Lacrosse Building fire
The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board has released a Post Incident Analysis Report concerning the building fire at the Lacrosse Docklands Residential Building on 25 November 2014. The Report raises a number of issues concerning the use of a non-conforming wall cladding and its suitability for use in buildings.
At its meeting on the 25 June 2015 the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) agreed to consider a risk-based approach to product compliance as part of a targeted review.
The ABCB will aim to address product compliance issues that fall within the scope of the National Construction Code, which include but are not limited to the following–
Investigating appropriate testing methods;
Improving the Codemark Scheme; and
Developing a Product Compliance Handbook for practitioners
The Docklands fire incident has prompted an investigation by the Victorian Building Authority; and a Senate Inquiry into the effects of non-conforming building products on the Australian building and construction industry has also commenced.
As previously advised in Advisory Notice 12/14 Non-conforming building products, building surveyors are reminded to exercise caution and due diligence to ensure that building products and systems comply with the provisions of the National Construction Code. Further advice on this matter will be issued in due course.