Attention Building Inspectors:
Building Science Ltd will be testing all the houses we list prior to the houses going on the market. Building Science Ltd are testing for themselves to establish the condition of the house as they will be providing the 5-year moisture intrusion guarantee on the house if the house passes their own inspection process.
The Building Science building report will be presented to you prior to your testing of the home for the purchaser. Their report is to provide total transparency of the condition of the house. It is expected that you, as the pre-purchase building inspector, are able to test at a comparable level to either verify the test results they have recorded or that you will be testing at a standard that you can record results that will dispute the data they have recorded. In addition, that your results will be able to be located and replicated.
Caine Statham may require you, under instruction from our vendors, to use both thermal imaging and a hygrometer in your testing of the home.
If you are unable to undertake thermal imaging and you do not use a hygrometer, you, the prospective buyer's building inspector, may not be allowed into the house to undertake the inspection.
We do realise that the use of thermal cameras and hygrometers are not required under the NZ home inspection standard NZS 4306:2005 Residential Property Inspection.
However, due to the serious financial implications of the “leaky home” crisis and the potential loss to vendors when building inspections are undertaken that do not use verifiable data, we are making it a requirement for vendors using our service to require testing to a pre-agreed standard using this technology as a part of the pre-purchase home inspection.
Thermal Imaging equipment starts from around $500 and goes upward from there.
As most of the homes Caine Statham are listing for sale are valued over $500,000, Caine Statham do not think it is too onerous to expect a professional building inspector, in the 21st century, to own such an affordable piece of equipment.
Final house sale prices are often determined by the results that building inspectors report or the comments building inspectors make on the homes they test. Therefore, it is essential that testing standards are to a standard that can be relied on and provided with enough surety that buyers can move forward or decline with total confidence.
With over 800 inspections of plaster homes around New Zealand, a New Zealand Codemark issued for the testing, remediating, coating and monitoring of plaster homes, and with over 45,000 thermal images recorded, Building Science Ltd find the surety these methods bring to an inspection is more than worth the cost of carrying and owning the equipment requested.
If you are not testing with this proven technology, a technology that has been around for the last 20 years, and you are not recording the results of this home-performance testing, you will not be testing to a surety level that we feel comfortable relying on.
We are happy to work with you to get you up to speed with this technology if this is a new area of inspection for you.
Here are some introductory videos to introduce you to thermal imaging if you are currently not using this as a tool in your inspection arsenal.
As most building inspectors come out of the building trade, you will be pleased to know for your satisfaction that Building Science Ltd employ two LBP building practitioners and two water damage remediation technicians as well as a level two thermographer, all based in Wellington.
Building Science Ltd would like to stress that thermal imaging is only one part of a proper building inspection and that conclusions made by using it as a survey tool can not be relied upon without using additional sensors and physical methods to provide the conclusive data that the condition thermal images indicate is actually present.