June 17, 2019
On 30 April 2019 the Director Building Control of the Northern Territory issued notices to building owners following an investigation into nine non-compliant structures in Darwin. An investigation was undertaken by the Director Building Control following a complaint related to a private Darwin structural engineer. As a result, the Department engaged a local independent engineering company to undertake a review of the buildings identified, with a focus on the building’s transfer slabs and the report found that transfer slabs in all nine buildings were non-compliant. A transfer slab is a reinforced slab of concrete used to transfer the floor loads to the support posts and columns.
Building Notices served on the owners instructs them to undertake their own independent review through a qualified engineer registered in the Territory to assess the non-compliant structures, and to quickly undertake any remediation works to achieve compliance in the short-term, while they explore a long-term solution. To date the owners are taking the appropriate actions to undertake short and long-term remediation works. No determination has been made to say the buildings are unsafe.
The Director of Building Control has referred the building practitioner to the Building Practitioners Board for an inquiry in alleged misconduct pertaining to a pattern of non-compliance with the National Construction Code. Read More