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Building registration: training and housing quality

Georgiou, Jim, Smith, Jim and Love, Peter 2003, Building registration: training and housing quality, in Association of Researchers in Construction Management : nineteenth Annual Conference 2003 September 3-5 University of Brighton, ARCOM, Reading, England, pp. 299-308.

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Title Building registration: training and housing quality
Author(s) Georgiou, Jim
Smith, Jim
Love, Peter
Conference name Association of Researchers in Construction Management. Conference (19th : 2003 : University of Brighton)
Conference location Brighton, England
Conference dates 3-5 September 2003
Title of proceedings Association of Researchers in Construction Management : nineteenth Annual Conference 2003 September 3-5 University of Brighton
Editor(s) Greenwood, David
Publication date 2003
Conference series Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference
Start page 299
End page 308
Publisher ARCOM
Place of publication Reading, England
Keyword(s) builder registration
Summary The lack of attention to quality control by house builders has been a contentious issue for more than three decades. In an attempt to improve the quality of housing, various mechanisms have been adopted and discarded by industry-based organizations and government legislation. Now that registration of builders has been achieved (since 1995) the regulating authority, the Building Commission have placed the maintenance of standards from registered builders at the forefront of their priorities. The provision of suitable training and continuing professional development programs is likely to receive greater attention over the next few years. However, a key factor that is often overlooked in the debate on quality of house construction is the use of subcontract labour by both, registered builders and owner builders. The repetitive nature of some activities ensures that tacit knowledge within the subcontract system becomes an integral part of house construction. Research by the authors into defects in housing has provided some interesting analyses from the statistic collected. This paper analyses the incidence of defects over a number of years in a range of functional elements within the house envelope and presents the results. Particular attention is paid to the incidence of defects where the licensed trades are involved compared to the non-licensed trades and elements. This work suggests where housing defects are likely to occur and the authors suggest that appropriate educational resources may be directed to areas where it will be most effective and beneficial. The authors propose a more integrated and inclusive approach.
ISBN 0953416186
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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