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Title: Guidelines for 40-Year Inspection Requirements

Author(s): Brian Duchene

Publication: Web Session

Volume: ws_S22_Duchene.pdf

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Date: 3/28/2022

Abstract:
Conducting 40-year inspections requirements can be very challenging on a number of levels. Building construction can vary which can change the scope of work. Owner occupied residential structures present special Client challenges. These challenges raise several important questions. What should the standard of care be for a 40-year inspection, visual only? Should the industry have published minimum standards and rating systems, like we have for bridges, based on the structure type, i.e. steel frame, reinforced concrete, masonry? Should there be legislative liability relief for engineers performing 40 year inspections on Owner Occupied buildings to attract more qualified engineers to perform these inspections. Should there be prescriptive regulatory responsibilities and timeframes for Owners and Homeowner’s Associations to act on the engineer’s findings and recommendations based on the criticality of the findings?