A spate of high-profile construction industry issues have highlighted the dangers of using inferior and in some cases, non-compliant and untested building materials.

At the centre much of the attention is exterior cladding with poor fire resistance qualities, along with allegations of broader building malpractices that has seen the evacuation of multi-unit residential developments in New South Wales due to safety concerns.

Both situations have raised questions about potential corner-cutting in the use of construction products, with fears that sub-quality or unsuitable materials are being inappropriately used on projects nationwide, distributed via inexpert supply chains and parties wanting to save upfront costs.

The National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) is the country’s primary set of technical design and construction provisions for buildings; it details the minimum necessary requirements for safety, health, amenity and sustainability that need to be met in the design and construction of new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia. The Code is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

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