Technical Due Diligence and Building Surveying for Commercial Property is the first book to introduce the process of technical due diligence (TDD) and examine the role of the building surveyor within the commercial property sector. The book outlines the processes that the surveyor must go through when performing a TDD inspection and report and, most importantly, covers in detail the typical pathology and defects encountered during TDD.
Performing a TDD survey involves collecting, analysing and reporting on a huge amount of information, often under specific contractual conditions. The book covers everything the surveyor needs to know in order to do a proper job and includes analysis of materials, life cycles and potential defects on an elemental basis, with detail on individual components where necessary.
* an introduction to the TDD process and types of commercial buildings encountered
* chapters outlining the life cycle and defects of: structures, roofs, facades, finishes and services
* hundreds of illustrations and photographs of defects, real-world case studies and suggestions for further reading
* a final chapter covering legal issues and technical details.
This book fills a clear gap in the literature and is the first fully illustrated book on TDD dedicated to commercial building stock. It will help students and professionals to understand the process, the science involved and the reasons why defects occur, as well as their evolution and long-term impact.
Adrian Tagg (MRICS) is a lecturer in Building Surveying at the University of Reading, UK. He also runs TechDD Ltd and has over a decade of experience delivering technical due diligence to international investors making acquisitions in Northern Europe.
Introduction Defining Technical Due Diligence and Commercial Surveying The Nature of TDD and Commercial Building Surveys The Acquisition Process Environmental Due Diligence Process Overview Commercial property Clients Professionals Constraints and Checklists Aims, Objectives and Outcomes TDD - Desk Survey Prior to the Site Visit The Visit or Site Inspection Reporting Process Further Investigations TDD and Building Management Contract Instruction Outline the Contract Instruction Scope of Works Specific Services Limitations Programme Fees Commercial Sectors Offices Retail Industrial Residential Leisure Public Sector Roofs Strength and Stability Durability Weathertightness Thermal Efficiency Technical Due Diligence Process and Inspection Inspection Principles Flat Roofs Versus Pitched Roofs Cold Deck Versus Warm Deck Roof Coverings Parapet Walls Rainwater Evacuation Roof Lights Other Structure Low-rise Commercial Buildings Structural Movement of Low-rise Commercial Properties Foundation Movement Medium- and High-rise Commercial Properties Concrete Structure Steel Structure Timber Structure Structure Summary Facades Functional Requirements Common Facade Materials Brick Loadbearing Stone Facades Painted Stone Stone Cladding Metal Facade Cladding Render Concrete Concrete and Industrial Buildings Timber Glass Facade Cladding Systems Weathering Steel Vegetation Graffiti Facades Summary Finishes Common Parts Surveying Internal Finishes Site Inspection and Survey Floors Walls Internal Partitions and Doors Ceilings Specific Use Areas Finishes Summary Building Services Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Electricity Water/Sanitary Provision Fire Detection / Alarm /Firefighting Lifts Summary of Building Services Assessment External Areas Car Parking Access Roads Pavements, Patios and Decking Storage Yards and Hardstanding Areas Waste Areas Outbuildings Lighting Signage Fencing and Boundaries Vegetation and Landscaping Summary of External Areas Legal / Technical Health and Safety Fire Precautions Accessibility Environmental Consideration and Sustainability Deleterious Materials Cultural Heritage Statutory Matters Rights of Way, Easements and Shared Services Boundaries Guarantees and Warranties Leasehold and Repairing Liabilities