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What are the FOUR steps when carrying out an inspection?

1. Consider your personal safety (firms Health & Safety procedures for a site inspection)
2. Inspection of the local area
3. External inspection
4. Internal inspection


What should you take on an inspection with you?

• Mobile phone
• Tape measure/laser
• File, plans and other supporting information
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a fluorescent jacket, steel-toed boots, non-slip soled shoes, ear defenders, gloves, goggles and hard hat
• Pen and paper / Dictaphone


What should you consider in the immediate surrounding area of the property when conducting an inspection?

• Location / aspect / local facilities / public transport / business vibrancy
• Contamination / environmental hazards / flooding / high voltage power lines / electricity substations
• Comparable evidence / local market conditions / agents' boards


What should you consider when conducting an external inspection?

• Method of construction
• Repair and condition of the exterior
• Car parking / access / loading arrangements
• Defects / structural movement
• Check site boundaries with OS map and / or Title Plan


What should you consider when conducting an internal inspection?

• Layout and specification - flexibility and obsolescence
• Repair and maintenance
• Defects
• Services - age and condition
• Statutory compliance e.g. asbestos, building regulations, health and safety, Equality Act, fire safety and planning
• Fixtures and fittings and improvements
• Compliance with lease obligations


What are the different ways that you could date a building?

• Asking the client
• Researching the date of planning consent or building regulations approval
• Land Registry
• Local historical records
• Architectural style
• Architects certificate of practical completion


What are the THREE different purposes of inspection?

1. Valuation - valuation influencers
2. Property management - policing the lease
3. Agency - marketability issues


If inspecting a property for valuation purposes, what would you be looking out for?

Valuation influencers -
Factors which can influence the valuation of a property such as location, tenure, aspect, form of construction, defects, current condition, occupation details


If inspecting a property for agency purposes, what would you be looking out for?

Marketability issues -
Current condition of the building, repair and maintenance issues, statutory compliance, services, presentation and flexibility of the accommodation and its marketability


What are the FOUR common forms of foundation?

1. Trench or strip footings - generally used for residential dwellings, for walls and closely spaced columns

2. Raft - a slab foundation over the whole site to spread the load for lightweight structures. Usually used on made up/remediated land and sandy soil conditions

3. Piled - long and slender reinforced concrete cylinders (piles in the ground to deeper strata when less good load-bearing ground conditions/high loads

4. Pad - a slab foundation system under individual or groups of columns so that the column load is spread evenly


What determines the type of foundations used?

• Age of the building
• Ground conditions
• Size of building and loadings required


What are the TWO types of wall construction used?

1. Solid wall construction
2. Cavity wall construction


What is a solid wall construction?

Solid brickwork with headers, normally at least one brick thick, with different bricklaying patterns incorporating headers (e.g. Flemish bond) to tie together the layers of brick


What is a cavity wall construction?

• Two layers of brickwork are tied together with metal ties, with a cavity that may be filled with insulation.
• No headers used
• Evidence of a cavity tray, air brick or weep holes may be seen


What is a stretcher?

Brick laid horizontally, flat with the long side of the brick exposed on the outer face of the wall


What is a header?

Brick laid flat with the short end of the brick exposed


What is efflorescence?

• White marks caused by hydroscopic salts in the brick work
• Formed when water reacts with the natural salts, by way of a chemical process, contained within the construction material and mortar
• Water dissolves the salts which are then carried out and deposited onto the surface by the natural evaporation that occurs when air meets the surface of the wall


What is spalling?

Damaged brickwork where the surface of the bricks starts to crumble because of freeze/thaw action, after it has become saturated in the winter months


What are the institutional specifications for shops?

• Most are constructed either of a steel or concrete frame
• Services i.e. gas/water/electricity are brought into the unit and capped off at source
• Concrete floor and no suspended ceiling
• Let in a shell condition with no shop front, ready for the retailer's fitting out works


What are the two main methods of construction for new office buildings?

• Steel frame: have less columns and a wider span between the columns
• Concrete frame: more columns, lower floor heights and a shorter span between columns


What can you refer to if you're unsure about what form of construction is?

• Architect's drawings and specification
• Building manual


What is the current institutional specification for offices (as defined by the British Council for Offices Guide to Office Specification, 2019)?

• Full access raised floors with floor boxes
• Approximate ceiling height of 2.6-2.8m
• Ceiling void of 350mm and a raised floor void of 150mm
• Maximised opportunities for daylighting, with 300-500 lux average
• Approximate floor loading of 2.5 to 3.0 kN / sqm with an allowance of up to 1.2 kN / sqm for partitioning
• Air conditioning and double glazed windows
• Passenger lifts
• Planning grid of 1.5m x 1.5m
• Maximum depth of 12-15m (shallow plan) or 15-21m (deep plan) to allow for natural light to the office area
• 1 cycle space per 10 staff and 1 shower per 100 staff
• 8-10 sqm general workspace density


What are the different types of air conditioning systems?

• VAV - variable air volume (highest capital cost but most flexible)
• Fan coil - usually 4 pipe (lower initial costs and good flexibility but higher operating and maintenance costs)
• VRV - variable refrigerant volume. Invented by Daikin (lower capital costs but higher operating and maintenance costs)
• Static cooling - chilled beam and displacement heating. Natural approach to climate control (lower capital cost and operating costs but less flexibility
• Mechanical ventilation - when fresh air is moved around the building
• Heat recovery systems
• Comfort cooling - a simple form of air cooling system


What is a shell and core fit out?

Where common parts of the building are completed, and the office floor areas are left as a shell ready for fit out by the occupier


What is the difference between a Category A and Category B fit out?

• Category A: basic level of finish above that provided in shell and core. May include raised floors, suspended ceilings and internal surfaces, along with basic mechanical and electrical services
• Category B: fit out complete to the occupier's specific requirements. May include installation of cellular offices, enhanced finishes and IT


What is the main method of construction for industrial buildings?

Steel portal frame building with insulated profiled steel cladding walls and roof


What is the current institutional specification for industrial buildings?

• Minimum 8m clear eaves height with 10% roof lights
• Minimum 30 kN / sqm floor loading
• Plastic coated steel profiled cladding with brick or blockwork walls to approximately 2m
• Full height loading doors (electrically operated)
• 3 phase electricity power (415 Volts)
• 5-10% office content and WC facilities
• Main services capped off
• Approximate site cover of 40%


What is the difference between an inherent and a latent defect?

• Inherent defect: defect in the design or a material which has always been present
• Latent defect: fault to the property that could not have been discovered by a reasonably thorough inspection of the property


What is the purpose of snagging a newly built property?

• Check the newly built property to identify defects in the build
• Enables you to highlight them to the developer to allow them to fix the issues


What FOUR steps should you follow if you identify any building defects during an inspection?

1. Take photos of the defect
2. Try to establish the cause of damage whilst on site
3. Inform your client of your investigations
4. Recommend specialist advice from a building surveyor or in the case of movement, a structural engineer