Dave Firth


Dave is a Chartered and Registered building Surveyor, Registered Clerk of Works, Chartered Construction Manager, Licensed Designer and has a total of over 40 years construction experience in Europe and NZ.

Dave worked as a building contractor for 20 years, carrying out property repairs and additions in the UK and three years as a council building inspector and consent processing officer for the Auckland Council Reclad Team.

Dave Firth Consultant

Extensive Experience

Dave’s extensive experience in clerk of works inspecting and reporting, design and design peer reviews, council building consent processing and inspections has given him the knowledge and experience to offer expert services to clients to help achieve construction projects right first time by reducing or eliminating construction defects, advising on building code compliance, reducing delays and contractor claims for repeat work or abortive work, reducing long and short term maintenance issues and potential ongoing legal disputes and claims.

Dave has a meticulous eye for detail and exhaustive patience for checking construction drawings, specifications and building work, applying his in-depth understanding of the building code, acceptable solutions, standards and regulations. A great believer in the quality assurance process for construction projects, engaging Dave to undertake design peer review and construction observation for your project ensures a quality outcome for any project, no matter how large or small. Dave also has a keen interest in low energy design and sustainable construction. 

Dave Firth Consultant

Project Experience

  • Clerk of Works/Quality Assurance inspections for multiple new commercial and residential buildings up to 35 million GBP value in UK
  • Auckland Council reclad team, reclad inspections and peer review of reclad consents for building code compliance
  • Expert witness in weathertight and other construction related disputes in NZ
  • Condition surveys and reports before and after building works in UK and NZ
  • Disabled access audits of schools and commercial buildings in UK and NZ
  • Commercial landlord and tenant lease condition surveys in UK and NZ
  • Design of recladding and alterations for residential and commercial buildings in NZ
  • Engineer to the contract (client’s representative) for recladding and repairs to residential and commercial buildings in NZ
  • WSG Assessor 2009-2019
  • Survey and design of school WC refurbishments and classroom extensions for schools in UK
  • School condition surveys and preparation of asset management schedules in UK
  • Lead surveyor for design and implementation of disability access alterations to public access police buildings in UK
  • Measured surveys of commercial and historic buildings for English Heritage
  • Forensic audits of cleansing and disinfecting work to farm buildings during the foot and mouth disease outbreak in Cumbria in 2001
  • Pre and post contract administration duties for various size refurbishments to schools and commercial buildings in UK
  • Planned and reactive maintenance inspections and monitoring contractor’s performance to a British Navy missile storage site in Scotland
  • Maintenance officer and building surveyor for Sheffield City Council; reactive and planned maintenance of a mixed portfolio of housing; design of alterations/refurbishments of commercial buildings; dilapidation surveys for commercial buildings

Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Science Building Surveying with Honours (2:1), (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (Architecture and Surveying Faculty)
  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Building Surveying)
  • Member of the Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate
  • Member of the Architectural Designers of New Zealand
  • Licensed Designer (LBP level 2)
  • City and Guilds Class 2 Construction Plant Operator Mechanic (UK)
  • B2 Combat Engineering Certificate, School of Military Engineering, Chatham (UK) (Stand alone page for reclad design.)

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Nick Gaites

Nick, a graduate Manufacturing Systems Engineer is a New Zealand Registered Building Surveyor, Certified Passive House Consultant and has over 10 years’ experience in the New Zealand Construction sector. Prior to becoming a Registered Building Surveyor, he was director of an Auckland residential building company which latterly specialised in leaky building remediation. Nick also has UK building experience and a multidiscipline expertise with a mixture of engineering, construction, building surveying and energy consultancy experience.

Adrian Sorin Lupu

Adrian began his career in the picturesque mountains of Transylvania, where he gained a bachelor of science degree in timber engineering, one of only three organisations in the world offering this course. This allowed Adrian to acquire skills and knowledge of the properties of timber, the design, development and manufacturing of engineering machinery necessary to work with timber furniture construction.

Diego Ariel Zirlinger

Diego is an Argentinian Architect, graduated from University of Buenos Aires. During his studies he designed houses, schools, public museums and sports centres. He worked as an Architect assistant for a local studio for four years.

There, he developed several projects, from bars and hotels to residential buildings, where gained most of his experience.

Suhail Khuraishy

Suhail is an Architect and Construction Manager and has experience in Sustainable design and construction in Auroville, a universal city in India working towards innovations in the field of Architecture and Agriculture. He came to New Zealand as a student of ‘Master of Construction Management’ and has conducted an academic research on ‘the design innovations required in Shared office spaces in Auckland’.

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