The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is leading a building audit in response to recent concerns regarding the use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) on buildings.
ACP is frequently used for external cladding or facades, insulation and signage along with internal applications.
The building audit will be delivered across 3 phases with phases 1 and 2 being delivered in collaboration with councils, the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and the Country Fire Service (CFS).
Buildings that are being prioritised as part of phase 1 are residential buildings over 2 storeys including hotels, motels and apartments, aged care facilities, hospitals, schools, assembly buildings and buildings with occupants who may be unfamiliar with the means of escape or require assistance to escape.
The audit is aimed at identifying buildings that may be clad with ACP products of concern, determining the level of risk and delivering appropriate recommendations to ensure buildings with ACP’s are safe.
If at any stage a building is identified as presenting a risk to safety, the State Government, local council and relevant fire authority (MFS or CFS) will take immediate action as required.
The Commonwealth and all states and territories are also undertaking audits of buildings that have ACP cladding. Concerns with Commonwealth owned buildings should be directed to the Federal Safety Commissioner.
The 3 phases of the audit process are Identification, Investigation and Respond.
Buildings that have or may have the relevant cladding of interest must first be identified.
Buildings approved after 2010 with the following characteristics will be prioritised:
Identification of buildings in the Adelaide CBD is anticipated to be completed by the end of July 2017.
The next phases will be informed by the outcomes of Phase 1.
Buildings identified in Phase 1 will be investigated (which may include inspections and review of approved plans and documentation) to determine as follows:
Under the Development Act 1993 an authorised person may undertake a range of actions.
These actions range from issuing notices to alert a relevant person of any risk to safety, through to issuing emergency orders that require immediate action be undertaken.
Any responses should be proportionate with the risk identified under Phase 2.
Phase 1 of the building audit delivered in collaboration with councils will be completed by early 2018.
22 councils have self reported buildings that warrant further consideration and investigation during Phase 2
45 Councils have self reported that they have no buildings of concern in Phase 1
If people have concerns about buildings they own or occupy, they should contact their council for further information.
Phase 2 of the building audit is being delivered in collaboration with councils. DPTI will engage with councils who have identified buildings of concern in Phase 1 to ensure a consistent approach to investigation.
This phase will investigate the type of ACP's and the installation method used to determine if a building poses an unacceptable risk to the safety of occupants.
This may include a review of building plans and approvals, site visits or comprehensive inspections if required.
The completion date will depend on how many buildings are identified during phase one.
Buildings determined during phase 2 as possibly posing a risk may need some rectification work to improve their safety, including:
For privately owned buildings, councils will be responsible for ensuring that owners address any buildings of concern. Government will be responsible for ensuring that its own buildings are safe.
|Phase 1 commenced across South Australia|
|Phase 1 completed in City of Adelaide|
|Phase 2 commenced in City of Adelaide|
|Completion of Phase 1 for remaining councils|
|Commencement of Phase 2 for remaining councils|