ASSOCIATIONS The 10 golden rules for building contractors Before signing any contract for new building work, there are 10 important points for a contractor to consider, says Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joints Building Contracts Committee (JBCC). Before accepting the award of any tender, building contractors should draw up a checklist. Image: JBCC J BCC is a non-profit company which represents building owners and developers, professional consultants, and general and specialist contractors who provide input for the compilation of JBCC agreements that portray the consensus view of the committee’s constituent members. JBCC agreements are accredited by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) for use by Organs of State. Putlitz says before accepting the award of any tender, building contractors should draw up the following checklist and then work according to it: 1. Carefully read the tender documents and make sure that they fully understand all the documents, including the Bill of Quantities, drawings provided, or any other relevant documents; 2. Check if there are any contradictions between the various documents; 3. Check if any items are ‘hidden’ in the preliminaries or other tender documents that may vary from the standard conditions of contract or other rights the contractor may have, and check that all listed documents have the number of pages stated; 4 JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2017 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING 4. Insist on an original, unaltered standard building contract, signed by both the employer and the contractor before starting any work (and obtain a copy); 5. Check if securities must be provided between the parties involved; 6. Check who is responsible for specified insurances that must be provided before the start of the works; 7. Make sure that applicable statutory approvals to be obtained by the employer and/or contractor have been obtained to allow the work to start on the intended dates; 8. Establish if there are any other reasons that could prevent access to the site or the execution of the works; 9. Agree to provide the same contractual documentation to subcontractors relevant to their specialisation; and 10. Confirm that all key responsibilities and relevant persons have been identified by the employer and contractor. “Assuming all these criteria are met, construction can begin. If not, there could be delays and the contractor may already have a claim for additional time before any work has started,” Putlitz adds.