Phase 2 of cladding audit in SA to begin soon

Phase 2 of the audit of CBD buildings in South Australia containing aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding is about to commence.

The second phase of the audit is an examination of the fire safety systems in buildings identified. Phase one of the audit considered 4,500 buildings in the CBD over two storeys. 77 buildings were identified as warranting further consideration, with 38 of those buildings having very limited or isolated cladding.

The State Government, the MFS, and ACC have not identified any property in phase one that represents a safety risk. All 77 buildings will be investigated further to confirm that cladding was installed in compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC) and relevant fire safety measures. Inspectors will examine building certification, plans, and any approved variations and undertaking site inspections.

“South Australians should not be alarmed at the use of aluminium composite cladding on buildings in the CBD,” said Planning Minister John Rau.

“Certified ACP cladding products are safe when installed in accordance with the National Construction Code.

“I have asked all local councils and private certifiers to advise DPTI immediately if they have concerns about the safety or compliance of any buildings which contain ACP.

“Meanwhile, DPTI, ACC and the MFS have now begun phase two of the audit process in the city, which will involve a more detailed, building by building investigation.”

Outside of the CBD, DPTI says that approximately 30 Councils in South Australia are likely to identify relevant buildings. DPTI will be working with these Councils in their audits.

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