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Victoria bans flammable cladding

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The Victorian Government will ban the most dangerous types of combustible cladding from being used on high-rise buildings.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has released new guidelines to building surveyors, following recommendations from the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.

Aluminium cladding panels with a polyethylene core of more than 30% will be banned on all multi-storey buildings. Expanded polystyrene will also be banned.

The new guidelines spell out what can’t be used on Victorian building sites for suppliers and practitioners in the building chain.

Last year, the government established the cladding taskforce to investigate the extent of non-compliant cladding on Victorian buildings.

It originally identified 1369 buildings as most likely having aluminium cladding with a polyethylene core or expanded polystyrene, but of those buildings 579 have not begun construction and a further 129 are half-built.

If buildings are found to be non-compliant, the Victorian Building Authority and Municipal Building Surveyors will issue emergency orders, ensuring additional measures are put in place to meet safety standards.

The government has directed the VBA to inspect more of Victoria’s buildings each year, from less than 2% annually to 10%.

“We’re putting a stop to dangerous combustible cladding being used on Victorian buildings,” Mr Wynne said.

“This has been allowed to go on for too long and we’re ending it.

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