Common building materials and their risks
Has your owners corporation reviewed your strata property building materials to improve safety and reduce risk?
As a member of the owners corporation, you are responsible for your building and managing its safety and financial risks. Because building materials directly affect your building’s safety and risks, it’s vital to ensure they meet regulatory requirements. By understanding common strata property building materials, you can improve the safety, durability and performance of your building.
In Australia, building works and material used, must meet a minimum standard outlined in the National Construction Code (NCC).
Before reviewing your building, it helps to be aware of the terminology used to describe materials that could cause defects and raise risks.
Non-conforming building materials are substandard. They might fail to meet the required standards for their intended use or be misrepresented by their label as something other than what they are.
Non-complying building materials are any type of building material used in situations where it should not be used. These situations are defined by the National Construction Code (NCC) and state regulations.
During your review, be sure to check if the building materials used in your strata property both comply and conform.