Building Inspection – Compliance not Quality
Role of Building Surveyor
One of the key misunderstandings by new house buyers is the role of the building surveyor with respect to building quality of their New House.
Many consumers believe that inspections by building surveyors against the minimum standards of the ‘Regulations’ are also an inspection of work quality specified in the contract.
This belief is incorrect, some of the key objectives of compliance with regulation are:
- To protect the safety and health of people who use buildings and places of public entertainment; and
- To facilitate the cost effective construction and maintenance of buildings and plumbing systems.
House Build Contract
The House contract between the owner and the builder for a new house construction includes the following aims.
- To provide for the maintenance of proper standards in the carrying out of domestic building work in a way that is fair to both builders and building owners; and
- To enable building owners to have access to insurance funds if domestic building work under a major domestic building contract is incomplete or defective.
An example of the differences would be:
If a builder ran out of bricks during the project and finished the wall off with another type of bricks.
- As far as the building surveyor was concerned the wall would be structurally sound and would therefore meet the objectives of the regulations.
- As far as, you the owner, is concerned a wall of two different types of bricks would definitely not be what you required.
Your remedy however, would be through your building contract, NOT the regulations.
For more posts about quality see Gettting It Right
Originally posted in 2011, updated 2022