There is no doubt the building surveying industry is growing with fresh, new members of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS). Since the beginning of 2014, we have increased new transitional members and new full members by around 65 percent. In 2017 alone, the Institute’s registered membership grew by 10 percent.
So why the steady growth?
Building surveying has quickly become an emerging profession, which is now a degree course in at least three New Zealand universities. Just as importantly, building surveying is now recognised across the construction and property industry as being a credible profession that provides valuable advice across the sector – to trade professionals, lawyers, developers and the public.
With the complexities involved in construction and property there is clearly a need for independent advice. To provide this advice, a building surveyor requires experience and professional knowledge. The pathway to becoming a Registered Building Surveyor is rigorous. Forward thinking is necessary, and that comes with experience.
Issues such as new building materials, material substitution during the construction process, and quality control of on-site construction all add to the mix to form these complexities.
The Building Act is not specific on how manufacturers or suppliers of building materials ensure their products are compliant with the Building Code. Therefore, there are gaps in the process of ensuring the materials are compliant. In 2017 alone there were cases of concern, including the supply of reinforcing steel not meeting Building Code requirements, and the more publicised concerns of the fire risk to building facades.
So, given the challenges the building sector faces, it is no wonder the building surveying industry is continually growing and becoming better recognised in New Zealand. With the widespread skillsets of the NZIBS members available, there doesn’t always need to be an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff during a construction project. This is because obtaining the right advice from members involved in project management and contract administration, for example, is certainly a smart move.