If you listen to the news nowadays, you’ll hear terrifying stories about earthquakes and fires. It is absolutely horrifying to hear about people getting hurt while they are inside establishments. Skyscrapers crumble to the ground and crush a lot of people, while other tall buildings catch fire easily.
To avoid disasters like this, we opt to use high quality materials when we construct buildings. It is highly recommended to use good materials that will help build a sturdy foundation for the establishment.
Unfortunately, it is common to encounter buildings that are made of substandard materials. This issue poses a threat to the lives of a lot of people. This is an issue that needs to be addressed in order to save lives.
What are non-conforming building materials?
Building materials are associated with building construction. They are regulated to make sure that they follow requirements of the provisions of building assessment. You should not scrimp on building materials as they determine how sturdy your building will be.
Non-conforming building materials are those that do not pass the requirements, creating a risk. For example, some materials are presented to be asbestos-free, but reveal asbestos content once they are checked. Plumbing works can also be against the standard. Some buildings also have ceilings made of substandard materials that will compromise safety.
How do they affect us?
Using substandard materials affects not only the people in the building industry, but also the people who live or work in the area. These can cause serious health issues for everyone, most especially those involved in manufacturing, retail and construction.
The use of non-conforming building materials also presents additional costs for the owner. Since the end products will not be sturdy, repairs and renovations will be done more often. These will be additional expenses, because the owner will have to get it checked regularly just to make sure that they will be safe. Essentially, the buildings become unsafe because of cutting corners and using non-compliant building materials.
Is there any action taken?
The Queensland Parliament passed a legislation last August 2017 to address this issue. The Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Act of 2017 ensures the quality of building products by placing duties on supply chain participants. It also expands the enforcement powers of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission which regulates the building industry.
A code of practice has also been released by the Department of Housing and Public Works, which targets to help people detect substandard building products and avoid them. This also holds into account all the people who are involved in the manufacturing, selling, delivery and usage of all non-compliant building materials.