Cladding

Aluminium Composite Panel Ban commenced 15 August 2018

On 15 August 2018 the Commissioner for Fair Trading banned the use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) containing more than 30% polyethylene in any external cladding, external wall, external insulation, façade or rendered finish in residential buildings over two storeys and commercial buildings which are higher than three storeys. This is the first building product…

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Combustible Cladding Update

NSW status update Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce Earlier this year we wrote about government responses to the Grenfell Fire in June 2017 and the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne in 2014. Since then, the NSW cladding inter-agency Taskforce established in June 2017 has continued to progress the NSW Governments 10-point fire safety plan…

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Chain of Responsibility laws introduced in Queensland for Non Conforming Building Products

INTRODUCTION In response to the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne in 2014, the recall of faulty and potentially dangerous infinity electrical cables in 2015 and more recently the Grenfell fire in June 2017 the Queensland Government implemented the  Building and Construction Legislation (Non-Conforming Building Products ‒ Chain of Responsibility and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) (“the NCBP…

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Reforms to Improve Fire Safety Certification Commenced 1 October 2017

On 1 October 2017, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety and Building Certification) Regulation 2017 (“the new Regulations”) came into effect as part of a wider reform package that has been proposed by the NSW Government to improve building and planning laws in NSW. The new Regulations specifically provide fire safety reforms designed…

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Draft Regulation for Identifying Combustible Cladding in NSW

As part of the NSW Government response initiative to the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne in 2014 and Grenfell Fire in the UK in 2017, the Department of Planning and Environment has released a draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2017 for public consultation. The draft regulation proposes that…

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