What Is Builders Risk; Protecting Builders from Construction Risks

What Is Builders Risk; Protecting Builders from Construction Risks

Builders risk is property insurance especially for buildings under construction. This insurance is also known as ‘course of construction’ instruction that covers risks from the start of policy effective date and ends when the construction work finishes and the property is ready to be occupied.

Builder risk policies are never alike. They are custom made depending on every construction site. Most builders risk policies cover the following:

  • Loss due to fire
  • Damage due to hail storms
  • Damage due to earthquakes, hurricanes
  • Theft
  • Vandalism and other risks

Usually, the policy excludes earthquake, flood and wind in areas of construction in the beach zones. There can be policies that include these factors as coverage extension. Extensions can be purchased as an additional policy for project locations in these vulnerable areas.

Other exclusions from general builders risk policies are:

  • Wear and tear
  • Terrorism and war situations
  • Employee theft
  • Damage due to rust and corrosion
  • Breakdowns due to mechanical faults
  • Damage resulting from faulty designs
  • Damage caused due to faulty planning, workmanship and poor materials.

What type of properties does the builder’s risk cover?

A basic builders risk policy covers building and structures when they are under construction. The policy also covers construction material supplies and equipment that are used onsite, during transit to other temporary sites etc.

Coverage also includes other costs that arise due to delay in project completion. For example, lost in sales or rental income or occurrence of additional interest on the loan, additional real estate taxes and other such unprecedented changes occur during construction or when construction is delayed.

In such cases, it is an advantage to have a builder’s risk protection coverage to minimize or eliminate any financial losses.

Other coverages are a standard part of the provisions of a policy that can be purchased as an extension. Additional coverage is available to cover the cost of upgrading the construction, meeting green environment standards and covering any nearby risk involved.

Who needs builder risk coverage

A person or a building company involved financially in the construction of a building or a project needs to cover himself from any risks involved. Generally, stakeholders take into consideration the property owners, contractor, subcontractor and any other major party who keeps interested till the project is over or till the building becomes functional. In case the project is financed, the lender might require coverage and is also named under the policy as insured.

Architects and engineers are also a part of the policy if they are required to be on the site regularly.

A waiver of subrogation is a standard inclusion in builders risk policies. Through this clause, each party to the contract agrees to waive their right of subrogation against others on the job to the extent that the policy covers the damage.

What do you need to consider when purchasing a policy?

There are basic guidelines that can help owners and general contractors understand their exposures and limit their risks.

Everett Owensby