Tragedies Lead to Review of Building Materials

    View Author June 2018

    Recent fires in high-rise buildings, such as the 23-storey Lacrosse building fire in Melbourne, Australia, as well as the tragic loss of life at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower public housing flats in London, have rightly led to a nationwide review of the material used in external wall cladding.

    Both of these fires are likely to have been accelerated by the use of either non-compliant or sub-standard cladding material. In Australia, we have already seen an amendment to the 2016 version of the National Construction Code (NCC), which became effective on 12 March 2018.

    Western Australia (WA) has focused on conducting a broad audit of multi-storey buildings with cladding attached. In contrast, other states have passed legislation regulating the types of building products used and imposing duties on supply chain participants to increase accountability.