Legislative changes will soon to take effect towards the end of 2018 and one change to expect is the regular examination of the facade of old structures or building.
The new policy is applicable to buildings which stood over 20 years old and with a height over 13m similar to a 3 storey building. Under the new proposed policy, authorities are compelled to inspect building every after seven years. As of the moment, no requirements are set for owners of the building to check facades.
Building owners are given the chance for about a year to comply with the needed preparation before the proper implementation,” said Desmond Lee, the Second Minister for National Development in Parliament the previous day.
Mr Chong Kee Hiong (Toa Payoh -Bishan GRC) triggered to divulge recent controversial issues during the cladding incident and stated that though there is already a scheduled building inspection but this excludes the non -structural facilities.
Real estate development players are open to changes and brought out issues on new buildings which did not undergo any building evaluation. Michael Chin, the principal facade engineer of Arup Singapore’s Engineering Consultancy revealed the policy has been implemented bit late and had there been an existed policy before, accidents and damages such as facade wrecking must have been prevented. But he emphasizes that new building less than 20 years old can’t be an exemption to any accidents due to wear and tear of the materials itself.
” Some of it can be considered inherent flaws during completion,” told Mr Chin.
The Housing Board Development and the Building and Construction recommended put up a drone inspection mechanism that will be utilized to evaluate building integrity and its facades.
All property developments should be evaluated regularly under a competent engineer. To be guaranteed that structural ineffiency would be detected and corrected earlier, the Period Structural Inspection must be conducted every after 10 years for residential property and five years for other types of the development told BCA.