The construction industry needs constant watchers

Ross Taylor, an expert on waterproofing and defects, says taller residential buildings are more technically complex and have proven to be the most vulnerable to systemic defects. He helped create the new ratings register and says it works because it acts as an incentive for developers to invest in quality, coordinated design and construction, and it gives consumers information about developers that they previously had a hard time finding.

“After hearing the horrific stories of Mascot Towers or Opal Tower, any intelligent person will avoid a developer who is unrated or has a poor track record.”

Taylor says the industry needs a constant watchdog. “I’ve been here for 40 years. These guys must have someone watching them closely. The industry would generally prefer to be left alone.”


Reforms in recent years have improved the quality of buildings in NSW and helped protect consumers from losing their money to poor building work. A building commission and permanent commissioner will ensure the industry remains consistent and meets demand only by adding quality, safe developments to the government housing stock. The construction industry needs constant watchers

Joel McCord

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