Cladding products are making news across the world with several fire incidents directly traced to combustible cladding installed in the affected buildings. Consequently, Australia’s ongoing Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products has called for a total ban of flammable composite cladding products.
This has led to many home and business owners questioning the type of cladding used on their own homes and workplaces. Each state and territory is setting up taskforces to identify buildings that have installed unsafe cladding products, while public buildings such as Queensland’s Princess Alexandra Hospital have started replacing their unsafe exterior cladding with fire-safe alternatives including DecoClad, a 100 per cent solid aluminium cladding product from Decorative Imaging.
Stay fire-safe by finding out what cladding has been used on your home or building:
Check with your builder
If you have used the services of a builder, or know which company built your home, contact them for the product specifications of building materials and finishes used on your house.
Call your Strata Agency manager
If you reside in a residential block of apartments or work in a multi-storey high-rise with external cladding, please contact your strata management agency or your block’s strata committee. If you are renting, contact your real estate agent for your apartment’s strata contact.
Check with your State Authority or Taskforce
Since the Senate Inquiry into combustible building products, a number of state authorities have developed working groups to identify buildings with unsafe cladding products.
Here are the contacts for each state and territory:
Victorian Cladding Taskforce
Contact: [email protected]
New South Wales Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce
Contact: 13 32 20
Queensland Audit Taskforce
Contact: 139 333
Western Australian Building Commission
Contact: 1300 489 099
South Australia Audit
Tasmania Consumer, Building & Occupational Services
Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
What if I have combustible cladding on my building?
You need to check that the cladding material on your building meets the Building Code of Australia (BCA), which you can access from the National Construction Code series published by the Australian Building Codes Board. If your cladding product is deemed non-compliant, you may need to consider replacing it.
Why is DecoClad cladding safer?
A compliant cladding alternative from Decorative Imaging, DecoClad is a fire-safe cladding product made from 100% solid aluminium with no flammable core. Being inherently non-combustible, aluminium is a safe cladding material while its powder coating will only char when exposed to a heat source.
DecoClad meets stringent Australian building standards, and is fire-safe and Australian made. It is available in a range of powder-coated colours and timber-look finishes in various sizes and lengths to meet your installation requirements.