The NSW State Government’s announcement on Sunday 22 April of intended changes to home building laws will give owners recourse against the use of combustible cladding on apartments in multistorey apartment buildings.
Aluminium composite panels with flammable polyethylene filler have been used extensively in urban residential high-rise buildings in Sydney and other Australian cities.
Under the new legislation the use of non-compliant external cladding on high-rise buildings will be classified as a major defect, giving owners and investors the right to remediation by the builder responsible for up to six years after the building has been completed.
As reported in the media, the Labor opposition has been quick to claim that pre-existing buildings with combustible cladding could be subject to significant loss of value.
Look out for Gallagher’s in-depth three-part blog starting Thursday 26 April 2018 on the investigation into the history, regulations and marketing misrepresentation behind the ACP cladding issue in Australia, and current moves to tackle it.