A recent apartment fire in Melbourne has highlighted the importance of having test certificates for building materials confirming their properties meet the minimum requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The cost of undertaking testing and an influx of overseas products has seen an increased number of products on the market without appropriate certificates. BuildSurv manage your building compliance risks and this is why, as part of our building rules compliance assessments, BuildSurv require provision of appropriate certificates or a specification that nominates materials yet to be selected will comply with the appropriate BCA provisions. These include wall claddings, floor and ceiling linings and lift interiors.
The Victorian Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s (MFB’s) investigation found that the cause of the fire was due to an unextinguished cigarette on a balcony. The fire began on the balcony of the eighth floor on 25 November 2014 and quickly spread vertically to the top of the building on the 21st floor. All building residents were successfully evacuated. The MFB found that the external cladding used in the construction of the Lacrosse building had not been tested to comply with Australian standards and contributed to the spread of the fire.
The MFB Post Incident Analysis Report can be read here.