Australian building specifiers, clients and consumers can now have even greater confidence in the performance of cement and concrete products with the launch of a product testing and accreditation scheme.
The scheme is run by CemAssure, an independent, not-for-profit company, and provides third-party assessment of cement, fly ash, slag and amorphous silica products – all materials commonly found in concrete products used across the Australian construction industry.
The scheme is designed to provide assurance to building designers and specifiers, as well as consumers, that these products have been independently verified as being fit-for-purpose and conforming to the relevant Australian Standards. Chairman of CemAssure, Ken Slattery, says the need to instil confidence in the quality and reliability of building materials has been brought into sharp focus by tragic incidents like London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster.
“A subsequent Senate Committee inquiry here in Australia called for an immediate and total ban on the importation, sale and use of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels, similar to those used on Grenfell Tower,” says Slattery.
“More importantly, it underlined the need for great transparency and accountability in the building material supply chain. The Australian cement and concrete industry has an excellent record in terms of product quality and performance. But equally, we realise that specifiers and consumers want to see the hard evidence that our products are what we say and perform as we claim.”
Under the new scheme, manufacturers and suppliers of cementitious materials can apply for their products to be tested, accredited, registered and publicly listed on the CemAssure website. Conformity is third-party assessed and maintained by inspection of test reports for individual products, laboratory accreditation reports, and a yearly coordinated material test program.
“Specifiers and consumers can check if a product has CemAssure acc reditation by looking it up on the website,” says Slattery.
“In short, it’s all about providing specifiers with peace of mind – knowing that the products they use meet all the standards for quality, safety and performance.”
All cementitious material suppliers are invited to apply to register a product under the CemAssure scheme. Application forms are available on the CemAssure website, www.cemassure.com.au.
The website also contains the current register of accredited products and information on how the scheme operates. For further inquiries, contact the Scheme technical manager for CemAssure at firstname.lastname@example.org.