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Building Industry A Shambles

13 July 2005

Building Industry A Shambles

New Zealand First Housing spokesperson Brent Catchpole says the recent furor over using spray treated timber instead of soaked timber is yet another example of the kind of troubles he has predicted would beset the Building Industry in this country.

“Once again, the BIA has failed the building industry by approving timber treatment methods without ensuring that all the knowledge is passed on,” said Mr Catchpole.

“New Zealanders should be able to feel confident that a new house is going to stand the test of time in our wet and humid climate and not fall down as a result of sloppy building practices that allow the use of inappropriate materials.

“While the spray treated timber is suitable for some purposes it is not suitable for others. Unless we can be sure that all builders know the difference and that the authorities ensure that it is always used correctly – which I don’t believe they will – then I can only see more trouble with rotting or borer-infested homes further down the track.

“You would think after the leaky homes fiasco the authorities would have taken pains to ensure that exactly this kind of nonsense could not happen again,” concluded Mr Catchpole.


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