You have discovered that your building’s cladding is combustible. What now?

Non-compliant, flammable cladding is one of the most significant issues facing strata managers and residential and commercial building owners. The fact is, if your cladding does not comply with the Australian Building Codes Board standards you are putting lives at risk and you might be breaking the law. Insurance will also become an issue.

New Life Building can help you manage all aspects of your combustible cladding rectification project and get the job done right.

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You are not alone

The high-profile fires at Grenfell Tower (London), Lacrosse Docklands (Melbourne) and the Torch Tower (Dubai) have highlighted that non-compliant fire panels represent a major fire hazard that can lead to multiple deaths when a fire does start within the building. Non-compliant cladding has a non-fibre foam or polyethylene core which melts when exposed to extreme heat and has a similar caloric value to diesel fuel.

These panels have been used extensively in Australia and around the world and now throusands of building owners have to undertake repalcement works to rectify the situation. Who ends up paying for it all is still under question.

The fact is, if your cladding does not comply with the Australian Building Codes Board standards you are putting lives at risk and you might be breaking the law. Insuring the building will also become an issue.

Why you can trust New Life.

New Life are not just cladding contractors but fully qualified and licensed builders. We benchmark our building practices against the best Tier 1 companies, yet give our clients a more personalised and flexible service.

We work in partnership with our consulting engineers ARUP https://www.arup.com/expertise/services/buildings/facade-engineering, to analyse your project and devise solutions that will make your investment ABCB compliant again, using fully non-combustible panels and fixing systems.

New Life can replace non-compliant cladding using a number of alternatives:

  • Solid aluminium panels
  • Aluminium core composite panels
  • Architectural compressed fibre cement panels
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We know what we are doing.

Rectification of building facades with composite aluminum panels is a vastly different to a new installation, and comes with its own sets of challenges.

Work on large-scale, occupied buildings requires a different approach and skill set to a new facade installation. Drawing on our experience, we have developed and refined systems of staged sequencing, debris control and tight scheduling to allow us to efficiently complete projects with minimal impact on tenants or to the public spaces surrounding a building.

Our staff are professional and trained to interact with tenants with a high degree of discretion, ensuring minimal impact on the building’s day to day functions. Safety is always a high priority and all our staff are trained and certified in all levels of access and control equipment.

Most importantly, New Life understands that compliance to the new regulations requires that not only the original cladding needs to be replaced but also the entire fixing system needs to meet the standard. Simply replacing the sheeting will not mean that your building will pass the new compliance regulations.

With multiple cladding remediation projects recently completed in the Sydney CBD, we understand the Sydney City Council requirements and have developed a sound working relationship with all local authorities, so important for projects to proceed smoothly and efficiently.

Is there a silver lining?

Replacement of non-compliant aluminum cladding is a big job, requiring substantial infrastructure to be installed to provide access. While this outlay is every building owner’s worst nightmare, it is also an opportunity to look for a silver lining. Some of our recent clients have taken this opportunity to review their Section J windows performance and look to see if some of the expenditure involved in replacing the cladding can be offset by updating the building’s windows to more energy saving specifications during the remediation project.

The scale of the problem prompted an Australian Tax Office ruling in 2017 that removing and replacing external cladding is treated as a capital improvement. To see if your combustible cladding capital works are deductible, it’s worth visiting the ATO website.

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