Aug 03, 2019 11:43 am
We’ve recently had our independent inspector complete their second report (at plate height for second storey) and for the second time, they have come back with a number of BCA non-compliances which our builder is now apparently fixing.
My question is, I was expecting minor issues etc but have concerns given the fact that none of this would have been picked up if we hadn’t had the inspections completed and surely this is the reason for using a certified builder, that we have a build that is ‘to code’? What are our options to pursue this more seriously with our builder? Or is this fairly normal?
This is our first build so we don’t know much at all and it’s a massive learning curve! Thanks in advance.
Re: BCA Non Compliance - what to do??2
Aug 03, 2019 11:47 am
Unfortunately, it is normal. It is a broken industry.
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Re: BCA Non Compliance - what to do??3
Aug 05, 2019 8:59 am
Welcome to the forum, What items are non compliant?
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Structural Elements Should always be inspected by a structural engineer eg Footings, Walls, Framework
as the BCA does not specifically deal with repairing NON compliant elements for this other sections of the Australian Standards are required
ie AS3600 Concrete Structures, AS3700 Masonry Structures, AS4100 Steel Structures, AS1720 Timber Structures, the word structures is the key... requiring an engineer certification.
Non Engineer Certified Builders Repairs may also impact on your structural warranty and Insurance claims. hth
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Re: BCA Non Compliance - what to do??4
Aug 05, 2019 9:14 am
Unfortunately the building industry is not effectively regulated. Some builders are able to get away with not building to standards because no one checks their work therefore there is no incentive for them to even check their own work. This was my experience with Metricon recently. As long as they keep receiving your progress payments all is good! if they say will fix the defects make sure you see proof of this before you make the next payment. Don’t let them just assure you they will fix it then cover the defective work up or leave it to the end when it’s not practical to fix. Check your contract first, but it is usually ok to dispute the stage is complete and delay payment if the works that should have been completed to The applicable standard by that stage have not been completed to that standard based on your inspectors report.
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