Darbecca Pty Ltd was started by Darren and Rebecca in 2005. You can call us direct on 03 5367 2111.
Our role is to assist you in identifying defects in new homes whilst in the process of being built. We do a visual inspection of the dwelling, and depending on the stage of construction, write a report based on the Building Code of Australia, Applicable Australian Standards, Domestic Building Contact Laws, The Guide to Tolerances and Standards 2007 and Manufactures Installation Instructions.
This will be the biggest investment that most people make in their lifetime and you want that reassurance of knowing that your home has been built correctly.
Our role is to look at the house as if we owned the dwelling and to provide you with the tools to be confident in your position with your builder.
Having a builder interrupt your home life with building maintenance repairs after handover is both frustrating and costly. Defects that could have been avoided can drag on for months.
We are a Melbourne based Company servicing all of Melbourne and surrounding areas.
Darbecca Pty Ltd is regularly engaged by Companies such as:
Slater & Gordon
Franzese & Associates Lawyers & Consultants
and other like-minded Solicitors who work within the VCAT environment.
Since starting the Business we have grown to be one of Melbourne's most respected Independent Building Consultants.
Our Business has grown in a controlled manner that has allowed us to continue to deliver on our mission statement.
As part of that growth and in line with our mission statement we were able to secure the services of Mr David Seville and Mr Brett Payne.
Collectively Darren, David and Brett are leading the way in Building Consultancy in Victoria utilising their extensive experience and knowledge of the industry to deliver the highest level of service to all of our clients.
Background Information on Darren Love
Darren Love is the sole Director of Darbecca Pty Ltd.
After working in the Commercial Building Industry for just under 10 years he project managed large building sites which relied heavily on the application of Australian Standards, Darren then moved over to the Domestic Building Industry where he became a Building Supervisor for Metricon Homes after gaining other residential experience through smaller Businesses.
Having a strong understanding of the Building Act, Regulations and Australian Standards, it was decided to establish Darbecca P/L and apply Darren’s working knowledge to both the Commercial and the Domestic Building markets.
VCAT is one of several dispute resolution processes that the Victorian Government has implemented. There is also the BACV, however VCAT are the only authority that has the ability to issue orders that are court binding.
Darren has attended VCAT matters on a large number of occasions. He has presented evidence to the VCAT Members that is both simple in nature right through to complex cases that involve many hours in the witness box.
Darren is known within the VCAT environment as being both knowledgeable and a person of integrity. His Mission Statement is a true reflection of his position on most issues.
Please note that VCAT is a costly proposition and all efforts to resolve the matter must be made prior to proceeding with this common law right.
Darbecca Pty Ltd has a strong working relationship with most builders that has been built on mutual respect. We have a reputation for only reporting on factual items.
Darren is currently a Sessional Teacher at Victoria University teaching Advanced Building Studies. He has held this role for the past three years.
Darren Love is qualified to teach
- The BCA
- Structural Principles
- AS 1684.2, the framing Standards
- As 3700, AS 4773.1 and AS 4773.2 Masonry Standards
- AS 2870 Slab Standards
- Other related domestic construction Standards
- Dip in Building Surveying
- Adv Dip in Building Surveying
- Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Background Information on David Seville
David Seville is a Building Consultant for Darbecca Pty Ltd.
David has an extensive history covering 37 years in the Building Industry.
He has over the past 10 years worked as a Construction Manager for two of the major Builders in Victoria namely Metricon and Dennis Family Homes. During his 10 years as a Manager David oversaw the building of approximately 2250 customer homes and about 74 display homes in 19 separate display locations.
As a Manager he also ran a maintenance team of two warranty administrators and 11 subcontract trades. He dealt with issues from simple plaster work issues up to major slab heaving which required liaising with Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers and Building Consultants.
Prior to being a Construction Manager David was a Building Supervisor for Henley Properties for 6 months and then took on the position of Building Supervisor for Dennis Family Homes for over two years, in which time he personally supervised the construction of approximately 215 homes ranging from 10sq first home buyers to 65sq high quality projects. This included the building of five separate display villages comprising of 18 homes in total.
David started out in the Building industry in 1975 as an Apprentice Carpenter for two years before moving on as an Apprentice Bricklayer in 1977. After this time and gaining much experience David established his own Business in Bricklaying which he ran for 20 years. He employed a team of between 3 - 16 Bricklayers on projects ranging from small 10sq homes to 250 unit retirement villages as well as many commercial office and pumping station projects. He then teamed up for a 3 year period with a local Geelong builder and subcontracted slab, frame, lockup, roofing, brickwork, plastering and tiling.
Background Information on Brett Payne
Brett Payne is a Building Consultant for Darbecca Pty Ltd.
Over the past 15 years Brett has developed and maintained a high passion for well-constructed homes from the foundation to the final product.
He has a Diploma in Building Surveying with a high knowledge of the NCC, Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Australian Standards.
Brett has gained extensive experience and knowledge whilst working alongside Construction/Building Surveying companies throughout Melbourne and Geelong.
Brett's strong passion and knowledge are the driving force behind his commitment to deliver a thorough service of the highest quality standard to enable all clients to achieve their dream homes.
Background Information on Christopher George
Christopher George is a Building Consultant for Darbecca Pty Ltd
Christopher has spent 11 years working in the building industry as an experienced carpenter.
Having grown up within the industry, Christopher has gained his extensive knowledge whilst working on projects ranging from small renovations and heritage refurbishments to the construction of buildings of a larger scale. The majority of his experience has been attained on projects overseen at all stages from site cut through to landscaping, given him a varied and expansive level of expertise.
Christopher has a Diploma in Building Surveying, receiving the High Achiever award at NMIT, and is currently completing his Advanced Diploma.
Christopher is driven by his desire to utilise his wealth of knowledge of the Australian Building Acts, Standards & Regulations to achieve excellence for his clients.
Background of Rod Leetham
Rod Joined Darbecca in November 2015. He comes to Darbecca with a wealth of knowledge having spent the last 17 tears in the Building Industry.
Rod was the person that Darren Love and Rebecca Davis-Love turned to to build their home in 2009.
Rod has worked for several large builder's in his time within the industry and has in more recent times, worked for another inspection company for just over 3.5 years.
Rod is meticulous and very diligent in the way that he goes about inspecting a home. He has a wealth of knowledge that he is willing to share with both the home owners and the builder to ensure that better building practice is what is delivered not only to the inspected home, but also to any future home the builders build.
It is clear that Rod is driven by the desire to ensure that the clients house is delivered as a home. There is a major difference.
Background of Carl Polgar
Carl Polgar joined Darbecca in April 2016, and comes with a wealth of building surveying experience.
Carl has previously spent over 2 years with BSGM Building Surveying, specialising in domestic construction and 7 years as a qualified bricklayer.
Having worked in the industry for over 10 years he spent invaluable time working on large and small scale domestic projects, always working to achieve excellence.
Carl takes great pride and passion into his work and with an outstanding knowledge of the Building Act and Regulations, BCA and Australian Standards achieves great results.
Carl currently holds a Diploma in Building Surveying and a certificate 3 in blockwork and masonry.
Carl continues to work hard to improve the standards of all domestic building in Victoria and achieve the desired results on behalf of the clients.