Engineers Australia launches two new guides

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Engineers Australia have launched two new publications to help forge trust and teamwork, creating better building outcomes for Australia’s community.

Engineers Australia has launched two new publications — the Guide for design engineers and building certifiers and Managing building defects: roles, responsibilities and collaboration among owners, strata managers and engineers. 

Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO said the guides step through the design, construction and maintenance stages of a building’s life cycle and clarify roles and responsibilities. This will help forge trust and teamwork to create better building outcomes for the community.

“The Building Confidence report unearthed numerous construction industry problems and regulatory failures, prompting widespread building sector reform. However, without clear guidance, these new regulations, along with evolving commercial environments, have led to some uncertainty,” Ms Madew said.

“The guide for design engineers and building certifiers steps out how buildings are designed, approved, and constructed, the roles and responsibilities of each party in those processes; establishing best practice in terms of communication, collaboration, problem-solving, record keeping, and teamwork.”

The managing building defects guide focuses on post-construction phase roles and liabilities where poor handover and communication can lead to devastating building incidents, such as the 2021 Miami Surfside condominium collapse in the US.

In the Miami case, despite an engineer’s report warning that prompt repair of concrete deterioration was required to maintain the building’s structural integrity, inaction led to the deaths of ninety-eight residents.

To ensure buildings are maintained, the new guide outlines the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, while highlighting the importance of meaningful collaboration.

“While owners are responsible for the upkeep of buildings, they may not possess the technical expertise to appropriately manage their assets,” Ms Madew said.

“As technical experts, engineers should ensure the advice in inspection reports is clear, to prevent owners feeling overwhelmed about costs and disruptions. Strata managers should act as conduits between owners and engineers, maintaining up-to-date records and ensuring appropriate steps are taken.

“These guides will help ensure this happens and that’s a win for the industry, engineering, and most importantly, homeowners.”

Source: © 2023 Engineers Australia

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