Construction bans lifted on 17 Gungahlin building sites

Lachlan Roberts 22 May 2019 7

Access Canberra has handed out 178 demerit points to construction occupation licensees since last July. File photo.

Notices stopping work on 17 residential building sites across Gungahlin have now been lifted nearly three months after they were issued.

On 1 March, building inspectors handed notices to 12 building companies in charge of 17 sites across the Gungahlin region after inspectors found timber framing defects impacting on the structural integrity of the buildings.

Exposed steel reinforcement in concrete slabs and the incorrect installation of window flashings, which if left could result in water entering the building on completion, were also detected.

As of last week, the last notice was lifted off the building sites. ACT construction occupations registrar Ben Green said the action sent a strong message to builders that building inspectors will not hesitate to stop the project if it did not meet the required standard.

“Appropriate supervision and quality control by builders could have prevented these issues from occurring in the first place,” Mr Green said.

“Instead, what we have seen is delays for homeowners and additional costs, in terms of time and money, to the builders who have had to rectify the issues.

“The necessary rectification works have been completed to support compliance and support quality building in the ACT.”

Access Canberra had undertaken 328 proactive building compliance checks, 18,218 plumbing, drainage and gas inspections and 34,202 electrical inspections since July last year.

During that time, Access Canberra has handed out 178 demerit points to construction occupation licensees, nine notices directing building work to be undertaken and 28 stop work notices.

“These checks have taken place across residential, multi-unit and commercial sites,” Mr Green said.

“With more than 8000 active building approvals in the ACT at any time, the vast majority of building works occur to a high standard. However, the industry is on notice that non-compliant and poor quality work is not tolerated and action will be taken.

“Access Canberra is continuing to work with industry to support ongoing improvement in building quality and standards in the ACT.”

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7 Responses to Construction bans lifted on 17 Gungahlin building sites
Ian Ian 8:36 am 25 May 19

I trust the inspectors will go back to these sites later to check for corners cut by builders to make up what they’ve lost on remediation of the original defects.

Scott Welsh Scott Welsh 9:27 am 23 May 19

Imagine how many they missed

Paul South Paul South 6:29 am 23 May 19

The good work of privatization. The customer looses .

    Bek Clark Bek Clark 7:43 am 25 May 19

    Paul South the customer chooses the builder and the certifier.

    Are you saying that we should do away with a private construction market and have the government construct houses?

    Paul South Paul South 9:47 pm 25 May 19

    I know very well how the system fails to work as i have worked hands on in the construction industry for 30 yrs . I have personally witnessed certifiers turning up on site and asking ' now where are we standing in relation to these plans?' . I also know of certifiers who have been de registered for ' rubber stamping ' . In the real world the customer dose not choose the builder or the certifier when buying a spec home . And what of unit work ? I am surprised that some are still standing .

    Bek Clark Bek Clark 11:06 pm 25 May 19

    Paul South d & c sure - because the developer is the owner.

    You’d have to have rocks in your head to buy off the plan anywhere in this country right now.

    In qld the builder does choose the certifier. By law. In other jurisdictions the owner appoints.

    In the ACT, the owner (whether that be the developer or the owner of a detached dwelling) by law has the right to appoint the certifier (s 19 Building Act).

    The fact that standard form contracts from 2 of the big industry players bury an agency agreement in the contract to make the builder the agent to appoint the certifier does not change that fact.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes, particularly in light of the Assembly inquiry, and the current reform program.

    Prospective homeowners would be prudent to seek legal advice before signing any contract, checking the disciple register, ACAT and supreme/federal court searches.

    Paul South Paul South 4:59 am 26 May 19

    Who has the money or the time to engaged a lawyer to check to see if the checker has done their job correctly ? The whole ACT system is joked about in NSW . Where you still have Council inspectors . (Corruption still occurs) yet the rubber stamping is some what mitigated. Although I do know of one Council inpectior were the inspector had very little knowledge of ANZS. 1684 . No amount of recauce to the law through legal action is a justified ' back up ' it is out of reach to the average person due to expense . Privatization doese not work in the real world for essential services . It works wounderful in leglislation etc . Yet fails on the ground . Poeple do buy off the plan because this is the only avenue available to them to secure property . The whole outsourcing to developers is another currupt activity that i would love too see a royal Commission look into . Although the govt will not bite the hand that feeds them .

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