Building inspection activity is carried out by an independent third party – an inspection body – according to project documentation, standards or other specifications and legislative requirements, at the location of the construction, in accordance with established accredited inspection procedures. Within inspection activity, the inspection body performs the following:
- it examines the causes of nonconformities, i.e., it collects and analyses information for arbitration purposes, to assess the status. The outcome is the inspection report, which clearly identifies compliance or non-compliance with a specific standard, project documentation, technology, legislative requirements or other specification. In the event of any nonconformities, it establishes specific corrective measures to eliminate them;
- or, based on its findings, it confirms the quality, i.e., the current status of implementation, its output being both the inspection report and the inspection certificate. This independent activity increases customer confidence in the final product.
Inspection activity at the construction site allows immediate correction during the implementation and analysis of the actual quality, e.g., with respect to compliance with the Building Act and the relevant implementing regulations, by examining the implementation and documentation of relevant tests in accordance with applicable technical standards, technological regulations, special technical conditions and applicable regulations.
The aim of building inspection activity is to verify the quality of a particular construction job and compare the results of inspection activity with project documentation requirements and relevant standards and regulations in order to provide the ordering party with high-quality and objective information on whether or not the construction has been carried out in accordance with the project documentation, regulations, standards or other specifications in the products, processes, technology and equipment of the construction as a whole or of its parts.
The resulting quality of the building depends on the characteristics of each sub-product throughout the supply chain, i.e., the plan – the project documentation, materials, products, as well as their actual professional incorporation in the construction. Therefore, inspection activity focuses on the documentation and construction documents, assessing compliance with the Building Act and the relevant im
plementing regulations, as well as construction journal keeping. Furthermore, inspection of the quality of the built-in products and materials according to their declarations and instructions is performed, the original requirements of the project documentation and its changes are compared, and the impact of the changes on the progress of construction is assessed. The documentation of relevant tests delivered or performed at the construction site is reviewed in accordance with applicable technical standards and technical regulations. Attention is also paid to the evaluation of the tests and the relevant measurements, compliance with technological procedures of work in relation to technological rules of companies implementing the construction.
The main benefit of building inspection is to provide high-quality, objective information on compliance with applicable legislation, regulations, standards or other specifications for products, processes, technology and equipment of the construction as a whole or of its parts. The ordering party receives an evaluation (in the form of an inspection report) from an independent third party on the extent to which the contractor has met the requirements of the ordering party (investor), project documentation, and relevant standards and regulations. In the event of any nonconformities, the inspection report specifies corrective measures to eliminate them.