If you have never worked in the building industry or been exposed to it then you will not be surprised that it is one of the most legislatively regulated and litigious. In other words, there are lots of rules and lots of conflicts. But how does the average person understand what is and what is not acceptable standards of work?
If you would like to download a printable pdf version of the “QBCC Standards and Tolerances Guide” then please click here: Queensland Building and Construction Commission
If you wade into the National Construction Code, Australian Standards Documentation or the endless stream of Manufacturers Installation and Industry Standards you will simply be overwhelmed.
Working with these groups and with community consultation, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) publishes a document called the Standards and Tolerance Guide. It pulls information from all of the Standard Publications and focuses on educating and enabling consumers on the core elements so that people like you can have a tool that helps you understand what is acceptable.
The average person when building a house will get to meet on site with their builder 6-7 times including the handover stage. If you are in any doubt about what to look for then take the Guide with you and use it as an agenda and dialogue with the builder to ensure quality standards are met.
The building industry is not a Game of Perfect! If you are looking for perfection, then you are in the wrong game. There are hundreds of people and products that have to come together across a 6-month program of works to deliver you a new house. Perfection does not enter into the equation. High quality is a standard that is achievable and should be your goal.
The Guide is a worthwhile addition to your research and education and will help enable a better working relationship with your builder as you progress from planning to construction to handover. Have a look through and keep it handy.