Designers want to change the new building law

The Czech Chamber of Authorized Engineers and Technicians in Construction (ČKAIT) wants to enforce the mandatory supervision of the designer on all constructions in which these authorized persons participated. “The designer now has a responsibility without being able to check that the project is being complied with. This is scandalous, “says chamber president Robert Špalek.

For example, the owner of the development company Preco Group, Pavel Malyshev, stated in a recent survey by CEEC Research that construction companies will be more confident not only by surcharges on job prices, but can also save on quality.

According to the existing and the new Building Act, however, the so-called authorized persons, ie engineers, technicians and architects, are responsible for any defects.

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“Not the builder himself or even the building authority, he is a guarantee that the completed construction will be safe. During the implementation, it is not an exception when the construction contractor or the builder proposes additional changes to the construction project documentation before its completion, “points out the management of ČKAIT.

“If we use only half of the screws prescribed in the instructions for the assembly of the purchased cabinet and the cabinet falls, it probably does not occur to anyone to sue the seller or the manufacturer for it and demand compensation from them. However, this is “normal” for buildings, “Špalek illustrates the current practice. “If the builder does not follow the design and saves reinforcement in the reinforced concrete and subsequently blames the designer for structural failures, the designer has only a very difficult defense,” he explains.

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Failure to comply with the parameters of the original project can, in the most serious cases, endanger the statics of the house, for example. During the approval, however, various deficiencies in fire resistance, unfulfilled energy performance parameters of the building or exceeded hygienic limits also come to the surface.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a building built from public funds or from private sources. In both cases, it is the designer’s relationship to the construction, which is gradually subject to the effects of new builder’s assignments or “innovations” of the construction contractor. This can lead to significant material damage, or even a threat to lives, “adds Karel Vaverka, CEO of KV projektstav.


Source: E15.cz by www.e15.cz.

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