Design faults with new Unit construction, in Camp Hill, an Eastern suburb of Brisbane

New Unit construction design faults, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

New unit, that has never been occupied.

Problems:

  • No flashing or awning above window will allow seepage and rot to occur.
  • Architraves around window without proper flashing for protection will rot.
  • This is a very common problem, but poor building practice, in new buildings.

The following photos show the importance of your inspector accessing common property around a unit complex (where possible, without entering private property). Also the importance of photos to avoid arguments from others that may have a vested interest in the sale.

New Unit construction design faults 1

Close-up of previous photo showing gap between external wall cladding which will allow seepage, also an architrave with no flashing above it.

New Unit construction design faults 2

Close-up of gap between external wall cladding showing untreated exposed softwood wall frame that will rot.

New Unit construction design faults 3

Movement problem:

Crack to external brick wall of a recently built unit in Coorparoo, that has never been occupied. With a new building, what do you think of the possibility of further movement occurring? Far greater than it not, is it worth the risk?

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Another crack to external wall of the same building.

New Unit construction design faults. Important notes:

  • Although some cracks can be attributed to brick growth, slab movement also different rates of expansion and contraction between different materials.
  • No one can determine with 100% degree of accuracy the exact cause of the movement.
  • Movement to a new building as opposed to an older building (that has stood the test of time) could prove to be a risky decision.

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