A prospective study on building quality : enforcement of control in the Australian housing industry

Zaidi, Mohd Azian and Davies, Hilary 2010, A prospective study on building quality : enforcement of control in the Australian housing industry, in SB10 : Conference Proceedings : Innovation and Transformation, [Beacon Pathway Ltd. & BRANZ Ltd.], [Wellington, New Zealnd], pp. 1-14.

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Title A prospective study on building quality : enforcement of control in the Australian housing industry
Author(s) Zaidi, Mohd Azian
Davies, Hilary
Conference name New Zealand Sustainable Building Conference (2010 : Wellington, New Zealand)
Conference location Wellington, New Zealand
Conference dates 26-28 May 2010
Title of proceedings SB10 : Conference Proceedings : Innovation and Transformation
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series New Zealand Sustainable Building Conference
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher [Beacon Pathway Ltd. & BRANZ Ltd.]
Place of publication [Wellington, New Zealnd]
Keyword(s) building quality
defects and maintenance
building regulation
knowledge transfer
Summary The Australian housing industry is beset with quality issues with repeated building defects causing problems with customer satisfaction and housing performance. These defects are caused by a combination of initial poor workmanship and poor quality materials and subsequently by poorly executed or inadequate maintenance. These poor work practices increase the cost and maintenance of housing. The waste and rectification work generated by such practices means that the housing industry generally is not engaged with sustainability. Building Control is part of achieving quality of building output. Whilst the Australian Building Code has regulations for initial-build material quality and workmanship, there is no continuing control and effective enforcement over a house over its life span. Sustainability is not dealt with as a topic at all in the Building Code with only energy efficiency concerns regulated. Inadequate knowledge transfer, to the mainly small builders who produce the majority of Australia’s housing, is seen to be a key issue. Mechanisms to make the transfer of knowledge to those who need to use it need to be improved. Building regulations, for example, could be more visual and accessible in their content and small builders should be encouraged to update their knowledge and skills. This comparative research will guide industry service providers in improving their performance and suggest how overall housing quality can be improved (thereby reducing wasteful practices), by considering more appropriate mechanisms for knowledge transfer among industry service providers in the Australian housing industry.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 870499 Construction Processes not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, World Sustainable Building
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