+61 2 9418 7750 d.hall@buildreport.com.au

Vendor Reports

People buying a house or unit in NSW, mainly Sydney, are being offered a building report by the real estate agent.  This practice has become more evident over the last 12 months.  While some of these reports are reasonable, a prospective buyer of a property should be...

Residential high-rise constructions

Exemption from Home Building Compensation Fund From 31 December 2003, construction on unit buildings over 3 storeys of residential did not require consumer protection from the Home Building Compensation Fund.  That protection was only available to smaller developments...

Requirement to protect children and people falling

Requirements to protect children falling from houses, but also unit buildings of any height. The protection of openable windows and handrails have long been an issue where people, especially children, are at risk of falling from a height and being injured, or worse....

New energy criteria for all new buildings

From July 1st, 2004 all new buildings, including units and additions will need to meet the requirements of BASIX. At the time of lodging plans with Council, an additional certificate will need to be presented before approval is given. The building designer or...

Restricted builders licence and licence check

We have become aware of some builders who are operating outside of the conditions put on their builders licence and that should be checked by anyone engaging a builder to undertake building works. The Department of Fair Trading provides a builders licence, but that...

Collapsing Timber Decks Balconies and Stairs

And Timber Durability For Decks, Balconies and Stairs Outdoor living areas are enhanced with the construction of a timber deck or balcony and can include stairs leading to the garden, pool or other areas on the property. There are some great timbers available that...

Sub Floor Ventilation

Damp Under The House Surface water or water in the soil outside of the house will gravitate to under a house and result in the soil beneath the house becoming wet. The degree of water or dampness can depend on the type of soil on the property and the proximity of...

Limited Builders Warranty Period

NSW Builders Warranty Changes In NSW there were changes made to the warranties that a builder is required to provide on residential building work. Unit buildings in excess of 3 storeys of residential construction (excludes basement car parking and commercial) are...

Pest Inspections

Termites are often called white ants as they are similar to ants in size. They work on a sophisticated colony system where their role is to make to colony survive and provide for the next colony. To meet that need, they source cellulose for food, usually timber. In...

Damp

Is your house damp? There are many different types of dampness that exist, mainly damp walls and salt damp that results in damp rooms. The type of dampness in a building can include the following; Rising damp Lateral or penetration damp Descending damp or falling damp...

Defective Balcony Handrails

Building Code for Handrails Handrails are required to balconies, decks, stairs or raised areas where a person can fall and suffer injuries.  The Building Code requires a handrail to be installed where the upper level is higher than 1.0m above a lower level. Handrails...

Efflorescence

STAINING TO CONCRETE BALCONIES AND STAIRS White efflorescence is a staining, discolouration or film that becomes evident to external areas at or near tiled surfaces. This is a result of mineral salts and crystal formations leaching out from the sand and cement bed...

Tree Roots

TREE ROOT CRACKS AND DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS Cracks and deflections occur to buildings for many reasons. One common reason is tree roots. Cracks can also occur due to brick growth, structural settlement, structural roof movement, expansive soil movement and structural...

Collapsing Balconies

There have been recent cases noted in the newspaper, or on the news, of people suffering injuries from collapsing balconies. This can occur for many reasons. The Building Code of Australia requires that handrails be installed where the height of a balcony, deck,...

Leaking Showers

The Australian Standard 3740-2004 is the relevant Standard that applies to waterproofing. Modern construction of buildings provides a desirable finish for a hobless shower as it is easy to access. This forms part of most modern houses, however if the waterproof...

Rusted Metal Angles

RUSTED ANGLES IN BUILDINGS We have inspected several buildings re cently where previous poor building practices are now starting to show up. Those practices include the installation of metal external angles to cement render. The main areas were the rust is becoming...

Building Problems – Structural Cracking

STRUCTURAL CRACKS Cracks in brickwork and cracks in concrete are usually building construction defects. Most are structural cracks and can be a result of engineering design, DIY lack of expertise, defective building practices or builder mismanagement. How to repair...

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms have become one of the required safety features in houses. Since 1996 all new buildings are required to have smoke alarms installed. It is also a requirement since the 1 May 2006 that smoke alarms be fitted to all buildings. Properly functioning smoke...

Building Salt Deterioration

Over the last 10 years, there have been many buildings that have been in the news with either collapsed brick walls, shop front awnings, concrete patios and in part excessively sagged roofs. Many of these are caused by salt deterioration and the affects on a building...

Importance of an Asbestos Inspection

The problems associated with asbestos products has been very much in the news for the past year and has created concern amongst homeowners as to the risk of being affected. Asbestos was such a good building material that it was used in over 3,000 different building...