Housing schemes that have received confirmation of public subsidisation before April 4th 1997 were inspected once five years after the construction was completed.

Housing schemes which have received confirmation of public subsidisation after April 3rd 1997 are given two building inspections: the first is after one year, and is a “Deficiency inspection”, while the second is a building inspection with the purpose of checking - firstly, whether the deficiencies registered at the year-one inspection have been eliminated and - secondly an overall inspection of possible development of damages.

The building inspections, by use of random sampling, register all deficiencies[1] and damages[2]; be they material, or construction- and building elements, which fail to comply with public rules and stipulations, good building ethics and practice (craftsmanship) or agreements. 

Major deficiencies due to problems in the initial building process may later lead to building damages; for example breakage, leakage, deformation, weakening or ruining of the building. 


Some description

[1] Deficiency means that building materials, structures or building elements are in absence of properties, which should have been present and in accordance with agreements, assumptions, standards, codes of practices or in accordance with good craftsmanship. Deficiency comprehends all such relations irrespective of its origin.


[2]Damage means a deficiency, which leads to breakage, leakage, deformations, impairment or deterioration in the building or other physical circumstances, when circumstances significantly reduces the use of the building for the intended purpose.

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