Some types of cladding made from aluminium composite panels (also called ACPs) have been banned in NSW due to fire safety risks. Building with a rise in two-storeys or more if do not comply with the ban can be subject to fines.

The requirement comes after a fast-moving fire at Grenfell Tower in London tragically claimed the lives of 71 people in 2017, and a fire at the Lacrosse Building in Melbourne in 2014. It is believed the cladding material on both buildings contributed to the quick spread of the flames.

Up Down Access has an extensive experience in remedial building services and a dedicated in-house cladding replacement team. We have performed several projects of re-cladding since the regulation. Our specialists can assess your structure to determine if your cladding and insulation falls into any banned category and design a replacement project with you if needed.

Extra Benefits of Cladding

Apart from the current building regulations, there are many benefits to choosing the right type of cladding for your commercial or residential property. These include:

  • • An added layer of protection to buildings
  • • Increased mechanical strength
  • • Protection from external elements
  • • Low maintenance
  • • Great aesthetics

Step-by-Step Remediation Process

1. Building Facade Investigation

Initially councils and other authorities may undertake a triage process to determine whether buildings present any cladding risk. The urgency of further detailed assessments can then be prioritised based on the level of risk.

2. Testing of Cladding Samples

Our expert team will access the building facade to remove a sample and send to a laboratory to check the material composition. This will assist in determining the expected performance of the cladding material in the event of a fire as different types of cladding (particularly MCP) can be similar in appearance.

Any testing of cladding should use representative samples taken from various locations and/or cladding types across the building. It may also help identify potential product substitution.

3. Scope of Work Definition

Scope of work definition ensuring that all products and process comply with the cladding regulation and are in accordance with the stakeholder’s agreement. These stakeholders could include building owner(s), the strata manager, the building’s insurer, the council and Fire and Rescue NSW.

4. Remediation Work

Work commencement following Architectural and Engineering premises as well as Project Management orientation regarding timeframe, costs, and scope of work.

5. Re-certification

Following the remediation work completion Up Down Access will provide a cladding re-certification and extended manufacturer’s warranties

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