Move to ban combustible cladding in Victoria


Combustible cladding will soon be banned on Victorian buildings following the release of new ministerial guidelines identifying what cannot be used on Victorian building sites for suppliers and practitioners in the building chain.

Aluminium Cladding Panels with a polyethylene core of more than 30 percent will be banned on all multi-storey buildings. Expanded polystyrene will also be banned.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne released the guidelines and directed the Victorian Building Authority to issue a product safety alert. Building practitioners who ignore the directive will face disciplinary action from the VBA.

“We’re putting a stop to dangerous combustible cladding being used on Victorian buildings. This has been allowed to go on for too long and we’re ending it,” said Minister Wynne.

“The rules are clear: if builders use these dangerous flammable products, they’ll face disciplinary action from the VBA.

“There’s nothing more important than public safety, which is why we’re cracking down on the use of dangerous materials on worksites.”

The guideline was a key recommendation of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce chaired by former Premier Ted Baillieu and Deputy Premier John Thwaites. The Taskforce handed down its initial report in December.

1,369 buildings were originally identified as most likely having Aluminium Cladding Panels with a polyethylene core or Expanded Polystyrene, but the figure is decreasing. Of these, 579 have not started construction, and a further 129 are half built.

The VBA has already assessed 87 buildings as part of a statewide audit. If buildings are found to be non-compliant, the VBA and Municipal Building Surveyors are issuing emergency orders, ensuring additional measures are put in place to meet the highest standards of safety.

The VBA has been ordered to inspect more of Victoria’s buildings every year, from less than two percent annually to ten percent.

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