The Background of Asbestos’ Use in Construction
The unique qualities of asbestos have been known since Egyptian times, however it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 19th century that its production and use in buildings accelerated. Since then, asbestos has been used extensively in a wide range of construction applications throughout the world, including right here in New Zealand.
Consequently, many building materials such as texture coatings, pipe lagging, insulation, wall panels, cladding, roofing, floor coverings and many other products used in local constructions are known to have been manufactured using asbestos.
Importing raw asbestos into New Zealand was banned in 1984, but the importation of asbestos-containing products into the country wasn’t outlawed until October of 2016.