Flammable cladding ban now in force

October 5, 2018

Following the disaster at London’s Grenfell Tower that claimed the life of 72 people in June 2017, the NSW Government has introduced reforms that retrospectively bans certain types of cladding, effective from 15 August 2018.

The NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading, Rose Webb, has banned the use of ‘aluminium composite panels with a core comprised of greater than 30 per cent polyethylene by mass in any external cladding, external wall, external insulation, façade or rendered finish in certain multi storey buildings, subject to specific exceptions.’

NSW Fair Trading now has the power to issue rectification orders under the Building Products (Safety) Act 2017 on building owners and strata schemes to remove and remediate affected cladding.

An individual who fails to comply with a rectification order can be fined up to $220,000 and a corporation up to $1.1 million.

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