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20 Jun 2022 by Fairview
In the lifetime of any building, cladding rectification may be required to repair damaged panels, modernise the appearance of an older building, improve energy efficiency or to replace non-compliant panels.
Recent catastrophic events both here and overseas have raised considerable concern over the safety of a building’s façade and the impact those cladding materials may have on the building’s occupants. In Australia especially, this has led to an immediate overhaul of building standards to tackle the use of non-compliant cladding materials.
In 2019, state and territory Building Ministers tasked the ABCB with developing national responses to 22 recommendations in the Building Confidence Report (BCR) and developing a definition of building complexity. This has prompted state taskforces such as Cladding Safety Victoria and NSW’s Project Remediate as an example, to close the gap on BCR recommendations by conducting building audits and overseeing work to rectify at-risk buildings that have been identified.
Every aspect of the construction industry is now affected with insurers increasing premiums to unsustainable levels or limiting their liability due to the use of non-conforming cladding materials.
While governments have been clear about the ‘what’ – that Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) in unsafe quantities must be removed from high-rise buildings – they haven’t been as clear about the ‘how’ – that is going to have a widespread impact on the industry and the environment.
Here are five things that every building owner should consider before recladding:
1. THE LAWS
2. THE COST
Depending on the project, repair may be cheaper in the short-term, but less cost-effective over time. Removing and replacing the façade has excellent long-term value, but can be expensive up-front and is disruptive to tenants and operations. Installing new cladding over the old system can reduce costs – no expensive deconstruction is needed – and boost energy performance by creating a double-skin façade.
The exact cost of recladding will depend on how much combustible cladding is included on the façade of a particular building as well as the size and location of that building. The recladding materials chosen will also affect the cost.
If you are a building that has been prioritised for cladding rectification by a state government program such as Project Remediate (NSW) or Cladding Safety Victoria, you may be eligible for potential funding.
3. THE MATERIAL
The choice of replacement building material will be a critical component. There are various alternatives to combustible cladding that are long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing and safe for residents.
While there are many non-combustible options for external cladding, it can be confusing to navigate what materials are compliant and which aren’t. It’s recommended that your materials comply with the following Australian Standards: AS1530.1 (combustibility), AS1530.3 (flammability), and AS3837 (ignitability).
Your chosen cladding should be endorsed by:
At the heart of Fairview’s cladding rectification product solution is our deemed non-combustible aluminium composite product, Vitracore G2, and the non-combustible premium solid aluminium cassette cladding system, Vitradual. These products form part of our complete range of compliant products available to the construction industry for cladding rectification works across all buildings applications.
Fairview offers five different compliant product solutions for almost every façade rectification need.
4. THE DISPOSAL
State Governments have strict regulations on the disposal of combustible cladding materials. For instance, combustible cladding should be transported in a horizontal position in order to avoid spontaneous combustion. It will be necessary to engage a building practitioner who has knowledge and experience in these areas.
Only certain facilities are licensed to accept combustible cladding waste.
Developed by Fairview to help solve the environmental impacts of rectification works, the Ecoloop process promises to divert 100% of non-compliant cladding waste from rectification projects from landfill, recycling the waste and giving new life to the resources recovered as they are repurposed into new products, reducing virgin material consumption, and contributing to the circular economy.
Ecoloop, has been verified to comply with Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Construction and Demolition Waste Reporting Criteria.
5. THE BUILDING EXPERT
The recladding process can be complex with involvement of many stakeholders. Inadequate consultation with the appropriate stakeholders could result in increased costs, approval bottlenecks and project delays.
There is a range of key stakeholders that could be included in the process:
-Building Manager / Owner
• Qualified Engineer (including Fire Engineer)
• Project Manager / Architect
• Fire Service / Local council
• Private Certifier / Surveyor
• Façade Consultant
• Façade Builder
Fairview’s team of building & façade experts offers comprehensive recladding services, providing asset owners with peace of mind that their structures are both safe and compliant with the latest standards.
What sets Fairview apart?
Fairview is trusted for absolute compliance across our extensive product range. When it comes to advice and products for your cladding rectification project our team of dedicated professionals are at the forefront of providing up-to-date advice and expertise.
Is there a recladding specialist near me?
Fairview has consultants in every capital city in Australia, as well as several regional sites. All are full-service offices with dedicated staff and local workforces. Clients benefit from local knowledge, backed by a large, stable, national network.