Popular construction industry website Sourceable.net recently posted an article which highlighted the deteriorating quality of building products flooding the Australian market, putting not only workers but the public at risk.
According to the post, faulty construction products and materials are a real problem in Oz and are putting families and lives at risk.
A senior government minister said that poorly manufactured construction products and materials are becoming a major problem in Oz putting families and lives at risk as well as putting legitimate and compliant product suppliers at an unfair disadvantage. The shoddy products are obviously much cheaper than good quality, Australian produced products.
During a national meeting with construction industry leaders to discuss the problematic influx of sub-standard and non-conforming products onto the Australian market, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry Bob Baldwin spoke of the serious problems that are stemming from these products.
Mr Baldwin explained:
Mr Baldwin went on to explain that families that renovated or built homes were entitled to be confident that the products used in the construction or renovation process were good quality and that the building was safe. Mr Baldwin said that an action strategy was needed to address these “unsafe” practices and stop them from taking place in Oz.
The following excerpt from Sourceable.net went on to explain:
Around Australia, the issue of non-conforming products used in residential construction caught public attention in August when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recalled around 40,000 electric cables supplied by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd after testing found that poor quality insulation coating meant the cables would degrade prematurely and that the insulation could break and expose live conductors if the cables were disturbed, resulting in possible electric shock or fires.
The article went on to discuss another incident which took place in 2012 which involved Grocon when they were forced to replace half of the glass they had used on a building project after vision panes to the glass were found to exhibit blue streaks in polarised light conditions. The replacement glass resulted in a significant financial expense. Companies can avoid the inconvenience and added expenses of replacing poor quality products by simply choosing better quality, Australian standard materials and products the first time around.
The Australian Windows Association, among other industry groups weren’t lying down to the spread of these low quality products. The group operates a ‘dob-in-a-site’ scheme which allows people to report any cases they believe a builder has installed non-compliant windows or doors. This can be done confidentially.
The Australian Procurement and Construction Council in September also implemented a procurement guide to assist designers and builders in understanding Australian regulatory and product requirements.
Housing Industry Association building spokesperson Kristin Brookfield expressed her support of the initiative. She said that much of the problem could be attributed to “a lack of coordination and oversight amongst regulatory authorities”.
Brookfield went on to explain:
“This is an increasing problem for the whole building industry, and no one wants to see a significant or catastrophic failure occur,” she said. “It’s time that all levels of government worked together to seriously address the issue.”