A proposed building industry licensing authority would be an abject waste of time and money, according to the Insulated Panel Council Australasia (IPCA), the peak body representing the insulated building panel industry.
The basis for the mooted authority is to crack down on builders who use dangerous cladding on buildings.
“We agree with the premise of stamping out the use of non-compliant products to minimise the risk of building fires, but we don’t need more bureaucracy to get it done,” said IPCA chief executive officer Ron Lawson.
“What we do need is to give qualified specialists the authority to determine which materials are suitable for buildings and which are not and incorporate their findings in updated building codes.”
Mr Lawson said building industry experts were in a better position than anyone else to make determinations on the suitability of products, both interior and exterior.
“The Grenfell Tower fire in London earlier this year has generated heightened awareness of the risk of high-rise fires, but it has also resulted in some misguided commentary.
“Regulations and legislation covering the building industry in this country already have built-in safeguards that are unparalleled, so rather than opting for more bureaucrats, we should ensure builders are buying the right materials and installing them correctly.”