Existing Buildings

When dealing with existing buildings additional factors come into play along with those identified for new buildings, the following are areas of significant importance.

  • Carry out detailed surveys of all existing services locations and conditions to provide a lifetime invaluable record, to form the foundation of the future.
  • Establish a condition report of the findings which identifies a base level, prior to proceeding into any design phase of the project.
  • Other issues that relate to dealing with Existing Buildings that are of equal importance and should be carried out as part of any significant project within an existing building (if they do not already exist) include:-
  • A detailed programme for the implementation of Backflow Prevention.
  • A programme for the implementation of water conservation devices.
  • A programme for the implementation of thermostatic mixing valves is introduced in conjunction with the redesign of the hot/warm water system.

Of paramount importance to any project is the continued assessment of the estimated construction cost of all elements of the hydraulic services installation against the project’s cost plan.

Quality Assurance and Management
Since June 1995, SPP Group have held accreditation of the AS/NZS ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Over the years, SPP Group have maintained and continued to improve on our Quality System, to provide the services and commitment we offer to our valued clients.

In general terms, our processes for each and every project have a number of important procedures. However internal Audits held on a regular basis focus heavily on such procedures as Document and Data Control, Design Control and Inspection and Testing to ensure the highest standard of documentation is maintained throughout the period of the project.

All documents received are checked and stamped upon receipt and these documents then become part of the designers project file for reference.

SPP Group's drawing office procedures require the CAD Operators to check all preliminary drawings for fundamental requirements such as layout, title block format, drawing scale and sheet size. Upon completion of the preliminary design, the designer passes the documentation over to a nominated independent design validator for checking, along with all relevant calculations.

On completion of final documentation for Building Approval, the drawings are again checked against the updated Architecturals and the Architectural drawing number is noted in the title block for reference.

During construction, our project administration procedures require the completion of an inspection and test plan to be submitted by the Hydraulic Services Contractor, to allow for a well formulated method of inspections by SPP Group.