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QBCC MEDIA RELEASE – Building Owners Reminded 8 Weeks to Complete Checklist

Melbourne apartment buildings to be re-checked for flammable cladding after Spencer St fire

Flammable Cladding Banned Nationwide, But Existing Material Still Poses a Problem

Outrage as hundreds of families at risk of a Grenfell type disaster have STILL not been told if their buildings have flammable cladding

Head of VBA Admits “”It doesn’t mean we’ve, by any means, got all of the buildings”

Combustible cladding, similar to Grenfell Tower inferno, found on Hunter Stadium

Nationwide Ban on Flammable Cladding

Cladding fire risks have been known for years. Lives depend on acting now, with no more delays

Spencer St Building Fire Contained The Same Combustible Cladding As London’s Grenfell Tower

What kind of ACP was used on the Lacrosse tower?
The exact material used in the Lacrosse tower is known as Alucobest, a Chinese aluminium composite panel that uses a polyethylene centre. The product has won many awards for excellence in terms of being lightweight and is far less expensive than their competitors similar products.
However, while the product is incredibly cheap compared to other products due to its polyethylene centre it is highly flammable. Back in 2010 CSIRO conducted combustibility tests on Alucobest only to find it burn up in less than 2 minutes of test commencement. In order to pass for eligibility on high rise buildings composite panels must burn for at least half an hour to ensure fires spread slower and there is more time for occupants to react and get to safety. Therefore, Alucobest was never suitable for the Lacrosse building and never should have been approved.

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As expert consultants, Roscon can devise a solution to address any non-compliant claddings. These solutions may be far more cost effective than replacing the entire building facade.

Final tickets for the 2nd Annual Safe Cladding, Buildings and Facade Innovation Summit (Sydney | 27-28 Feb)
As a CCN reader, you are eligible for a 10% saving off your ticket for this leading event. Simply use the VIP code CCN-10 when registering to receive the discount.

With the Grenfell inquiry currently underway, there are many lessons for the Australian building and construction sector that can be applied from the UK experience. Hear from Roy WilsherChair of the UK National Fire Chiefs Council as he outlines what remediation steps are being taken to implement effective fire protection and risk mitigation strategies that are looking to be adopted both here in Australia and in the UK. This offers our delegates the opportunity to gain valuable insights into how to navigate future regulatory change.

He will be joined by over 30 local and international industry leaders including:

  • Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Australian Federal Government
  • Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Chair, International Fire Safety Standards Coalition (UK)
  • Philip Halton, Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Building and Construction Commission
  • John Prendergast, Manager Building Services, City Of Greater Dandenong; President of Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group

Engage with your industry colleagues to explore potential solutions including developing a nationally consistent approach to regulatory reform; remediation of existing building stock; innovations in design and building facades that can be applied to make future buildings safer and developing an insurance approach to cladding within the current market.  This 10% saving is valid until 15/2/19. Find out more here:

Step-by-Step Guide For Evaluating the Combustibility Risk of Cladding

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