Our country will soon get a code of professional practice and conduct that will hold building inspector practitioners accountable. The first draft of the building inspectors regulations is expected to be released later this year. The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the new regulations.
- The new regulations will be standardised and measurable against specific norms and standards and enforceable by law.
- For the NHBRC to achieve its mandate, the relevant capacity and capability must be in place to provide acceptable quality assurance through its inspection systems.
- The Building Inspection Mandate is not solely for the NHBRC but also for the industry as a whole."" Qualified professionals currently carry out building inspections in the built environment, they have little experience and no training in best inspection practices.
- The new regulations are based on the National Building Regulations Act of 1977, the South African National Standards codes and the NHBRC Homebuilding Manual.
- The NHBRC will be granted professional designation by the South African Qualifications Authority, resulting in the council being the authority to oversee compliance with the new regulations.