Traditional is heavy materials ie brick and block or block/brick rendered. Good to hear about windows and are asbestos tests/surveys undertaken? Cement bound asbestos is not an issue but aib (asbestos insulating board) is. Roofing is interesting, no use of concrete slate, will simply have to get used to new products and techniques.
Is there any way I can read up on building techniques and materials as when visas are granted I am very keen to reg with AIB (Aus Institute of Building) to improve work prospects.