Building Defects

Building defects can range from structural cracking in buildings, leaking showers, water ingress to buildings, rising dampness, condensation mould, sagging in roof framework, deterioration of mortar to brickwork, ventilation to sub-floor areas, efflorescence and deteriorated roof membranes.

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When determining what is a defect, a check must be made as to the work completed and measured against that of the required Standard.
Not all defects within a building are covered by the Australian Standard.  An example is condensation mould, both the causes and affect of this problem. 

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In determining some defects, it is critical that a suitably qualified and experienced building consultant be engaged to undertake an adequate inspection of the defect and then provide relevant information on the causes and affects.  This is where an experienced building consultant, such as from DHBA, is helpful to a homeowner in providing accurate documentation on a suitable remedy to a building defect.

Another example of areas not covered by the Australian Standard, is on Heritage or older buildings where the method of construction is completely different to modern buildings.  An example is the majority of buildings constructed prior to the year 1900 would not comply with current Standards or the Building Code. 

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This does not mean that the buildings are defective, but are an entirely different style of construction.  It is not reasonable to impose that an old building be upgraded to current Standards.  An experienced building consultant can evaluate any defects, or issues, within older buildings and provide suitable information on carrying out adequate remedial works.  This is taking into consideration the type of suitable building materials that are compatible with an older building.

Some defects within buildings recently constructed or renovated may be claimable defect against a builder should the building be covered by the Builder’s Warranty period.  In determining what is a claimable defect, a site inspection is required to determine the areas of non-compliance with the Australian Standard, as well as the Building Code of Australia.  We offer in some cases, a preliminary inspection where the defect can be inspected and determined and a preliminary report can be provided in an attempt to assist in mediation.  Should mediation be unsuccessful, then DHBA can undertake a suitable report as required by the Court or Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT).  These reports are far more detailed and extensive where each defect found must be substantiated and reports are completed in the required standard of the Court and CTTT.

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