Build­ing pro­fes­sion­als can get burnt us­ing non-con­form­ing build­ing prod­ucts

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

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.”

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