City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Cracks in the Compact City: Defects in Strata

This ARC Linkage project addresses the serious and growing problem of building defects in the trillion dollar multi-unit housing sector, which now provides almost half of new Australian housing. The research investigates three critical questions:

  • How prevalent are building defects?
  • Why do they occur?
  • How can multi-unit housing quality be improved?

The findings are intended to inform changes to planning and development policy and regulation, leading to improved building quality and safety, lower costs and stress for owners, more resilient urban communities, and better urban planning outcomes.

For more information on the research project, please download the overview below. 

Public submissions 

We have recently made two public submissions discussing our research on building defects, which are available below:

  • CFRC submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the regulation of building standards, quality and disputes (July 2019);
  • CFRC response to the NSW Fair Trading discussion paper on Building Stronger Foundations (July 2019). 

Defects how-to guide

For our step by step guide to identifying, documenting, reporting and rectifying defects, click here.

Industry partners

Australian College of Strata Lawyers
Lannock Strata Finance
Ross Taylor & Associates
Strata Community Association (NSW)
Strata Community Insurance
The Owners Corporation Network of Australia

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