Ban on use of combustible ACPs starts 15.08.18

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Combustible cladding used to insulate London’s Grenfell Tower has been blamed for the rapid spread of a blaze which claimed about 79 lives.

It sparked apartment building safety audits in countries including Australia. Here’s the latest HIA alert regarding a change in place from the 15 August 2018.

HIA Industry Alert

In March 2018 the NSW Government flagged the potential introduction of a building product use ban for the use of aluminum composite panels (ACPs) under the Building Products (Safety) Act 2017 (the Act).

The Department of Fair Trading has today issued such a ban under section 9 of the Act which commences tomorrow, Wednesday 15 August 2018.

The Ban prohibits the use of ACPs with a core comprised of greater than 30 percent polyethylene (PE) by mass in any external cladding, external wall, external insulation, façade or rendered finish in buildings of Type A and B Construction as defined in the Building Code of Australia.

This primarily affects Class 2, 3 and 9 buildings (primarily residential buildings) with a rise in storeys of two or more, and Class 5, 6, 7 and 8 buildings (primarily commercial and industrial buildings) with a rise in storeys of three or more.

There are certain exemptions from the ban where the product has been tested to and passes AS 1530.1 and/or AS 5113 tests undertaken by an Accredited Testing Laboratory on or after 1 July 2017.

Further detail on the ban can be accessed on Fair Trading’s website by clicking here.

Any person or corporation who does not comply with the requirements of the ban can be subject to fines. A corporation found to be using a banned building product can be fined up to $1.1 million and individuals can be fined up to $220,000.

Given the ban has been implemented without notice, HIA will prepare further information to assist members and provided this via an information sheet as soon as the full details are available.

Any members concerned with the impact of the changes on applications already submitted for approval or recently approved can contact Brad Armitage, Assistant Director – Building Services by email or on 1300 650 620.

For more information, you can also see the ABCB Advisory Note on the Fire Performance of External Walls & Cladding you can download here.