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Our obsession with 'standards' and 'safety' is all part of a sinister global conspiracy to bankrupt property developers

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19 thoughts on “Luxury items

  1. Mr Kyknoord kindly advise whether your firm were the civil engineers involved in the construction of the building in which I work – it would appear that you were successful in your efforts to save money for the client! Or are those leaks, loo back-ups and cracks just part of the charm?

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  2. But you can bet the CEO won’t be cutting back on his bonus or office furnishings.

    Perhaps a nice angle in the stairwell as a surprise?

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  3. charmskool: Nah, those are all architectural features. You pay extra for them.
    thrills: He’ll have to, if we leave out the sewer pipes.
    stef: That has the hallmark of wisdom about it.
    betenoir: Just think how much we’d save if we dispense with the structure altogether. Now that’s some real out-of-the-box blue-sky thinking.
    dolce: Maybe a fireman’s pole in lieu of stairs?

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  4. Heating and Air Conditioning is also unnecessary. In the Winter, the warm feeling you get from a job well-done should be enough to keep you warm.

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  5. uncle keith: and in summer, we won’t need aircon as long as we manage to save a cool million.
    parenthesis: What? No snort?
    daisy: We’re going to revive the ancient art of building drystone walls
    ol’ hoss: It’s still there. Allegedly.
    gnukid: I’ll put together a proposal immediately.
    ctyri: Brilliant. I think you have single-handedly saved the economy.

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  6. Just get rid of any inside structure. Make it a giant empty space, where people can use their own creativity to make their personal space. I call ground floor!

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  7. I have found, after 18 months of being beaten up by the client, there is really only one standard that the latest time/money saving scheme needs to pass – “Will it blow up?”. And the addendum is “Do I have enough pipes on site to bypass it?”.

    But then us chem eng’s have it easier than you civils blokes, generally our mistakes tend to hide themselves. In a hole in the ground in some cases…

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  8. nursemyra: True. If the building catches fire, the client can just upend the coffee urn.
    robin: I call basement!
    schrödinger’s cat: Our mistakes tend to be more subtle, like not getting the client to sign off on the design scope at the project outset.

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