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Ensure building products are fit for purpose

Protect your business by ensuring the building materials and products you order and receive on site comply with the relevant building laws and standards and are fit for purpose.

Compliance with the NCC

Building a house involves a huge number of building materials and products. They all need to be ‘fit for purpose’ and safe to use.

All buildings, including houses, need to comply with the National Construction Code (NCC). Hence the NCC is essentially your guide to building a home that is ‘fit for purpose’. Your choice of building materials will be checked as part of getting a building approval and during construction by the building surveyor.

Making sure you buy products that meet the requirements of the NCC will help you:

  • ensure you are fulfilling your legal obligations by complying with building regulations
  • maintain a safe building for workers and future occupants
  • minimise rectification work where material failure can occur
  • minimise potential litigation claims arising from the use of non-conforming products.

If you don’t comply you put your reputation and livelihood at risk, not to mention the safety of the building’s occupants.

Get what you paid for: 10 tips

  1. Make sure you know what standards the products you buy should meet
  2. Make sure your supplier understands what products you want and what standards they must meet
  3. Purchase products from reputable manufacturers and suppliers that you can develop a long-term relationship with and that provide aftersales support and replacement guarantees
  4. Purchase products from companies that participate in industry accreditation programs
  5. Check new products before you purchase them and obtain documentary evidence that all products meet relevant standards before you buy
  6. Check the authenticity of any documentary evidence when you receive it
  7. Check the goods when they arrive on site to ensure there has been no product substitution
  8. Discuss the use of any client-supplied products before work starts and get evidence they comply
  9. Discuss any supply and install contracts with your subcontractors to ensure they are using compliant products
  10. If you don’t receive proof, don’t accept the product!

Where to find more information

Australian Glass & Window Association
Engineered Woods Products Association of Australasia
Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels
Australian Building Codes Board – BCA, Codemark and WaterMark 
Australian Steel Institute (structural steel) 
JAS-ANZ (register for certified organisations and accredited bodies)  
SAI Global (certification body)

To find out more, contact HIA’s Building Services team.

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