Following the tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower in London in 2017 and the fire at the Lacrosse Building in Melbourne in 2014, new laws have been made for buildings with combustible cladding. The laws are part of a whole-of-government response to the fire safety risks posed by external combustible cladding. The NSW Planning Industry & Environment has detailed the changed regulations in the shared 'Combustible Cladding Regulation' post below. #buildings #firesafety #regulations
In NSW a Cladding Taskforce was established to identify buildings with potentially combustible cladding and support local councils to address the use of non-compliant cladding materials.
The Taskforce audited 185,000 building records and to date 4182 buildings have been inspected.
Not all cladding is dangerous. There are a number of factors which are considered when determining whether cladding on a building may pose a higher risk including the total coverage, vertical coverage, positioning around balconies, windows or doors, as well as the types of building and the way it is used.
Action taken on external wall cladding
To determine if cladding is present and poses a higher risk, Fire + Rescue NSW (FRNSW), on behalf of the NSW Cladding Taskforce, conducted an operational assessment of each building. Buildings considered a higher risk were referred to consent authorities (Local Councils or Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) for further investigation. A significant number of these have already been cleared.
Buildings are considered cleared if:
they do not have cladding that FRNSW considers increases safety risks
the cladding has been investigated and cleared by a consent authority
unsafe cladding has been fully remediated.
Results of cladding inspections. (Updated 31 August 2021)
Inspections Completed – 4182
Building Cleared - 3802
Building under review, assessment or remediation - 380
There are 380 buildings in progress to be cleared. The buildings are at different stages in the process, which are shown here.
* 4 - awaiting update or assessment by the consent authority
* 168 - an expert assessment is in process
* 42 - detailed remediation action plan requested from the building owner or received by the consent authority
* 166 - remediation is underway or has been ordered or approved by the consent authority
In addition, 21 buildings are pending categorisation by the consent authority.. Additional buildings are being identified through 'Project Remediate' and assessed by a newly formed Cladding Taskforce.