Last week NSW set itself a three year deadline to remove flammable cladding from affected buildings and appointed construction company Hansen Yuncken to oversee each removal job. “Project Remediate” is the NSW government’s response to the fire-risk posed by certain cladding products exposed by the UK’s Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 and the Melbourne’s Lacrosse […]
With the introduction of government bills to force change, now is the time for quality market participants to back an overhaul of the state’s construction industry and rebuild customer confidence, argues the NSW Building Commissioner.
FLAMMABLE MATERIALS, UK – You’d have thought it wouldn’t happen again. The fire at The Cube building on Bradshawgate in Bolton, northern England, on 15 November spread rapidly due to its plastic external cladding, just as with the Grenfell disaster.
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.
Brief: Grosvenor Engineering Group will implement a national fire strategy across 30 of Investa’s commercial buildings located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Features of the strategy include better commercial decisions on either continuing to maintain an asset, repair or replace it; reviewing performance analysis reports on a daily basis; better control over budgeting based on […]
Any number of interest rate cuts will not make non-compliant buildings saleable.
The traditional professional, trade and governance demarcations in construction are no longer relevant. They are dysfunctional and there are too many cracks that can no longer be papered over.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Victoria’s Planning Minister, Richard Wynne recently dropped a bombshell on thousands of apartment owners whose buildings are covered in flammable cladding.
Victoria will introduce a “world-first” financial mechanism to help residential building owners pay for urgent rectification works caused by the installation of non-conforming and non-compliant flammable cladding on high-rise apartment buildings in the state.
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.
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.
There’s no place for the import, sale or use of combustible polyethylene (PE) core aluminium composite panels in Australia, a Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products has declared.
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.
Innovative materials and performance-based designs bring unknown risks in terms of fire and safety, according to WSP’s Wayne Bretherton.
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 […]
In the wake of the UK’s Grenfell fire scandal, there have been multiple calls for inquiries and audits of buildings across Australia that may contain flammable aluminium panelling.
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.
Government inaction on dodgy building products in the wake of London’s Grenfell fire has been labelled “unconscionable”, following a decision to yet again delay reporting for a Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products.
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 […]
At Grenfell Tower, the local resident action group last year warned of a serious catastrophe in a blog post titled “KCTMO – Playing with fire!”.
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.