Tips to Choose a Competent Certifier for Your Building Construction

30 November 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

The building and construction industry is one of the most lucrative fields in the world. Every process requires a project plan and scope to construct a sustainable building. Construction approvals and building certificates are required for your building construction, and they are provided by accredited certifiers. Certifiers are professionals who access and approve building plans and inspect the construction works at every required stage. After inspection, they provide construction certificates to show that your construction works have been approved.

There are several certifiers out there, some work directly with the government while some practice privately. However, you need an accredited and competent certifier who understands technical building and construction practices. You need someone who will not compromise but makes sure that your construction works are in order at critical stages. Here are some tips on choosing a competent certifier for your building construction.

Suitable certifier for your construction work

There are different types of certifiers and each has an expertise in diverse building development categories. Sometimes, you may need more than one type of certifier for your building development. If you are building a house, your building construction should be certified by an A1, A2 or A3 certifier.  Such certifiers can act as a principal certifying authority for your building construction works. Other certifier types include A4, A5, and E1, which are also experienced in inspecting buildings and issuing certificates for swimming pool or spa pool constructions. Other certifiers in the B, C and D categories certify structural engineering compliance, electrical, geotechnical and mechanical engineering compliance, fire safety engineering, private road and drainage design and construction compliance and many other engineering works compliances. 

A competent certifier must abide by the Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers; he must be knowledgeable in building laws, codes and standards. He must be also familiar with assessing risks and managing principles relevant to the building constructions.

Building inspections and certificates

A competent certifier is always there, throughout the whole building construction process, from foundations, excavation and framing until when the building is completed. He also offers a general building advice, by communicating effectively with the builders, building owners, designer and construction workers. After you have gotten your site and designed a plan for your building, there are other processes required to ensure that your building plans meet the appropriate building standards before getting a construction approval and certificate. 

Sometimes, it takes a lot of time to get a construction certificate if your certifier is not capable. A competent certifier can provide you a construction certificate without wasting time. Such certifier works within the legislative basis to provide you a reliable and first-class customer support. They are usually specific to keeping the project start times and working based on all pre-arranged agreements. This allows your building construction to go smoothly according to your project plan and timelines.

An experienced certifier can also stand as the principal certifying authority for the development, so that they can issue the occupation certificate when the building development is completed.