What does a building consultant do?
- Inspect and assess properties at different stages of development
- Advise clients on financial and conditional progress of a project
- Achieve safety through adhering to the building code of Australia (BCA)
- Act as a mediator for disputes or disagreements during the construction process
- Give expert evidence in courts and to state tribunals
What skills do I need to be a building consultant?
- An in-depth knowledge of the construction industry and building code of Australia (BCA)
- Attention to detail and safety issues
- An ability to comprehend the financial status of commercial/residential developments
- An efficient communicator and listener
- A passion for sustainable development
Building consultants can work on both small-scale residential developments as well as the larger commercial developments. Because this occupation is based on the understanding of other processes in the construction process, there is ample room for specialisation. Building consultants can branch off into freelance or private consulting, specialising in areas of environmental impact assessment, financial management and planning as well as being expert witness in courtroom disputes.