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Construction glossary

What is an Audit?

An audit, within the construction industry, is a systematic and independent examination of a project, contract, or business unit. It is a thorough and comprehensive assessment of a company's construction processes, internal controls, and business practices. This review is conducted to ascertain compliance with the set industry standards, regulations, as well as to verify the authenticity and legitimacy of financial statements. The audit ensures that every operation within the construction cycle, from procurement of materials to the completion of the building, is carried out accurately and fair. It helps a firm to understand the areas of inefficiency and mitigate any risks. Furthermore, an audit could provide opportunities for improvements, ensuring efficiency, productivity and profitability for construction businesses.