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Why building inspection?

Understanding the current condition of the subject building is the initial step to a good gauging of existing issues, which contributes to a systematic planning and implementation of building rehabilitation works.

 

Purposes:

•   To understand the current condition and extent of dilapidation of the building;
•   To identify the reasons of dilapidation and hence, their suitable remedial solutions;
•   To assess the scope of works, prepare cost estimate, prioritise works items and draft works schedule; and
•   To determine the content and quantity of the works items for the preparation of relevant tender documents and cost estimate.

 

Scope of inspection

•   Review of information relevant to building maintenance;
•   Review of statutory orders issued by government departments to clarify relevant statutory requirements;
•   Comparative review of occupation permits, floor plans and other relevant documentation against the actual existing layout of the building;
•   Review of provisions pertaining to building maintenance in the DMC of the building;
•   Questionnaire survey on opinions of residents on the building condition (if applicable).

 

Site Inspection

•   Thorough inspection including building components, public equipment and facilities at common areas of the subject building;
•   Thorough assessment of building condition based on the information collected to identify existing defects, dilapidations, potential issues, as well as
     any situations contravene to regulations and ordinances in force;
•   Detailed analysis of the current condition and issues of the building, with reasons of and solutions for each issue clearly stated;
•   Detailed report on the general scope of damages of the building, their remedial solutions and suitable materials and methods of works for the
     owners/OCs’ review;
•   Categorisation of works items into ‘Mandatory’ or ‘Recommended’ group in accordance with their urgency and prioritisation of works items listed in
     each category;
•   Verification and signing of the inspection report and rehabilitation proposal by prescribed building professional (e.g. Authorised Person/registered
     inspector).
 

Methods of inspection

Common building inspection methods include:
•   Visual observation/visual inspection;
•   Infrared thermography (suggested to be used as reference for preliminary rehabilitation cost estimates);
•   Hammer tapping;
•   Other non-destructive approaches, for example:
     -  Covermeter survey;
     -  Crack width measurement;
     -  Rebound hammer test.
 
Owners/OCs should discuss with their works consultant on details of the above methods or other feasible methods suggested by professionals.