What is going on in the building industry?

There is something awry in the building industry.

First we have the concrete cancer issue that is slowing rotting away buildings like the new Manukau District Court building in Auckland.

Then only the other week we had concrete steel mesh being pulled from the market and investigations by the Commerce Commission and MBIE.

Then we heard frameless toughened glass balustrades are likely to be banned with Auckland Council pushing the government to fast-track a national building standard.

Now via the tip-line we have Winstone Wallboards placing a ‘precautionary temporary  hold’ on 13mm GIB Fyreline plasterboard and the BRANZ Appraisal #289 [2012] has been suspended.. Building product merchants have been asked to stop selling the product.

Surprisingly, MSM aren’t running the story.  

“For 13mm GIB Fyreline® that has already been installed in buildings under construction, work can continue and the specified performance will be achieved in a large number of situations, including:

– When it is not being used as part of a fire-rated system
– When it is used in a fire-rated system in place of 10mm/13mm GIB Standard® or 10mm GIB Fyreline®”

The interpretation on this is that provided that you haven’t used it you are possibly fine but can substitute with either GIB 13mm Braceline or GIB 13mm Noiseline.

Therefore a GIB 13mm Braceline or GIB 13mm Noiseline work better at passive fire control that their registered Fyreline product, go figure

Looks like the standards of products within the building industry are all over the shop.

But with Nick Smith as Building & Housing Minister, it was only a matter of time before a fiasco emerged under his watch.



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