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Cladding alert: immediate changes to fire safety regulations 12 March 2018

March 14, 2018

Changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) aimed at improving fire safety in high-rise buildings come into effect from 12 March 2018. For companies involved in high-rise residential building projects, understanding and complying with these requirements is critical to avoid being in breach of conditions.The changes include:

  • a new verification method (CV3) for testing external wall systems for Type A and B buildings (multi-storey buildings more than 25 metres in height). This AS 5113 testing standard applies the assembled product, not individual components, and covers the use of cladding
  • revisions to the AS 2118 standard requirements for sprinkler systems on balconies of residential buildings
  • a new A2.2b requirement for evidence that a material, product, construction method or design meets the code’s Performance Requirement or Deemed-to-satisfy conditions.

ABCB logo.pngThese changes were agreed between the Building Ministers Forum and the Australian Building Code Board. A detailed breakdown can be found on the ABCB website. Ensuring compliance is under the remit of the states and territories responsible for NCC implementation.

If you have concerns about the implications of these changes, feel free to talk to one of our brokers. Gallagher’s construction team has the expertise and industry knowledge to formulate insurance solutions for complex construction projects and assist stakeholders with managing risk exposures.

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