By analyzing the building inspection cards for every project…after project completion in hindsight…any subcontractor practices or materials causing building inspection corrections and thus time delays on the jobsite…can be identified as useful preventive information.
The builder should not allow a subcontractor to cut corners to save money or make a job easier…based on a calculated risk that the building inspector might miss the problem.
The old-fashioned concept that the builder should purposely leave a few things for the building inspector to find so that the inspector feels like they are doing a good job…is nonsensical. The daily interest costs on construction loans are too large to waste five minutes playing mind-games with the building inspector.
The builder should aim for successful inspections every time. After a few months of good inspections…demonstrating the builder’s commitment to achieving perfect code compliance…the building inspector can begin to relax about the high-quality of the construction and not look so closely at everything…making the building inspections go smoothly and rise above the adversarial “gotcha” mentality that exists between the builder and the building inspector on some projects.
The first step therefore toward the goal of debugging building inspections is to collect the inspection cards from all projects and then identify the issues that are occurring. Each project manager and superintendent is then educated and informed about building inspection problems early on…upfront before the start of the next new project…so that everyone in the field is at the same advanced point on the learning curve.