In July, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the state’s minister for planning, Richard Wynne, trumpeted that $600 million would tackle Victoria’s high-rise cladding crisis. It was paraded as a safety solution for owners of affected buildings but the “fix” was a contemptible confidence trick.
Some insurance companies worldwide have stopped insuring tower blocks clad with the same sort of materials that led to the rapid spread of the fire in London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people. Building regulations are also struggling to catch up with effective regulation and monitoring.
Despite the wailing of design consultants about the implications of the Lacrosse judgement and the Opal Tower engineering report, the importance of a viable Design and Construct constructor in these cases has proved critical to a way forward.
The fallout from poor building practices in high rise continues to leave a trail of unintended consequences that are spreading beyond the impact on the people that bought into or live in the buildings.
Another high-profile individual has become worried enough about climate change and other issues to run for parliament, among other developments.
Government and industry to take joint responsibility and act together to restore trust in the building industry.
One bunch of owners of a building with defective cladding is shouldering the cost of façade replacement itself – to the tune of $300,000 – instead of chasing the builders or other parties. Is this what poor building quality has come to? Looks like it.
While audits into cladding on high-rise buildings continue to deliver bad news, the long-awaited Shergold and Weir review of building regulations has thrown down the gauntlet to building ministers to step up and adopt a national approach to compliance and enforcement.
Strata owners corporations are facing insurance premium rises of 300 per cent in response to the flammable cladding crisis, and owners facing serious financial hardship from potential replacement costs.
The Victorian government has pledged to severely restrict the use of problem cladding and step up its compliance activity after release of interim recommendations from the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.
Queensland has become the first state to officially ban the use of flammable polyethylene core aluminium composite panels, with the newly passed Queensland Building Plan legislation explicitly forbidding them on state-funded projects.
The federal government has refused a Senate inquiry recommendation to ban the import, sale and use of aluminium composite panels with a flammable polyethylene (PE) core.
The failure of all three tiers of government to deal with the problems associated with non-complying aluminium cladding has created a massive trust deficit amongst strata owners who’ve been left to pick up the tab for a problem of others’ creation.
Four Corners has done it again – ripping the bandage off yet another festering scandal with an expose on the “tens of thousands” of buildings over four storeys in Australia that may have flammable cladding.
The NSW government has pledged to implement Australia’s “most comprehensive response” to non-conforming and non-compliant materials in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
Sweeping audits of high-rise buildings, new taskforces and a new reporting hub for suspected non-conforming products are among initiatives announced in the past week as authorities race to stop a Grenfell Tower-like fire from happening here. Chair of the Building Ministers’ Forum and assistant minister for industry, innovation and science Craig Laundy this week announced […]
The Victorian government has announced a state-wide audit of buildings to identify potentially lethal aluminium composite material cladding, in the wake of the UK’s Grenfell tragedy.
In the aftermath of the tragic Grenfell tower inferno, certain sections of the media have come out on the attack against government climate change policies they say are to blame.
Cladding might be in the spotlight in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, however, there could be a range of dodgy materials in our buildings, according to one expert, and we might not know until things go catastrophically wrong. Dr Darryl O’Brien, head of built environment courses at Central Queensland University, said the complexity […]
A similar disaster to the devastating fire at London’s Grenfell Tower could strike Australia, an expert has warned, calling for the ban of aluminium composite material cladding.