Remediation is the process of finding, reporting and overseeing the repair of a damaged home or building. As Chartered and Registered Building Surveyors, building defect diagnosis is at the core of our skillset.
A building defect arises when a building element, component, material or finish fails to meet its performance requirements. These performance requirements vary from element to element and so building defects can vary in urgency and severity.
Cracking in walls or floors, water ingress or dampness, and structural movement are all symptoms of building defects that most people recognise and are familiar with.
In order to repair damage to a building, whether it is due to weathertightness failure or some other factor, it is essential to fully understand the root cause of the damage before designing remedial solutions and effecting repairs. This is why we undertake detailed investigations of buildings, using forensic techniques, to diagnose building defects. Repairing a building without certainty of the cause of the damage may result in the repairs not being effective, or undertaking work that is not necessary. Both are a waste of time and money.
Ask yourself this, do you think you know [the cause], or do you know you know? There is a big difference.
We undertake a methodical process in investigating buildings for defects, in order to provide certainty of our diagnosis. Our methods are in line with government advice for the investigation of buildings
The evidence of the last fifteen to twenty years of the NZ construction industry’s mistakes leads us to one fundamental conclusion: It is better to try and get it right first time rather than re-visit the mistakes later at considerable cost to building owners, tenants, designers, contractors, sub-contractors, councils, government, insurers and lenders.