Defect liability period can be extended, says expert

Imteeaz Goolamhossen of Bluehaus Engineering says that while the defect liability period (DLP) typically spans a year, it can be extended, depending on contract terms

Imteeaz Goolamhossen, engineering manager, Bluehaus Engineering.
Imteeaz Goolamhossen, engineering manager, Bluehaus Engineering.

Although defect liability periods (DLPs) typically span a year, contract terms can be amended to extend the coverage, said Imteeaz Goolamhossen.

Speaking with MEP Middle East, the engineering manager at Bluehaus Engineering, said: "It depends on [the] contract. If you refer to the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) contract, which most of the projects in the Middle East are based on, it's clearly mentioned one year. But now, you can modify that contract."

He noted that the contract can also be for five years.

He added: "DLP doesn't mean that the contractor will maintain the system. It means that in case of any malfunction, anything that's not related to wear and tear, the contractor will need to come on site and rectify it.

"For example, [if] the AHU/FCU malfunctions or the filters get clogged, it's not the responsibility of the contractor to come and clean that. It's the responsibility of the operations team or the FM team to make sure that the filters are clean. This is what DLP is. It's a nice term, but it needs to be understood properly."

Goolamhossen said that it is important to define the responsibilities of each stakeholder involved, which is reportedly what the DLP does. He explained: "To clearly define, here's the line in the sand. I hand over to you; you operate it. You misuse it, it's on you. But if you maintain it properly, and if there are still any issues, the contractor will need to get involved."

MEP Middle East recently visited Orbi Dubai, the MEP works of which was carried out by Bluehaus Engineering, the MEP engineering division of Dubai-based Bluehaus Group.

Goolamhossen's full interview on Bluehaus Engineering's MEP works at Orbi Dubai will appear in issue 1209 of MEP Middle East, which will be out in the first week of September 2017.

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