Building Surveying

Occupancy Permits do not Confirm Regulatory Compliance

VIC - The recent changes to the Building Act 1993 that commenced on 1 July 2016 now requires owners to be more aware of building work activities on their property. Owners need to ensure building permits are in place and that the closure of any building work is achieved by the issue of either an occupancy permit (OP) or a certificate of final inspection (CFI). Click here to get a better understanding of the required Permits  

AS1851-2012 Cost Savings and Potential Pitfalls

VIC - Managers should make themselves aware of recent changes to the Building Regulations 2006 (May 2016) that allow the adoption of AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment. Managers need to acquaint themselves with the new process and other factors when changing over a building’s nominated Essential Safety Measure (ESM) maintenance regime to the AS1851-2012 standard. Click here to get an understanding of the recent changes to AS2851-2012  

Changes to Baseline Data AS1851-2012

AUST - Baseline data is the set of data required at the time of installation of a system or equipment to establish a performance benchmark.  It's highly recommended that building owners and facility/property managers are aware of the changes to AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment as it will have a financial impact if not applied.  Click here to gain an understanding of the four key amendements to AS1851-2012.

Tenant Building Works and Lease Protection for Building Owners

AUST - Many tenants have the potential to cause significant financial grief for the building owner by not appreciating statutory requirements applicable under the Building Regulations. If a lease does not adequately protect the building owner when the tenant performs works or alterations to a building without the necessary permits, who is responsible for the costs required to rectify the problem? Hendry advises that owners who do not have oversight into their tenants building works are being left exposed and could be in for a costly and time consuming mistake. A local authority may impose a building notice that

Tenants and Building Permits under the Building Regulations

AUST - Building owners and occupiers should be aware that altering a building including alterations without obtaining building permit approval may cause significant financial grief to the owner. There are many reasons why occupiers of buildings change the layout of their building and building owners are usually oblivious to the alterations happening.What happens though, when modifications are made by the occupier without obtaining a building permit under the building regulation? Compliance issues and financial grievances are the usual outcomes. It doesn’t matter whether unpermitted alterations are made in naivety or if tenants believe they gain an advantage by ignoring

Cladding Audits – Building Surveyors in the Spotlight

AUST - Property developers and designers should be careful when appointing a building surveyor/building certifier. Various government building control and fire brigade agencies across Australia are continuing their ‘auditing’ and assessment of existing buildings and buildings under construction following the fire in the Lacrosse Tower in Docklands, Melbourne. A Metropolitan Fire Brigade report found that the fire once started spread quickly due to non-compliant use of aluminum composite paneling on the external walls of the building. A number of councils have and are lining up to embark on enforcement action. This is a timely reminder for property developers and designers

Fire Safety Advisor: High Occupancy Buildings

QLD - Hendry advises that the building regulations requires building owners, occupiers and managers of high occupancy buildings are required to appoint a fire safety advisor under the Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (BFSR). The BFSR requires the occupier of a high occupancy building to appoint a person who holds a current building fire safety qualification in the field of fire, evacuation procedures and emergency organisations as the designated fire safety advisor for the building. Definition: High Occupancy Building: Fire Safety Advisor Any of the following types of buildings are classified (as per building regulations and Building Code of Australia) as