On October of 2018, the Queensland introduced a new piece of legislation on the use of building claddings. This legislation intends to prevent or minimise the disastrous consequences of building fires by addressing the use of combustible claddings. As a result, the QBCC Cladding Assessment was created to assist building owners in complying this new legislation. Below is a quick guide to help you understand this assessment more.
What is this assessment, anyway?
QBCC Cladding Assessment came about as a direct response to the recent building fires across Australia. Combustible cladding, it turns out, had a huge role in aggravating these incidents. One such event was the Lacrosse Tower fire back in 2014. Cladding on the exterior of the building caused to fire to ravage a good part of the building in a short amount of time.
This came about because of the recent piece of legislation called Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018. This amends the Building Regulation of 2006 with compliance beginning October 1, 2018.
The regulation brings about a new combustible cladding audit to regulate and assess the use of external building claddings. It does this by ensuring that building owners and tenants are informed about the use of combustible cladding on their building. The regulation also aims to adequately equip emergency responders of building-specific information for them to adequately respond to building fires. Ultimately, the end goal is to reduce or even prevent the use of combustible claddings.
Who is it for?
The new combustible cladding laws provide a checklist online that can help you determine if your building is affected. Alternatively, building owners may have received a letter instructing them to contact QBCC or complete the checklist. See more at DMA Engineers
Generally, a building is considered ‘affected’ if:
- they are privately owned
- they are class 2 to 9 which are residential or commercial buildings higher than 2 storeys
- they received a building development approval (to build or alter) after 1 January 1994 but not later than 1 October 2018 and
- is either a Type A or B construction
Your building must fit all of these criteria in order to be considered affected.
How can you comply?
The assessment is divided into 3 parts or stages. The 1st part is a comprehensive online checklist that determines if your building is potentially an “affected private building”. If your building is potentially affected, you need to engage a Building Industry Professional (i.e. an inspector or engineer) to help you in part 2.
The combustible cladding consultant then gives a report on whether your building is indeed affected by the amendment. They are to make a report whether you need to proceed to part 3. Finally, part 3 requires you to contact an engage a fire safety engineer. They will conduct a Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment report.
Contact professionals to learn more
Do you need to engage with a building professional or you just want to learn more? The team of dedicated and skilled professionals from DMA Engineers are happy to help! They can help you in complying your QBCC Cladding Assessment or answer your questions about it. Visit https://dmaengineers.com.au to know more.