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QLD Cladding Status Report – May 2018

QLD Cladding Status Report

QLD Cladding Status Report released on May 17 2018

The Queensland Government has released the Audit Taskforce status report into combustible cladding. The report provides an update on the work of the taskforce to investigate and audit the extent of the problem and provides recommendations on a path forward.

At the heart of the problem is the use of a thin layer of combustible thermoplastic material called polyethylene (PE) sandwiched between two sheets of aluminium which, when fitted externally to buildings, can contribute to fire spread.

The Property Council welcomed the release of the first status report and outlined support for further industry and government collaboration to address this critical issue.

“Private property owners are taking this issue very seriously, and many have already carried out or are in the process of conducting audits themselves,” Chris Mountford, Queensland Executive Director of the Property Council outlined.

“We continue to support the Government’s sensible and systematic approach to identifying and addressing any risk associated with combustible cladding in Queensland.”

The taskforce expects up to 10% of privately owned buildings, which include body corporate and strata buildings, may need some detailed assessment.

You can read the QLD Cladding Status Report full here

Recommendation 1

That the Queensland Government take a strong regulatory role to ensure private building owners take necessary remediation actions to address the use of combustible cladding in existing buildings.

Recommendation 2

That the proposed Non-Government Building Process be implemented as the model for assessment of non-government (private) buildings.

Recommendation 3

That the Department of Housing and Public Works develop a central retention database to register key built asset information on Queensland Government buildings.

Recommendation 4

That the Taskforce lead the development of education and guidance material for building industry professionals, owners and management bodies.

Recommendation 5

That the Taskforce review options available for testing of composite cladding materials which can be used to assess the fire performance of such materials. It is further proposed that the Taskforce undertake product testing on commonly available external cladding products with subsequent development of a materials library which would allow a rapid assessment and product classification for samples taken from government buildings or provided by non-government building owners.

Recommendation 6

That the Taskforce will lead the development of continuing education programs targeting key practitioners within the supply chain (including building certifiers and fire engineers) which significantly improves the consistency and application of the Building Code compliance requirements.

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