So in today’s building industry, the question on everyone’s mind seems to be, “Why are building codes not being followed?” There are many possible answers to this question…

For one thing, a select and questionable few builders and contractors quote on the low side of potential jobs, yet deliver poor quality work.

Regarding the larger issue of cladding and defective building practices, many articles on this subject have addressed high rise buildings. Yet what we really need to address are the core concerns behind defective building projects. These include the importing of unsafe building products, from countries that might lack strong building codes and standards.

Also, building certifiers and surveyors must be given the time, money and education to investigate and ensure a defect-free build. They should be required to complete a thorough and rigorous quality control process, one that ensures the quality and safety of every building design.

Builders in some cases also might be cutting corners on projects, as they provide low quotes to secure contracts and might subsequently not give the job the time or attention needed to ensure the best quality project, and may purchase cheaper, less reliable materials for these jobs.

Another, less discussed factor is—ironically enough–the recent success of the building industry. As the need for housing in Australia arises, more builders and buildings are needed to meet the need. And while most of these builds and building professionals are high quality, a few may not be—thus leading to problems and defects. This is why we need stronger enforcement of building codes, to weed out the few bad apples from the built barrel, and greater awareness among homeowners of their rights and privileges. And in general, we need a stronger national governing body of building regulators—to ensure that every job is done right, for the benefit of all.