Information that an owner may be able to provide includes:
- original documentation such as building consent drawings, builder’s guarantee, product warranties
- photos of the building taken during construction
- reports such as prepurchase inspections or weathertightness assessments that have been carried out
- information about any repair work that has been carried out
- an assessment of the problems – are they widespread, are they getting worse?
Obtaining the consented drawings and specifications will help designers to understand:
- what was consented
- what has been changed such as details, materials, finishes and so on
- how the original details and materials or subsequent changes may have contributed to the problems
- the risk elements and risk score of the original design
- what work has been done after the building was completed.
The original documentation may, if suitable, form the basis of the remediation solution.
Updated: 9 September 2014