Brisbane Housing Company’s focus on quality control has spared it from any involvement in the cladding scandal engulfing others.
BHC chief executive Stuart Lummis told The Fifth Estate the community housing provider was “very prescriptive” regarding design and construction, and as such there had been no non-compliant cladding found on any of its properties.
It has developed around 1800 units over the past 15 years. They are a mix of owned and managed social and affordable housing, owner-occupier units and units sold to investors for private rental.
Lummis says all projects are fully documented so contractors and subcontractors “can’t skinny back” on specifications.
The quality control process includes oversight of all projects by in-house construction management and a development manager. BHC also takes a site superintendent role, sending personnel out to site regularly to ensure what’s been put on paper is actually what’s being done.
“With compliance, you just have to step through it. There are no short-cuts,” Lummis says.
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