Cladding Task force established. Building cladding review still in progress.

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.

Class 2, 3 and 4 buildings are residential buildings such as apartments, hotels, and student accommodation. Class 9 buildings include health care, education, public buildings and entertainment venues. It can be more difficult for occupants to safely evacuate these buildings.

The ACT Goverment is bound by The National Construction Code Volume One.

This requires that a building must have elements that will avoid the spread of fire in a building and between buildings in a manner appropriate for that building. This requirement can be met under a ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution’ for buildings of Type A and Type B construction by non-combustible external walls.  A non-combustible external wall inhibits fire spread via the external wall of the building, thereby contributing to a building’s compliance.

Under the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of NCC Volume One, external walls of buildings of Type A and Type B construction must be constructed wholly of materials that are not deemed combustible as determined by testing in accordance with AS 1530.1.  In the case of an external wall that is required to have no fire rating, the external wall must still be non-combustible.  Therefore, building components determined to be part of an external wall in buildings of Type A and Type B construction must be non-combustible under a Deemed-to Satisfy Solution, unless the requirements of C1.9 (d), C1.9 (e), C1.10 and C1.14 apply.