Construction and quality assurance

Construction and quality assurance

Training of site operatives, undertaking detailed site inspections, provision of robust feedback and the inclusion of a dedicated, on site quality assurance champion are all constituent parts of a successful delivery process. This chapter outlines those areas that require specific attention.

With a sound design already in place, exemplary standards of on-site quality assurance are required in order for buildings to perform appropriately. This means diligence and excellent standards of craftsmanship must be employed at all times. For a project to be completed successfully, with minimised costly rework and remediation, experience suggests that there is a learning curve that needs to be addressed. This learning curve is not confined to the site office; it affects all trades on site. 

By failing to recognise the boundary between a certification process and the design and construction process individual projects are at risk and may encounter difficulties. In part this may be because the industry has become used to certifi...

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Detailed site reports that support a useful, practical and fully functional feedback loop are invaluable. Discussing the contents of the reports with site managers, rather than simply handing over the document, is critical to establishing this...

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On some building sites, traditional attitudes can be entrenched and effort must be made to bring all site operatives on board. Each trade, from foundations to roof, has a part to play in the successful completion of a project. One of the best...

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Structured reviews that interrogate a design are hugely beneficial, particularly for less experienced project teams. These reviews analyse each and every aspect of the design and the construction. Key characteristics:

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The Passivhaus Standard is recognised internationally as the world’s leading quality assurance standard for low energy buildings. Unlike conventional buildings, those buildings that are designed, constructed and certified to the Passivhaus Standard have repeatedly been shown to perform “as-...

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Wilkinson Primary School

Wilkinson Primary School in Wolverhampton is the third collaborative Passivhaus school project by contractors Thomas Vale and architects Architype.

Building on the lessons learnt during the design and construction of Bushbury Hill and Oakmeadow Primary Schools, the project team sought...

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