The recent tragic fire involving a high-rise residential tower in Grenfell, London has amplified concerns regarding the flammability compliance of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP), a product used primarily as an aesthetic lining or attachment to external wall systems.
Governments around Australia have moved quickly to identify the scale of the potential issue facing high rise properties within their jurisdictions. In NSW, a Cladding Taskforce convened by the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation is in the process of issuing letters to all owners of properties that they, through an overarching analysis, have determined to be fitted with potentially non-compliant ACP façade assemblies.
Within this letter, the Taskforce makes the following recommendations to affected building owners:
- Contact the building owner or manager to review all the design, construction and approval documents for the building to determine whether external wall cladding was installed on the building. If so, you should seek advice about the suitability of the type of material used and the method of installation; and
- Ensure that the annual fire safety statement for the building is up to date and all fire safety maintenance measures have been addressed; and
- Consider engaging a suitable professional to review and inspect the overall fire safety of the building, including the installation of any external wall cladding, and provide an assessment of any steps required to maintain or improve the building fire safety; and
- Take action to make any recommended changes to the building.
Greencap’s team of accredited fire safety engineers and fire safety consultants can assist property owners in implementing the Taskforce’s recommendations. For a preliminary discussion regarding potential solutions please contact your local Greencap office.
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