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Building materials and defects

Information on using materials and products that will last the test of time, and what to do if they don’t.

Choosing products wisely

Knowing the ins and outs of how to use building materials and products to ensure they last the test of time is a challenge. New products are coming onto the market all the time and building codes and standards are constantly changing.

Ask the experts

HIA’s Building services team are all experienced in building and can provide you with advice about building materials, installation, maintenance and managing defects.

HIA members can contact the Building & Planning Services team in your nearest HIA office or by calling 1300 650 620 or emailing

Resolving problems with defects

Over the years, HIA has answered thousands of questions from builders about building materials and defects. This has helped us to prepare a range of information sheets about the most common problems we hear about. More