Inadequate construction of roof flashing is a major cause of leaking roofs. It remains in the top ten defects identified by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) building inspectors.
The QBCC considers flashing and accessories defective if they leak under weather conditions anticipated by the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
The rectification costs of the defect and resultant damage can be significant for contractors and consumers.
The QBCC’s role is to assure proper standards are maintained in the building industry. One area of concern is companies using high-risk employment arrangements to carry out building work. Without a suitably employed nominee supervisor, there is an unreasonable risk of defective and unsafe work.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) provides that a licensee must ensure building work is personally supervised. Personal supervision can be undertaken by:
An overflow relief gully (ORG) is an essential element of the drainage system and unless there is an exemption, at least one shall be installed in a drain. It is intended to provide relief in the event of sewage surcharge, which is particularly important for the protection of property. There are specific requirements for an ORG and these are set out in the standard for sanitary plumbing and drainage, AS/NZS 3500 Part 2.
With the upcoming holiday period you need to be aware of how a business day is defined under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) and how this definition may impact payment claims given and received.
On 23 July 2020, the Service Trades Council (STC) appointed members to the new Service Trades Licensing Advisory Panel (the Panel) to continue the great work that began under the Complex Licensing Panel. The Panel members are: