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15 Elements of Best-Practice Building Regulation

We are presenting you, 15 core elements that stand out in any best-practice building sector regulation administration.

1. Specific Building Act

An example of compliance can be seen through the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act in New South Wales, which fundamentally represents a disorganized patchwork of planning, building and local government regulations which never works smoothly. Where as, far better policies can be seen in New Zealand, Japan Singapore and Victoria, where specific Building Acts works particularly with building regulations in an effective manner.

2. Strong building occupancy permit act

Works shouldn’t be allowed to start without permits. Nor should permits can be allowed to issue until plans and specifications meets the building regulations, relevant technical codes, standards and buildings should not be able to be occupied until permits are issued.

3. Licensed officials only

Only licensed and qualified building surveyors should get the statutory permits and certificates.

4. Building officials with strict regulations

Building officials are the key persons in building control. Their profession should be respected accordingly and they should be given the authority to inspect and issuing of enforcement, Notices & orders.

5. Mandatory Authority of Inspections

There must be a mandatory authority to inspect, where officials are called upon by the Act of parliament to audit building work and either approves or disapprove.

6. Potential licensing Administration

All key persons of construction – builders, engineers, architects, draftspersons, building inspectors, surveyors and even planners – should be licensed and registered under a strong licensing policy.

7. Strong licensing authority

A strict licensing authority must be in place to register, or de-register practitioners as appropriate.

8. Mandatory auditing of practitioners

License holders should be audited periodically to maintain the standards. These certified & registered auditors should be paid by the license holders.

9. Authority to Prosecute

Authority must be given, to prosecute those responsible non-compliant work & urgent repairs can be done.

10. Statutory insurance

Insurance is the only way where consumers are assured to get compensation for unsatisfactory workmanship. It should be mandatory for any building contractors.

11. Clear liability periods

Legal proceeding for defective building work must be initiated with a specific time frame. Ten years from the day the occupancy permit is issued will be appropriate.

12. Justified involvement of liability

Current jurisdictions systems in Australia which apportion liability among multiple parties and restrict the liability of individual defendants to their judicially assessed share of overall responsibility are sensible and fair.No one should be pay more than the share of the liability for which he or she is responsible.

13. Building Codes

Building Acts nourished with strict and strong Building Codes which set out as the root of technical requirements and rules. These should interact with the Act smoothly.

14. Fast and Economical dispute evolvement

Building Acts should provide fast and economical dispute resolution procedures to the authority which are specifically dedicated to audit building disputes and which have the power to appoint qualified experts who take down the costs.

15. Performance or objective based design solution pathways

Provided the solutions are approved by independent peer review panels, performance building codes which allow the choice of performance or objective based design solution pathways have merit.

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