How do I ensure that I am using products that conform?
With the thousands of building products manufactured both in Australia and overseas, it can be difficult to know whether or not a building product or material will perform as required and will comply and/or conform with the NCC, standards and Australian laws.
There are a range of methods and schemes that can be used to test and prove that a building product or material is genuine and will do what it is made to do.
There are six (6) different types of substantiation or evidence that can be used to verify that a product conforms and complies with the NCC:
- Certificate of Conformity by CodeMark or WaterMark
- Certificate of Accreditation from a State or Territory Accreditation authority
- Certificate from an appropriately qualified person such as an engineer
- Certificate from a product certification body accredited by JAS-ANZ
- Report registered by a registered testing authority
- Other documentary evidence
For detailed information about compliance and conformity assessment, please refer to the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council Guide to Procurement of Construction Products.
The Housing Industry Association also has a number of information sheets that provide further detail about ensuring a product is fit for purpose.
NATSPEC is also developing a National Construction Product Register of products which have evidence of conformity to relevant Australian and international standards. It is due to be launched in July 2017.