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CAUSES OF CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS IN REDEVELOPMENT OF HOUSING SOCIETY 

The reasons and causes of construction defects in Redevelopment Projects are attributed to numerous reasons. The redevelopment activities of old housing societies and tenanted buildings are going up at such a rapid rate that Builders and Developers now resort to unhealthy modus operandi of discounting on various costs by cutting corners whenever and wherever they can by compromising on brands, material, fixtures, providing the non-agreed amenities and facilities and least bothered about the welfare of Society and its members.

Construction defect liability generally is based on the decisions the Builder and/or Developer makes. First, they are in the position to decide what construction strategy they will use. The need to analyze the soil and prepare it adequately before breaking ground to build is an example of a decision.

Improper soil testing may lead to cracks in the stucco, walls, retaining walls, garage floor, pavements and elsewhere. The fix is very costly and very intrusive. Unfortunately, the reality is reprehensible soil analysis and preparations happen all the time.

The most important factor in any project of redevelopment is its infrastructure. Let us find the causes of these evil features. Everything from soil analysis and preparation, to construction deficiencies or poor workmanship can be the cause for a construction defect. Construction defects are costly and can lead to a house collapsing, floor damage, and various other problems.

One of the first steps in a building project is to perform proper soil analysis and preparation. Soil not properly analyzed can have damaging effects on a structure.

Using defective building material can be the prime cause of many construction defects in a structure. The defective roofing material allows water to leak into the structure. The result could be a number of defects leads to damaging the wall and ceilings of flats beneath.

Defective building materials can be a root cause of many building issues or construction defects. If a highly-skilled contractor builds a roof with defective building materials, it doesn't matter how good his workmanship is. The roof will be a construction defect.

Negligent construction is an unfortunately common occurrence. A builder has to be very careful when choosing a contractor or subcontractor. A builder will sometimes use one contactor for various projects.  

Sometimes the cause for construction defects can be the result of bad workmanship. The workers doing the actual building work are negligent in their construction duties and contractors/site supervisors do not remain attentive to their duties. This can be the result of a PMC not overseeing the building process as he should or simply not caring about the work being done.

At other times, it could be a contractor or subcontractor cutting corners to save time or money on a job. While cutting corners can work out to the contractor's advantage, it can result in a construction defect in the structure in a short span of couple of years.

The architect designs a structure that is aesthetically pleasing yet with structural deficiencies that leads to defects later. Under the circumstances, other professional architect should also evaluate the design for flaws before the design is implemented in a structure. However, some design flaws are not evident until the structure is built.

One important area is the area of building materials and/or products they use in the house. This could be appliances, plumbing equipment and dry wall material etc. This also goes for the contractors they choose to deploy in the project. This is clearly based on their qualifications and whether they are licensed or not. Poor workmanship coupled with inferior or cheap material frequently causes construction defects.

If you suspect that you may have a construction defect in your home, you need to document the issues you are experiencing. This would include taking pictures of any noticeable defects inside and outside your house.

You need to determine how severe the construction defect is to know whether or not you should take steps to repair it or if you can wait until you have taken up the matter with the Society. You need to consult an expert to know exactly what steps you need to take to come to the best resolution to your potential construction defect issues.

There are a lot complaints received by the Societies with regard to defective building materials, negligent construction, substandard workmanship, design deficiencies or material deficiencies.

The priority is to get your house back to a liveable and safe condition. This can be an arduous task for the Societies to have vigilant approach over the personnel that is deployed by the Developer for redevelopment. Any lethargy or lack of interest over your own project of redevelopment can cause irreparable loss resulting to never ending conflicts and encounters between the Managing Committee and the members of the Society.

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