Combustible Cladding Risk Assessment
State Governments launch an investigation into combustible cladding
Building owners and property professionals will need to be aware that relevant statutory authorities have now accelerated an investigation into combustible cladding on advice from the various State Governments.
Industry experts estimate there may be more than five thousand buildings in Victoria alone containing non-compliant cladding, including; apartments, hotels, hospitals and commercial high-rise buildings.
It is necessary for building owners, contractors and property professionals to assess their fire safety and compliance risks. Consider engaging Hendry to provide building compliance services and consultation to ensure the compliance and protection of your building and its occupants.
Hendry BCA design compliance advice services comprise of:
- Briefing meeting(s) with the owner, builder or contractor to establish the extent and placement of the subject external wall cladding attached to the building;
- Carry out an audit of the external wall cladding of the building;
- Preparation of an audit report detailing compliance with the BCA;
- Review the Construction Certificate (CC), including the Fire Safety Schedule that formed part of the CC;
- Obtain a sample of sarking and insulation behind any ACP;
- Testing to identify the core composition of the ACP to establish what category of ACP’s are present;
- What potential ignition sources exist for the ACP given the configuration of the building.
Report risk exposures
Report risk exposures that exist in respect of:
- Occupant safety;
- Non-compliance with the BCA requirements;
- Property and building interruption risk of a fire involving the ACP;
- Reputation, image and value of the building as a result of the ACP.
- Identify the fire protection and suppression systems provided to the building, including combined hydrant and sprinklers, the existence of balcony sprinklers;
- Assess the combustibility of the insulation behind the ACP’s;
- Assess the flame spread rating of any sarking behind the ACP’s;
- Assess whether the fire-rated floors or a non-combustible cavity barrier has been installed to limit the vertical fire spread via the façade.
Address unacceptable building risk
Suggest remedial actions necessary to address the unacceptable risk to the buildings if the ACP’s present are unsuitable.
- Review the Statutory Approval Documents including the relevant information relied upon for the issue of the OC Occupancy Permit, Occupation Certificates etc., related to the external wall cladding;
- Organise the testing of the wall cladding to identify the composition and combustibility of the cladding material. Note that the testing must be carried out by a Registered Testing Authority, i.e. NATA-accredited laboratory;
- Engage a fire safety engineer to work in conjunction with the Hendry Group to assess the fire safety risk posed by the cladding material;
- Consult and meet with Fire Services & Work in conjunction with fire safety engineer as part of the assessment of the external wall cladding; and
- Briefing meeting(s) with building professionals to establish the extent and placement of subject external wall cladding attached to the building.