Introduction

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​​​​This stage is where all the time invested in planning will become reality as drawings of your house are translated into a building. The aim is to carry out an agreed, high quality construction process that is timely, healthy, safe, and delivers on the design and wider project objectives.

​How building to the Design Brief contributes to project objectives
The Design Brief embodies what you set out to achieve, so ensuring the construction process is consistent with what is drawn is essential for the project to be completed successfully. When it comes to actually building your house, some of the solutions you have chosen may seem more complex than other options; however maintaining consistency between what is drawn and what is built is the only way to ensure your overall vision is achieved. The quality of construction can impact your sustainability outcomes, especially those around comfort and health. A house that is well built is likely to be weathertight, warmer and more comfortable. ​

The construction process and building practices should also reflect your project’s overarching aims, and this should be included in the Design Brief and in your building contract. If, for example, reducing negative impacts on the environment was set as a goal, then waste management during construction should be considered essential and would have been included in the tender documentation. ​​