Project Specific 'Remediation Plan'

Why is a Remediation Plan Important?

Structural and building condition reports are critical in identifying building and structural issues. These reports allow for budget forecasting by the owners to ensure their asset maintains it's true market value, and that the owners insurable risks are adequately covered.

 

However these reports are often too 'high-level' to use for quoting purposes. The reports do not confirm the specific scope of work required for the remediation work, nor the product specifications or inspection points. It will not include the particular site allowances (such as scaffolding, permits, etc) required to carry out the work. Inspections and certifications at key project milestones need to be detailed in order to meet any particular warranty obligations. Without this information each contractor's quote will be based on their own interpretation of the issue, their own scope of work and quantities, and their own quality assurances. It will also be difficult for owners to ascertain what work has been done, and what the warranties and standards have been met - all aspects which will impact the longevity of the work. 

 

Without careful consideration of these missing fundamentals, any time and money spent can be wasted. This is where our Remediation Plan service can be of value.

How does the Remediation Plan fit in the overall procurement of the work, and your existing reports? 

What is in a Remediation Plan?

Whether or not the owners have existing reports on the issue, The Remediation Plan is the step required prior to seeking quotations. The Remediation Plan contains the following items that are critical in providing 'apples for apples' prices from preferred and qualified contractors:

  • Evaluation, selection and agreement of priority items in order to confirm the scope of work

  • Project specific scope of work (which will also confirm whether local Council approvals are required, and how long the work is expected to take)

  • Bill of quantities for each work element type within the scope of work

  • Specification for each work element, including detailed list of materials, methodology statements, and inspections schedule provided by the material manufacturers technical representatives. 

  • Construction details for each work element where required (eg. Waterproofing details at drains, expansion joints, skirtings, etc.)

  • Confirmation of relevant warranties, Australian Standards and legislation (eg. Home Building Contracts Act 1991)

  • Determine wether a staged completion of the works is required, or whether all works can fit within current budget.

 

Benefits of a Remediation Plan

The various benefits provided by a Remediation Plan are as follows:

  • Evidenced based results: From detailed inspections we are able to provide project specific specifications that accurately reflect the unique causes of the reported issues.

  • Prevents work being carried out contrary to requirements of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.

  • Prevents the time delays that are experienced prior to the commencement of the work. This often eventuates through disparate proposals being received for various opinions of the scope of the work from various contractors asked to quote for varying scopes of work. This often takes months to align and correlate.

  • Prevents time and cost over-runs during the procurement of the work as many of the factors affecting budget, latent conditions and variations are resolved prior to contract signing. 

  • Allows owners to select the most appropriate and qualified contractor for the work.

  • Allows the owners to accurately assess the cost-benefit for the proposed work and defining high-priority issues.

  • Provides a ‘line in the sand’ in regards to the owners expectations, and the contracted deliverables. 

  • Provides a measurable and certifiable scope of work.

  • Provides a baseline document that the owners can use to seek competitive, and ‘apples for apples’ quotations for the same work.

 

This Remediation Plan is from a registered building company with over 50 years of specialist experience in diagnosing and fixing building faults and defects.

Outcomes of a Remediation Plan

The following outcomes are produced in the Remediation Plan:

 

  1. Preliminary desktop review of existing reports, drawings and specifications related to the issue.

  2. Site attendance to inspect and report on the area/s with site resources as follows;

    • Registered builder with specialist experience in building fault / defect remediation projects

    • Specialist tiler for breakout (if required), inspections and assessment

    • Licensed plumber for breakout (if required), inspections and assessment

    • Waterproofing materials representative for assessment and specifications.

  3. Provision of ‘Remediation Plan’; Report containing photos, observations, recommendations and scope of work with price (where this is able to be provided based on the visual inspection).

 

How much does a Remediation Plan cost?

The value varies according to property size, scope of work and complexity of issues being addressed. Please contact us to discuss your project and a quotation can be emailed to you within 1 business day.​ You may like to meet with us one-on-one to discuss your project in detail.