Have you ever worried about the condition of the building you’re currently in? Is your building still safe after so many years of occupation without major maintenance? Is there any hidden threat to your building such as structural or wall cracking and water leakage? What could you do if there were any defects in your building? How serious and urgent are these defects? These concerns are addressed by the Building Condition Assessment.
Just as every light bulb has a lifetime, so does every material used in a permanent building as well as the fittings attached to it. Material ages over time and causes defects. Building Condition Assessment identifies these existing malfunctions or malfunctions at an early stage, thus allowing remedies to be taken before such malfunctions occur or worsen over time.
Civil, structural, electrical and mechanical systems are among the areas that can be addressed in the Building Condition Assessment. The exact scope of the assessment will depend on the specific scope requested by the building owners. Such assessment shall be carried out in a systematic manner, which may include an interview with the building owner, a review of the building plans, a visual inspection, on-site measurements and other necessary steps which the competent engineer considers necessary for the purpose of the assessment. Preliminary assessment will be conducted on the basis of the information collected to identify the root cause and extent of the damage to identified defects.
General engineering recommendations for the correction of defects will be made available in the engineering report submitted to the owner of the building at the end of the assessment. Further thorough analysis may be recommended by the engineer if complex or major defects are detected in the assessment and the root causes and solutions of such defects cannot be determined by means of a general inspection in the Building Condition Assessment. Such further investigation often involves extensive well-planned on-site instrumental tests as well as material sampling for various laboratory tests before going for actual building repair.
In conclusion, the Building Condition Assessment can be used as a routine medical check-up for buildings. It allows building owners to detect and repair any flaws or possible causes of defects before they get worse. Preventing is often easier than curing.