WBC&I offer reliable expertise in most fields of general building construction, especially where building codes are concerned.


Do You Need a Building Consultant?


The least costly way to reduce or eliminate the risk of construction defects is before construction is ever started. Unfortunately, many projects proceed to construction with conflicts, discrepancies, ambiguities and impossibilities built right in. Lack of knowledge of building codes, construction procedures, standard methods and practices and management techniques are frequently the cause. The results are predictable; change orders, cost overruns, delays and litigation.

Many “off-the-shelf” plans and procedures have been developed from past practices using information that is significantly outdated or simply not applicable. As a result, these are not suitable for use in a changing code environment.

With WBC&I acting in an advisory capacity, critical gaps in the construction process can be eliminated. We do not replace the need for architects, engineers or contractors. We simply make the process more cohesive and support the various experts involved. As your consultants, we bring expertise and professionalism in specific fields of construction, coupled with a broad knowledge of the building codes and standards. The impact of consulting services is that you, the client, have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be otherwise feasible, and you may utilize our service as much or as little as needed or desired. In fact, an initial consultation is typically performed at no cost to the client.

Our services may be needed if you are considering renovation, remodeling, or a tenant build-out. When you have retained a contractor you need independent third-party evaluation of the workmanship, code-compliance and adherence to the plans and specifications. If you suspect construction defects within your home, you’ll need an expert to verify the suspicion and document the issues. These are just a few examples of projects that require a trained and qualified building consultant.

Building code consulting services are often needed by professionals as well. Quite often it is more cost effective to utilize prescriptive or conventional methods than it is to design a complete building. At the same time, it is a challenge to keep abreast of ever-changing building codes. The abundance of referenced standards (ANSI, ASTM, etc) expand the codes beyond prescriptive language or design alone. If you are a specifier, designer, architect or contractor, you may need evidence for the local building official that you are using code-complying materials such as an ICC-ES report. Utilizing a code consultant can provide the needed guidance for integration of compatible conventional elements with an engineered design. Architects also face the challenge of making aesthetically appealing designs compliant with today’s building code requirements. A review of your design can help in knowing when to consider utilizing prescriptive methods in lieu of engineered design elements. Contractors also use our services to verify their work, settle disputes over code-compliance, and solve constructability issues.


Keith Gipe is a State of Florida Licensed Building Inspector, Home Inspector & Building Plans Examiner
with a wealth of construction experience.


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Do You Need a Building Permit?

Lots of people take shortcuts in life. Builders and contractors may take shortcuts when building – which saves them money in the short run, but causes the homeowners problems in the long run. But homeowners take shortcuts too, often without understanding the consequences of building or renovating without proper permits.

Many homeowners view the building permit/inspection process as something to be avoided at all costs. That’s incredibly irresponsible, because that process was set up to protect people. Failure to get a permit may save money now, but may be costly down the road.

When you go to sell the house, you’ll be obligated to disclose to the buyer that there was no permit. This plants seeds of doubt in the buyer’s mind. When minor defects are found during an inspection, those seeds will be fertilized and will grow. And if you’re the buyer, you should know that you’ll have to disclose it when you sell the house.

Do-it-yourself construction projects are popular on television, but that extreme makeover may become your worst nightmare. If you renovate without a permit, or hire an unlicensed contractor who fails to get one, you stand a good chance that you’ll be going back to fix something later, which usually means tearing out surface finishes, and that’s expensive.

Here are some things I commonly find that homeowners and unqualified contractors do wrong:


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