Combustible Cladding

Combustible Cladding

Combustible cladding is currently the talk of the town because it is the reason behind one of the most devastating fires that took over London’s Grenfell tower. People are now quite concerned about the cladding that is being used on the buildings all around the world because these claddings are just a pure risk of playing with fire.

Right now, if you search the internet, you will see a lot more cases in which the aluminum cladding started a fire and destroyed buildings of buildings. A report showed that aluminum cladding wasn’t allowed for external use especially on buildings that were quite high, but even then, according to the Victorian Building Authority, more than 51% of high-rise buildings in Australia had non-compliant cladding. 

The need of the hour is to start constructing buildings with non-combustible material so that there is a less risk of fire. Know that with the use of non-combustible materials, there won’t be any risks linked with insulation or facade cladding and everything will fall into place. 

On the other hand, using combustible cladding materials isn’t a wise choice as it can cause way more destruction from fire than one can ever imagine, and it can even cause more toxic smoke production when there’s a fire in a high-rise building. Also, if you are opting for a high-rise building, then to avoid any destruction and risks in the future - try fire proofing your building and stay safe! 

Both Victoria and New South Wales have now passed legislation with respect to banning combustible cladding in building. However, this does not stop the those building that are already in existence. Some building has already passed the defect insurance, and or builder insurance period meaning in order to remove this the cost could be tens of thousands of dollars or more to be borne by owners now. 

There have been few cases where Vendors are discounting huge amount to sell those properties where combustible cladding were used, and even some financers have pulled out for funding on those building. Quiet, correctly there may be thousands of vendors sitting on those death traps and unable to off load them. 

It is timely warning, for new buyer to keep away from those buildings. Section 32 of contract does stipulate the material used and needs an eye of a good conveyancer with attention to details. It may seem like a bargain at time, but new buyers need to understand the risk associated with purchasing this property, and the future impact on the property value.