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In 2014, a dramatic fire destroyed Melbourne’s Lacrosse building. A similar blaze engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower just three years later, resulting in 72 deaths. These devastating fires have drawn attention to strata properties’ safety, specifically those built with external combustible cladding.
Since then, Deakin and Griffith universities’ report has revealed the prevalence of defects in strata properties beyond cladding concerns and highlighted the urgency of remediation.
To fulfil their duty of care and protect their financial investments, owners corporations should be aware of building materials used in their property, and the relevant legislative requirements associated with these.
This guide introduces various building products and materials and their associated risks, focusing on cladding use in New South Wales, Queensland Victoria.