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Guaranteed roof design and construction

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The design and construction of roofs could be 'hallmarked' in future under a scheme in which clients are offered a single point of responsibility and a 10-year guarantee against defects. Such a scheme appears to be much needed, given a recent survey which showed that 'some 50 per cent of new housing schemes inspected exhibited defects in the roof'.

The Roofing Industry Alliance, a confederation of organisations involved in roofing, has issued a consultation paper* proposing the registration, certification and monitoring scheme to cover: the design of roofs to recognised codes, the fitness of components for their purpose and the competence of contracting by sound organisations.

The scheme, which would be relatively straightforward to run, would award hallmark status to contractors, or even to roofs of particular projects. The alliance would also like to assess designers for hallmark status, but is still exploring options of how to do this while providing the client with a single point of responsibility for any defects.

* Hallmark Scheme. Roofing Industry Alliance consultation paper. Copies from detr, tel: 0171 890 3000. Responses to the paper by 28.2.98.

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