Building Product Manufacturers, Architects, Designers, Engineers, Builders, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and other construction specialists have a legal obligation to ensure that the products and systems chosen for their project meet full compliance with Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC).
In particular, manufacturers must clearly outline where a product can or cannot be used and provide the necessary, appropriate compliance and conformance information, including any limitations, for each product for sale for the building industry.
This requirement has become more stringently enforced since May 1, 2019, following the increased focus on recent building failures within the multi-residential sector. Building Commissioners across Australian States and Territories have mandated the use of compliance reports for building materials, particularly on fire compliance.
Because Design and Engineering professionals are typically first in line to specify fire-compliant materials, they are first in the pecking order in terms of their requirement to satisfy themselves that the chosen products are fit for purpose. Next in line are the builders, tradespersons, quantity surveyors and building certifiers.
All Design and Building professionals should be aware of the following definitions outlined by the Government when making their selections:
- A Building Product is any material or other thing associated with, or that could be associated with, a building. Building products can take the form of materials, systems, and forms of construction.
- A Non-conforming Building Product is a product or material that claims to be something it is not, does not meet required standards for its intended use, or is marked and supplied with the intent to deceive those who use it.
- A Non-complying Building Product is a product that is used in a situation where it does not comply with legislative and regulatory requirements such as the NCC.
In simple terms, non-conforming building products are ‘bad products’ that should be avoided at all costs. A non-complying building product has been ‘poorly and/or incorrectly used for non-compliant application’.
To maintain this standard of superiority, we are continually striving to improve. SUPAWOOD has completed product testing on our entire product range to guarantee our products comply with the new NCC2019 fire testing requirements - including our fire-retardant timber acoustic panels.
How to find Compliance Reports for SUPAWOOD products on our website:
Step 1: Open the SUPAWOOD website: www.supawood.com.au
Step 2: Hover over the Menu bar item: "Resources" and click "Fire Hazard Properties"
Step 3: Scroll down the page until you reach the table of options titled: "Download SUPAWOOD product compliance reports"
For expert advice on fire compliance, please check our blogs or contact our customer care team.
What Group Number do you need?
Please refer to Table 3 of NCC/BCA Specification C1.10 inside our Fire Retardant Feature Linings information pack to determine your project's requirements.
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