Abstract

This study analyzed the mediating effect that a building permit has on apartment firefighting engineers' design competence and as-built inspections. The analysis results are as follows. First, it was found that the design competence of firefighting engineers had a positive effect on the approval for the building permit. This means that a building permit is approved well if firefighting engineers with excellent design competence design the firefighting facilities to satisfy the national fire safety standards. Second, it was found that the design competence of firefighting engineers had a positive effect on as-built inspections. The higher the completeness of design drawings and documents prepared by the firefighting engineers is, the more positive its effect on the quality of the as-built inspections is. Third, the approval for the building permit was found to have a mediating effect on firefighting engineers' design competence and as-built inspection. The building permit approval which was a parameter did not only have a positive and statistically significant effect on firefighting engineers' design competence that was an independent variable but the as-built inspection which was a dependent variable. This result means not only that a building permit gets approved well but also that the quality of as-built inspections is improved when firefighting engineers design firefighting facilities in accordance with the national fire safety standards by using their excellent design competence, in order to prevent inadequate preparation of design drawings and documents and avoid frequent design changes.