Combustible cladding inspections continue
The Statewide Cladding Audit has resumed building inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, with appropriate protective equipment and social distancing measures in place. Read more.
Building notices and orders
Learn about the different notices and orders issued in the Victorian Statewide Cladding Audit.
Essential safety measures
Essential Safety Measures (ESMs) are specific safety features in a building which are designed to protect occupants in the event of a fire. They commonly include fire detection and alarm systems, fire doors, emergency lighting and fire hydrants.
Find out about more about ESMs and their maintenance and compliance requirements by reading our fact sheets below.
- What are Essential Safety Measures (ESMs)? (PDF, 1080.9 KB)
- Essential Safety Measures - Buildings (PDF, 1172.33 KB)
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Residents, occupants, owners corporations and building managers of multi-storey buildings should use the below fire safety resources as a guide to help reduce the risk of fire.
Learn about combustible cladding by reading the fact sheets below.
- Expanded polystyrene (EPS) (PDF, 795.82 KB)
- Aluminium composite panels (ACP) (PDF, 875.73 KB)
- Product identification testing (PDF, 864.25 KB)
Cladding rectification agreements
Learn about Cladding rectification agreements
Read our case studies to find out about potential scenarios for fixing the cladding on a building.
Guidelines restricting the use of ACP and EPS cladding
- Minister's Guideline MG-14 – Issue of building permits where building work involves the use of certain cladding products (PDF, 177.63 KB)
Clarifying Minister's Guideline MG-14:
Issue of building permits where building work involves the use of certain prescribed combustible cladding products
The VBA will closely monitor compliance with the Minister's Guideline MG-14.
The Guideline defines a prescribed combustible product as:
- a panel that comprises a polyethylene core or lamina bonded to one or more sheets of metal panels, including an aluminium composite panel (also sometimes referred to as aluminium composite material); or
- an expanded polystyrene product used in an external insulation and finish (rendered) system.
- applies to metal-faced composite panels (ACPs) containing 30 per cent or more polyethylene by mass in the core. Many ACP products with a nomenclature of FR or Plus are potentially around this range.
- does not apply to ACP products with a core demonstrated to contain less than 30 per cent polyethylene by mass. The use of these products does not require a determination by the Building Appeals Board (BAB).
- ACPs with less than 30 per cent polyethylene by mass still require a performance solution to demonstrate compliance with performance requirements, unless the manufacturer has evidence of suitability to state the ACP is not deemed combustible (testing to AS1530.1).
- Manufacturers or distributors can demonstrate polyethylene content of less than 30 per cent mass by producing an appropriate test report analysing the content of the core. One such test methodology is an ash content and x-ray diffraction test conducted by a reputable testing authority.
- These test reports sometimes have a factor of inaccuracy. This factor should be applied to determine the maximum possible polyethylene content. If the maximum is at least 30 per cent by mass, then a BAB determination will be required.
- Use of any EPS product will require a BAB determination.
- MG-14 applies to prescribed combustible products that have a CodeMark Certificate of Conformity or Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) accreditation. Use of these products requires a determination by the BAB.
- MG-14 applies to prescribed combustible products notwithstanding the concessions of Specification C1.1 clauses 3.10 and 4.3. Prescribed combustible products used under these concessions require a determination from the Building Appeals Board.
Section 10 of the Building Act 1993 does not apply.