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An update from the Victorian Cladding Audit team
22 July 2018
The VBA has recently contacted more than
700 builders, developers, surveyors and owners to request information
on newly-commenced and upcoming projects, as well as the possible use
of combustible cladding in these developments.
Several buildings already under construction have been inspected. These pre-occupancy inspections ensure Minister's Guideline MG-14 is followed. (CLICK HERE ) for MG-14 Guideline.
PI Insurance situation worsens as exclusions for cladding and non-compliant products become standard
14 July 2018
An increasing number of Professional Indemnity insurers have been excluding services involving building cladding and non-conforming products (definition unclear). For More information: (CLICK HERE).
Australian Insurance Market Update - Aluminum Cladding
14 July 2018
Recent multi-level building fires in Australia and overseas have resulted in Federal and State governments inquiring into the potential exposure for buildings in relation to non-conforming and non-compliant building products. Governments are particularly focused on the potential exposure caused by inappropriate use of some types of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) and other combustible façade materials. For More information: (CLICK HERE).
WARREN CENTRE: Inquiry
Fire Safety Engineering: An Inquiry into the Issue
04 July 2018
The delivery of major infrastructure and
buildings requires detailed planning, design and construction. Robust
but efficient approval procedures are vital to ensure safety. The process
necessitates that all parties involved in the development understand
and are appropriately qualified to deliver. This is particularly true
for fire safety engineering.
The Warren Centre recognises that there is a much bigger issue to be considered that speaks to the core of fire safety engineering and is undertaking an independent review into fire safety engineering. Click here to read more and get involved. For More information: (CLICK HERE).
A landmark report that is likely to have a big impact on building safety and compliance was made public by the Building Ministers' Forum in April 2018.
02 July 2018
Titled Building Confidence - Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia, the report by Professor Peter Shergold and Ms Bronwyn Weir was commissioned last year by the BMF. The BMF directed Shergold and Weir to examine a range of issues outlined in comprehensive terms of reference for their work.
The Building Ministers Forum (BMF) has met to discuss an independent report that has recommendations to improve building safety and compliance. Each of the state and territory Building Ministers gathered in Melbourne to review 24 recommendations on how to improve our building regulations nationally. The 24 recommendations cover a range of issues. For a summary of the recommendations: CLICK HERE For Complete Report: CLICK HERE.
GRENFELL TOWER: Inquiry
Expert lists litany of serious safety breaches at Grenfell Tower
04 June 2018
Five expert reports into the fire, its spread and the regulatory environment, were published alongside Millett's opening remarks. Jose Torero, academic and fire safety expert, came to a damning conclusion about the building regulation system, stating that "systems that introduce obvious dangers can be incorporated by designers in a routine manner." For More information: (CLICK HERE).
Victoria's Building Regulations have changed
02 June 2018
The Victorian Building Regulations 2018 commenced on 2 June 2018 marking a change from the previous Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Interim Regulations 2017. More information about the Building Regulations 2018, including practice notes and fact sheets, can be foundon their website (CLICK HERE).