On completion of remediation work, the building should be formally handed back to the owner.
The owner should also be given:
- the Code compliance certificate
- final as-built drawings
- warranties and guarantees
- technical instructions and data sheets
- lists of important trades and contacts
- maintenance recommendations prepared by the designer with input from the main contractor, including manufacturers' specific maintenance requirements for products and materials installed
- the information required under the Building Act. Clients must be given details of insurance the contractor holds, copies of guarantees/warranties that apply and details of the maintenance they must carry out, especially if maintenance is necessary to meet Building Code, guarantee or warranty requirements.
BRANZ has a maintenance schedule tool that allows a customised schedule to be put together for each new or substantially repaired/altered property.
The consultant should already be familiar with the BCA requirements for documentation (such as producer statements relating to design and installation, certificates, warranties and other records) and should ensure that the relevant parties provide these.
The BCA may require a marked-up set of contract drawings (which need to be allowed for in the designer's fees) in order to record approved amendments to the building consent. How replacement timber framing is to be recorded should have been clarified as part of the tender process, and the BCA should be consulted on any specific local requirements.
MBIE has produced a Guide to tolerances, materials and workmanship in new residential construction 2015. This guide covers acceptable levels of workmanship that could be useful if there is a dispute with clients. It deals largely with the visual appearance of things rather than Building Code compliance. You can download the guide from the MBIE website here.
Updated: 10 July 2017