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Defect Analysis

  • Inappropriate use, sizing or detailing of a component or material.
  • Use of materials adjacent to or in combination with another that adversely affect each other.
  • Lack of knowledge by designer regarding the potential deterioration of material.
  • Assessment of buildings or components adversely affected by forces or agents not considered during the design phase.
  • Inaccurate information from manufacturers or other technical sources.
  • Poor manufacturing quality.
  • Poor workmanship.
  • Failure to carry out necessary routine maintenance at the appropriate time.

These factors are likely to result in varying degrees of degradation to the fabric and structure of a building. With proper investigation of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment can minimise or eliminate these effects, hence reducing the effect on the occupancy and life-cycle cost of a building.

Whether by a Building Condition Survey indicating the potential for future defects, instigation of maintenance regimes or by retrospective defect analysis, Lake Associates has successfully advised on such issues to the benefit of many clients.