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On 28 March 2012, the Housing Industry Association hosted its third annual Building Better Cities summit. This year’s summit was titled ‘Building Products: a compliance free zone’, and as the name implies, focussed on the important issue of standards and quality compliance of building products and components used in the residential building industry.
The event brought together an impressive list of well-credentialed Australian and international experts from across a range of disciplines relevant to this topic.
The issue of building product compliance has been on the agenda of HIA’s building & manufacturing members for some time, but HIA believes it is time that this became of equal interest to consumers and policy makers.
Failure of non-compliant building products can have implications to the residential building industry from repair and replacement costs, to loss of reputation for businesses or the industry, right through the health and safety of staff and consumers.
Following the summit, HIA signalled that it will spearhead a campaign to address the problem of non-compliant building products in the residential sector. Central to this will be promoting the message to builders and consumers that it’s just not worth the risk of using inferior materials and components, and considering different compliance mechanisms to promote informed decision making.
The summit also identified the problem that inconsistent compliance regimes have led to an uneven playing field between manufacturers that comply with standards and those that do not. Manufacturers who do the right thing are being disadvantaged against those that neither invest in producing products that meet Australian standards nor programs to demonstrate compliance.
Presentations from the summit are being made available for delegates or interested parties that were unable to attend. Also available for viewing or download key statements including the closing address.
We would also welcome your assistance in scoping the extent of the problem that Australian builders, manufacturers and suppliers are faced with, in respect to non-complying building products. Whether you attended the Summit or not, your responses to the following survey questions would be much appreciated.
The information collected in this survey will be aggregated and individual responses will remain confidential, and will only be used to assist HIA’s own research and advocacy.
Please click here to begin the survey
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