Complete Property Market Updates of Singapore

June 11, 2008

Rewarding good workmanship

Filed under: Construction News,General — Propertymarketupdates @ 2:08 am

A TOTAL of eight awards and four certificates of merit have been given out under this year’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Construction Excellence Awards, out of a total of 16 nominations.

The competition, introduced in 1986, principally recognises builders’ workmanship, focusing on downstream post-design implementation – specifically, project management, technical capability and quality of the completed project.

Of the 12 winners, nine were private residential developments. Among these, there was notable improvement in the performance of BCA Quality Mark for Good Workmanship holders.

The Quality Mark, which had its debut in July 2002, seeks to ensure the consistent delivery of quality homes. It is particularly stringent because it assesses the internal finish of every single apartment unit within a residential project, including watertightness tests in all bathrooms. Each unit must attain a minimum score and have no major defects in order for the project to receive the mark.

Where last year five Quality Mark holders took the merit certificate and just one achieved the more prestigious award, this year six Quality Mark holders bagged the award, with one more managing a merit.

About 34 per cent of units launched last year were committed to the Quality Mark scheme, and to date some 21,000 residential units have been committed or assessed.

The scheme has found potential defects and leakages in about 5 per cent of all units assessed thus far, resulting in their rectification before units were handed over to homeowners.

Source : Business Times – 17 May 2008

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