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T1.2 report raises more questions than it answers

Nick Smith
National Party Building & Construction Spokesman

19 August 2005

Report on T1.2 raises more questions than it answers

National’s Building and Construction spokesman, Nick Smith, says homeowners and builders will take little comfort from the Department of Building and Housing’s report into T1.2 timber.

“The report confirms that T1.2 timber does not comply with New Zealand Standard 3640 but was being sold as though it did.

“It also confirms that conditions of use were not communicated to builders and that the associated products to re-treat cut surfaces were not available.

“It says building officials have concerns about the practicality of the conditions of use of T1.2 and that there is little knowledge among builders of the conditions of use.

“The report also confirms that the commercial spray-on product was never tested, but rather the tests were done on a paint-on product of another chemical composition after being subjected to pressure. It is no wonder the scientist who did the testing has described T1.2 as ‘misleading and mischievous’ and that it undermined New Zealand standards.

“These conclusions by the department vindicate the concerns I have expressed about this product.

“Building and Housing, in requiring further testing from BRANZ and a peer review of accreditation, is accepting there are serious questions about the way this product was approved.

“The report allows Labour to kick this issue for touch until after the election rather than face up to the failure of its systems to properly protect homeowners,” says Dr Smith.


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