HOUSING WITH BUYER PROTECTION AND NO SERIOUS FAULTS … IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK OF BUILDERS AND REGULATORS?  

KEY POINTS …

 

2012 study UNSW City Futures: 85 per cent of  buildings built since 2000 defective on completion

-the BMF’s Communique issued after the Neo200 building fire is straight out of the Yes Minister Playbook
Ministers agreed in principle to a national ban on unsafe use of combustible ACPs subject to a cost/benefit analysis including impacts on supply chain, building industry and a proposed timeline for implementation
-the earliest a ban can take effect is in May

 

anecdotal evidence suggests buildings are still being clad in combustible ACP

 

-under the NCC and Australian Standards; AS 4654.1 and 2-2012 a waterproof membrane could last five minutes or 50 years

-the Shergold-Weir report has not been implemented, and the combustible cladding issues remain unresolved

-the ABCB does not publish minutes and none of its deliberations are in the public domain no one knows what actually happened or who did what

 

Regulatory failures are diminishing public confidence in the construction sector, a report has found.

Housing with buyer protection and no serious faults – is that too much to ask of builders and regulators?