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Free Building Defects Assessment

Having Problems with Defects in your Multi-Apartment Building?

We are interested in hearing from you if you are in the following situation:

-The building is a multi-story apartment building that is above three levels.

-The building has been constructed in the last 10 to 15 years and is showing signs of multiple defects.

-The building defects are substantial, potentially dangerous and could lead to structural or fire related issues. This could included the installation of Aluminium Composite Panel that is currently stable but a potential fire risk.

And your relationship to the building is one or more of the following:

-You represent a majority of the  building community ( e.g. body corporate committee member)

-You are the building manager.

-You are the body corporate manager

-You are a lawyer representing a client or stakeholder related to the building

-You are a builder or building professional who constructed the building.

-You are a developer who developed the building.

-You are an estate agent or financial intermediary representing the property developer of the building.

-You represent a peak body related to the building or the situation.

Help our Research Project: ‘The Defects Dilemma’

The high rise apartment building is in a state of crisis across the globe as a perceived safe form of accommodation for our families.

Our own Australian tragedies and misadventures include (Bankstown 2012, La-Crosse Docklands 2014, Opal Tower Sydney 2018, Neo Melbourne 2019) and then there are the international cases like Grenfell (UK 2017) and the Torch Tower (Dubai 2017).

The peace of mind of normal apartment owners is stretched to the limit.

So how can you help solve this complex problem?

Please help us bring peace of mind to apartment owners and  understand the nature and extent of the defects as part of our research project and we will ask you to fill in a short survey.

Upon filling out the form below and the survey which we will send you we will provide a free assessment of your situation.

The assessment will help you understand the causes of the defects from a systemic view i.e. how the property development and construction system that created your building has contributed to the defect levels you are experiencing. It is not a defects inspection.

Learn More about how the historical decay in property development and building systems have contributed to the level of defects in high rise apartment buildings.

Learn More about our research project called ‘The Defects Dilemma’.

Register  for a place at our upcoming webinar series  which provides updates and industry engagement related to the ‘The Defects Dilemma’

Learn More about our Linked In Group called ‘The Property Development Doctor’ which is dedicated to bringing peace of mind to multi-storey apartment owners.

Next Step:

Fill out the form below and we will provide you with:

a) the survey (your identity is anonymous and is used for research purposes).

b) upon filling out the survey we will provide an initial free assessment of your situation as noted above.

c) by filling out the form and sending it to us you acknowledge and agree with the waiver and conditions noted below.

Dr Jonathan Drane

Optimum Search Pty Ltd

Waiver:

Any assessment is made by Optimum Search Pty Ltd and is an initial assessment only and does not include any site visits.

The assessment does not cost you and there are no guarantees or warranties associated with the assessment.

The assessment is based on our own research data and a survey that is issued by us and filled out by you.  The survey collects data on building defects that help with our research project and processes. Your identity remains anonymous.  

The assessment is confidential and not to be issued by you to other parties nor relied upon for any legal, mediation or dispute processes.

Optimum Search Pty Ltd reserves the right to not assess your situation at its discretion due to non relevance to the objectives of our research project.

Any further requests for advisory services  are subject to a contract arrangement that is separate to this initial assessment and conducted by Optimum Search Pty Ltd.

Understand the History of Property Development and Discover the Foundations of Entrepreneurship: Mirages, White Shoes, the 80s and the GFC

Understand the History of Property Development and Discover the Foundations of Entrepreneurship: Mirages, White Shoes, the 80s and the GFC:

Dr Drane Reveals the History of Decay in Property Development Processes Leading to Defects and Tragedies

This is a history note and an update to place an important national event within the chronicle of tragedies and misadventure in the high rise multi-apartment sector of the Australian Property Development Industry which is currently focusing so much on the Opal Tower.

A Building Regulatory Reform Summit was held in February 2018 with the objective of addressing these issues at all levels from Government, Industry and Consumer perspectives.

Here is the summit web page with the emergent White Paper that was the product of the summit. The summit was expertly put together by the Building Products Innovation Council with other industry and government support.

BPIC Building Regulatory Reform Summit Link

The summit resulted in a white paper, a cohort of national experts and an ongoing initiative to solve this problem. I was an invited speaker at the summit because of my historical, systemic emphasis on understanding defects rather than a current technical emphasis.

This was brought to light in my earlier article ‘Defects a Builder’s View’ which was presented at the  Strata and Community Title in Australia for the 21st Century 2015 Conference run by Griffith University. Here is the link to that conference and my article which drew some media attention at the time.

Griffith Uni Strata Conference 2015 Link

Defects: A Builder’s View By Dr Jonathan Drane Article Link

I also attach this image gallery which places The Opal Tower in  perspective with the emerging history of these issues.

I have also appended  my web article at the time which covered this event on my web site when I was with Western Sydney University. See below.

That is all for now and I watch the Opal Tower matter unfold from the safety of the arm chair. For now at least.

BTW: If you want to learn more about the history of property development and how developer’s systems have aided these issues in the lower developer tiers, come to one of my Master Classes on Commercial Property and City Development Dynamics

Master Classes

Dr Jonathan Drane

Building Regulatory Reform Summit 2018- Dr Drane Invited Speaker on Industry Decay