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Despite the wailing of design consultants about the implications of the Lacrosse judgement and the Opal Tower engineering report, the importance of a viable Design and Construct constructor in these cases has proved critical to a way forward. The experiences and the processes that apartment owners have endured is unreasonable in a modern construction industry. It is evident that better design management skills, risk management and trustworthy performance assurance capabilities are needed to define the quality and resilience of future construction. Unfortunately, the owners of less visible and dramatic residential dwellings affected by these defects have virtually no voice in making their case for restitution. But they vote. And in the end, just as in the case of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings or the ACT’s Mr Fluffy, a solution must be found. A far more wide-ranging construction industry inquiry is justified. This is why only a 10-year insurance warranty for residential apartments covering the structure, envelope, basement and waterproofing for new-builds from 2020 is viable.
The Fifth Estate