The Importance Of Building Codes And Regulations In Building Construction

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Building a new house or adding a new area to an existing residential structure does not only involve a well-designed plan or the sufficient budget in order for the building work to be carried out. It also requires that the plan and the structure meet the standards in accordance with the Building Code of Australia.

Why is the Building Code Necessary?

Building codes and regulations were created to ensure that your property is structurally-sound, safe from fire and that it meets the sanitation requirements for a healthy habitation. When obtaining a building permit, your plan will also be checked to make sure that it meets the basic requirements for environmental standards and any other regulations set by your local government.

Obtaining a building permit is mainly the responsibility of the property owner; however, you can make arrangements with your builder so they may process the building permit on your behalf. This agreement can be included in your contract.

Building Inspections during Construction

Building inspections during construction need to be conducted to ensure that the work being done is in line with your approved plan and the policies of the Building Code of Australia. Without building inspections, regardless of the workmanship of your builder, there will always be a risk that certain things can be overlooked and result in long-term damage to your property.

The building inspections are carried out by an independent qualified surveyor at different stages of the construction work. The surveyor will need to approve the work done and problems in the structure will first need to be rectified before the construction work can progress.

When Are Building Inspections Carried Out?

The stages that require building inspections may vary depending on the territory or state. In general, however, the mandatory inspections include:

  • Footing inspection – when your property is being prepared for construction
  • Slab inspection – the foundation and base slab of your property will be inspected
  • Framing inspection – the entire framing of your property will be inspected to ensure it is appropriate for the structural load
  • Final inspection – once the construction work has been completed, the property will be inspected to ensure it complies with the Building Code standards

In addition, waterproofing inspection is also mandatory in Queensland and New South Wales. This is done to avoid incidences of structural problems caused by water damage.

How are these Building Inspections Different from Pre-Purchase Building Inspections?

Building inspections during construction are required for building new homes or for homes that are about to undergo renovation.

On the other hand, the pre-purchase building inspections we provide at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections are carried out on existing properties that need to be inspected for structural issues. Property owners and buyers usually require our team’s help when they are buying or selling a property and want to ensure there are no underlying structural problems in the property.

Most homeowners, even without the intention of selling their property, also tap the services of Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections for regular building inspections. This type of building inspection is usually carried out annually to uncover problems and issues in the property often caused by normal wear and tear.