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Government expert says Opal crisis could have been avoided

Michael Lambert, whose review of the Building Professionals Act contained 150 recommendations for improving quality control in new buildings, claims there are thousands of other defective buildings whose plight is never reported. Mr Lambert says defects in 85 per cent of the state's newly built apartment blocks, as revealed in a UNSW study, are the result of a systemic problem that will only get worse at "massive costs to individuals and society". "Defects are cheap if they can be fixed before the building is completed," he said, claiming the costs would be one-tenth of fixing issues after the matter, while avoiding residents having to move out and having their lives disrupted. "But there needs to be an effective regulatory system," he added. "There's a problem with this being in Fair Trading which is very reactive and passive. They don't have a proactive approach."