Experts in this field inspect and assess the structural integrity of properties and provide reports of defects found to ensure that it is in line with Australian Building Codes and Standards. These defects can include: water ingress, water leaks or electrical faults.  Disputes can arise over building defects due to conflict between the parties involved to determine whether it is a true defect or due to poor communication, low quality materials or poor execution of what was stated in the contract. Inspectors typically get second a second-hand opinion from engineers who can assist in determining what constitutes as a building defect and providing evidence on how it could’ve occurred and thus who should be responsible for the rectification costs. 

Experts have typically undertaken a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and have additional certifications such as Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) or Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) from Engineers Australia to move on from a graduate engineer to a professional engineer.

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

Expertise in Action

Engineers will inspect the overall condition of the property which factors in heating and air conditioning system, plumbing and electrical systems etc. and provide credible and comprehensive reports on its defects and remediation. 

Sample Reports

For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.


The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

  • The need for a view or inspection of a location
  • The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
Relevant Articles An examination of building defects in residential and multi-owned properties.

Academic literature relating to building defects.

Relevant Cases Hummingbird Homes v Light Consultants & ORS [2019] SADC 178 (29 November 2019)

Engineer breached duty of care as first purchaser to avoid pure economic loss.

Lawley v Terrace Designs Pty Ltd (Domestic building) [2006] VCAT 1363 (11 July 2006)

Owners seek damages for alleged defective construction of semi-detached houses.

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A sample of our experts in Engineering - Building Defects

Below are short profiles of a few experts with expertise in this field. Please contact our office to discuss your specific requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget. Expert Experts are experts in finding the right expert for your needs and you pay no more to use Expert Experts than if you searched and found the expert yourself.

  • #ID8701

Building and Civil Engineering Expert expert

ID8701 is a seasoned Civil Engineer and Expert Witness with over 25 years of comprehensive experience in the construction and safety industry. As a founding member and director of multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies, he has overseen the work of a proficient team comprising more than 20 engineers and consultants.

  • #ID16272

Electrical Engineer Expert expert

ID16272 is an electrical engineer with extensive experience with more than 5 years’ experience working at a leading Tier 1 & tier 2 professional service firm. ID16272 has studied and researched for more than 12 years in power system engineering and has been a casual academic for more than 6 years teaching various courses such as electrical circuits, business modeling and engineering modeling. Study and experience extends to electronic devices, photovoltaic system, energy systems, and power systems.

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