For some time now we have been developing a series of processes to address watertightness issues in monolithic buildings. The requirement upon us is the prove everything. Then stand by our assessment and method of remediation. Thats fine !
And knowing the methodology and products can stand up to the scrutiny that may be done, it is ok for us to be “accountable”.
In fact, in our advertising we say the “buck stops here”. We don’t abdicate the responsibility to others….. “the building has no eaves, so the architects are at fault, they shouldn’t have allowed this method of flashing, so the Council is at fault”. I don’t see blaming others is the way to go.
The “leaky Home” industry has provided great revenue for 15 years for service providers that seek to blame someone else, with the dangling carrot that you will get a big payout! Yet the owners rarely see the payouts and are the only ones who suffer.
My issue is this; companies that do the inflated reports and say the only choice owners have is to completely reclad, yet in many cases in the report there is very little evidence of major problems.
Owners and Body Corps have no other points of reference or ability to contest the “experts” assessments. They are forced to trust these findings despite any evidence to the contrary.
Ok, …. so when they go down the path of carrying out the recladding of their home, the building is wrapped in white shrink-wrap, and it’s then ripped apart.
Why isn’t there a requirement on those experts to stand by their findings. This should be made available to the owner who has been made to accept this option. Was the building rotting away? Was the water gushing through the cladding? Was every flashing, junction and window area timbers soaked? Does their original report reflect all their findings?
Ok, …. they reclad the house, fix up decks and windows and the owners fork out the last of their equity to pay for this. Do the writers of the report, the builders, the architect and the lawyers then back this work up with a warranty that it will now be a dry house, for at least 10 years? They don’t.
…..but we do and we prove it by on-going monitoring of the whole building.