Registered Building Surveyor, Philip O’Sullivan specialises in residential, body corporate and special project (research-based) building surveying. Philip is a qualified civil engineer and spent his early career years working on structural engineering, building design, project and then company management. He joined Prendos in 1995 and as a BRANZ Accredited Advisor undertook a wide range of building defect work. In doing so, he gained experience in identifying and dealing with building problems and defects. He also gained first-hand experience of moisture problems and timber decay. It led him to consider and promote the principles and practices that would eventually be introduced into the industry to ensure greater weathertightness. He also developed the communication skills needed to bring the extent of the problem to the notice of the industry, the government and the public.
A straight shooter, Philip has worked tirelessly through various government groups and industry organisations to help resolve the systemic aspects of the leaky building problem. He also has significant knowledge and experience as a building expert in preparing and presenting evidence in tribunals and court. Philip is a past President of the Cladding Institute of New Zealand, and past President of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS). Philip regards his groundbreaking work with weathertightness to be his biggest achievement, along with helping Prendos grow into a significant business.