NEW BUILDING DEFECT LIABILITY PERIOD

Discover how to rectify defects before  your building warranty period ends.

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You can potentially save tens of thousands of dollars with our Verification Solutions. Empowered by our knowledge in what is required, our past clients – who are new building owners like yourself – are often successful in getting Builders and Developers to return to rectify Defects before the warranty period ends.

This means that clients like yourself do not have to fork out out of their own pocket for rectifying defects which can sometimes be costly

What Is Defect Liability Period?

This is the period which starts right after the completion of your building project. The quality of the work is inspected and assessed in this period to see if there are defects and further improvements to be made. Defect liability period usually starts upon reaching practical completion.
What Is Practical Completion?

Practical Completion means that the contract works are complete and the building is now ready for a formal building defects inspection. This marks the start of the defects liability period.

How Does Defect Liability Period Work?

Defect Liability Period is the period where the finished residential building is assessed and inspected. The defect liability period usually spans from 12 to 24 months. However, this still depends on the kind of building project that was done. For a residential building, for example, the period can be shorter as compared to a large commercial building which may require a longer defect liability period.

Some Case Studies of Essential Mechanical Defects Missed

We were contacted to investigate the sites below, and identify issues which have been neglected or missed from their previous contractors. The buildings are only aged between 3-5 years old. However, as the issues were identified AFTER the buildings’ Defect Liability Period (DLP), all the Repair Costs listed below fell directly onto the Owners.

It will always be more cost-effective to identify defects early and relay it all back to the builders when they are around.

Case 1: Mechanical Service
Location: Georges River

Service Type:
Mechanical Servicing of all Essential and Non-Essential fans are required to ensure functionality and aim to prolong the operating lifespan of the fans. The servicing of the fans on-site was conducted, as well as the servicing of the Car park Carbon Monoxide (CO) Monitoring System Sensors. 

Faults:
NO baseline data, damper schedule or mechanical plans were supplied during the service. NONE of the Essential Fans have 003 padlocks to lock isolators and are all setup INCORRECTLY to function correctly in a Fire Trip. CO Monitoring System is NON-COMPLIANT, setup INCORRECTLY and FAULTY. A large amount of WASTE was found surrounding the Exhaust Fan, the Supply Fan had MISSING blades and tree roots tangled around the motor.  

Repairs Required 

Case 2: AFSS – Mechanical Air-Handling System
Location: City of Sydney

Service Type:
Fire Trip Testing of your Essential Mechanical Air-Handling reveal if the system operates in accordance to Australian Standards. An Inspection of the interface between the Fire Panel and Control System found in the Mechanical Switch Board (MSB) was done. 

Faults:
All Essential Fans FAILED to operate as required from the Fire Indicator Panel Switches and Smoke Detectors FAILED to shut off the fan. An Essential Car park fan’s Variable Speed Drive (VSD) was also found to be OVERHEATED, thus never having the opportunity to work at all.   

Repairs Required 

Case 3: AFSS – Fire Dampers
Location: Bayside

Service Type:
Fire Damper Inspections reveal if the equipment is present as stated in the plans and installed correctly to prevent the spread fire from one compartment to another. An inspection of 9 dampers were conducted for the Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS), to ensure it meets Australian Standards   

Faults:
All dampers inspected FAILED and require rectification, the dampers were found INCORRECTLY mounted indicating an INSTALLATION ISSUE. Previous third-party Fire Damper Report and Findings were re-inspected, and it was found that they HAVE NOT performed their inspections diligently and properly. All remaining dampers are required to be inspected due to the number of FAILED dampers found.  

Repairs Required:  

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