Construction Quality Assurance Assessment

//Construction Quality Assurance Assessment
Construction Quality Assurance Assessment2017-01-05T23:01:11+00:00

Scope of Service

Your Report is prepared by Archicentre Australia – a division of ArchiAdvisory Pty Ltd – in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.0-2007-Assessment of Buildings Part 0: General Requirements and any other Australian Standards, definitions and reference documents cited.

Your Report is prepared based upon a visual assessment of the condition of reasonably accessible parts of the property and on the basis of the prevailing structural, soil and weather conditions at the time of the assessment. It does not cover enquiries of councils or other authorities, nor is it a certificate of compliance for the property within the requirements of any Act, regulation, ordinance or local by-law.

Your Report will not disclose defects in inaccessible areas, defects that are concealed and/or not reasonably visible, defects that may be apparent in other weather conditions or defects that have not yet arisen. Changes in usage can cause defects and any abuse of the premises is likely to do so.

Your Report does not cover all maintenance items, particularly those such as jamming doors, windows or catches, decorative finishes and hairline or slight cracks. This is in accordance with Category 0 and 1 of Appendix C – Australian Standard AS 2870-2011.

Your Report is not a pest inspection. If clients wish to have a pest inspection, please contact Archicentre Australia to arrange.

Your Report is not intended to instruct a contractor or to be used in the administration of a construction contract.

Unless stated otherwise, this Report does not cover enquiries of councils or other competent authorities or reference to contract documentation and will note incomplete and /or defective work in reference to the Guide to Standards and Tolerances produced by the Victorian Building Authority, or similar in each State or Territory.

For Strata, Stratum and Company Title Properties

The assessment is limited to the nominated individual property including associated private open space. It is not the scope of this assessment to include common or other adjacent property. Legal advice should be obtained as to the liability to contribute to the cost of repairs in respect of any common property.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR REPORT

Upon a visual assessment of the reasonably accessible parts of the property identification of:

  • Observed building defects;
  • Observed incomplete work;
  • Observed area or items of poor quality workmanship.

WHAT IS NOT RECORDED IN YOUR REPORT

  • Recommended action for identified defects
  • Instructions to the Builder
  • Identification of toxic mould, or asbestos related products;
  • Condition or operation of swimming pools, spas or their surroundings, rainwater or grey water tanks or treatment and similar facilities;
  • Condition, adequacy or compliance of electrical, gas and plumbing systems including roof plumbing, underground pipes or drainage systems;
  • Operation, adequacy or compliance of security and communications systems, smoke alarms, building services, building automation, electrically operated doors including garage doors, plant, equipment, mechanical, gas or electrical appliances and fittings;
  • Footings below ground, soil conditions, site factors and hazards;
  • Compliance with legal, planning, regulatory including National Construction Code, sustainability or environmental matters including but not limited to the adequacy or safety of insulation, waterproof membranes and/or other installations, Bushfire Attack Level assessments;
  • Timber, metal or other framing sizes and adequacy;
  • Common areas or facilities in the case of multi-unit developments or apartment buildings.

Visual Assessment Limitations

Your architect can only conduct a visual assessment of reasonably accessible parts of the property, of areas that are within the architect’s line of sight and close enough to enable reasonable appraisal. Reasonable accessible parts of the property are those which can be safely accessed by a 3.6 metre ladder or those which have at least 600mm unimpeded vertical and horizontal clearance without the removal of any furniture, fittings – be they fixed or otherwise – cladding, or lining materials, plants or soil.

Workplace Health and Safety access conditions apply subject to relevant State and Territory regulations. Areas in excess of 3.0 m above ground level can only be visually assessed from ground level or a safely erected 3.6m extension ladder. Upper floor areas in excess of 2.7m above ground floor level cannot be accessed for Assessment by our Architect unless safe access is provided. Workplace Health and Safety access conditions apply subject to relevant State and Territory regulations. The architect will determine the extent of visible and accessible areas at the time of the Assessment.

Reasonable Access may not be possible due to physical obstructions or conditions that may be hazardous or unsafe to the architect. Access restrictions will be noted where appropriate.

Attachments

The following selected attachments are an important part of this Construction Quality Assurance Assessment Report. These can be downloaded from the Archicentre Australia Supplementary Documents page or by referring to the Report cover letter for downloading instructions.

  • Property Maintenance Guide
  • Health & Safety Warning

If you have difficulty downloading the following ticked attachments, please contact Archicentre Australia on 1300 13 45 13 immediately.

Terms & Conditions

This Report is prepared by Archicentre Australia – a division of ArchiAdvisory Pty Ltd – and the named architect and is supplied to you (the named client) on the basis of and subject to the Scope of assessment and the Terms and Conditions of assessment and Archicentre Australia accepts no responsibility to other persons.

The Report has been prepared in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.0-2007 Inspections of Buildings Part 0: General Requirements and to any other Australian Standards, definitions and reference documents cited in the Scope and Terms and Conditions.

Report is to be read in conjunction with all other Archicentre Australia Reports prepared for you and issued concurrently for the property.

The Scope of Assessment and the Terms and Conditions take precedence over any oral or written representations by Archicentre Australia, to the extent of any inconsistency.

The Report has been prepared by the architect (named within), with reasonable care, subject to the following:

  1. The Report is not a guarantee but is a professional opinion on the condition of the assessed property.
  2. The Report is not a certificate of compliance for the property within the requirements of any Act, regulation, ordinance or local by-law.
  3. Archicentre Australia does not accept responsibility for services other than those provided in this Report.
  4. Archicentre Australia’s liability shall be limited to the provision of a new assessment and report or the payment of the cost of a new Assessment and report, at the election of Archicentre Australia.
  5. The Assessment assumes that the existing use of the building will continue. The assessment will not assess the fitness of the building for any intended purpose. Any proposed change in use should be verified with the relevant authorities.
  6. The Property Maintenance Guide constitutes a vital part of the Report’s recommendations. Failure to observe either the recommendations or the Property Maintenance Guide could lead to premature deterioration of the property.
  7. The Health and Safety Warnings constitutes a vital part of Archicentre Australia’s recommendation to you. Failure to observe the provisions of the warning sheet could jeopardise the safety of the occupants.
  8. The Report and its appendices and attachments, as issued by Archicentre Australia, takes precedence over any oral advice or draft reports, to the extent of any inconsistencies, and only the Report and its appendices and attachments, which form a vital part of the architect’s recommendations, shall be relied upon by you.
  9. If you are dissatisfied with the Report you agree to promptly give Archicentre Australia written notice specifying the matters about which you are dissatisfied and allow Archicentre Australia to attempt to resolve the matters with you within 28 days of receipt by Archicentre Australia of such written notice before taking any remedial action or incurring any costs.
  10. Reference to Archicentre Australia in this Report and any other documentation includes, where the context permits, its agents and representatives authorised to act on its behalf.
  11. These Terms and Conditions are in addition to, and do not replace or remove, any rights or implied guarantees conferred by the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 or any other consumer protection legislation.