Retired architect Ley gives advice
A reader, who is a retired architect, sent me a list of criteria for appointing contractors to work on a development. My thanks to Ley.
1 The contractor must be registered with the NHBRC and have had no variance/non-compliance orders or stop orders given by a competent inspector.
2 Must be registered with the building industry bargaining council (a statutory requirement in the Western Cape).
3 Must be able to demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the amended Construction Regulations of February 2014. The contractor (or nominee) must show proof of regulations adherence.
4 Must be registered and in good standing with the Compensation Fund or another approved insurer.
5 Sub-contractors must be registered with a relevant authority.
6 Demonstrate building construction qualifications either by certification or suitable prior experience.
7 Must provide at least two references of satisfactory completed dwellings/major alterations.
8 Show a thorough knowledge of homeowners’ association requirements if working on an estate.
9 Must ensure all certification is provided at conclusion of a contract, including an occupation certificate provided by the relevant municipality.
- I have added the following:
- Proof of registration for UIF.
- Proof of public liability and CAR insurance.
- Proof they have some form or level of BEE ownership.
- Tax clearance from SARS.
- Registration with the Construction Industry Development Board.
- Produce a health and safety plan compliant with health and safety specifications.