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The remediation of so called "Leaky Homes" has now been going on long enough for some to be coming around for the second time or even third time, having been repaired badly the first time.

You are obviously keen to avoid joining their ranks, which is why you are here researching the problem. Hopefully you have already looked at some of the other pages on this site and are thinking about engaging the services of a suitably qualified consultant, surveyor, expert or project manager. The comments under the firms listed below are entirely my own: personal, biased and not to be construed as anything other than that. Never the less, I hope they are helpful!

(I wrote that a year or two ago; since then several of the firms have expressed disatisfaction with what I have written, and nagged me until I edited various bits - so what you read below is no longer quite as "purely mine" as it used to be)

First is a list of the main players: most of these firms started out small, grew quickly and now tend to be the ones involved in remediating and recladding big buildings or complexes - blocks of apartments, office buildings, even hospitals. However, they still do individual homes, so if that is what you have, don't rule them out

If you have read any of the NZ Herald articles you will recognise at least some of the names. If you haven't read any of the Herald articles, enter "Leaky Homes"in their search box - they were the first ones to listen and start publicising the problem about 10 years ago now. The other thing that is worth entering in the NZ Herald seach box is the name of the firm of consultants you are thinking of engaging - you will find the big firms mentioned in quite a few articles, not always favourably.

The British Invasion

Building surveying is a much better established career in the United Kingdom. There is an organisation called The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and their members tend to have degrees in building surveying. Used here "surveying" has nothing to do with taking levels and establishing boundaries. More like "Building Technology" (and a lot more besides). Quite a few highly qualified British (Chartered) building surveyors have emigrated here and found employment, I think all the big firms now have one or more. So don't be suprised if you hear a lot of English accents.

Prendos

This is arguably the most well established. Two brothers - Greg and Philip O'Sullivan - are often described as the "whistle blowers" on the whole, sorry leaky home saga. Greg had an article published about the "time bomb" of stucco direct fixed to framing (without a clavity) way back in 1994. By 1998 the brothers were making a lot of noise about leaking and rotting houses and people had started to sit up and really listen. Isn't it amazing how long it took for that knowledge to filter down? The O'Sullivans have taught me a huge amount, and a large number of other building surveyors I know have attended their courses run by the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors over a ten year period, starting in 2002. Over a twenty year period, they have racked up a huge amount of experience with remediating leaky homes. Quite low staff turnover, the firm just keeps slowly gettng bigger. So, tons of experience and expertise. Length of waiting list may vary. Office in Takapuna. Web site
They also have produced an excellent and extremely comprehensive "Leaky Home Guide".

Maynard Marks

Two surveyors left other surveying firms and started their own, what seems to me like only yesterday but it must have been a while ago as now they are huge with offices in the main cities. A good mixture of locally experienced British Chartered Surveyors and kiwis. Read all about them here (website). Ph 09 912 2550

Hampton Jones

A central city firm, young and enthusiastic mostly British Chartered Surveyors with an emphasis on commmercial property but they also have done (and will still look at) lots of leaky home work. Has expanded rapidly over the last few years.. Web site

Steve Alexander & Co

They now tend to specialise in larger apartment complexes and have pretty well stopped doing houses - unless you have a particularly interesting one. Again with the waiting list - there are simply more leaky homes than suitably trained and experienced people to deal with them. This company has a bunch of those highly qualified British Chartered Surveyors who have found the good life here. Office in the heart of the city. Web site

Babbage

Babbage is a big, multi disciplinary firm, established many years go, with a Building Consultancy department and a Chartered Surveyor in charge of it. Office in the heart of the city. Web site

CoveKinloch

Long ago they evolved from Joyce Group. A staff of over a dozen plus an associated firm concentrating on design with a lot more staff so quite a lot of work going on. Lots of variety, from houses right up to commercial / industrial design. Central city based, also heavily involved in remediation. Web site

Kaizon Ltd

Registered or (UK) Chartered Building Surveyors plus support staff. Lots of leaky building investigation and remediation experience with both houses and commercial buildings, as well expert witness work. Website

 

Smaller firms

There may indeed be other bigger firms seriously involved in remediation here in Auckland that I am not yet aware of, but the ones listed above are the only ones I know anything about.

On the next tier down are firms with at least a couple of registered or chartered building surveyors, these include:

AS Jacobs Property Consultancy

A more recently formed firm, with one or two registered and/or chartered building surveyors, lots of experience with leaky buildings providing expert witness and remediation services for both commercial and residential buildings. Web site

 

McGunnigle Hodge

A more recently formed firm, with one or two registered and/or chartered building surveyors, lots of experience with leaky buildings providing expert witness and remediation services for both commercial and residential buildings. Web site

 

Veron Building Consultants

A more recently formed firm, with one or two registered building surveyors, lots of experience with leaky buildings providing expert witness and remediation services for both commercial and residential buildings. Web site

 

Reveal Building Consultants

Another recently formed firm, with a coupe of registered building surveyors, lots of experience with leaky buildings providing expert witness and remediation services for both commercial and residential buildings. Web site

 

O'Hagan Building Consultants Ltd

Three registered building surveyors at October 2014. They have some specialised equipment for testing windows in situ. Lots of variety, from prepurchase inspections on houses right up to commercial / industrial design. devonport based, now also heavily involved in remediation. Web site

Small Firms

Besides these companies, there are of course many smaller consultancies (like the one I work for) which consist of one or two staff who set up contracts, project manage jobs and sub contract out other bits like drafting, engineering and quantity surveying as necessary.

I wouldn't be suprised if the list below gets shorter, rather than longer as no one seems to be short of work so the individuals listed may request me to remove their names once they find out I have included them.


Forensic Building Consultants Ltd - Craig Turner.

A Mangere firm with a couple of surevyors who have extensive experience in remediation. Ph 09 636 3485 email

 

The ones below are sole practioners :

Dibley Associates Ltd

Nick practices in Epsom providing services from leaky building assessment through remedial design, obtaining consents, administering building contracts, and preparation of evidence for mediation or adjudication. Also a full architectural service for alterations and extensions.   He is a registered architect and formerly registered surveyor .  His back catalogue includes reclads and partial reclads of individual houses, multi unit housing and large commercial properties.
Ph 09 624 0046 Cell 021 238 3389 email

South City Building Surveyors Ltd

Ph 09 279 3413 027 489 2382 email

DJ Templeman Bldg Consultancy

Ph 09 478 4876 027 459 1911 email

Alan Light Building Consultant Ltd

Ph 09 446 0052 021 15 89 306 email

Also see here for an ever growing list of builders specialising in recladding

And don't forget HOBANZ for independent advice