About Us

About Stephen Ford

Stephen is a Registered Building Surveyor with extensive knowledge and experience in the Building Sector and expertise in Defect Investigation & Property Condition Surveys. He is a Certified Weathertightness Surveyor that carries out Weathertight Investigation, Assessment, and Remediation. Stephen is a capable and professional Project Manager, experienced in remediation work.

Building legal expertise

  • Technical/Forensic Evidence gathering
  • Expert Witness New Zealand High Court, District Court and Weathertight Homes Tribunal
  • Investigation for remedial design

Investigation for remedial design

  • Targeted repairs
  • Timber treatment and decay issues
  • Monolithic Cladding

Construction project management

  • Specialising in Remedial Design
  • Design principles & methodology
  • Costing, contract documentation
  • Administration

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Associate Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors (Assoc RICS)
  • New Zealand Licensed Building Practitioner Design 3 (LBP3)
  • Registered Building Surveyor
  • NZS 4306:2005 Residential Property Inspection Standards Committee Member
  • Member New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors, (NZIBS), since 1997
  • Executive Member New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors, 2001 and 2002
  • Qualified Weathertightness Assessor since 2003, (New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors)
  • New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors Representative Member on NZ Standards Committee formed to create a New Zealand Standard for House Inspections (NZS 4306:2005)
  • Past Registered Master Builder, (previously a member of the New Zealand Master Builders Association)


About Chris Phayer

My core work experience as a Chartered & Registered Building Surveyor in the UK and NZ has included the following:

  • Undertaking investigations of a variety of public and private commercial, institutional and/or residential buildings.
  • Identification and assessment of design and/or construction defects.
  • Assessment of building conditions and deferred maintenance requirements.
  • Identification of hazardous building materials and/or moulds (including asbestos containing materials and toxic moulds)
  • General professional advice regarding essential building remediation.


Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Appointed Weathertight Homes Resolution Service Assessor
  • NZIBS/BRANZ Weathertightness Training Modules completed
  • Elected Member - New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors Inc
  • Elected Professional Associate (now Member) - New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • Elected Professional Associate (now Member) - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (UK)
  • Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University); completed BSc (Honours) Degree in Building Surveying (4 years)