Structural audit and repair maintenance cost is derived after Structural evaluation / inspection as per norms laid by Municipal corporations like BMC (MCGM), TMC and NMMC in Mumbai / Thane / Navi Mumbai.
Why Structural auditors like Red Cedar are needed?
Earlier days, most Housing and Commercial Societies, used to call Contractor to provide estimate for repairs, without analyzing the structures and its defects in details. Only casual external observations were carried with approx measurements. Therefore, while undertaking the repairs, most of the committee / Owners faced with cost escalations without any justified reason.
Who can carry the Structural audit? Are they licensed by any authorities?
That the time, when Municipal Corporation appointed Structural Engineers and approved, Licensed them to undertake Structural Auditing of their behalf. Red Cedar being among the few to practice and support the Industry.
What is a structural audit?
Structural audit is an examination of the overall health of a building to ensure that it is safe, risk-free and habitable. The purpose of a structural audit is to correctly identify parts or sections of a building that may be in need of immediate repair, renovation or replacement. Structural audits are performed by licensed consultants who have the required expertise in civil construction and are empanelled with the government authorities.
A structural audit is government mandated. For buildings that are between 15 to 30 years old, the statutory requirement is to conduct a structural audit once in 5 years. For buildings over 30 years, a structural audit must be conducted once every 3 years. The said durations begin from the date the completion certificate/occupation certificate was issued or since at least 50% of the occupation of the built-up area, whichever comes first.
Why is a structural audit important?
To enhance the overall lifecycle of the building, its components need to be periodically examined so that there is no danger to its inhabitants. Areas in need of crucial repairs need to be identified to employ corrective measures so that the day-to-day life of the residents is not inconvenienced on account of unexpected leakages or breakages.
In the probable scenario that the builder has cut corners and left any sections of a building prone to collapse or faster dilapidation, a structural audit is your best bet to avert any disasters. Even if the building is relatively sound in its basic framework, it is likely that during a preceding repair or renovation, less than ideal quality materials were used that have led to further damage or leakage. In cases where continuous neglect from the stakeholders persists, it may happen that a massive redevelopment project needs to be undertaken, costing the residents exorbitant amount of money. A structural audit is a highly recommended preventive measure to avoid any calamitous eventualities altogether.
What are the stages of a structural audit?
To begin with, the society needs to hire a Project Consultant/Agency after inviting tenders from prospective service providers. The estimated repairs or preventive actions need to be approved in a general body meeting. Once an agency is appointed, it is the responsibility of the society’s committee to provide them with all the pertinent details, plans and designs of the building including information on any previous reparations and maintenance history. Below are the phases and techniques of a structural audit.