Building Surveying developed as a specific branch of surveying in the 1970s in the UK to establish standards for examining existing buildings.
Within the UK, the knowledge and expertise of the Building Surveyor is well known where they are used not only to offer advice on the best way to refurbish, alter and maintain existing buildings, but also to assist in the design and construction of new buildings.
In New Zealand the Building Surveying profession developed in the late 1990s due to the onset of the “Leaky Building” syndrome, which required detailed weathertightness assessments to be carried out to identify the causes of leaks and to make recommendations on the work required to rectify.
Here in New Zealand, Building Surveyors work with residential, commercial, private and public clients. They are employed for their practical inquiring minds to make assessments of buildings and their defects and their sound understanding of construction practices and property legislation. This enables them to provide relevant, current and expert advice to their clients.