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ECOSMART PROPERTY Design Development

ECOSMART PROPERTY is your independent building consultant!

Take in mind that Design is the lowest cost in your biggest investment of your life.

We believe that there is no such thing as “the best” solution, but the most suitable one for you!

And because care is better than cure, you are in the right place.

ECOSMART PROPERTY in numbers

SERVICES

Be the owner of a Unique, Upgraded and Approved Property!

Drawings & Plans

Drawings and Plans play essential role in construction procedures. Without Drawings and Plans the construction works have neither an objective nor a stated quality of the desired outcome. Design procedures specify measurable standards of the construction like the energy efficiency, structural capacity, fire resistance rating, sound insulation and much more. Without Design procedures and the site inspection that follows, the achieved quality of the above standards is unspecified. Design procedures result in a series of Drawings that are required for the statutory approval of a building, such as:

• Architectural Drawings: These drawings define the size, type and aesthetics of the development.

• Structural Drawings: They ensure that the building conforms to anti seismic and structural regulations. It aims at finding out safe and economical specifications for the structure.

• Electromechanical Drawings: They specify the electromechanical installations of a building including Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

• Energy Efficiency Certificate: It is the “energy” document of the building, so to speak. It specifies, among other things, the type and thickness of the thermal insulation of the building as well as the performance and consumption of the electromechanical installations.

Depending on the scale and type of the development, more Drawings and Documents could be needed for Statutory Approval such as Environmental Impact Assessment, Traffic Impact Study and Geotechnical Investigation. Nevertheless, for proper construction and site inspection, the following Drawings and Documentation are useful:

Detail Drawings: These Drawings determine the exact construction solution for each structural element. Particular importance is given in specific problems like moisture and thermal insulation of the buildings as their incorrect application, especially in the junction of the structural elements can cause serious problems in the future. Most of the times Detail Drawings are accompanied by Technical Specifications.

Technical Specifications: A written document where the quality and type of materials that are to be used in construction works, are defined. This document specifies in detail the quality and type of materials that are to be used. It complements the Detail Drawings as it mentions crucial information that is not present on the Drawings. Detail Drawings and Technical Specifications are part of the Tender Documents, alongside the Construction Contract.

Quantity surveying: It aims at preparing the Bill of Quantities, where construction works are listed with a detailed description, their corresponding quantities and of course the price. The Bill of Quantities is another important document that is often used alongside other Tender Documents.

Other Drawings that could be requested by the owner for purposes of quality and comfort are Bioclimatic Design and Landscaping.

Statutory Approval

Statutory Approvals services include Drawings, Plans and Documentation that are submitted to the Competent Authorities for approval. The most common Permits are the following:

1.Planning Permit: It comprises mainly the Architectural Drawings which indicate the use and size of the development. It is submitted prior to the Building Permit.

2.Building Permit: This approval must be issued before construction begins. Except for the Architectural Drawings, it comprises the Structural Drawings, the Energy Performance Certificate and the Electrical/Mechanical Drawings. Depending on the use and size of the development, other Drawings may be asked from the Competent Authority.

3.Certificate of Final Approval: It refers to the final official audit which certifies that the building was erected on the basis of the approved Drawings. It is a prerequisite for the registration of the building on the Title Deed.

4.Vertical Partition of Land & Buildings: It refers to the division of land into separate plots (or in some occasions half plots) and the subsequent partition of any buildings that may be sited on these plots.

5.Horizontal Partition: This refers to the division of two or more building units on a single plot of land. In this occasion the plot of land is not partitioned.

6.Planning Permit for Deviations: One can apply this permit when the development deviates from the provisions of Planning Legislations.

7.Title Deed Updating: It is the procedure one must follow for the official and legal registration of any development on the Title Deed. The process is carried out by the Department of Land and Survey.

There are more procedures carried out by the Department of Land and Survey (e.g. Right of Way) that often are prerequisites for the Planning and Building Permits.

Have in mind that a building without a Certificate of Final Approval is very likely to need more than two or three Permits until its registration on the Title Deed. In order to avoid any contretemps and unnecessary expenses get consultation from an Architect. In addition to technical services, the Architect is able organize and coordinate the bureaucratic procedures required.

Management of Construction Projects

Planning & Organizing

  • WBS
  • Schedule
  • Budget Estimate

Execution

  • Coordinating Shareholders
  • Conducting Procurement
  • Managing Contracts & Payments

Energy Upgrades

Upgrading the energy performance of your property has many advantages. For start it is the only form of retrofitting with an actual return, because of energy consumption reduction that it achieves. Secondly it protects the envelop of the building. And last but not the least it improves the living quality of the user.

Funding offered through EU funds, provide the perfect opportunity for upgrading the energy efficiency of your home or your workplace. So for the optimum Energy Upgrade of your property the following services are useful:

  • Energy Upgrade Certificate
  • Techno-economic study
  • Scenarios study for finding the best energy upgrades (cost-benefit, depreciation time)
  • Obtaining necessary documentation from Planning Authorities and Department of Land and Survey
  • Paperwork Services & Submission
  • Supervision & Construction Administration

Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

During the fulfillment of commercial contracts including those in the construction sector, disputes for financial or other differences often arise between the involved parties. To avoid resorting to complicated, lengthy and costly legal proceedings, the parties have the option to resort to one of the alternative dispute resolution methods that are essentially as follows:

  1. Negotiation
  2. Mediation
  3. Expert Determination
  4. Arbitration
  5. Adjudication

During the first two methods, the differences are resolved through a conciliation between the parties and the last three by a consensus or decision of an independent expert, arbitrator or judge respectively.

CONTACT US

ECOSMART PROPERTY
Design Development

 

99 155 750
(Contact us between: 08:00 – 18:00)
miltos@ecosmart.com.cy

 

13 Ektoros Street, St. Dometios, Nicosia
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