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Fire Safety Actions for Residents, Building Owners, Owners’ Corporations and Facilities Managers.

The Victorian Cladding Taskforce has been established to:

  • Investigate the extent of non-compliant and non-conforming external cladding on Victorian buildings;
  • Advise on the rectification of non-compliant and non-conforming external cladding;
  • and Recommend changes to the regulatory system.
The tragic Grenfell Tower fire in the UK in June and the 2014 fire at the Lacrosse building in Docklands have highlighted the fire safety risks arising from non-compliant cladding as external wall covering on high-rise buildings.

Of particular concern are Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) with a polyethylene core. This type of cladding has been implicated at Grenfell and Lacrosse and is combustible. Rendered expanded polystyrene cladding (EPS) is also of concern.

In Australia, the rules about how buildings must be constructed are set out in The National Construction Code (NCC). The NCC requires that external walls of buildings, three storeys and above, must be non-combustible (if it is to be deemed-to-satisfy). This includes cladding affixed to or forming part of an external wall.

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