The technical rating* is determined in direct relation to the quality of the construction built. Each project receives an average technical rating, broken down into 100 points:
- 90% is awarded for the average of the technical ratings from each inspection
- 10% is awarded for the best practices incorporated into the project
Upon completion of construction, an average technical rating is assigned to the project based on the scores received during inspections and the best practices incorporated. The average of the technical ratings from projects counts for 50% of the Cote Qualité GCR.
For example, a project that was subject to two inspections that received ratings of 75 and 73 would have an average rating of 74 out of 90. If it incorporated three best practices, 6 points would be added to its technical rating, which would bring it to a total of 80 points. Therefore, the contractor’s technical rating would be 80.
*GCR takes into account contractor collaboration in correcting incidents of non-compliance found on site or in providing required documentation (collaboration rating). A maximum of 10 points can be subtracted from the total technical rating used to establish the Cote Qualité GCR.
GCR uses a risk scale as part of its work of assigning technical ratings to projects.
The risk scale has five levels. Level 1 improves a project’s technical rating, level 2 has no negative impact by default and levels 3, 4 and 5 affect the technical aspect of GCR inspection reports.
Level 1 – Best practices
Best practices are not a requirement of code or standards but instead represent added value for buyers. Contractors that apply one or more of these practices that contain more stringent requirements than those in force can receive additional points for projects that have been subject to at least one inspection.
Level 2 – Preventive notification
Following a site inspection, and based on information provided by the contractor, its representative or a subcontractor, it may seem likely that certain elements that have yet to be carried out will contain deficiencies. After informing the contractor about which methods are compliant, the inspector will take preventive measures to ensure that work is done correctly by pointing out the issue in the inspection report and stating that “d’ici la fin de la construction, veuillez[…].” Each level 2 observation will receive follow-up.
→ This flowchart outlines how inspectors handle preventive notifications (in french).
Level 3 – Low risk
If incidents of non-compliance are observed in a site inspection with regard to a regulation, code in force, standard or trade practices, and these incidents meet the analysis criteria for risk level A or B, they are considered to be level 3.
Level 4 – Average risk
If incidents of non-compliance are observed in a site inspection with regard to a regulation, code in force, standard or trade practices, and these incidents meet the analysis criteria for risk level A or B, they are considered to be level 4.
Level 5 – High risk
If incidents of non-compliance are observed in a site inspection with regard to a regulation, code in force, standard or trade practices, and these incidents meet the analysis criteria for risk level C, they are automatically considered to be level 5.
Risk analysis criteria
Observations are automatically considered to be level 3, 4 or 5 in an inspection report based on the following criteria:
A – Potential consumer impacts
- The element identified could be subject to a potential claim.
- The work is worth less than it costs.
- The element identified could cause deterioration likely to pose a health risk if the situation is not addressed.
- The building’s durability could be affected.
B – Potential costs or consequences associated with bringing work up to code
- The costs that will result from the situation or from bringing work up to code are unreasonable.
- Work will be complicated and necessitate challenging alternatives.
C – Potential safety risks (use/structure/fire)
- There is a likelihood that someone will be exposed to unacceptable risk of injury caused by an accident or fire.
- There is an unacceptable risk of damage or loss of use due to structural failure.
→ This chart shows how the technical rating is established.
AA technical rating
A contractor that wants to maintain or obtain a AA technical rating must meet the three following criteria:
- Demonstrate that at least one best practice has been applied for each project inspected
- Obtain an average of at least 91 points on inspection reports
- Lose no collaboration points
Cote Qualité GCR
Every contractor accredited with GCR is assigned a Cote Qualité GCR. This score is assigned by assessing financial ratios, customer satisfaction and the quality of buildings constructed. Contractors who have not yet received a technical assessment are temporarily given a score of N (not scored).
The Cote Qualité GCR helps ensure fair risk management for all accredited contractors.
→ Contractor classification chart.