Non-compliant use of cladding - VBA to audit

Wednesday May 27 2015

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is issuing audit notices to builders and building surveyors in relation to some 170 buildings around inner Melbourne to ensure they were built with cladding that is compliant.

Given the issue that arose at the Lacrosse Building in the Docklands, this is the next step that the VBA is taking in the process of identifying where else cladding may have been used in a non-compliant way.

The audit will determine which buildings will require further investigation and uses the VBA's coercive powers to compel building practitioners to comply or face prosecution.

The VBA said the audit was a targeted approach identifying the types of building and the locations where there was the greatest presence of high-rise residential buildings.

Other actions already underway by the VBA to identify the non-compliant use of cladding will continue. These include the investigation of practitioners involved in the Lacrosse building and a request to 20,000 practitioners to provide details of any buildings they might suspect may have used an Aluminium Composite Product in a non-compliant way.

If the VBA identifies buildings where cladding has been used in a potentially non-compliant manner, it will take the following steps:

  • Notify the local Municipal Building Surveyor, who will
    • inspect each location and determine if there is a risk to occupants and notify them of the results of that inspection and any further actions that might be required; and
    • notify the VBA of the results of the inspection;
  • Notify the relevant fire service; and
  • Notify the general public by posting the details on the VBA website.

Once this work is concluded, the VBA will then consider further action which may include disciplinary action or prosecution in appropriate cases.

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