ALUMINIUM COMPOSITE CLADDING FIRE RISKS
Proudly co-sponsored by Realserve, this conference will see industry professionals discuss best practice and key issues in the Australian building sector. Guest speakers will look at a variety of topics including quantity surveying, building certification, infrastructure, economics, and industry policy and regulations.
Keynote speaker and lawyer, Bronwyn Weir, co-authored the Building Confidence Report; a report commissioned by the Building Ministers’ Forum to make recommendations on approaches to better regulate compliance in the Australian property sector and in the application of the National Construction Code.
The report highlights;
- While initial building design plans may have been certified and approved often many aspects of a design change during the construction phase.
- Significant changes and variations can occur without adequate as-built documentation or certification and this can lead to non-compliant and potentially dangerous aspects of new builds and renovations.
It is in the implementation of some of the Building Confidence Report’s recommendations, as outlined below, that Realserve can assist you.
Building Confidence Report 2019
KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE REPORT
- Recommendation 12 – a nationwide requirement to collect as-built data at various stages throughout the construction of a building and utilising emerging technology to create a central point of as-built construction documentation.
- Recommendation 20 – suggests a comprehensive digital data manual for all commercial buildings, containing critical information about products, certifications and maintenance for owners and future owners.
Realserve can providing as-built verification services to assist builders with meeting these recommendations and improving their Building Information Management processes. Utilising 3D scanners and other emerging software and technology, Realserve are equipped to supply as constructed information in minute detail throughout the construction phase to give owners the confidence that comes with knowing precisely what has been built.
Recommendation 21 of the Building Confidence report relates to building product safety and establishing stringent certification regulations for the use of high-risk building products.
This recommendation applies, to but is not limited to, aluminium composite panelling. With building fires around the world highlighting the serious risks associated with this highly combustible product, audits are being carried out to identify cladding that is not installed and used correctly in accordance with the National Construction Code. Upon identifying condemned cladding, replacement is required, and many building owners are taking the opportunity to completely refurbish building facades. Realserve can help you and your contractors by providing an accurately measured Existing Conditions Elevation Survey that details all building facade features and the extent of the condemned cladding area.
Realserve are proud to align our company with this conference doing our part to improve the professionalism, standards and integrity in the building industry.