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 to ensure before commissioning a building surveyor/building certifier to perform future tasks on your building that the building surveyor provides adequate assurance that they (and you) will not be affected on your proposed project because of the legal fall out that may follow the above mentioned auditing process by government agencies and subsequent civil action.