Independent Building Certification
Independent Certification for Building & Construction in Brisbane and South East QLD
Building and construction must be performed in such a way as to minimise any risk to the community, individuals and to the environment, either before, during or after the construction process is finalised. Therefore the industry is regulated - with transparency being the modus operandi.
To achieve this level of safety and transparency, the building and construction industry is regulated by specific codes, standards and regulations that must be adhered to as the building construction progresses. These statutory requirements are overseen by independent certifiers.
Independent certification for construction involves:
Building certifications require that all building work is checked and approved by an independent certifier to ensure that the construction meets with all relevant National Standards, as outlined in legislation and building codes, as well as ensuring compliance with specified State or Territory codes as necessary.
Building certifiers are required to undertake sufficient inspections at specified stages of construction, ensuring that all aspects of the construction meet these statutory codes.
Independent certification for construction can include the following:
- Compliance inspections
- Fire separation inspections
- Assessment of plans under the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
- Assessment of plans under State or Territory building codes
- Egress reports
- Sustainability reports
- Noise and pollution reports
- Health and safety compliance reports
- Building Permits
- Certificates of Construction Compliance
- Certificates of Design Compliance
- Demolition Permits
- Occupancy Permits
- Energy Assessments
- Post Construction Inspections
- Dilapidation Reports
- Access inspections
- Disability access appraisals
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Independent building certification consultants are an integral part of the project management team and ensure that all mandatory inspections take place on time, as required by legislation and as scheduled. Building certifiers are not allowed to carry out any of the building works or to design the building and must ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with the correct building permits and relevant building standards.
Independent certifiers can also review, monitor and report on the progress of the build and on the deliverables achieved to the management team, as well as certifying technical completions and the conclusion of outstanding items. They can also issue monthly progress payments and perform final validation inspections, verify that all documentation is in place prior to occupancy, that completion certificates are issued on time and that all outstanding works are completed as per agreements.
The importance of independent building certifications
Major infrastructure and heavy engineering projects require a rigorous schedule of building works, so the inclusion of an independent certifier and reviewer in a building management team can be vital to the success of a construction project. This is because, large scale ventures can also be high risk, so it is important that investors have an independent and rigorous checking and reporting structure in place to safeguard their interests.
As building standards, regulations and codes become more complicated, independent construction certification consultants are increasingly being employed by construction companies and investors to help oversee the construction process. In these large construction projects, their role is to ensure that all contractual deliverables are satisfied and that all building and construction complies with all relevant legislative and statutory requirements.
The compliance of all buildings and infrastructure is checked against the developerís requirements, as well as the design and construction standards. In this way, the developer can be assured that the construction process is able to move ahead smoothly and as scheduled.
Including an independent certifier on the project management team can also be the first point of call for any dispute resolution and foster a less adversarial strategy to resolving any disputes between joint venture partners or developers and sub-contractors.
It must be remembered however, that it is a shared responsibility between the contractor and the owner or developer to ensure that all building work is carried out to an acceptable standard. This is why the history and experience of the building project management company and the independent accreditors are vital to ensure prompt and efficient compliance of all building works, leading to the successful completion of a project.