DCT- Cladding Update – QLD

Cladding update

Following the combustible cladding precautions, investors and owners will begin to be more detailed and cautious when purchasing in the apartment market.

Combustible cladding first became a major concern in June 2017 following the distressing fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in London. The event caused major concerns throughout Australia and precautions were implemented.

For new buildings

Banning combustible cladding in Queensland
At the Ministerial Construction Council in July, it was announced that combustible cladding is proposed to be banned on all new Queensland buildings.

The new regulation was proposed by Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni.  The new regulation is part of a two-pronged approach to assist as a lifeline to the State’s certifiers due to the shrinking insurance market. Many insurers have withdrawn their insurance products from the market following the cladding issues that began to arise in 2017.

The proposals will help to protect Queenslanders, however, Mr de Brenni called on the Commonwealth Government to protect Australians. This aims to be achieved by introducing an importation ban on all aluminium composite panels with a PE core.

The combustible cladding ban in Queensland would also spread to all aluminium composite panels with a PE core of greater than 30%.

As part of the proposal, certifiers will also be required to declare that combustible cladding has not been used.

For existing buildings

QBCC combustible cladding checklist
The cladding regulation came into effect on 1st October 2018. 

As you probably remember, part one required buildings to register using an online system and complete the Queensland Building and Construction checklist. The checklist was made up of 4 questions. Upon completion of the checklist, you would either be prompted to sign a declaration be finished with the cladding checklist, or progress to part 2.

Part 2 was put in place as an additional safeguard so that the government could be certain that all potential cases of combustible cladding were identified. This process involved proving an additional checklist and statement by a certified industry professional such as a building certifier, architect or engineer.  

Part 3a – The next deadline that is approaching is 31 October 2019.  This will require all buildings that are progressing to part 3 to engage a fire engineer and register the fire engineer’s details on the Combustible Cladding Checklist.

Part 3b will then need to be completed before the 3 May 2021.  This will require the fire engineer to complete a building fire safety risk assessment and statement.  These two documents will then need to be uploaded and the online checklist will then need to be filled out and completed.  

Although owners and investors will begin to be more cautious when purchasing units, the precautions and cladding bans that are currently being implemented and actioned in Queensland will give purchasers peace of mind to enter the market.

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