Cracking down on dodgy building materials
The Board of Construction Information Systems Limited (NATSPEC) is developing a web portal in response to concerns from government and industry organisations that an increasing number of non-conforming construction materials are being used on Australian buildings. The National Construction Product Register database (NCPR) has been a long time coming considering things like non-conforming structural steel bolts, structural plywood products, copper pipe tubing, fire collars and glass sheets have been on the radar of regulators since 2006. NATSPEC also says more recent concerns like dodgy electrical cables, combustible cladding and products with asbestos have contributed to its decision to set up the NCPR. The portal is expected to be launched before the end of the year and will be a voluntary system freely available to the industry. It will provide verified information on conforming construction products provided by manufacturers and suppliers.