With the enactment of the Buildings (Amendment) Ordinance in June 2011 and subsidiary legislation including the Building (Inspection and Repair) Regulation (“B(IR)R”) in December 2011, Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (“MBIS”) has came into force since 30 June 2012. Under the MBIS, owners of buildings aged 30 years or above (except domestic buildings not exceeding three storeys) are required to appoint a Registered Inspector (“RI”) to carry out the prescribed inspection of the common parts, external walls, and projections or signboards of the building upon receipt of a notice (once every ten years) served by the Building Authority under Part IIA of the Buildings Ordinance.
Buildings Department of the HKSAR Government has published a Code of Practice for the MBIS (“MBIS CoP”) in 2012. The
MBIS CoP specifies the technical standards and procedural requirements for the RI to carry out building inspections, but it does
not elaborate on inspection planning, professional judgement, defect diagnosis, and special construction methods and features
commonly found in aged buildings.
Pursuant to section 5 of the B(IR)R, the inspection of surviving buildings involves examinations and assessments with reference
to the standards used at the time when the buildings were built. It becomes crucial to understand the legislation, designs,
materials, codes of practice, and practice notes that prevailed when the buildings were built.
In this connection, Building Surveying Division of The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors has published a Professional Guide to
Building Inspections (“PGBI”) – Volume 1: Pre-1980 Residential & Composite Buildings in Hong Kong.
Sr Dr Daniel Ho and Sr Dr Edward Yiu who were the academic researchers of the PGBI will share with members about the main
contents of the PGBI on inspection preparations and understanding of the various design codes which prevailed at the time
when these pre-1980 buildings were built. Sr David Chan will also participate and share his 30+ years of practical experience in