inner insulating panel disposed between the sheet members. However, as the thickness of such building panels increases the strength of the building panel significantly reduces to the extent that it becomes impractical to use building panels of this type for conventional building 20 construction. Any discussion herein of background art is intended to facilitate an understanding of the present invention only. Such discussion is not an acknowledgement or admission that any of the material referred to is or was part of the common general knowledge as at the priority date of the 25 application. Summary of the Invention According to a first principal aspect of the present invention, there is provided a building panel for use in construction of a building, the building panel comprising: 30 a first outer sheet member; a second outer sheet member; an inner sheet member disposed between the first and second outer sheet members; and solid insulating material disposed between and bonded to the first and second outer 35 sheet members and the inner sheet member; the building panel being provided: along a first side with first and second slots each extending for a length of the first side, the first slot being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and the second slot being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material; and, along a second side with first, 40 second, third and fourth slots each extending for a length of the second side, the first slot of the -3 5 second side being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, the second slot of the second side being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material, the third slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the first outer sheet member, and the fourth slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a 10 side of the second outer sheet member. In one embodiment, the building panel comprises, along a third side which extends between the first and second sides: first and second slots each extending for a length of the third side, the first slot of the third side being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and the second slot of the third side being at an interface between the second outer 15 sheet member and the insulating material. In one embodiment, the building panel comprises, along a fourth side which extends between the first and second sides opposite the third side: first and second slots each extending for a length of the fourth side, the first slot of the fourth side being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and the second slot of the fourth side being at an 20 interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material. In one embodiment, the first slots are co-joined to form a continuous first slot about the building panel. Similarly, the second slots may be co-joined to form a continuous second slot about the building panel. According to a second principal aspect of the present invention, there is provided a building 25 panel for use in construction of a building, the building panel comprising: a first outer sheet member; a second outer sheet member; an inner sheet member disposed between the first and second outer sheet members; and 30 solid insulating material disposed between and bonded to the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member; the building panel having four sides between the first and second sheet members, and being provided with continuous first and second slots extending about the four sides of the panel with the first slot being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating 35 material, and the second slot being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material; and, along a one of the sides third and fourth slots each of which extend for a length of the one side, the third slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the first outer sheet member, and the fourth slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the second 40 outer sheet member. In one embodiment, one of the first and second outer sheet members is thicker than the other of the first and second sheet members.
-4 5 In another embodiment, at least one of the first and second outer sheet members is substantially waterproof. In a further embodiment, at least one of the inner and outer sheet members is formed of one of: fibre cement, wood, MGL, plaster board, and composite material. In another embodiment, the solid insulating material comprises a rigid polymer. 10 In a further embodiment, the solid insulating material has a density about 45 Kg/m3. In another embodiment, the rigid polymer comprises one of: polyurethane (PU) foam material; and polyisocyanurate (PIR). According to a third principal aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of constructing a building comprising: 15 providing a plurality of building panels according to the first or second aspects; connecting a first track member to a slab of the building; engaging one or more of the panels in the first track; connecting one or more panels to the first track with a plurality of mechanical fasteners that extend through one or both of the first and second outer sheet members; 20 engaging a second track with the second side of the one or more panels; and, connecting the one or more panels to the second track with a plurality of mechanical fasteners that extend through the one or both of: the first outer sheet member and the inner sheet member; and, the second outer sheet member and the inner sheet member. In one embodiment, connecting the second track comprises connecting a first flange of the 25 second track to the first sheet member with a first mechanical fastener, connecting a second flange of the second track to the second sheet member with a second mechanical fastener, connecting a third flange of the second track to the inner sheet member with the first mechanical fastener, and connecting a fourth flange of the second track to the inner sheet member with the second mechanical fastener. 30 According to a fourth principal aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality of building panels according to the first or second aspects; placing a layer of a waterproof material on a slab of the building; and, fixing one or more of the building panels to the slab over the waterproof layer. 35 In one embodiment, the method of the third aspect comprises placing a layer of a waterproof material on a slab of the building and wherein the first track member is connected to the slab over the waterproof layer.
5 In another embodiment, the methods of the third and fourth aspect may comprise constructing a peripheral wall of the building by: forming a number of the panels with respective first outer sheets having an edge that extends beyond a corresponding edge of the second outer sheet of the same panel; and, attaching the number of panels to the slab in a manner where the edge of the first outer sheet depends adjacent a side face of the slab to create a recess between the first 10 outer sheet and the side face of the slab. In one embodiment, the method comprises forming a corner of the building by standing two of the panels upright and abutting the panels together in respective intersecting planes to form a first angle between the two panels; providing a corner joint member having a joint corner defining a joint angle, the corner 15 joint member configured to engage one of the first or second sides of the two panels forming the building corner, the corner joint member further arranged to allow distortion of the corner joint member to vary the joint angle to conform with the first angle; engaging the corner joint member with each of the two panels; and, coupling the corner joint member with each of the two panels. 20 In one embodiment, the method comprises: arranging a first plurality of the panels to construct walls to form a lower storey of a building; constructing formwork to lie substantially flush with an uppermost surface of the lower storey and extending partially across the first panels of the lower storey; 25 pouring concrete onto the formwork to form upon setting, a suspended slab wherein a peripheral edge of the slab is supported on the first panels; and, coupling a second plurality of further panels to the suspended slab to construct a wall of a second storey. In one embodiment, the method comprises a rebating the second plurality of panels and 30 arranging the rebated second panels on top of the first panels of the lower storey with the rebates seating on or otherwise receiving the peripheral edge of the suspended concrete slab. According to a fifth principal aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality of panels according to the first or second aspects; 35 forming a corner of the building by standing two of the panels upright and abutting the panels together in respective intersecting planes to form a first angle between the two panels; providing a corner joint member having a joint corner defining a joint angle, the corner joint member configured to engage the two panels forming the building corner, the corner joint member further arranged to allow distortion of the corner joint member to vary the joint angle to 40 conform with the first angle; -6 5 engaging the corner joint member with each of the two panels; and, coupling the corner joint member with each of the two panels. In one embodiment, the method comprises forming the corner joint member with parallel spaced apart longitudinal flanges which are configured to engage each of the two panels, and forming a discontinuity in each of the outer flanges across the joint corner. 10 In another embodiment, the corner joint member is formed so as to comprise a base plate from which the outer longitudinal flanges depend, and inner longitudinal flanges configured to engage the inner sheet of the two panels when the corner joint member is engaged with the two panels. According to a sixth principal aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of constructing a building comprising: 15 providing a plurality of building panels according to the first or second aspects; arranging a first plurality of the panels to construct walls to form a lower storey of a building; arranging a second plurality of panels on top of the first plurality of panels to form an adjacent higher storey of the building; 20 rebating panels of one or both lower storey walls and the upper storey walls at a location adjacent a junction of the lower storey walls and the upper storey walls; constructing formwork up to lie substantially flush with a lower level of the rebate; and, pouring concrete onto the formwork to form upon setting, a suspended slab wherein edges of the slab are seated in the rebate. 25 In one embodiment, rebating the panels comprises rebating the panels to expose the inner sheet of the rebated panels. According to a seventh principal aspect of the present invention, there is a provided a method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality of building panels according to the first or second aspects; 30 arranging a first plurality of the panels to construct walls to form a lower storey of a building; constructing formwork up to lie substantially flush with an uppermost surface of the lower storey and extending partially across the first panels of the lower storey; pouring concrete onto the formwork to form upon setting, a suspended slab wherein a 35 peripheral edge of the slab is supported on the first panels; and, rebating a second plurality of panels and arranging the rebated second panels on top of the first panels of the lower storey with the rebates seating on or otherwise receiving the peripheral edge of the suspended concrete slab.
-7 5 In one embodiment, constructing the formwork comprises extending the formwork up to the inner sheet of the first panels, and rebating the second panels comprises rebating the second panels to expose the inner sheet of the second panels. In accordance with another embodiment, there is provided a building system comprising: a building panel comprising first and second outer sheet members, an inner sheet 10 member disposed between the first and second outer sheet members, and solid insulating material disposed between the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member; a first track member, the first track member and the building panel being arranged such that the panel is engagable along a first side with the first track member and the first track 15 member is connectable to the first and second outer sheet members; a second track member, the second track member and the building panel being arranged such that the panel is engagable along a second side with the second track member and the second track member is connectable to the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member. 20 In one embodiment, the second track member comprises a first flange that extends adjacent to and parallel with the first outer sheet member when the second track member is engaged with the panel. In one embodiment, the second track member comprises a second flange that extends adjacent to and parallel with the second outer sheet member when the second track member is engaged 25 with the panel. The second track member may comprise a third flange that extends adjacent to and parallel with the inner sheet member on a side nearest the first outer sheet member when the second track member is engaged with the panel. The second track member may comprise a fourth flange that extends adjacent to and parallel 30 with the inner sheet member on a side nearest the second outer sheet member when the second track member is engaged with the panel. In one embodiment, one of the first and second outer sheet members is thicker than the other of the first and second sheet members. In one embodiment, at least one of the first and second outer sheet members is substantially 35 waterproof. In one embodiment, at least one of the inner and outer sheet members is formed of cement fibre board material.
-8 5 In one arrangement, the solid insulating material comprises rigid polyurethane (PU) foam material, for example of density about 45 Kg/m 3 , or polyisocyanurate (PIR) or expanded polystyrene material (EPS). In one embodiment, the second and/or first track members are formed of steel material. In one embodiment, the system comprises a side track member, the side track member and the 10 building panel being arranged such that the side track member is engagable with a third side of the building panel between the first track member and the second track member. In one embodiment, the side track member is configured to be engagable with each of two laterally adjacent building panels. In one embodiment, the panel comprises first and second slots extending along the first and 15 second sides of the panel to receive the first and second track members, the first slot being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and the second slot being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material. In one embodiment, the panel comprises a third slot extending along the second side being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the first outer 20 sheet member. In one embodiment, the panel comprises a fourth slot extending along the second side being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the second outer sheet member. In one embodiment, the first and second sides are opposite each other. 25 In one embodiment, the first side is a lower side and the first track member is a lower track member; and the second side is an upper side and the second track member is an upper track member. In one embodiment the second track member comprises an outer second track member engagable with the panel and a connecting member connectable or engagable with the inner 30 sheet member. The connecting member is further connectable to the outer second track member. In one embodiment, the connecting member has a substantially U-shaped transverse cross sectional shape. The U-shaped member may be elongate. With this embodiment, the connecting member may comprise leg portions arranged to receive the inner sheet member there between 35 so as to connect the connecting member to the inner sheet member and thereby connect the inner sheet member to the second track member. In one embodiment, the first track member is further arranged to connect to the inner sheet member.
-9 5 In accordance with a further embodiment, there is provided a building panel for use in a building system comprising first and second track members and building panels disposed there between, the building panel comprising: a first outer sheet member; a second outer sheet member; 10 an inner sheet member disposed between the first and second outer sheet members; and solid insulating material disposed between the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member; the building panel being configured so that the building panel is receivable in a first track 15 member and receivable in a second track member; and the building panel being arranged such that the second track member is engagable with the inner sheet member and at least one of the first and second outer sheet member. In another aspect, there is provided a method of constructing a building panel comprising: arranging a first outer sheet member, a second outer sheet member, and an inner sheet 20 member in a mould in a substantially fixed mutually spaced apart relationship where the inner sheet member lies between the first and second outer sheet members; and delivering liquid reactants into the mould which react to produce a rigid polymer between, and self bonded to, the first outer, second outer and inner sheet members. In one embodiment, the method comprises providing the inner sheet member with a plurality of 25 holes enabling the liquid reactants to flow between opposite side of the inner member in the mould. In one embodiment, arranging the sheet members comprises: placing a plurality of spacers between: the first outer sheet member and the inner sheet member; and, the inner sheet member and the second outer sheet member. 30 In one embodiment, arranging the sheet members comprises stacking the sheet members, one on top the other. In one embodiment, each spacer is provided in the form of a tube having open opposite ends and a peripheral wall provided with one or more through holes. In one embodiment, the liquid reactants form polyurethane, while in another embodiment the 35 reactants form polyisocyanurate. In accordance with yet another embodiment, there is provided a building system comprising: a building panel comprising first and second outer sheet members, an inner sheet member disposed between the first and second outer sheet members, and solid insulating -9a 5 material disposed between the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member; a first track member, the first track member and the building panel being arranged such that the panel member is engagable with the first track member; a second track member, the second track member and the building panel being arranged 10 such that the panel is engagable with the second track member; and a connecting member configured such that the connecting member is engagable with the inner sheet member so as to connect the inner sheet member to the second track member. In one embodiment, the connecting member is separate to and engagable with the second track member, for example by providing one of the second track member and the connecting member 15 with a recess and configuring the other of the second track member and the connecting member so that at least a portion of the second track member or the connecting member is receivable in the recess. In one embodiment, the connecting member has a substantially U-shaped transverse cross sectional shape. The U-shaped member may be elongate. With this embodiment, the connecting 20 member may comprise leg portions arranged to receive the inner sheet member there between so as to connect the connecting member to the inner sheet member and thereby connect the inner sheet member to the second track member. In an alternative embodiment, the connecting member is integral with the second track member. In one embodiment, the system comprises a further connecting member configured such that the 25 further connecting member is engagable with the inner sheet member so as to connect the inner sheet member to the first track member. The further connecting member may be separate to or integral with the first track member.
-10 Brief Description of the Drawings The present invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: 5 Figure 1 is a diagrammatic representation of a building system according to an embodiment of the present invention; Figure 2 is a section view of a panel incorporated in the system shown in Figure 1; Figure 3 is a diagrammatic perspective view of an upper track member of the building 10 system shown in Figure 1; Figure 4 is schematic representation of a use of the building system to construct a building; Figure 5 is a longitudinal cross section view of a building system and panel; Figure 6 is a schematic representation of a second embodiment of a building system 15 and panel in accordance with the present invention; Figure 7 is a transverse section view of the building system shown in Figure 6; Figure 8 is a schematic representation of a side connector or track for the building system shown in Figure 6 and 7; Figure 9 is an end view of a side connector incorporated in the building system shown 20 in Figure 6; Figure 10 is a schematic representation of a third embodiment of a building panel and system in accordance with the present invention; Figure 11 is a schematic representation from the top of a corner connector utilised in embodiments of the building system; 25 Figure 12 is a schematic representation from the bottom of the corner connector shown in Figure 11; Figure 13 is a cross section view of a portion of a two storey building constructed utilising embodiments of the building system and panels; Figure 14 is a schematic representation of a further embodiment of a building panel in 30 accordance with the present invention; Figure 15a is a representation of a brace incorporated in a method of constructing a building in accordance with the present invention; Figures 15b - 15e are representations of specific components where parts of the brace are shown in Figure 15a; 35 Figure 16 is a representation of an upper track which may be utilised in a further embodiment of the building panel and building system: and, Figure 17 illustrates a variation in a method of constructing a building in accordance 32335861 (GHMatIers) P85389 AU 5 27/03/12 - 11 with the present invention. Description of an Embodiment of the Invention 5 Referring to the drawings and in particular Figure 1, there is shown a building system 10 for use in constructing walls of a building. The building system 10 comprises building panels 12 formed of sheet members and insulating material, first track members 14, and second track members 16. In this 10 example the first track members 14 are lower track members in that they extend along a first or lower side of the panels 12 while the second track members 16 are upper track members in that they extend along a second or upper side of the panels 12. For ease of reference in this description the first track members will be referred to as lower track members 14 and the second track members will be referred to as the upper track 15 members 16. In this example, multiple building panels 12 and multiple upper and lower track members 14, 16 are provided with the multiple lower and upper track members 14, 16 disposed along a path of a desired wall in endwise relationship and multiple building 20 panels, disposed in endwise relationship between the lower and upper track members 14, 16 so as to define a wall. Each building panel 12 comprises a first outer sheet member 20 intended during use to face inwardly of a building wall, a second outer sheet member 22 intended during use 25 to face outwardly of a building wall, and an inner sheet member 24 disposed between the first and second outer sheet members 20, 22. Examples of the materials from which sheets 20, 22 and 24 may be made include, but are not limited to, fibre cement board, wood sheets for example pine sheets; plaster 30 board, Colorbond, MGL (magnesium oxide) board and composite materials. Further, in various embodiments, different materials may be used for respective sheets 20, 22 and 24 in any particular panel 12 Also in the present example, since the second outer sheet member 22 is intended to 35 face outwardly of a building and may as a consequence become exposed to ambient moisture, the second outer sheet member 22 is configured so as to be waterproof. In addition, in this example, the second outer sheet member 22 is thicker than the first 3233581 (GHManers) PB5389 AU S 2703/12 -12 outer sheet member 20 and the inner sheet member 24. In one embodiment, the first outer sheet member 20 and the inner sheet member 24 are approximately 4.5mm thick and the second outer sheet member 22 is 6mm thick. 5 Each building panel 12 also comprises multiple cores, in this example first and second cores 26, 28, each of which is disposed between the inner sheet member 24 and one of the outer sheet members 20, 22. Thus panel 12 can be considered to be a two or dual core panel. Each of the first and second cores 26, 28 is formed of solid insulating material, such as a rigid polymer and more particularly a rigid thermosetting polymer 10 such as in this example rigid polyurethane (PU) foam material. In one example the PU may have a density of approximately 45 Kg/M 3 . Such material has good fire retardant properties, including a high flash point of the order of 300 0 C. However, it will be understood that other insulating material is envisaged such as polyisocyanurate (PIR) or expanded polystyrene material (EPS) may be used. 15 The sheet members 20, 22, 24 may be fixed to the cores 26, 28 in any suitable way, for example by adhesives or thermal bonding. Indeed thermal bonding may occur as self bonding arising from the inherent properties of the rigid insulating material. 20 A first slot 30a and a second slot 30b extend along a first or lower side 31 of the panel. The first slot 30a is at an interface between the first outer sheet member 20 and the insulating material 26. The second slot 32a is at an interface between the second outer sheet member 22 and the core 28. The slots 30a and 32a create internal shoulders 33 in the cores 26, 28. 25 A first slot 30b, second slot 32b, third slot 34b and fourth slots 36b each extend along and for the length of a second side or upper side 37 of the panel 12. The second side 37 is opposite the first side. The first slot 30b is at an interface between the first outer sheet member 20 and the core 26, the second slot 32b is at an interface between the 30 second outer sheet member 22 and the core 28, the third slot 34b is at an interface between the inner sheet member 24 and the 26 on a side of the first outer sheet member 20, and the fourth slot 36b is at an interface between the inner sheet member 24 and the core 28 on the side of the second outer sheet member 22. 35 The slots 30b, 32b, 34b and 36b form respective internal shoulder 39 near the second side 37 of panel 12. 323356_1 (GHMatters) P85369,AU.5 27/03/12 -13 In the present example, the thickness of the building panel 12 is approximately 90.8mm, although any suitable building panel thickness is envisaged, such as any thickness in the range 70mm to 250mm. 5 Each lower track member 14 includes a base plate 40 and two substantially parallel elongate ribs or flanges 42 defining a lower channel 44 there between. The lower channel 44 and the slots 30a and 32a are configured such that the building panel 12 is engagable with the first or lower track member 14 by receiving the flanges 10 42 the slots 30 a and 32a. Moreover as will be explained in greater detail later, the lower track 14 is connected to the panel 12 by mechanical fasteners that pass through the first and second outer sheets 20, 22 and respective adjacent flanges 42. With reference to Figures 1 and 3 each second or upper track member 16 includes a 15 base plate 50 and two substantially parallel outer first and second elongate ribs or flanges 52a and 52b (referred to in general as "flanges 52")defining an upper channel 54 there between. Upper track member 16 also includes a third flange 56a and a fourth flange 56b (referred to in general as "flanges 56"). 20 The flanges 56 are spaced apart by distance marginally greater than the thickness of inner sheet 24 so as to seat in slots 34b and 36b and closely fit over a second or upper portion inner sheet 24 when the upper track 16 is engaged with panel 12. More particularly the flanges 56 lie adjacent to and parallel with opposite sides of the inner sheet 24. Of course at this time the flanges 52 seat in slots 30b and 32b and thus lie 25 adjacent to and parallel with first and second outer sheets 20 and 22 respectively As will be explained in greater detail later, the upper track 16 is connected to the panel 12 by mechanical fasteners that pass through the first and second outer sheets 20, inner sheet 22 and flanges 52 and 56. This mechanically connects the first and 30 second outer sheets 20, 22 to the inner sheet 24 outer and is believed to provide enhanced panel compression strength as well as panel integrity. The upper and lower tracks 14, 16 may be formed of steel material, although it will be understood that other suitably strong materials are envisaged. It is envisaged that 35 each of the tracks 14 and 16 is formed as respective integral stock (for example respective continuous extrusions) and cut to a required length. 3233568.1 (GHMatters) P85369 AU 5 27/03112 - 14 With reference to Figures 4 and 5 in order to construct a wall W, a user first fixes a lower track member 14 to a foundation of a proposed building, such as a concrete slab 62, in any suitable way. One or more building panels 12 are then engaged with the lower track members 14 by receiving the flanges 42 of the lower track members 14 in 5 the slots 30a, 30b in the first or lower side 31 of the panels 12. The building panels 12 are fixed to the lower track members 14 in any suitable way, for example mechanical fasteners such as screws 64. The screws 64 are driven through the first and second outer sheets 20, 22 into and through the respective adjacent 10 flanges 42 and cores 26, 28. The screws may be chosen to be of a length that does not penetrate to the inner sheet 24. Although they may also be of sufficient length to extend through the inner sheet 24. An upper track 16 is then engaged with the building panels 12 in the lower track 14 by 15 receiving the flanges 52 and 56 into the slots 30b, 32b; and slots 34b and 36b, respectively. The building panels 12 are then fixed to the upper track members 16 in any suitable way, for example mechanical fasteners such as screws 66. The screws 66 are driven through the first and second outer sheets 20, 22 into and through the respective adjacent flanges 42 and cores 26, 28. The screws are chosen to be of a 20 length that does also penetrate at least the closest of the flanges 56 and the inner sheet 24. However the screws 66 may be of a length that extends through either of the first and second outer sheets and the inner sheet 24. For example in Figure 5 one screw 66 is shown passing through first sheet 20, adjacent flange 52a, core 26, flange 56a, inner sheet 24 and opposite adjacent flange 56b. Another screw 66 is shown 25 passing through second sheet 22, adjacent flange 52b, core 28, flange 56b, inner sheet 24 and opposite adjacent flange 56a. Roof trusses and frames may then be coupled to the upper track 16 to further the construction of a building. 30 Figures 6-9 illustrate a second embodiment of a building system 10a and corresponding building panels 12a in accordance with the second embodiment of the invention. In the following description features which correspond either in structure or function to those of the first embodiment are denoted with the same reference. The 35 building system 10a and the building panels 12a are substantially the same as building system 10 and panels 12. The substantive differences between the system 10a and panels 12a and the system 10 and panels 12, in brief, comprise: the inclusion of side 32335681 (GHMatters) P85369.AU.5 27/03/12 -15 track members 70; the provision of first and second slots 30c, 32c along a third side 72 of panel 12a, and the provision of first and second slots 30d, 32d along each of an opposite fourth side 74 of panel 12a. The slots 30c, 32c; and 30d, 32d accommodate the side track members 70. 5 The side track members 70 facilitate lateral or side-to-side coupling between adjacent panels 12a. The side track members 70 are in essence of the same or similar form and construction as lower track members 14. 10 Side track members 70 are in the form of u-shaped steel extrusions having a central base plate 76 and flanges 78 extending in the same direction from opposite longitudinal sides of the base plate 76. However, as shown in Figures 7 and 8, a portion of the flanges 78 near each end of side track member 70 is cut away in order to accommodate the flanges of upper track member 16 and lower track member 14. 15 The first slots 30c and 30d are formed along the length of each of the sides 72 and 74 and at an interface between first outer sheet member 20 and insulating layer 26. The second slots 32c and 32d are formed along the length of each of the sides 72 and 74 and at an interface between second outer sheet member 22 and insulating layer 28. 20 More particularly the first slots 30a, 30b, 30c and 30d are co-joined to form a continuous first slot 30 about the panel 12a. Likewise the second slots 32a, 32b, 32c and 32d are co-joined to form a continuous second slot 32 about the panel 12a. 25 In order to enable lateral coupling of adjacent panels 12a together along their longitudinal sides, pairs of side track members 70 may be connected together back-to back to form lateral connectors 80 as depicted in Figures 4 and 9. In Figure 9 the respective side track members 70 which form the lateral connector 80 are depicted as being slightly spaced apart however this is for ease of representation only. In practice, 30 the base plates 76 of side track members 70 would be in contact with each other and attached together by way of a plurality of mechanical fasteners or spot welding. Each side track member 70 is attached to its corresponding panel 12a by a plurality of screws which pass through first and second outer sheet members 20 and 22 in a similar manner to that described and depicted in relation to the upper and lower track 35 members 14 and 16. In order to manufacture a panel 12 or 12a, the sheet members 20, 22 and 24 are 32335M.1 (GHMatter) P85389 AU 5 27103/12 - 16 arranged within a mould in a substantially fixed mutually spaced apart relationship, and liquid reactants for example as required to form polyurethane or polyisocyanurate are delivered or injected into the mould. The reactants when reacting expand and fill the space or void between the sheet members and, due to their inherent properties, self 5 bond to the sheet members. In order to hold the sheet members in the fixed spaced apart relationship, a plurality of spacers 82 (shown in Figure 7) are used between respective adjacent sheets. In this particular example, the spacers 82 are in the form of PVC tubes which are open at each opposite axial end and have a circumferential wall 84 provided with a plurality of through holes 86. During the manufacturing 10 process, the sheet members are arranged in an overlying juxtaposition and spaced apart by the spacers 82. For example, first outer sheet member 20 may be first placed in a mould, then a plurality of spacers 82 placed on the first outer sheet member 20; inner sheet 24 is then placed on top of the spacers 82; a further plurality of spacers 82 is supported on inner sheet 24; and, finally second outer sheet 22 is placed on the 15 spacers. The mould is then closed preventing motion of the sheet members away from each other and the liquid reactants delivered into the mould. To assist further in the manufacturing process a plurality of through holes may be formed in the inner sheet 24 prior to placing in the mould. The holes enable liquid reactants and the forming rigid polymer to pass through the holes to equalise pressure on opposite sides of sheet 24 20 preventing warping or fracturing that may otherwise arise due to high pressures generated in the manufacturing process. The slots formed in the panels 12, 12a to accommodate the track members may be formed by use of cutting instruments which cut the slots to the desired depth about the 25 sides of the panel 12, 12a. The resulting panel 12, 12a forms a structural or load bearing panel which may be used, for example, in place of bricks or concrete panels in the construction of buildings. 30 A method of constructing a two story building 100 utilising a plurality embodiments of panel systems and in panels will now be described with reference to Figures 10-15e. Building 100 comprises concrete slab or pad 62 which in one example may have a thickness of 70mm to 150mm. The slab 62 is laid on foundations (not shown). An outer wall of building 100 is constructed from modified panels 12b (see in particular 35 Figure 10). The modified panels 12b differ from the panels 12a described hereinabove by forming an outer sheet 22 with an extended edge 102 that extends beyond the corresponding edge of outer sheet 20 so that when panel 12b is fixed to the slab 62, 32335681 (GHMatters) P6539AU.5 27/03/12 -17 the edge 102 lies below upper surface 104 of slab 62 to form a recess or pocket 106 between a vertical side face 108 of slab 69 and the sheet 22. Panels 12a are used to construct internal walls of the building 100. 5 In order to provide waterproofing to the building 100 and in particular between the slab 62 and panels 12b, a layer of waterproof material 110 is placed on slab 62 beneath the panels 12b which form the outer peripheral wall of building 100. The waterproof layer 110 is configured and arranged so that the panels 12b are fixed to the slab over the layer 110 as shown most clearly in Figure 10. The waterproof layer 110 may be in the 10 form, for example, of building paper. Thus during construction of the building 100, the building paper 110 is laid on the slab 62 prior to attachment of the lower or bottom track 14. Track 14 is then fixed to the slab 62 by use of appropriate fasteners such as, for example, chemical anchors 112. Building panels 12b are then seated in the bottom track 14 and fixed thereto in the manner described hereinabove. 15 The waterproof layer 110 is configured and arranged in this embodiment so as to extend beyond the slab 62 and turn or curve down into the pocket 106 abutting an inside surface 114 of sheet 22. 20 As shown in Figure 10 waterproofing of building 100 is enhanced by the provision of sealant 116 between lower tracks 14 and slab 62. In this embodiment, sealant 116 is provided as two beads 118 and 120 of settable sealant material. First bead is 118 provided between the waterproof layer 110 and slab 62. The second bead 140 of settable sealant material is provided between the waterproof layer 110 and the lower 25 track 14. In this particular embodiment, the sealant beads 118 and 120 are laterally offset from each other. It would be appreciated that any water entering the pocket 106 is stopped from passing between panels 12a and slab 62 by way of the waterproof layer 110 and the sealant 30 116 and moreover sealant beads 118 and 120. Further, any moisture in slab 69 is isolated from bottom track 14 by way of the waterproof layer 110. When constructing a building 100, a corner 122 (see Figure 11) is formed by standing two panels 12bx and 12by upright and abutting the panels together in respective 35 intersecting planes. In this particular example, the intersecting planes are at first angle 0 1 which is intended to be a right angle. In order to provide stability and facilitate the coupling of the panels 12bx and 12by at the corner 122, a corner joint member 124 is 32335"_.1 (GHMaters) P85359 AU. 27103112 -18 provided. The corner joint member 124 is configured to form a corner 126 having a corner angle 02. Corner joint member 124 engages both the panels 12bx and 12by about the corner 122. Moreover, corner joint member 124 is configured to allow it to distort or flex in order to vary the joint corner angle 0 2 to conform or match with the first 5 angel 01. This in effect provides a degree of give or compliance allowing the coupling of the joint member 124 to the underlying panels 12bx and 12by. Corner joint member 124 comprises a base plate 128 from which depends outer longitudinal flanges 130a and 130b (see in particular Figure 12). As is apparent from 10 Figure 12, a discontinuity 131a is formed in the flange 130a about the corner 126 and a discontinuity 131 b is formed in the flange 130b about corner 126. These discontinuities enable flexing of the corner joint member 124 in the plane of plate 128 to allow the member to seat in the panels 12bx and 12by. 15 The corner joint member 124 is also provided with intermediate pairs of spaced apart flanges 132a and 132b that are arranged and configured to seat in slots 34b and 36b on opposite sides of inner sheet 24 in the corner panels 12bx and 12by. As may be apparent from the above description the corner joint member 124 in effect 20 comprises two lengths of upper cap or track 16 with ends joined to form corner angle 02 but with adjacent portions of the walls or flanges 52a and 52b on opposite sides of corner 126 being removed so as to form discontinuities or spaces 131a and 131b. Corner joint panel 124 is coupled to the corner panels 12bx and 12by in the same 25 manner as described hereinabove in relation to the upper track 16. Due to their construction, the panels 12, 12a, and 12b (referred to in general as "panels 12") have substantial compressive and load bearing strength. For example, panels 12 of a thickness of between 210mm and 250mm and have been tested to 30 withstand a compressive load of 25 tons. This enables multi-storey buildings with suspended concrete floors to be constructed from embodiments of panels 12. Figure 13 illustrates a portion of the two storey building 100 constructed from a plurality of panels 12. Building 100 has a lower storey 142 having a peripheral (or outer) lower 35 storey wall 144 made from a plurality of panels 12b. The panels 12b are coupled to an underlying slab 62. Slab 62 may be a ground level slab, or indeed a slab of a higher storey. A second storey 146 of building 100 has an upper storey peripheral wall 148 323356.1 (GHMatters) P85389.AU.5 27/03112 - 19 comprising a plurality of panels 12c which are supported on underlying panels 12b. The panels 12c differ from the panels 12a (shown in Figures 6 and 7) by the provision of a longitudinal rebate 150 along bottom edge of panel 12c from the sheet 20 to a depth to expose the inner sheet 24. Thus a portion of the sheet 20 and core 26 are 5 removed to expose inner sheet 24. When the upper storey wall 148 is placed on top of the lower storey wall 142, the rebate 150 forms a continuous ledge or seat for supporting a suspended concrete slab 152. Building system 1Oc corresponding to the panel 12c further differs from the building 10 system of panel 12a by the replacement of bottom cap or track 14 with two right angle tracks 14a and 14b. The tracks 14a and 14b may be considered to be a track 14 which is cut longitudinally in a manner which removes sufficient material so that each track 14a, 14b is able to seat between a respective outer sheet 20, 22 and inner sheet 24 (as shown in Figure 13). 15 In one method of constructing the multi-storey building 100, after the lower storey peripheral wall 144 and indeed other walls of the lower storey 142 have been secured to the slab 62, formwork may be erected to enable the pouring of slab 152. The formwork would include horizontal panels which have an upper surface at a level 20 substantially flush with a lower level of the rebate 150 when the upper storey walls 146 are placed on lower storey walls 142. In this instance, this level corresponds with the level of the top of peripheral wall 144. Next, side panels of the formwork are attached at locations which correspond with the position of inner sheet 24 of upper peripheral wall 148 when seated on lower peripheral wall 144. The depth of the formwork 25 corresponds with the height or depth of rebate 150. Concrete is now poured onto the formwork and allowed to set to form the suspended slab 152. Once the slab 152 has set, the formwork is removed, and the panels 12c are fixed to the underlying slab 152 and panels 12b to form the peripheral wall 108. This is achieved by fastening the bottom tracks 14b to the upper tracks 16 of underlying wall 144, and attaching the 30 bottom tracks 14a to the slab 152 using chemical anchors or chemical fasteners. Thereafter, the panels 12c can be seated in the tracks 14a and 14b and fastened thereto by way of conventional screws or fasteners screwed into the outer sheets 20 and 22 into corresponding bottom tracks 14a and 14b respectively. 35 In an alternate method of construction of multi-storey building 100, the panels 12c may be erected on underlying panels 12b with bottom tracks 14b fastened to the upper track 16 in the manner described hereinabove and with the additional use of stays to 3233556_1 (GHMatters) P85309.A.5 27/03/12 - 20 support the upper panels 12c during pouring of the suspended slab 152. However in this method, the bottom track 14a may also be provided with wire ties or bolts that extend from a bottom plate of the tracks 14a into rebate 150. Formwork is now erected in the building 100 but in this instance, the formwork only requires the laying of 5 horizontal supports up to the lower level of rebate 150. The rebate 150 in effect forms part of the formwork to receive the poured concrete. When the concrete is poured, it flows into the rebate 150 and envelops the wire ties or bolts extending from the bottom tracks 14a. 10 When outer peripheral wall 148 of upper storey 146 has been erected, upper tracks 16 and corner joint members 124 are seated in the slots at the upper end of the panels 12a' and attached thereto in the manner described hereinbefore. A roof truss (not shown) can be fitted directly to the top track in the panels 12c to 15 support a roof covering 154. Internal walls of the building 100 can be constructed from panels 12 and/or 12a. In order to support the panels during the construction of a building and prior to fitting of the upper track 16, braces 160 as shown in Figures 15a-15e may be used. Brace 160 20 comprises a telescopically arranged outer pipe 162 and inner pipe 164. A plurality of holes 166 is formed in the outer pipe 162. One or more transverse holes (not shown) are also formed in inner pipe 164 that can register with at least one of the holes 166. Pipes 162 and 164 can be temporarily locked together by insertion of a locking pin 168 into mutually registering holes in the pipes 162 and 164. Locking pin 168 is attached to 25 outer pipe 166 via a chain or tether 170. A plate 172 is attached to an end of inner pipe 164 distant the pipe 162 via a bracket 174 and pivot bolt 176. The pivot bolt 176 passes through the bracket 174 and inner pipe 164. Bolt 174 is fastened in a manner to enable the bracket 174 and thus the plate 172 to pivot about an axis of the bolt 176. A pair of holes 178 is formed in plate 172 to receive fasteners such as screws to attach 30 plate 172 to a panel 12. Brace 160 also comprises a turnbuckle 180 threadingly connected to: a stud 182 which in turn is screwed into the outer pipe 162; and, an eye stud 184 which in turn is connected to a base plate 186. A nut 188 threadingly engages the stud 182 and locks 35 the stud 182 to the outer pipe 162. Plate 186 is attached to the eye stud 184 via a bracket 189 and pivot bolt 190 in a manner similar to the connection of plate 172. Thus the plate 186 is able to pivot about a longitudinal axis of bolt 190. A pair of holes 32335681 (GHMatlers) P85389.AU.5 27/03/12 -21 192 is formed in plate 186 to receive mechanical fasteners and to enable attachment to a support surface such as a slab 62 or suspended slab 162. Turning of the turnbuckle 180 enables adjustment in the length of brace 160. 5 The braces 160 are used to assist in supporting panels 12 during the construction of a building 100. The adjustability in length of braces 160 enable the panels 12 to be plumbed prior to attachment of the upper track 16. When the braces 160 are in use, coarse adjustment in the length of brace 160 is performed by appropriate telescoping or retracting the pipes 162 and 164 and temporarily locking them together by use of pin 10 168. Plate 186 may then be temporarily attached to a support surface such as slab 62 or suspended slab 152 by use of mechanical fasteners driven through the holes 192. Thereafter, plate 172 is pivoted to be in face-to-face contact with adjacent outer sheet 20 or 22 of a panel 12. Screws are then driven through holes 178 to temporarily attach the plate 172 to the panel 12. By using appropriate measurement apparatus such as 15 plumb line, spirit line or a laser line, turnbuckle 180 is turned to adjust the overall length of brace 160 to ensure that the corresponding panel 12 is plumb, i.e. as close to vertical as practically possible. Each panel 12 of a corresponding wall is adjusted in a similar manner. Thereafter, upper track 16 is applied over two or more side-by-side adjacent panels 12 and subsequently fixed to the panels. Braces 160 may then be 20 removed. The panels 12 may also be modified to create decorative finishes internal of a building. For example, one or more panels 12 may be modified to produce a decorative panel incorporating a corporate logo. This may be achieved as follows. First outer sheet 20 25 or portion thereof may be removed from the panel 12 exposing a surface of the underlying core 26. The core 26 can be subsequently engraved or cut for example with a CNC machine to produce the desired visual effect. This portion of the exposed core 26 may then be finished with surface finishing such as paint, epoxy resins or even layers of composite material. Thus, when a building is constructed one or more of the 30 panels 12 may be formed in this manner to produce a desired internal visual effect. It will be appreciated that the building system 10 enables relatively thick building panels 12 to be used without compromising strength, and in particular to provide building walls which have a thickness generally corresponding to the thickness of walls 35 of conventional buildings, such as double brick wall type buildings, without compromising strength. 323358_1 (GHMatters) P85309 AVS 27/03/12 - 22 It will be understood that since relatively thick walls are possible without compromising strength, it is possible to construct a building with exceptional energy ratings, in particular thermal insulation ratings, because significantly more insulating material is included in the building panels 12 than in relatively thin building panels known hitherto. 5 It will also be understood that since relatively thick building panels of similar thickness to conventional building walls can be used in the building process, it becomes possible to use other conventional building components such as conventional windows without compromising aesthetic appearance. 10 Figure 17 illustrates a further building system 10d and associated panel 12d for constructing a multi-storey building 100d. The panel 12d is similar to the panel 12c shown in Figure 14 but orientated so that the recess 150 is at an upper end of the panel 12d rather than the lower end. Consequently, the recess 150 itself forms a part 15 of the form work for a poured slab 152. In the building system 1Od, two C channels 16d and one L channel 17 are incorporated. The panel 12d is provided with first, second, third and fourth slots 30b, 32b, 34b and 36b in a manner similar to that shown for the panel 12 in Figure 1. One of the C channels 16d seat in slots 30b and 34b; and the other seats in slots 36b and 32b. The L channel 17 seats in the recess 150 and 20 abuts the inner panel 24 and a base of the C channel 16d. Mechanical fasteners connect the L channel 17 to both of the C channels 16d. Thus when constructing a building 100d using the building system 1Od and panel 12d, once the building system 10d has been attached to an underlying slab 62, form work is then provided as a horizontal support up to the level of the recess 150. Concrete is then poured up to the 25 top of inner sheet 24. The recess 150 acts as part of the form work and receives a peripheral edge of the slab 152. Now that embodiments of have been described in detail it would be apparent to a skilled addressee that many modifications and variations may be made. For example 30 the upper track 16 may be made from two U-shaped channel members which are attached together, rather than as an integral continuous strip. This is exemplified in Figure 16 which shows a first upper track portion 16a having the flanges 52, and a separate second upper track portion 16b that comprises the flanges 56. A recess 196 is formed in the base 50 of portion 16a to receive the base 50b of portion 16b. The 35 portions 16 and 16b can then be connected together for example by spot welds or rivets for form an upper track which is substantially the same in configuration and function as the upper track 16. In a further modification the first or lower side 31 of the 3233588_i (GHMatters) P85369 AU 5 27/03112 -23 5 panel 12, 12a, 12b may be formed with slots corresponding to slots 34b and 36b on opposite sides of inner sheet 24 and the lower track member 14 replaced with a further second track 16. In yet a further modification the second or upper track 16 can be provided with only one of flanges 56a and 56b which is connected to the inner sheet 24. In that modification the panel 12 can be correspondingly modified by 10 being formed with only one of slot 34b and 36b. Throughout this specification, unless the context requires otherwise, the word "comprise" or variations such as "comprises" or "comprising", will be understood to imply the inclusion of a stated integer or group of integers but not the exclusion of any other integer or group of integers. 15 All such modifications together with others that would be obvious to persons of ordinary skill in the art are deemed to be within the scope of the present invention,

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1. A building panel for use in construction of a building, the building panel comprising: 5 a first outer sheet member; a second outer sheet member; an inner sheet member disposed between the first and second outer sheet members; and solid insulating material disposed between and bonded to the first and second 10 outer sheet members and the inner sheet member; the building panel being provided: along a first side with first and second slots each extending for a length of the first side, the first slot being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and the second slot being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material; and, 15 along a second side with first, second, third and fourth slots each extending for a length of the second side, the first slot of the second side being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, the second slot of the second side being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material, the third slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member 20 and the insulating material on a side of the first outer sheet member, and the fourth slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the second outer sheet member.
2. The building panel according to claim 1 comprising, along a third side which 25 extends between the first and second sides: first and second slots each extending for a length of the third side, the first slot of the third side being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and the second slot of the third side being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material. 30
3. The building panel according to claim 2 comprising, along a fourth side which extends between the first and second sides opposite the third side: first and second slots each extending for a length of the fourth side, the first slot of the fourth side being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and 35 the second slot of the fourth side being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material. 3233588_1 (GHMatters) P85389 AU 5 27/03112 - 25
4. The building panel according to claim 3 wherein the first slots are co-joined to form a continuous first slot about the building panel.
5. The building panel according to claim 3 or 4 wherein the second slots are co 5 joined to form a continuous second slot about the building panel.
6. A building panel for use in construction of a building, the building panel comprising: a first outer sheet member; 10 a second outer sheet member; an inner sheet member disposed between the first and second outer sheet members; and solid insulating material disposed between and bonded to the first and second outer sheet members and the inner sheet member; 15 the building panel having four sides between the first and second sheet members, and being provided with continuous first and second slots extending about the four sides of the panel with the first slot being at an interface between the first outer sheet member and the insulating material, and the second slot being at an interface between the second outer sheet member and the insulating material; and, along a one 20 of the sides third and fourth slots each of which extend for a length of the one side, the third slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the first outer sheet member, and the fourth slot being at an interface between the inner sheet member and the insulating material on a side of the second outer sheet member. 25
7. The building panel according to any one of claims 1 to 6 wherein one of the first and second outer sheet members is thicker than the other of the first and second sheet members. 30
8. The building panel according to any one of claims 1 to 7 wherein at least one of the first and second outer sheet members is substantially waterproof.
9. The building panel according to any one of claims 1 to 8 wherein, at least one of the inner and outer sheet members is formed of one of: fibre cement, wood, MGL, 35 plaster board, and composite material. 32335681 (GHMatters) PB5389.AU.5 27103112 -26
10. The building panel according to any one of claims 1 to 9 wherein, the solid insulating material comprises a rigid polymer.
11. The building panel according to claim 10 wherein the solid insulating material has a 5 density about 45 Kg/M 3 .
12. The building panel according to claim 10 or 11 wherein the rigid polymer comprises one of: polyurethane (PU) foam material; and polyisocyanurate (PIR). 10
13. A method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality of building panels according to any one of claims 1 to 12; connecting a first track member to a slab of the building; engaging one or more of the panels in the first track; connecting one or more panels to the first track with a plurality of mechanical 15 fasteners that extend through one or both of the first and second outer sheet members; engaging a second track with the second side of the one or more panels; and, connecting the one or more panels to the second track with a plurality of mechanical fasteners that extend through the one or both of: the first outer sheet member and the 20 inner sheet member; and, the second outer sheet member and the inner sheet member.
14. The method according to claim 13 wherein connecting the second track comprises connecting a first flange of the second track to the first sheet member with a first mechanical 25 fastener, connecting a second flange of the second track to the second sheet member with a second mechanical fastener, connecting a third flange of the second track to the inner sheet member with the first mechanical fastener, and connecting a fourth flange of the second track to the inner sheet member with the second mechanical fastener. 30
15. A method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality of building panels according to any one of claims 1 to 12; placing a layer of a waterproof material on a slab of the building; and, fixing one or more of the building panels to the slab over the waterproof layer. -27
16. A method according to claim 13 or 14 comprising placing a layer of a waterproof material on a slab of the building and wherein the first track member is connected to the slab over the water proof layer. 5
17. The method according to any one of claims 13 to 16 comprising constructing a peripheral wall of the building by: forming a number of the panels with respective first outer sheets having an edge that extends beyond a corresponding edge of the second outer sheet of the same panel; and, attaching the number of panels to the slab in a manner where the edge of the first outer sheet depends adjacent a side face of the slab to create a recess 10 between the first outer sheet and the side face of the slab.
18. A method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality of panels according to any one of claims 1 to 12; forming a corner of the building by standing two of the panels upright and abutting the panels together in respective intersecting planes to form a first angle 15 between the two panels; providing a corner joint member having a joint corner defining a joint angle, the corner joint member configured to engage the two panels forming the building corner, the corner joint member further arranged to allow distortion of the corner joint member to vary the joint angle to conform with the first angle; 20 engaging the corner joint member with each of the two panels; and, coupling the corner joint member with each of the two panels.
19. The method according to claim 18 comprising forming the corner joint member with parallel spaced apart longitudinal flanges which are configured to engage each of the two 25 panels, and forming a discontinuity in each of the outer flanges across the joint corner.
20. The method according to claim 19, wherein the corner joint member is formed so as to comprise a base plate from which the outer longitudinal flanges depend, and inner longitudinal flanges configured to engage the inner sheet of the two panels when the corner 30 joint member is engaged with the two panels.
21. A method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality of building panels according to any one of claims 1 to 12; arranging a first plurality of the panels to construct walls to form a lower storey of a building; -28 arranging a second plurality of panels on top of the first plurality of panels to form an adjacent higher storey of the building; rebating panels of one or both lower storey walls and the upper storey walls at a location adjacent a junction of the lower storey walls and the upper storey walls; 5 constructing formwork up to lie substantially flush with a lower level of the rebate; and, pouring concrete onto the formwork to form upon setting, a suspended slab wherein edges of the slab are seated in the rebate.
22. The method according to claim 21 wherein rebating the panels comprises 10 rebating the panels to expose the inner sheet of the rebated panels.
23. A method of constructing a building comprising: providing a plurality building panels according to any one of claims I to 12; arranging a first plurality of the panels to construct walls to form a lower storey of a building; 15 constructing formwork up to lie substantially flush with an uppermost surface of the lower storey and extending partially across the first panels of the lower storey; pouring concrete onto the formwork to form upon setting, a suspended slab wherein a peripheral edge of the slab is supported on the first panels; and, rebating a second plurality of panels and arranging the rebated second 20 panels on top of the first panels of the lower storey with the rebates seating on or otherwise receiving the peripheral edge of the suspended concrete slab.
24. The method according to claim 23 wherein constructing the formwork comprises extending the formwork up to the inner sheet of the first panels, and 25 rebating the second panels comprises rebating the second panels to expose the inner sheet of the second panels.
25. A building panel substantially as herein described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings. 30
26. A method of constructing a building substantially as herein described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
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