Feb 15, 2018 4:45 pm
It may startle many of you to know that (Relevant) Building Surveyors and (Certifying) Building Inspectors do not inspect for quality of workmanship or for defects in your new home or new unit. The merely look for compliance with regulations and the like.
The Australian Institute for Building Surveyors document spells out in detail just what these people are responsible for.
They rarely over-ride soil reports either, even when the incorrect method is used to ascertain the soil classification for your site. Fortunately this does not matter for more stable soils, but it does matter greatly for highly reactive clay soils where, even now, the effects of the long-term drought are not over... and normal conditions deep down do not actually prevail. Seek advice on this.
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Feb 15, 2018 4:59 pm
They all tick off a plumber's self certification which has often later found to be non compliant.
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Feb 16, 2018 5:12 pm
I don't think it is reasonable for Building surveyors and building inspectors to be responsible for over seeing the geotechnical reports unless it is something blatantly obvious.
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Mar 04, 2018 6:25 pm
My house (NSW) was approved as a CDC by a mate who is a private certifier who has over 30 years experience, next door was also done and approved as a CDC and there are some obvious things that were signed off by that certifier that should not have been, nothing major just the rainwater tank smaller size than required under positive covenant.
I accompanied him in my required inspections and there was some things that were picked up, such as plastic membrane (salinity) not pulled up on slab edge as per engineers report which was rectified before pour etc but were just running an eye over things
Some of my piers had to be inspected by a Sydney Water agent who said the piers only had to be 600mm, concreters did 2300mm as per engineers report...lol, nobody knows after the piers are poured, but that is something we checked as well.
Some of my former colleagues werent at the top of their game went they went to private certification so depends on who you get. Certifiers can rely on engineers, plumbers etc to sign off on works as executed, its something that can be requested if something doesnt look 'right'.
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