CANZLER strengthens expert activities

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The Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria appointed and swore in Albert Holzhey as an expert in the field of "IT focus on hardware, especially building automation". Holzhey is office manager of the Munich office of the real estate con­sul­ting and planning office CANZLER, a company of the SOCOTEC Group. Companies from the real estate industry, courts or insurance companies appoint him as an expert to determine damages and defects in the field of building automation.

Clients rely on the judgment, absolute neutrality and independence of the appointed and sworn expert. Holzhey therefore looks exclusively at the facts at hand to determine whether malfunctions, defects or operating errors are present in the building automation system and carries out the damage assessment and evaluation. This applies across all trades to the measurement, control and regulation technology for the systems of the HVAC trades heating, air conditioning, ventilation and plumbing at the automation level and the management level, as well as the functions of safety equipment such as controls for fire and smoke extraction systems.


"The derivation of fault events and the costs to eliminate damage are the focus of the expert's activities, because faults in building automation and control technology can jeopardize the safety of building operations," says Albert Holzhey. "If, for example, malfunctions occur or are present due to improper installation or programming in the systems engineering, which in extreme cases can also pose a danger to life and limb, we as experts check whether the parties' contractual agreements have been complied with."

CANZLER also makes this expert knowledge available for private appraisals, drawing on internal expertise across all trades. Building owners, operators, users, contractors or planning offices thus receive a neutral assessment or evaluation of the facts in order to bring about an out-of-court clarification/settlement that is less time-consuming and cost-intensive. With the help of the neutral expert, it is possible to bring projects forward again when disputing parties, e.g. building owner and user/tenant and executing company jointly agree on an impartial expert. Independent of a legal dispute, the mediator shows all parties the advantages, so that a further cooperation until the completion of the project becomes possible.


Albert Holzhey, a graduate engineer (FH) in physical engineering, heads CANZLER's office in Munich, where he has overall responsibility for the technical equipment division. Holzhey is also a member of the Joint Committee on Electronics in Building (GAEB) of the AK 070 "Building Automation" working group.