Building professionals can get burnt using non-conforming building products
THE PREVALENCE of nonconforming building products is a major concern for the Queensland building and construction industry with widespread use putting homeowners at risk.
Rod McInnes Timber Queensland’s Chief Executive Officer, said an Australian Industry Group survey found 92% of builders had been offered faulty materials or products.
“It’s imperative building professionals understand their responsibility to only specify, use and certify building products, including timber, that are compliant with the National Construction Code - BCA/ Australia Standards,” he said.
“The consequences of not doing so are too dire and expensive to take the risk.”
Rod said there were certification and quality assurance schemes to assist anyone trying to evaluate product compliance.
“Taking the time to understand the various industry ticks of approval that indicate evidence of suitability is a simple way to keep everyone safe,” he said.
“For example, only timber products that have been grown and manufactured to exacting standards in Queensland can display the Accredited Queensland Timber Product logo.”
Master Builders Queensland has produced an excellent resource on construction products and evidence of suitability.
“Timber Queensland has been working with Master Builders Queensland, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and other industry bodies to ensure businesses have the knowledge required to determine if they are selecting and specifying true-to-label and fit-for-purpose materials.”