Late in 2018, new cladding regulations commenced around the country, and Queensland was no exception. The new regulations apply to privately-owned structures that are Type A or Type B construction, Class 2-9, and approved since 1994.
Owners are required to commence a three-stage assessment within a set timeframe.
The first stage is coming to an end (29 March, 2019), and this is where you are required to self-assess to determine whether or not your building has combustible cladding.
The second stage, to be completed by 29 May, 2019 requires assessment by an industry professional to determine what type of cladding your property has.
The third stage of the assessment to be completed by 3 May, 2019 insists that a fire engineer must determine the safety risks associated with the type of cladding installed on your property. You must engage with a fire engineer before 27 August, 2019.
Assessment results must be provided by the industry professionals/fire engineer to local governments, Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) and the owners of the property. Notices must be displayed if your building consists combustible cladding, next to the fire indicator panel and by the front entry.
This notice must remain in place until the cladding is either a) certified in compliance with the Building Code of Australia or b) removed. The government is currently developing a set of guidelines to support the rectification process for when the inevitable changes occur.
To ensure property owners carry out the required assessments, the QBCC will enforce the program. At this stage, although there is no regulation that requires you to remove and replace the cladding if it is not in compliance, it’s safe to say that it won’t be too long before both insurance companies and the government expect owners to act.