When it comes to mandatory inspections and quality control for commercial building projects there are many areas of misunderstanding about what role both these important aspects of construction should take. Sometimes customers aren’t clear whose responsibility it is for inspections, generating reports and getting the appropriate compliance signed off if they haven’t engaged the services of a certified building surveyor.
By engaging the services of a professional building surveyor you will not only make sure that all your compliance requirements are met, but also ensure the safety and overall integrity of building plans are sound and meet standard.
Let’s now look at the differences between mandatory inspections and quality control inspections.
What are mandatory building inspections?
Mandatory building inspections are the required inspections that are typically stipulated by your state government. A certified building surveyor (Principal Certifying Authority in NSW) is required to inspect the overall integrity of the building and analyse elements for like compliance for fire rating, life safety and general construction.
What are quality control inspections?
These are the inspections that look at the overall quality and workmanship within the building. They typically don’t deal with structural, safety or compliance to legislation and focus more on the final quality build finish.
If you think of it in terms of a restaurant, health inspectors are responsible for making sure the kitchens meet certain safety standards when it comes to food preparation, kitchen appliances and how food is stored and prepared. This is a similar role to the building surveyor in a commercial building project.
As far as the overall quality and taste of the food within that restaurant, that’s up to the head chef or restaurant owner to ensure the food is flavourful and of a high quality. Similarly the builder, architect or project manager is responsible for the overall quality of the build and construction in your building.
What are the mandatory inspection stages for commercial building projects?
This will depend on the state your project is being built in. For example most states have a mandatory inspection requirement for final / completion. Other states, like New South Wales for example also have a requirement for first footing inspection, fire rating installation and when stormwater is implemented.
Along with the state your commercial building project is being built having an impact on the mandatory inspections you’re required to have completed, the type of building (see the QLD building classifications summary as an example) will also impact on the different stages and types of mandatory building inspections you’re required to have completed by a certified building surveyor or inspector.
Here at Formiga1 we usually recommend auditing inspections during construction to ensure compliance for Building Codes and Standards for fire rating, life safety and general construction. The number and frequency of inspections will depend on the type of building being built and the complexity of the systems and their interfacing. If you’re not sure about which inspections need to happen and when, we recommend speaking with a certified building surveyor like us to determine your mandatory and recommended inspection stages.
Reducing risk and heightening consumer protection is the ultimate goal
When it comes to mandatory inspections, many times they can appear over the top or unnecessary to the untrained eye but ultimately mandatory and recommended inspections are about reducing the overall risk of catastrophic building failure, improving compliance adequacy and ensuring the highest level of safety and protection is afforded to the occupants of the building.
Here at Formiga1 we think this is an important and highly significant approach to any building project in Australia and we encourage anyone wanting to explore these options to call our head office on (02) 9597 9952 to speak with one of our specialists.