That title should have been a clue that I am an expert in building inspection reports. I just happen to know a lot about building inspections, building code compliance and the role of building inspectors. So let me tell you about one building inspection case that may make your building inspections more useful.
In early 2020, a building project in Auckland, New Zealand was about to commence. A building surveyor from the building contractors’ company was invited to provide visual inspection of several steel buildings. He confirmed that he would be required to do visual tests on the steel buildings under specific building regulations. The building inspectors did not consider building inspections as part of the project planning process.
The owners contacted me about the building code violations that would result from this unnecessary additional building inspections. We discussed the need for an environmental impact statement and the effect such an inclusion would have on the building’s performance and life expectancy. One of the owners stated, “The last thing we want is for the building to fail due to inappropriate building inspections.” It appears that my building report in Auckland were not complete or appropriate in this instance.
If the building inspection included a visual building inspection, the report should indicate the following: A) An evaluation of the building construction materials used. B) An evaluation of the building maintenance procedures followed. C) A description of the scope of work and the expected end results. D) A summary of the report and recommendations. Under the building inspection rules in New Zealand, the principal contractors are responsible for ensuring that the building report in Auckland meet the requirements of the Ministry of Business Development.
When the report is complete, the inspectors should also check whether the changes to the structural and/or structural support system of the building resulted in any deviation from the approved specifications. In some instances, the MBI may find that deficiencies exist but could not find them due to deficiencies in the design. The MBI would consider the existence of a building defect when it is capable of affecting the safe performance of the building. These types of inspections, where the inspectors detect problems, are undertaken in a careful and thorough manner. Under the Building Regulations Act 1990, these types of inspections must be undertaken by the building council or their design engineer prior to the issuing of a building permit.
Although I was not involved in the preparation of these building inspections, I understand that they can be time consuming. The reports contain detailed drawings of the changes and conditions that existed at the time of the report. I am aware that this can become an issue if the required changes cannot be made prior to issuing the permit. I also understand that this is often a reason why the building inspections are delayed.
There is also a great deal of information contained within the building report in Auckland. . I am aware that the MBIA requires a building to be inspected after the issuance of the permit. It is important for me to acknowledge that I am required to provide this information to the MBIA and that this task has made me much more knowledgeable of the requirements when compared to the average property owner.
Building report in Auckland from Jim’s Building Inspections are a necessity and it is important that all property owners have one before issuing building permits to their tenants and other third parties. Whether you are a property owner or a landlord, you owe it to yourself to ensure that your building is up to the building inspection laws of New Zealand. If not, then you could find yourself out of compliance with the law and having to pay a significant fine. The peace of mind obtained from knowing you are in compliance with New Zealand building regulations can make a significant difference in the quality of service you receive.