Building & Waterproofing Reports Australia
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BWRA FAQS

What is remedial work?

Remedial work is work that is performed to repair defective or dilapidated buildings, or parts of a building. Remedial work is different from the construction of new buildings, and planning such work always requires careful investigation and preparation of scopes of work by an experienced person.

BWRA will assist you with the following steps in the remedial process:

  1. Investigation – Identifying what went wrong in a building so it can be rectified.
  2. Scope of work – Developing a scope of work which make the repairs both warrantable and cost effective.
  3. Tender process – To ensure the client pays the right price, we are heavily involved in the tender process. Making sure the right contractor is selected at the right cost.
  4. Project Management – Once the right contractor is selected, our Project Management Team steps in to ensure the work is undertaken in a timely manner.
  5. Handover – The project is completed, and client’s expectations have been met.

What does a site inspection involve?

Our consultant will attend the inspection at a time which is suitable for you. They will perform a visual inspection and take photos to use in preparing our recommendations.

When required the consultant will use specialised equipment to identify and diagnose the cause of water leaks such as moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and inspection cameras. We may undertake water testing or flood testing to replicate water leaks and assist in preparing our recommendations.

Sometimes it is necessary to remove grates and lights, move furniture, or create openings in plasterboard wall linings. If any destructive works are required, we will seek approval prior to doing so.

If you have any special requirements or concerns about the inspection, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What is included in your standard reports?

Simply put, our reports generally include a reference to your request, our investigation or observations in relation to the issue, our opinion or assessment, and our recommendations.

Our reports usually start at about 10 pages and can exceed 1000 pages depending on the complexity of the issues and the nature of the request.

We will prepare a report based on your type of request. Here are a few examples:

  • A Strata Manager may require a defect report on a recently constructed apartment building seeking to work along with the builder in the defect rectification process.
  • A Building Manager may require an expert opinion on the cause of leaking into an apartment building.
  • A homeowner may have rising damp issues or leaking balconies and require an assessment and scope of work that can be presented to a builder for repair.
  • A Developer may require an expert to undertake a peer review of the design and specification of waterproofing systems for a new project.
  • An entity or legal professional may require an Expert witness report for use in Civil and Administrative Tribunal, District Court, or Supreme Court.

Please contact our office to discuss your request. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you are not sure what you need, we are here to help.

What is the importance of mould testing?

There are thousands of toxic moulds in Australia. If you have a moisture and mould problem in your home or place of work, it is important to know the species of spores that you, your employees, or your visitors may be inhaling or coming in contact with. Our mould investigation services will help you determine the species involved before appropriate steps can be taken.

If you have noticed any mould or dampness in your building, get started with a mould assessment. Our services will help you identify the source, the extent of damage, and the most effective, convenient, and safest rectification or repairs.

What’s the difference between a defects report and a litigation report?

A defects report generally relates to recently completed construction work and will identify defects in the work in line with your specific request. If the work has numerous defects, the bulk of the report may be presented in a tabulated form to assist parties in working through the issues systematically.

A litigation report generally builds upon a defects report by including an expert opinion on how the work has breached relevant Codes, Standards, and Guides, or in line with the request of our instructing party.

What are the building defect warranty periods that apply?

The Home Building Act (HBA) statutory warranty periods that may apply are as follows:

  • 6 years – for a breach that results in a major defect in residential building work, and
  • 2 years – in any other case.

There are other laws that may apply.

For legal advice on warranties please consult a legal professional. You are welcome to speak with us for our professional contacts.

Do you do design reviews?

Yes, we can provide a design review report with our expert opinion on the design and specification of waterproofing systems, compliance with the Building Code of Australia, or compliance with other laws such as the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act.

We can also participate in design or project meetings with Architects, Engineers, other consultants, and other stakeholders during all phases of a project.

What is the difference between a waterproofing liquid membrane and sheet membrane?

Liquid membranes are applied on site by a waterproofer using a liquid which is transported to site in an uncured form or sometimes separated into parts. Once installed, the membrane should cure to form a seamless membrane system.

Sheet membranes are delivered to site in a roll, having been manufactured in a controlled factory environment. The waterproofer will roll out the membrane on site and install using various proprietary adhesives or welding methods.

Whether a liquid or sheet type, all membranes must always be applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements and the relevant Codes, Standards and Guides.

What should I do to request an inspection for my property?

Please contact our office, we will first liaise with you to determine your specific needs.

You may provide us drawings, reports, correspondence, photos, videos to explain your needs, and we will work with you to confirm your request.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you are not sure what you need, we are here to help.

What type of inspections does BWRA undertake?

We undertake the following types of standard inspections for houses, apartments, commercial and government property:

  • Water ingress inspections
  • Mould inspections
  • Building defect inspections
  • Waterproofing defect inspections
  • Progress inspections (during construction)
  • Inspections for preparing building and waterproofing designs
  • Post-remediation validation (PRV) assessment inspections (for mould remediation projects)

We do not undertake pre-purchase building inspections or Building & Pest Inspections.

We can also undertake special purpose inspections. Please contact our office with your request.

How far or what states do our services cover?

We are based in Sydney, New South Wales, and frequently travel interstate for our clients.

Please contact our office to discuss availability to travel.

Why do I need a project manager?

You don’t.

However, someone must manage both remedial and new construction work from a higher level.

Owners Committees or individual owners may be willing to manage the work themselves, however getting the assistance of a BWRA project manager has the following advantages:

  • We are placed at a unique position in the industry – we have the technical background and hands on experience to understand the finer details of managing a construction project, yet the professionalism to liaise with other consultants, contractors, and stakeholders to ensure your project is well executed.
  • We have the experience – having managed remedial projects ranging from $5,000 through to those exceeding $2M, across Australia and New Zealand.
  • We have the contacts – having working relationships and a mutual respect with leading industry contacts to ensure the work gets done well for the right price.

Our Building and waterproofing Consultants have many experiences providing building defect reports and expert witness testimonials in the form of reports or appearances in courts, tribunals & conclaves.