Australia’s Construction Landscape Reeling under Substandard Materials

Published By : 24 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The landscape of Australia’s construction is burdened with imported raw materials that are of substandard quality and are potentially putting lives and property at risk, warn leaders of the building industry.

Tracey Gramlick from the Australian Windows Association (AWA) stated that non-compliant products are flooding in the market at the moment and have reached a tipping point. 

After continuous pressure from the building industry, the Senate on Tuesday voted to look into non-conforming building products. Co-sponsor of the inquiry independent Senator Nick Xenophon said that the lives of Australians were at stake.

He further stated that the regulatory regime seems to be simply not working or if it is, it is flawed. The question is not only about Australian jobs but also about the lives of Australians that are being jeopardized by using these substandard imported materials.

Innes Willox, chief executive of Ai Group said that the situation has not improved since the survey was released 18 months ago. The concerning part is, he added, that nothing much has been done in terms of licensing change or regulatory change.

Last November, a fire engulfed the Lacrosse building in Melbourne in just a matter of minutes. It was later discovered that the building was covered in low cost Chinese cladding that did not meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is arranging for a callback of all imported and faulty electrical cable that was sold during the period of 2010 to 2013. The Infinity cable is currently being used in more than 40,000 homes in Australia and are believed to be a fire as well as electrocution risk owing to the fact that the plastic casing is degrading at a rapid rate.

Even though industry leaders have said time and time again that Australian businesses pay premium to make sure that the code is being met, foreign products and easily imported and sold in Australian markets. 
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