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Extracts only from: Guide to Standards and Tolerances (NSW Office of Fair Trading)


Building inspector trainingExtracts only from: Guide to Standards and Tolerances (NSW Office of Fair Trading, these sections are excerpts only)

Masonry distress (Cracking)

Where distress and rated Category 3 or more (i.e. more than 5 mm; refer AS 2870 – 1996 Residential Slab & Footings Construction)

Masonry facing

Bricks shall generally be laid with true brick face outwards. When bricks in batches are supplied from manufacturers may vary in colour therefore they shall be mixed and or distributed in accordance with manufacturers recommendations.

Damproof courses

To be in accordance with the Part 3.3.4 of the BCA.

Brick sills – shrinking allowance for timber framing

Reference to brick sills includes for sill tiles.

Distortion of window frames and or dislodgment of sill bricks shall be a defect where such distortion and or dislodgement were caused by lack of initial sill brick clearance from the window sill refers to Part 3.3.1 of the BCA.

These clearances must be provided at the time of construction and must not be less than

(i) 5 mm at sills of lower and single storey windows; and

(ii) 8 mm at roof overhangs of single storey buildings; and

(iii) 10 mm at sills of second storey windows; and

(iv) 12 mm at roof overhangs to two storey buildings.

Concrete slab distress

If the distress is rated at less than Category 3, the defect is to be mentioned for a period of twelve months. If at the end of the monitoring period, the distress rating is assessed as greater than

Category 2, this will be considered a defect.

Where a residential slab designed in accordance with AS 2870-1996 or AS3600-2001concrete structures is to act as a termite barrier in accordance with AS3660-200 Termite management, shrinkage cracks through the slab are not to exceed 1.0 mm width.
Extract from AS2870-1996 – Residential slabs and footings – construction

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Reference to the Australian Standards, Building Codes & Guides

Housesafe Training(Excerpts from some standards only, you should buy these Standards and read them thoroughly)

Reference to the Australian Standards, Building Codes & Guides

Teach yourself right from wrong and use these references from the Australian Standards, the BCA (Building Code of Australia) & the Office of Fair Trading Guide to Standards & Tolerances:

These standards are used in the residential construction industry.

Australian Standards and Building Codes are standards that builders and trades are to abide by when constructing a new home or renovating an existing property.

REFERENCE:

AS 1288 – Glass in Buildings.
AS 1684 – Residential Timber Framed Construction.
AS 1860 – Particleboard Flooring.
AS 1926 – Swimming Pool Safety.
AS 2047 – Windows in Buildings.
AS 2050 – Installation of Roof Tiles.
AS 2870 – Residential Slabs and Footings.
AS/NZS 2904 – Damp-Proof Courses and Flashings.
AS/NZS – 3500 Plumbing and Drainage.
AS 3600 – Concrete Structures.
AS 3660 – Termite Management.
AS 3700 & 4773.1 & .2 – Masonry Structures.
AS 3740 – Waterproofing of Wet Areas in Residential Buildings. AS 3786 – Smoke Alarms.
AS/NZS 4858 – Wet area Membranes.
AS 1562 – Installation of Sheet roofing and Wall cladding. AS/NZS 2589 – Gypsum linings in Residential Construction.
AS 3958 – Ceramic Tiles.
AS/NZS 2311 – Guide to the Painting of Buildings.

The Guide to Standards and Tolerances disclaims itself by stating “The information must not be relied on or regarded as legal advice. No warranty of accuracy or reliability as to the information is given and no responsibility for loss arising in any way from or in connection with errors or omissions in the information provided.”

The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2007 was produced by the Victorian Building Commission in collaboration with NSW Fair Trading, the Tasmanian Government and the ACT Government.

The Guide is NOT a legal document and is not intended to replace the relevant provisions of the Building Code of Australia or Australian Standards.

The Guide is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of the tolerances that a building professional will consider in determining whether a building element has been installed/constructed to an acceptable standard.

The Guide should be regarded as an advisory resource rather than a series of prescriptive definitions.

The Guide helps home owners if building work is in dispute. It deals with such topics as shrinkage around timber window frames, door frames, nail popping in timber floors, paving through to footings and foundations.

The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2007 came into effect on 1 January 2007 and replaces the previous version of the Guide issued in NSW on 1 July 2003.

This guide is available from the Office of Fair Trading website. READ IT for your benefit when building or renovating.
The HIA now have a similar guide available on their website.

WE WILL BE POSTING MORE EXCERPTS OVER THE COMING WEEKS

 

HOW TO START A HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS

Property InspectorA building inspector’s career can be very rewarding however it comes with a great deal of responsibility so adequate training is essential. In a nutshell it is your job to identify and report on defects, safety issues and any other item of significance within a new home or established residence in accordance with the Australian Standard.

At Housesafe we offer a number of different courses from Pre-Purchase Building Inspections, New Construction, Mould & Asbestos ID, Swimming Pool Safety Certification, Strata Inspections and more.

The first step in building your business is to get qualified and accredited, the more recognised the credentials the easier it will be for you to get new clients and gain trust within the inspection industry. The second most important step is to purchase public liability and professional indemnity insurance to protect yourself from litigation should you err in your reporting and the homeowner is advised into legal action.

It would also be wise to start a marketing plan as you are training to become a building inspector this should include website and social media aimed at networking with Real Estate agents, Banks, Conveyancers, Solicitors and one Mortgage Brokers. These are the people who you can develop a business relationship with and hopefully gain their trust for referring people to your business.

Speaking of Marketing, take into consideration the name of your business and try and reflect that in the website name too. It’s a competitive industry so you may have to give a lot of thought to this. Best to have a name that distinguishes you and your true purpose.