Understanding building and construction trades, trade standards, workmanship, rates and prices

Trades

Trades in the building and construction industry

All building and construction activity can be separated out into 'Trades'. A sole trader might work as a tradesperson within a specific trade. A large company might work within a specific trade. There are other types of commercial entities that might work within a specific trade.

By way of example that is applicable to New Zealand, the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Buildings Works (or 'ASMM') provides a framework for twenty five (25) separate items of building activity. We use the ASMM as a framework for our description of the various trades.

The separation of building works into ASMM items and trades is reflected in the Bill of Quantities (or 'BQ') and Schedule of Rates, both of which can be incorporated into a construction contract. The BQ and Schedule of Rates are relevant to both the scope of work and to pricing, particularly variations.

The separation of building work into ASMM items and trades also shows up in construction programs, which are relevant to progress, delay and disruption claims.

Specific joint Australian/New Zealand Standards govern the standard or quality of work for most trades.

Some trades have established trade organisations.

Apart from the separation of building and construction work into trades, some tradespeople or trade businesses will undertake either commercial building or domestic building, while others will undertake both.

There are industry publications that will give rates and prices for items of building work for most trades.

Stapleton Solicitors will participate in any building and construction trade dispute.

Professionals within the building and construction industry

Apart from the trades, there are the building and construction 'Professionals', which includes architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, surveyors, lawyers, superintendents, adjudicators and the like.

Stapleton Solicitors will also participate in any dispute involving building and construction professionals.

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Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK and Australia)

We have been associated with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) since October 2011. The CIArb is located at 12 Bloomsbury Square, London.