One of the best ways to make sure your home is well maintained is making sure that the foundations are done right. One important aspect is ensuring that your property has compliant cladding.
Cladding is the outside skin of a building. It is used to provide thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings.
Reducing the risk of fire in a building is important. Depending on the materials used for your building, effective cladding can increase or decrease the risk of fire damage, as well as also ensuring that in the event of such an accident, that residents inside the building will be safely evacuated.
In 2014, a Melbourne apartment suffered a fire that raced up the aluminum composite cladding on the building’s exterior. Coupled with the more recent Spencer Street fire in 2019, there’s a renewed concern for Melbourne buildings using potentially combustible materials as cladding in high-rise apartments.
To combat this, the Victorian Government established a Victorian Cladding Taskforce to investigate and address the use of non-compliant building materials in Victoria. Following the recommendations of the taskforce, a Statewide Cladding Audit was established and Cladding Safety Victoria was set-up, overseeing a $600M program aiming to make Victorians safer by reducing the risk associated with combustible cladding on residential apartment buildings and publicly owned buildings. Cladding Safety Victoria works with owners and owners corporations, with the grants funding rectification works on hundreds of buildings, found to have high-risk cladding, to make sure they’re safe and compliant with all building regulations.
As an Owners Corporation Manager, Strata Plan is committed to ensuring that the buildings we manage are safe, and we are leading the charge in championing the very best for our customers.
Championing the interests of our customers, we’re happy to announce that we’re saving a substantial amount for two (2) buildings in Miller Street in Brunswick. To date, we have saved over $3.1M for only two buildings, and we’re working on 19 more! This is one of Cladding Safety Victoria’s largest projects, and we’ve only just begun.
We’ll post more updates as we go.
Want to know if Strata Plan can help your building apply for the Cladding Rectification program? Contact us!
For more information, including a copy of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce’s final report, visit https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/426034/DELWP0124_Victorian_Cladding_Taskforce_Final_Report_July_2019_v9.pdf