It has been four years since the tragic events of Grenfell, and it seems like we have any scratched the surface of the combustible cladding issue in Australia today. The tragic sequence of events demonstrated the need for a coherent and international approach to fire safety.
In Victoria alone, an audit of more than 2,200 buildings in Victoria found cladding on hundreds of buildings posed a safety risk, including an “extreme risk” in 72 cases. The urgency to resolve this risk has led the local government to work towards reforming Victoria’s troubled construction sector.
Recent times have seen several developments in Victoria – from the conception of Cladding Safety Victoria to budgets being assigned for building rectification programs and to fix insurance gaps in the market. In February 2021, the industry also witnessed a complete product ban of high-risk materials – a decision that has been met with mixed reception from industry insiders.
Whilst remediation works go underway, the goal for new builds is simple: upgrade building codes that will clear any gaps and set minimum levels of safety, and provide reassurance to building developers, occupants, and insurers.
Corpolinx, therefore, is hosting the 4th Annual Fire Safety and Cladding Summit, (27-28 May 2021 in Melbourne, Victoria) to bring together all the relevant stakeholders from the building construction sector for a truly exceptional learning and networking experience.