Building Surveyors are experts in a range of building legislation, technical codes and construction standards. They are in high demand by other allied professions like Architects, Engineers, Town Planners and Builders for their knowledge and expertise, and are often called upon to sit on design teams in the early stages of projects to provide their expert advice.
Building Surveyors have extensive knowledge of the Building Act and Regulations, Building Code of Australia and over 90 Australian, New Zealand and International construction Standards called up in legislation. They have a broad knowledge of Town Planning issues and in some states are permitted to certify subdivisions and issue town planning certificates.
The Building Act creates the roles of private and municpal Building Surveyors. A municipal Building Surveyor is a person who is employed by a Council, whereas a private Building Surveyor is a person who operates as a private entity. Nearly all Building Surveyors are also qualified Building Inspectors.
While Building Surveyors are educated to practice across a number of disciplines, many are now specialising in one or more of the following areas:
- access for people with disabilities
- fire safety engineering
- energy efficiency and sustainable development
- construction law
- forensic inspection
- dispute resolution
- maintenance of essential services
- private certification
- building materials science
- code development and legislation
- expert witness situations
- alternative building solutions
One function of a Building Surveyor is to certify plans and structures in accordance with building legislation and to issue a building permit to start construction.
There are few buildings in Australia or the western world that are not required to have the expertise of a Building Surveyor to assess and approve a building for construction and occupancy. Whether it be the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building in New York or Harrod’s Department Store in London, all these buildings required a Building Surveyor.
Building Surveyors also certify plans and structures in accordance with building legislation, issue a building permit to start commence construction and then manage the inspection process from foundations through to completion.
Building Surveyors look at a wide range of buildings and structures including shops, shopping centres, high-rise office and residential apartment buildings, train stations, parking complexes, towers, masts and antennas, schools, hospitals, prisons, factories, storage buildings, marinas, laboratories, aged care buildings, dwellings pools and of course outbuildings and houses of all shapes, sizes and materials.
Their role is different from that of a Land Surveyor who surveys subdivisions of land, taking into account the slope, geography and topography of land or a Quantity Surveyor who estimates the costs of materials and can provide taxation schedules for buildings.
The fundamental role of Buildings Surveyors are to be responsible for making sure that buildings are safe, accessible and energy efficient. They have an impact on the design, planning and functionality of buildings and also detect and diagnose problems with design issues, construction techniques and materials and they manage the inspection process from foundations through to completion.
For more detailed infomation on Building Surveyors view the "Roles and Responsibilities of a Building Surveyor and Building Inspector" document prepared by the Victorian Chapter Executive here...
Or view the Roles and Functions of a Building Surveyor in NSW document prepared by the NSW/ACT Chapter here...
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