Throughout the property sector in Australia, few issues pose greater risk to the safety of building occupants than that of materials being used which fail to meet standards required under the National Construction Code.

As recent investigations into cladding have highlighted, the use of non-compliant products within the Australian building landscape is pervasive. From an architect’s point of view, this prompts questions about the legal issues involved in cases where such materials do happen to make their way onto projects. At the core of…