On July 2, pedestrians on a street in the inner northern Melbourne suburb of Carlton were shocked when glass shattered and fell only metres from them after an apartment balcony exploded without warning – the second such collapse which had happened at the complex in a matter of weeks.

A similar event happened in Brunswick last year. Whilst cladding has taken most of the attention following the Grenfell tragedy, issues associated with other products such as glass which fail to meet standards required under the National Construction Code pose a serious threat to public safety. Sahil Bhasin, national general…