FIRE SAFE: Cladding products sold in NSW are heading towards more stringent regulations to ensure safety.
FIRE SAFE: Cladding products sold in NSW are heading towards more stringent regulations to ensure safety. CONTRIBUTED

Cladding fire danger means new regulation

THE chances of repeating the London Grenfell Tower fire disaster on the Coffs Coast are diminishing with a package of reforms proposed for NSW.

Draft regulation will require building owners to register if their building already has combustible external wall cladding and if needed undertake a fire safety assessment.

Local building inspectors will carry out fire safety checks and the use of combustible cladding will be strictly limited with exempt developments spelled out for public interest.

Special attention will be paid to buildings in established fire zones, particularly close to bushland.

Department of Planning and Environment spokesperson Alison Frame said not only were the new laws proposed in response to the Grenfell Tower blaze but also builds on action taken following Melbourne's Lacrosse Tower fire in November 2014.

"Owners of buildings with combustible cladding on all or part of the external walls will be required to register their details with the government within three months of the regulation commencing,” she said.

"After that they will need to submit a statement about the cladding material used on the building, whether the cladding presents a risk to safety and what actions might be necessary to address those risks.

"A deadline will apply for submitting the statement and a qualified person will need to inspect the building and advise the owner who is preparing the statement.”

The regulation will not apply to separate houses and outbuildings or to residential buildings under two storeys and non-residential buildings under three storeys.

Builders, product suppliers, manufacturers and importers will be compelled to produce their records so dangerous products can be tracked and pinpointed.

The proposed regulation and explanation of intended effect are on public exhibition until Friday, February 16, 2018.

To view the proposal and to have your say visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/cladding



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