1. HIRE AN ARCHITECT
A fully registered architect (a member of a regulatory body such as ARCON and a member of a professional body such as NIA) can design stable, functional buildings and offer professional advice on the appointment of other consultants (structural engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, quantity surveyor, etc). You can find these professionals at buildersenquiry.com
2. HIRE A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
A fully registered structural engineer (a member of a regulatory body such as COREN and member of professional body such as NSE) can offer proper structural designs ideal for building ‘size’ (building floor area+height) to withstand the total weight of the building.
3. PERFORM SOIL TEST
The mobilisation of registered geotechnic engineers is very important in building construction. These professionals determine the bearing capacity of the soil. This helps all consultants determine the building weight the soil can withstand.
4. USE SUITABLE FOUNDATION DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
The registered structural engineer will design a suitable building foundation, using test results from the geotechnic engineers to aid their design. The structural engineer can also advise on construction methods at each stage, from inception to completion.
5. HIRE COMPETENT BUILDING CONTRACTOR
The engagement of a competent contractor is ‘very important’ for building construction. Whether a foreign or local contracting company, you must check types and number of tools and equipment. The client must provide contractor All-Risk Insurance (please contact an architect for professional advice and more details).
If using local builders, you must ensure that these local building contractors can do the job. By checking their previous work, speaking with their previous clients, checking their staff strength including number of skilled and unskilled workers.
6. FOLLOW CONSULTANTS’ SPECIFICATIONS
Adhere with working drawings and specifications primarily from architect and structural engineer to prevent building collapse. Do not substitute specified materials with ‘cheaper’ ones not recommended.
7. COMPLY WITH STATUTORY BUILDING REGULATIONS
You must obey the laws on building construction in your geographical locations. These laws are set for health, safety and quality in built environments. Common violations include encroachment on setbacks and building beyond maximum number of floors enforced in a local community. Adhere to the National Building Code and avoid building collapse, fire outbreak or demolition by law enforcement officers.
Do you know the building laws enacted at federal, state and local government levels?
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