Although our Building Reports are written in a laymans easy to read format we may sometimes use words of a technical nature.
This Glossary is provided to help our Clients understand those terms.
a rigid structural frame consisting essentially of two uprights connected at the top by a third member.
Those parts of the building providing the basic load bearing capacity to the Structure, such as foundations, footings, floor framing, load bearing walls, beams or columns. The term ‘Primary Elements’ also includes other structural building elements including: those that provide a level of personal protection such as handrails; floor-to-floor access such as stairways; and the structural flooring of the building such as floorboards.
roof structural members that slope downwards to the eaves
|Readily Accessible Areas||
Areas which can be easily and safely inspected without injury to person or property, are up to 3.6 metres above ground or floor levels or accessible from a 3.6 metre ladder, in roof spaces where the minimum area of accessibility is not less than 600 mm high by 600 mm wide and sub floor spaces where the minimum area of accessibility is not less than 400 mm high by 600 mm wide, providing the spaces or areas permit entry. Or where these clearances are not available, areas within the consultant's unobstructed line of sight and within arm's length.
the incline or slope of a roof.
the bend or deflection of a timber between its supports.
a reflective foil laminate that is installed inside roofs. It has many benefits including weather proofing, insulation and reduction of dust and sound.
Those parts of the building not providing loadbearing capacity to the Structure, or those non-essential elements which, in the main, perform a completion role around openings in Primary Elements and the building in general such as non-loadbearing walls, partitions, wall linings, ceilings, chimneys, flashings, windows, glazing or doors.
|Serious Safety Hazard||
Any item that may constitute an immediate or imminent risk to life, health or property. Occupational, health and safety or any other consequence of these hazards has not been assessed.
a window's lower horizontal framing member.
a sloping roof without a ridge or peak.
a moulding that covers the join between wall and floor
A fire-protection device that automatically detects and gives a warning of the presence of smoke.
|Structural Cracking and Movement|
A significant impairment to the integrity of the whole or part of the Structure falling into one or more of the following categories:
|Structural Timber Pest Damage|
The load bearing part of the building, comprising the Primary Elements.
Insects belonging to the order Isoptera; they are very active destroyers of woody material in the tropical and subtropical zones of the world.