Why combustible cladding is a hot mess and why you should care
Cladding materials can cause building fires and put lives at risk. This has led state governments to ban the use of combustible cladding and called for its immediate replacement
In 2017, London’s Glenfell Tower triggered a scare in the public and law makers everywhere. In Melbourne there have been two recently recorded cases of building fires resulting from unsafe cladding – the Lacrosse building in 2014 and the Neo200 building in Spencer St. incident in early 2019.
Learning from past incidents, Australian state governments have already banned the use of combustible cladding such as Aluminium composite panels (ACPs) and other metal panels with polymer cores, and have called for their immediate replacement with safer alternatives.