The deadly Grenfell tower fire in London is a grim warning for Australia. In October 2017, Four Corners revealed that Australian suppliers were aware of the risks associated with using polyethylene (PE) cladding on high-rise buildings, but they continued to import and sell it. Then on the 1 December 2017 the Victorian Cladding Taskforce released an interim report with tough recommendations. Could your building be at risk?
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade has advised that reliable data shows there are more than 5,000 buildings just in Victoria with non-compliant cladding, including apartments, hotels and hospitals.
To protect the people working and living in these buildings, and meet all legal requirements, it's important to get the right advice to properly navigate this highly regulated area. JTA's highly skilled Consultants can help you identify combustible cladding risks that may compromise a building's fire safety.
On Friday 1 December, 2017, the Victorian Government released an interim report from the Cladding Taskforce and outlined the recommendations. In summary, combustible cladding is such an issue that the Government is taking action as part of the most significant overhaul of the building sector in decades.
Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning said "We're taking action to overhaul the building industry and prevent the use of combustible cladding. We're giving the Victorian Building Authority the tools it needs to complete an unprecedented audit and we'll crack down on those who flout the rules."
If you have a building built after 2000 it could be clad with an aluminium polyethylene (PE) core which is potentially highly flammable.
Read our article Cladding A Major Safety Risk