Monday, April 15, 2013

Inspecting a Building Under Construction


We recently received an email from a member of the public wanting to know who is responsible for inspecting a building that is under construction. Our exceedingly helpful and knowledgeable Building Services Manager Ross Stembridge, was kind enough to provide the following answer.

In KwaZulu-Natal, this is the process for buildings under construction:

Domestic House

When the building plans are approved by the local authority, a building inspector is allocated to the building project. The following items will be inspected:
  • Adherence to the approved plans
  • Ground and founding conditions
  • Foundation inspection
  • Surface bed inspection including soil poisoning for termites
  • External walling
  • Roof structure
  • Plumbing including waste water
  • Electrical inspection including compliance certificate
  • Engineers certificate for any structural elements
  • Glazing compliance and certificate
In addition, the NHBRC will inspect the building on a similar basis to the above however with more emphasis on the structural integrity of the house. This is to ensure that if the Builder is no longer in existence during the latent defect period that an insurance will cover any defects.

Industrial and Commercial Properties

The inspections on all stages of the building are carried out by the professional/design team that the client engaged on the inception of the project. The local authority will approve the plans however they won’t carry out inspection unless requested to do so.
On completion of the building, the local authority will request all the relevant certificates from the professionals and if all is in order will issue the completion certificate.

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager

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Benny said...

Definitely worth the relatively small investment to ensue the building has been built correctly.