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IF OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS CARED ABOUT BUILDING CONSUMERS THEY WOULD MAKE THESE EIGHT (8) REFORMS

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1. Soil Testers would be required to be registered and carry PI Insurance.
2. Building Consultants would be required to be registered and carry PI Insurance.
3. The loophole (‘normal soil condition’) in the AS Code 2870 would only be permitted after proof is furnished that the soil condition is actually ‘normal’… so that then, and only then, could soil reporters use the cheaper (Ys estimation) method to ascertain soil classifications (whereby they have so often incorrectly fail to ascertain the true soil reactivity since the record long-term 1996 – 2010 drought).
4. Building Supervision would be required to be carried out only by Builders (Unlimited).
5. Specifications would be required to contain detailed workmanship clauses for every trade.
6. There would be a thorough definition of defect in all standard building contracts, (at the very least including reasonable life expectancy, compliance with minimum manufacturer requirements, prohibition of all performance solutions which are proposed by anyone other than experts judgement’ and therefore likely to lower life expectancy of components and/or systems that they are replacing).
7. Builders would not be permitted to print their own standard Building Contract, thus removing the possibility of any builder slipping in other clauses into their contracts in the same type.
8. Expert judgement would generally not be permitted at all (unless by real experts with expert credentials), to avoid the possibility of non-experts using this option for performance (alternative) solutions… as has been so patently displayed in the choice of (and approval of) flammable cladding for apartment and office towers by so many professionals in the documentation and approval stages of those apartment and office tower projects. Removal of the possibility of expert judgement.

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