Lots of non-compliant building materials this year
In the last year we have seen increasing amounts of non-compliant materials in the building industry. We are now checking all materials that come from new suppliers to try and ensure all our building components meet Australian Standards and are of suitable high quality.
You will likely have heard of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. A building caught fire and the cladding on the exterior of the building was actually flammable. Flames accelerated up the building and tragically many people died. The cladding turned out not to be compliant with the fire resistance regulations.
Many electrical and glazing supplies are now being imported and supplied at the lowest possible price. The pressure to keep the price low inevitably leads to reductions in quality and sometimes it seems, a few short cuts on compliance with Australian building regulations.
We are being extra mindful to source electrical, glazing, steel and wood products from trusted suppliers and manufacturers. We source items made in Australia when we can and ensure quality of imported items.
The difference between a cheap build and a quality build has never been greater in my opinion. So please be careful to compare apples with apples when evaluating building quotes. We try very hard to keep prices down based on efficiency and low overheads, rather than by using the cheapest materials or suppliers.