Warranty Technical Audits
The Inspection Process
The Technical Audit forms an important part of the Warranty provision and process. It uses one of our Partnered Approved Inspectors (AI’s), Assigned Certifiers or specialist Surveyors to review the build as it progresses.
If your build has already started and you are using one of our Partnered Approved Inspectors or Assigned Certifiers as your Building Control Body, we can still progress under our combined Building Control and Technical Audit process.
If your build has started and you are not using one of our Partnered Approved Inspectors or Assigned Certifiers then we can still progress as detailed below.
If the build has completed and you are looking to take out a Warranty, then we can utilise the Partnered Approved Inspector or Assigned Certifier and undertake a Completed Housing Survey.
The auditing process for the Warranty is carried out both in the office and through site visits to enable a Warranty to be issued.
Initially, a Plan Check is undertaken preferably before the build starts.
Depending on the type, size and stage of your build the Surveyor will conduct a number of Key Stage Inspections and/or general inspections at various stages throughout the construction phase. Please note that not all stages detailed below will require a visit as this is very much dependent on the type of project/build.
In relation to visits, where the project has not yet started, there are typically four key stage inspections to complete on a new build project and these are detailed below.
Additional visits may also be included due to the size, type, stage and programming of your project form the information you have given to the Warranty provider.
Normally you will be advised what inspections will be required for your project by the Surveyor who may provide you with a visit plan. If the inspection regime alters during the course of the build/project due to a change in the size, type or phasing of your project, then additional cost(s) may be incurred and these may be at your account.
Please bear in mind that the Surveyor will no doubt have a busy diary and will require reasonable notice to attend site (this could be up to five working days).
It is crucial that all Inspections are conducted at the correct time and it is YOUR responsibility to arrange for these visits to be undertaken at the correct time.
If as a result of a failed visit or at a requested visit, the project was not ready for inspection, then BZSS through your Warranty provider may charge you for the wasted visit.
If stages are missed then this may have implications for the Warranty provider. You may be asked at your own expense to open up completed works to show parts of the build which have been covered up. The Warranty provider, may even elect to exclude certain elements of the build from the Warranty or even decline to offer cover at all.
The Inspection Process
Building ControlBuilding Control ensures that building work is carried out to a high standard in the interest of health, safety and welfare of the occupants, users and the public at large, through the proper application of Building Regulations.
Plan CheckThe Plan Check will involve comparing the drawings and specification of your scheme against the requirements of the Building Regulations together with other aspects of the Warranty provision, including Good Building Practice and other relevant legislation
Technical AuditsOn-site Technical Audits are an important part of our Client’s Warranty provision. They ensure that the build of your project is in accordance with the Building Regulations, Good Building Practice and other relevant legislation therefore meeting the requirements needed for the Build-Zone Warranty.
Completed House SurveyHouse is completed may or may not have been signed off by Building Control but this is a one off visit for a comprehensive report at the end of the project.
Stage Completion CertificatesThe survey and certification confirms the stage of the build you have completed if you have taken out a loan or mortgage and need to have funds released, this also confirms the stage for the Warranty provision.
EPC/SAPAn Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Standard Assessment Procedure is required under Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) of the Building Regulations before the Building Regulation Final Certificate can be issued.
Regularisation Application and CertificateSometimes work is undertaken and completed without the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) or an Approved Inspector being notified that works are being carried out or being able to review the works as it progresses. This UNAUTHORISED WORK can be regularised, brought under control and regulated retrospectively thus giving formal approval and brought back under the control of the LABC. Approved Inspectors are not able to undertake Regularisation work and can only be made direct to the LABC. A Regularisation Application does not have to be submitted, accepted and neither do the LABC have to issue a certificate. The Regularisation Certificate relates only to completed work carried out after 11th November 1985. To assess compliance with the Building Regulations the LABC may ask for parts of the building to be opened up in order to review elements of the structure and additional works may be required under the Building Regulations. Before a Certificate can be issued the Authority must be satisfied that the works comply with the Building Regulations or Building Standards and Health and Safety is not compromised. Regularisation Certificates are expensive and the fees involved can be up to 150% more than the fee required if the application was made before the commencement of the build. There could of course be additional building works required as a result of the application but in some circumstances it is possible to insure against such requirements and fees. These are often referred to as Building Indemnity Guarantees.
Approved InspectorsApproved Inspectors are qualified and experienced private sector Building Control Professionals - individuals and corporate. They can provide a cost-effective alternative to the LABC in the provision of Building Regulation compliance. The majority of Approved Inspectors are also able to provide other specialist services which a LABC may not be able to and in so doing providing a ‘One Stop Shop’ for all your building survey services. Approved Inspectors are not only bound by the Code of Conduct of their own professional body (such as RICS, ABE or CIOB) but also that of their regulatory body, the Construction Industry Council (CIC). Approved Inspectors and BZSS are unable to provide a Building Control service in Scotland at this time due to current Scottish Legislation.
BZSS Partnered Approved InspectorWe have created and maintain what is an established network of Approved Inspectors (AI’s) who are able to provide the Building Regulation function for a huge variety of projects nationwide. The AI’s used are highly qualified and experienced in their individual fields. They are also all registered as AI's under the Construction Industry Council. All the AI’s we use are regularly audited in order to maintain a high level of service.