A building or edifice is a structure that stands permanently in one place, which is intended for human use or occupation.
A building as a shelter is one of the basic needs of humans.
The building profession is the business of making structures such as houses or factories.
Professionals involved in the building industry are: Builders, Architects, Engineers, Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Quantity Surveyors, Land Surveyors and Town Planners. These professionals must work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
The building industry is one of the sectors with a high number of both skilled and unskilled labours, thus a professional Builder is needed to manage both human and material resources efficiently within cost, without compromising quality, while satisfying the client’s requirements.
A professional Builder is an academically trained and statutorily registered professional responsible for building production management, construction and maintenance of buildings for the use and protection of mankind.
One may ask why it is necessary to engage the services of a professional Builder when there are tradesmen like Masons, Carpenters, Plumbers, Painters who could come together to construct a building.
The answer is simple. These tradesmen are trained in their own skills, while a professional Builder is trained to plan, organize, co-ordinate and manage the production process from inception to handover.
Incessant buildings collapse can be prevented by engaging the services of a professional Builder.
- NIOB Handbook
- Sturgis, Russell. A dictionary of architecture and building: biographical, historical and descriptive. Vol.1