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New building and construction guidelines to protect homeowners

05 September, 2014

The Australian government has introduced a new set of procurement guidelines for the construction and building sector in the aim of protecting householders from faulty materials and products.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Bob Baldwin, launched the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council's (APCC) guide - Procurement of Construction Products: a guide to achieving compliance in Canberra last week (1 Sept).

He said the recent recall of flammable faulty electrical wiring (ACCC announcement) already installed in about 40,000 homes reminded everyone of the need for faulty material to be identified early on before it made its way to the market.

"Architects, engineers, builders, contractors, project managers, building surveyors, certifiers, building-owners, renovators and hardware suppliers will benefit from the free-guide because it highlights how to identify non-compliant building and construction products," Baldwin said.

"This guide will be a valuable resource for current and aspiring homeowners who make a significant, often life-long investment in real estate.

"The guide explains in clear terms what factors to consider in the procurement process in order to ensure building products meet an acceptable level of quality and compliance."

"This guide has been a great example of industry mapping out the issues and demystifying the pathways to better building and construction product procurement.

"The guide has been a collaborative effort by the some 30 key building and construction industry stakeholders and the APCC. It is great to see industry taking the lead in providing practical assistance to building and construction professionals."

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hayrick | Monday, September 8, 2014, 1:38 PM
How does the legislation protect home owners - they can only be protected by enforcement on the suppliers to replace all faulty products free of charge. The usual 1 yr warranty is useless in products intended to last a lifetime - this is implicit in building loans/purchase with 30yr settlement. There have been too many contemporary materials allowed into buildings without proper testing including many plastics. This is unacceptable.