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What we do

The Construction Product Alliance brings together a broad range of stakeholders who share an interest in the performance of building and construction products and ensuring their fitness for purpose. The Alliance aims to include representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

  • Building product manufacturers and suppliers
  • Builders and constructors
  • Supply chain partners (trade supply outlets)
  • Engineers, designers and architects
  • Building surveyors/inspectors/certifiers
  • Building Industry and professional body associations
  • Procurers (governments and private)
  • Regulators (State building, electrical, plumbing, gas, consumer affairs and workplace health and safety authorities)
  • Policy makers
  • Research bodies
  • Testing and certification bodies and their international affiliate organisations;
  • Building management and maintenance
  • Insurers

As a result of our commitment to safety, quality and productivity we have established a Steering Committee. The committee have worked closely with industry stakeholders to develop an Action Plan, enabling us to:

  1. Improve the effectiveness of the existing building and construction products conformance framework
  2. Develop an effective educational program to apprise building and construction industry participants, consumers, policy makers and regulators of the advantages of reducing/eliminating non-conforming products within the Australian market
  3. Achieve a fair market in Australia for all building and construction product manufacturers, suppliers and users.

We have set up individual Task Groups who will work closely with the Steering Committee to effectively manage the plan.

Background

Building and construction industry stakeholders have reported an increase in the number of non-conforming products in the Australian market. A growing body of stakeholders agree that non-conforming products1 (NCPs) pose a risk to: Productivity; Safety; Consumer and asset values; and Legitimate manufacturers (Australian and overseas based).

Stakeholders have undertaken the several initiatives to determine the extent of and address the problems raised, these include:

  • Housing Industry Association’s Building Better Cities Summit (2012) Building Products: A Compliance Free Zone and investigations into a building product register
  • Australian Window Association product conformance scheme
  • Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia product conformance scheme
  • ASI product conformance scheme
  • NECA and Voltimum, “Does it Comply” campaign
  • The Ai Group Non-Conforming Product Project including the report, “The quest for a level playing field, The non-conforming building products dilemma”2 ;

Through the initiatives above, stakeholders have accumulated the following compelling evidence:

  • NCPs exist in significant quantities and market penetration varies by product sector;
  • Gaps and weaknesses exist in the product conformity framework;
  • There is confusion about stakeholder responsibilities;
  • There is inadequate surveillance, audit checks, testing, enforcement and certification arrangements;
  • There is too much responsibility placed onto building certifiers and inadequate clarity of their role;
  • There is increasing reliance on industry led third party certification schemes (eg. ACRS, AWA and EWPAA schemes); and
  • There is confusion about how and where to report NCP.

Stakeholders have agreed that improvements are needed to the existing conformance framework. As a result, the Construction Product Alliance has been formed to improve the current operating environment for building and construction products.

Not acting poses risks to:

  • Productivity;
  • Safety;
  • Sustainability;
  • Longevity of assets;
  • Consumer and asset values; and
  • Legitimate manufacturers (Australian and overseas based).

1 Non-conforming products: do not meet regulatory, Australian or industry standards; are not fit for their intended purpose; are not of acceptable quality; contain false or misleading claims or are counterfeit product.

2 The Australian Industry Group report, “The quest for a level playing field, The non-conforming building products dilemma”, November 2013.