|Warning to Shonky Builders|
Herald-Sun Fri 1st August 1997
We share the concern that Victorian families should not be exposed to "rogue', building practitioners (Herald Sun, July 23,24). Since the Building Practitioners Board last year took over responsibility for domestic building practitioners previously registered with the Housing Guarantee Fund, we have been working to ensure that house builders are held to the same high standards of performance which apply to commercial building projects. Unfortunately, problems with domestic building and renovation date back over many decades, and cannot be rectified overnight.
As the Building Practitioners Board and the Building Control Commission progressively work to encourage higher standards across the industry, there is evidence the new system is weeding out builders who do not have total commitment to their work.
Max J. Croxford, Commissioner, Building Control Commission
(Reprinted with kind permission from the BCC)
|Take note: In Victoria, Building Permits are now issued by Private Surveyors, who also do the progress inspections, and are usually assigned by the contracted builder, unless the owner knows one.|
Now picture this: if the surveyor criticises the builder's bad workmanship, the builder won't use him again and will find a surveyor that doesn't criticise his work!
That puts the good surveyor out of work, and makes a bad (to match the builder) surveyor popular with some builders!!!.