Compliance – What does it actually mean?


Exhibit A: an apartment complex gets built, 12 months later, walls are cracking/collapsing, retaining walls have leant over, stairs have become unstable. Yikes!

It’s an absolute nightmare for all involved: the builder, engineer, architect, and of course the homeowner. The cost of litigation and the risk of injury is even greater!

In many instances, “horror stories” such as these come down to a compliance breach – whether that’s problematic engineering, a bad construction/installation job, or issues that have arisen when non-compliant, cheap, imported building materials have been used.

Compliance is integral to the Australian construction industry. To avoid anything going wrong in a build, you as the engineer/architect/builder want to ensure all materials used within the home or commercial site are tried, tested, true, and importantly meeting the relevant building codes and standards.

In the steel industry, you’re well and truly spoilt for choice. There’s a lot of great products on the market and many guys doing the right thing, but then there are cheaper non-genuine imitations manufactured offshore that haven’t been tested or made to meet the same regulatory standards. These cheap ‘knock-off’ non-compliant products may save you some money in the short term, but they’re likely to lead to costly repairs and replacements down the track when things go wrong.

“People presume one steel lintel is as good as another, when in fact there is little consistency in the imported products,” Galintel® National Technical Manager Pernell Briggs said. “The importer sometimes sources products from various steel mills and there are variations in steel grades and the quality of galvanising. Poor quality steel lintels come at a cost to the end-user: the homeowner.”

At Galintel®, we pride ourselves on our high-quality, hot-dip galvanised steel products that have an operating life of 50 years and are fully compliant to the National Construction Code (Building Code Australia).

We’re the risk-free option when it comes to providing masonry support solutions and actively work with ABCB (Australian Building Code Board) and AIBS (Australian Institute of Building Surveyors) to keep on top of all regulations and standards.

You see, steel lintels are located in sheltered or shielded positions within buildings, where they’re subject to long-term exposure to atmospheric contaminants, such as marine salts or other airborne corrosive influences.

By galvanising the steel lintels, we make sure these do not corrode and lose their strength in these conditions.

Our products are hot-dip galvanised with a heavy zinc coating in accordance with the Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS4680, and an R3 durability rating that meets Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS2699.3.

Durability is a function of the thickness of the zinc coating. Black steel is classified as RO and stainless steel is R4. Galintel® products can achieve an R4 durability rating when coated with a two-part epoxy protective coating.

This high-quality hot-dip galvanising (included in the price of your product) will ensure your steel lintels are corrosion resistant and guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship.

Builders and homeowners, therefore, don’t have to worry about corroded lintels and cracked brickwork thanks to the generous galvanising layer, which is actually thicker at the corners and edges of the product where corrosion would have typically begun.

When you choose Galintel® for your build’s steel lintels, you really can have that peace of mind knowing you’re getting a genuine, quality product that is compliant to Australian standards.

“The homeowner wants to be assured that they’ve got a good product in their build that’s doing its job and not going to fail. This is what the builder wants too because they also don’t want to come back and repair it, and that’s what an engineer wants because they want to avoid the scenario where something has been signed off that isn’t right,” Mr Briggs said. “We’ve been manufacturing steel lintels for more than 40 years. We’re an Australian, family-owned business, a local manufacturer using local steel.

“Everything we use, we’re using from reputable companies like BlueScope Steel and Liberty Steel because we know theirs is compliant too. In fact, our Solid Base Angle & Multi Rib T-Bar products have the R3 durability rating stamped into the bottom face, to be visible after installation.”

A sticker also confirms compliance with the Australian standards for lintels, AS2699.3. “For certifiers and builders, seeing the sticker is half the battle,” Mr Briggs said. “You don’t have to think twice as we do all the groundwork, ensure it’s compliant to all the standards you need to meet, and best yet we have a large distribution network where our products are readily available.”

Galintel®’s products also go through rigorous university testing and are backed by extended warranties of up to 25 years (which as you know is unique in the building game!).

The key message we have for you here is why risk using non-compliant products in your build? When you want that peace of mind knowing what you’re putting into the home, give us a call and we can help you out!

Head over to our Contact page to get in touch.

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