Do You Need Building Inspections?

Posted on 1st June, 2012

The latest official statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes and Average Energy Efficiency (SAP ratings) have been released. Statistics relating to the Code for Sustainable Homes show the number of dwellings that have been certified to the standards set out in the Code Technical Guide.

 

KEY POINTS

Between April 2007 and March 2012, 86,878 dwellings at the design stage received a three star rating and 354 dwellings received a six star rating. Between April 2007 and March 2012, 54,976 dwellings at post-construction stage received a three star rating and 142 dwellings received a six star rating.

 

In effect, this means that only 63% of the 3-star dwellings and just 40% of the 6-star dwellings were built in accordance with the design.

 

COMMENTS

This reflects what happens only too often in practice where it has been my experience over the past 30 years that if the client decides against employing my inspection service, the dwelling is rarely built in accordance with the design.

Designs are carefully considered and agreed with the client, quite often over a long period of time – so why on earth would you act spontaneously on poorly thought out advice from the first person who arrives on site or from an acquaintance looking at your drawings? I have had clients just about to build calling me who have just been ‘speaking to the brickie / digger driver / lorry driver / man walking his dog’, etc who reckon that they know more about the technical details of house design than the designer. I call this ‘pub advice’ – you know - the places where an ‘expert’ will always pop up. The thing about these ‘experts’ is that it’s not their home or their money involved, they just want to impress someone with their ‘knowledge’. Don't get me wrong - I will listen to and consider advice from experienced people - but the point is that I will always balance that against the interests of my client.

 

We as designers must always give the client a good clear explanation of the consequences of building without a proper checking system to protect their interests. Request a copy of my Factsheet ‘Do You Need Certificates?’ to help you decide what is best for you.

 

Regards,

Les.

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