Written by, Rand Mahmoud, BSc. (Hons), Project Coordinator, Building Quality Assurance, at McIntosh Perry.

A new condominium is one of the most complex construction projects with lots of moving parts. If you’re building a condominium in Ontario, you have to manage the Tarion process, which some find confusing. As one of the preeminent providers of Tarion Builder Bulletin 19 Field Review Consultant services, we have decades of experience and expertise to help you navigate the process. Bulletin 19 Module 2A is one topic we often get asked about, so here’s some commonly asked questions with answers.

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the Module 2A (Scope of Work)?

A: The Scope of Work proposal is the first stage of the Bulletin 19R process and outlines the level of effort and proposed number of visits an FRC commits to as part of monitoring identified risk areas.

Q: Why is the Module 2A important?

A: The Scope of Work precedes, and forms the framework for, the FRC reports that keep Tarion informed about the progress of each condominium project.  It lays out the target level of review to which the FRC commits, subject to necessary changes, in the early stages of the project. Tarion refers to the Scope of Work when reviewing the subsequent 60-day, Milestone and Final reports.

Q: When is the Module 2A due?

A: The Module 2A must be submitted at least 45 days before construction (excavation) starts.

Q: When is the Field Review Consultant (FRC) required to be involved in a project?

A: Tarion recommends that builders engage the FRC early in the project design phase to assist in identifying and mitigating warranty claim risk while the design can be altered with minimal cost and time impact. This also helps the FRC complete the Module 2A accurately and efficiently.

Q: How does the FRC determine the number of visits for each risk area?

A: The FRC enters the proposed number of visits using the notional buildings for guidance provided by Tarion.

Q: Can the FRC be one of the prime consultants on a project?

A: No, the FRC cannot be part of the design team on a project as that is considered a conflict of interest. However, FRCs can carry out any of the testing in the testing table required to be completed on page 5.

Q: What if the info provided on the Module 2A to Tarion changes at some point in time?

A: The Module 2A is submitted at early stages and therefore some info regarding the project might be altered or more info added (consultant changed, risk area not applicable any longer, etc.), Tarion must be notified with any changes immediately through re-submission of the Module 2A to reflect changes.

Q: What pages must be signed on the Module 2A and who must sign them?

A: A representative from the vendor/builder (owner or manager) must sign pages 13 and 21, preferably Tarion’s main contact at the vendor/builder entity.

Q: How much longer after the Module 2A submission does reporting commence?

A: The FRC must proceed with reporting 60 days after the submission of the Module 2A and continue to do so until the B19 Final Report is issued.

Q: How is the Module 2A submitted to Tarion?

A: The FRC submits the completed Module 2A along with their insurance and practice certificates through email to Tarion and ensures that the client is part of the communication.

How Can We Help

If you’re looking for a Field Review Consultant to help you with your condo project, or if you have any questions about the process, please reach out to Rand Mahmoud in our building science services group or email us at info@mcintoshperry.com.

Rand Mahmoud, BSc. (Hons)
Project Coordinator, Building Quality Assurance

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