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Why we need Conformance

The Construction Product Alliance believes that stronger product conformance will improve safety and productivity in the construction industry.

Through research and communication with industry stakeholders, the CPA have identified weaknesses with current product conformance. These weaknesses have been highlighted in the three case studies below

AI Group report

The quest for a level playing field: The non-conforming building products dilemma

In 2013, the Ai Group released a research report, supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation Science and Research, into the issues of non-conforming products in the building and construction industry.

The Lacrosse Docklands

In November 2014 a fire occurred in a high rise residential apartment building in Melbourne. Fortunately no lives were lost. However the recent findings by the Victorian Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the subsequent response by the Victorian Building Authority shine a light on the need for builders to be vigilant about the building materials they choose, buy and use.

Infinity Electrical Cables

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have launched a national awareness campaign directed at consumers who may have Infinity or Olsent electrical cabling in their homes.

The campaign is targeted at consumers across Australia, with an ‘act now before it’s too late - get your cable checked’ message, through radio, online and YouTube coverage.

The problem with the Infinity and Olsent-branded Infinity cables is that they failed to meet electrical safety standards due to poor quality insulation (plastic coating). Testing found the insulation on the ‘TPS’ and ‘orange round’ range of cables can become brittle prematurely, which may present a safety hazard if the cables are disturbed and the insulation breaks. Cables exposed to prolonged high temperatures will degrade at a faster rate.

Once the insulation is brittle, physical contact with the cables could dislodge the insulation and lead to electric shock or possibly fires.

The ACCC campaign highlights the potential risk of fire, and advises that up to 40,000 residential and business properties across Australia may be affected. It recommends that consumers who have purchased a new home or had building renovations or electrical work carried out (including any new appliance installations) – between 2010 and 2013 - contact an electrician to check their wiring.

The ACCC’s campaign website is www.accc.gov.au/checkyourcable