Private business owners in Australia are astounded to say the least, when a taskforce has found that around 12,000 buildings in Queensland contain flammable cladding, specifically carrying
aluminium composite panels within the building structure.
At this time, private building certifiers are needed more than ever before incidents such as London’s Grenfell Tower fire repeats itself.
Demand for Private Building Certifiers
If you are one of the private building owners who received a notification about this issue, you will be required to perform an assessment to see if your building is impacted.
If aluminium composite claddings are suspected from the evaluation, you will need to get your claddings tested professionally and get a fire report. Should you need to change your claddings, you will need a private building certifier for the job.
What is a Private Building Certifier?
Usually, when you need to work on garages, carports or sheds, you might think of getting
a building approval from your local council first. However, you can also go to a private building certifier to get this task done. If you want to ensure that you are hiring an accredited private
certifier, you can contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
What a Private Building Certifier Can Do for You
When you have your building certified by a private building certifier, they will oversee the entire process to completion without needing any input from the council.
However, you will need to fill out a Notice of Engagement Form to confirm the contract between the certifier and you.
Relevant councils will be informed about your notice of engagement, and your certifier will take care of any final certificates that need to be sent to the council for you.
You can expect a private building certifier to inspect your building plans to ensure that they comply with building standards such as the Building Code of Australia, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Building Act 1975, and any other relevant building and plumbing regulations or legislation.
Certifiers tend to get any necessary approval for you faster than a council would.
You can have your plans assessed and approved by these certifiers. During the building process, mandatory stages are inspected.
As an example, if you were to build a house, you will need to have your building process inspected in 4 stages – Slab Stage, Bond Beam Stage, Frame Stage, and Final Stage.
However, you need to inform your certifiers that you are in need of an inspection at least one day before
In cases such as the rectification of flammable cladding materials, a private building certifier will not only oversee the process but also inspect the building upon project completion and issue a final certificate to confirm that any work required is deemed satisfactory.
Depending on the work being done, you might need to hire different accredited certifiers. A fire safety engineer’s report could be required for certain developments in addition to a private building certifier.
Some private building certifier firms provide certifying services for a wide range of certifications. Finding these firms would save you a significant amount of time in getting your approvals.
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