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What is the role of the builder?

Builders are responsible for physically constructing the building. They often manage the entire construction process from excavation to completion. This includes ordering materials and liaising with other contractors such as plumbers, electricians and bricklayers to do specialist work at appropriate times. During the design process, builders can advise on the most suitable construction techniques and…

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Building surveyors and building inspectors

Building surveyors and building inspectors are responsible for ensuring that a structure complies with building regulations and standards. Building inspectors act on behalf of building surveyors. Building surveyors assess building applications and issue approvals for building work to commence. They perform detailed inspections of the structure as each stage of the build process is completed.…

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What does a planning officer do?

A planning officer works on behalf of the local council to provide an initial assessment of the building plans. The officer checks that the proposed structure conforms to the planning guidelines laid out by state and local authorities. These guidelines include: land zoning, setbacks from boundaries, wall and building heights and lengths, privacy of neighbours,…

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Building sustainability assessors

Building sustainability assessors can provide information on methods to improve the performance of a building. This includes advising on design issues that affect thermal properties, water usage, air quality and energy efficiency. Assessors can produce documentation for councils that require a sustainability certificate (eg: the BASIX certificate required in New South Wales). An assessor may…

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What services do geotechnical engineers provide?

Geotechnical engineers assess the attributes and bearing capacity of soil. They do this by obtaining and testing soil samples from an existing or proposed building site. They may also monitor a construction process if risks are identified during soil testing. The information provided by geotechnical engineers will affect the design of foundations, potential size of…