Building designers have a responsibility to ensure that the appropriate products and materials are used in the appropriate way.
The Australian Building Codes Board has issued advice in regard to non-conforming building products (NCBP). NCBPs are those products and materials that:
This is different to non-compliant products (NCPs) and materials which are products or materials used in situations where they do not comply with the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC).
Architects, Designers, Engineers and other specialists involved in the planning and design of building and construction must ensure that they understand and specify the performance requirements of building elements and materials. Design consultants must design buildings to comply with the NCC and the relevant state requirements. This includes the specification of building products which meet the performance requirements of the NCC.
The risk of using non-conforming building products can be reduced by taking the following steps when specifying or using building products:
There are a range of methods and schemes that can be used to test and prove that a building product or material is genuine and will do what it is made to do.
There are six different types of substantiation or evidence that can be used to verify that a product conforms and complies with the NCC Clause A2.2:
For detailed information about compliance and conformity assessment, the ABCB recommends that reference be made to the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council Guide to Procurement of Construction Products.
If you suspect an issue you can contact:
The above information and more detail is available from the ABCB by CLICKING HERE.
NATSPEC has released a National Construction Product Register (NCPR) to raise awareness of product conformity, available by CLICKING HERE
The NCPR is an online searchable database of construction products which have authenticated evidence of conformity to relevant Australian and international standards. It does not provide information or recommendations on the suitability or use of any product for any particular application, situation or project (that is whether is compliant or non-compliant)