Page 4573 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017

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(5) Is anyone from the building industry, eg MBA, part of the Working Group; if so, what (a) is the names of the peak bodies and the position each representative holds and (b) discussions has the Minister or the Directorate/Working Group held with the MBA and other building industry representatives.

(6) When will the Working Group report back to you.

(7) When will that report be made public.

(8) What ACT Government buildings have been audited to date.

(9) Which of these buildings have been constructed with aluminium cladding.

(10) How many ACT Government buildings remain un-audited.

(11) What is the timeline for completion of the audit.

(12) Will the Government require any of the cladding/panels in use in the ACT to be removed/replaced given the high fire safety risk; if so, at whose expense and in what timeframe; if not, what other mitigations will the ACT Government put in place to ensure the safety of ACT citizens.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Inter-agency Building Cladding Review Group (the Review Group) has been established to determine fire safety risks associated with the non-compliant use of external wall cladding including Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs) and potentially combustible claddings and wall systems on privately owned buildings in the ACT, and buildings owned or leased by the ACT Government. It will work with ACT Directorates to facilitate review of ACT Government buildings.

The Review Group will provide expert advice to the ACT Government on the scale of the use of non-compliant cladding in buildings in Canberra and on specific measures to manage any risk of rapid, external structure fires that may prevent safe evacuation of a building or buildings.

The review will initially include all buildings with National Construction Code classifications of Class 2-9 buildings in the Territory covered by the ACT Building Act, with priority for buildings including classes 2,3,4 and 9 classifications of two storeys and higher, and buildings with other classifications of three storeys and higher.

The Review Group will:

1. As far as practicable, identify buildings on which ACPs or other materials have been used as external wall cladding in a way that is not, or may not be, compliant with the building code. Identification methods may include assessment of building documentation and visual verification of the presence of cladding.

2. Undertake a risk assessment and prioritisation of identified buildings for further audit, inspection or remediation.

3. Provide advice to the Minister, other directorates, building owners and occupants on managing any identified fire safety risks, including temporary fire safety precautions.

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