NSW Implements Heftier Safe Regulations After Grenfell Tower Fire

The NSW Government is said to be considering stricter regulation on use of combustible cladding after the London Grenfell Tower fire that resulted in 80 deaths.

According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW’s building safety measures will be re-examined after reports that cheap cladding outside the London tower caused the fire to quickly spread. This has been an issue of concern here in Australia for a while with incidents like the Lacrosse fire highlighting the risks of combustible cladding on buildings.

The state government said up to 2,500 buildings in NSW could be fitted with flammable cladding.

 

The state government said a high-rise safety taskforce will be set up to identify any buildings that are at risk.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/tougher-safety-regulations-nsw-buildings-following-grenfell-tower-fire/#.WWDV8OklHIV

Lacrosse Docklands Tower Ordered to Be Stripped off Combustible Cladding

Combustible cladding on the Docklands high rise ravaged by a fire a few years ago has been deemed as a risk to hundreds of residents who will have to fork out $8.6 million to have the cladding removed and replaced.

The residents have already incurred $6.5 million in expenses to fix the damage from the 2014 fire which tore through the high rise, spread even faster because of the use of sub-standard, cheap imported cladding.

The Building Appeals Board denied a request by builders to have sprinklers installed instead of removing the cladding, however  Metropolitan Fire Brigade warned even if additional wall sprinklers were installed, the fire could spread significantly before the sprinklers were even activated.

Find out more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/combustible-cladding-to-be-stripped-off-lacrosse-docklands-tower-20170116-gtslcj.html