Quality assurance in construction

Quality assurance in construction

The construction quality assurance legislation

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To clarify, this post is about quality assurance in construction in relation to the yet to be implemented legislation (in The Netherlands) on private quality assurance.

The expectation is that the new legislation will be implemented for relatively simple construction projects, houses and offices in 2018. After three years, it will be evaluated and if it is considers a success, it will also be implemented for complex construction projects. The government will however first need to pass the law, which has been submitted on June 25th of 2016.

The aim of the new legislation is to improve the quality of construction projects and strengthen the privatised character of the industry. Instruments will need to be approved by a to be created government organisation. City councils will no longer check the quality of construction onsite, but will verify whether the plans fit within the cities environmental plans and if the private quality assurer has used a certified instrument. When the project is delivered, the private quality assurer will provide a delivery report to the council.

It is highly likely that the new law will have a positive impact on the construction quality through improved checks by city councils. It remains to be seen whether this will also result in higher costs. However, if the quality is indeed positively impacted, then it may well lead to a cost reduction if the number of defects is also reduced. On the flip side, constructors may not focus on internal quality assurance and checks.

The new law will not cover quality assurance in its entirety, e.g. the execution of water- and airtight fittings etcetera. Obviously, these are just as important to deliver good quality of the entire project. Therefore, internal quality checks by construction companies will remain important. At the moment, simple checklists often disappear in files after they have been completed and their data is no longer used. However, these checklists don’t provide any proof of the quality that has been delivered. It is therefore important for construction companies to implement a solid quality assurance process, supported by software.