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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.

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