Certification has been withdrawn for several types of building cladding products amid heightened fears of fire hazards across Australia and globally.
The Victorian Building Authority regulator has issued an alert for nine types of aluminium composite and expanded polystyrene cladding which no longer comply with construction codes.
The change is based on recommendations by CertMark International, which oversees approvals for products used by the Australian and New Zealand building sectors.
A statement from the authority says more information is being sought about the withdrawal of certification, but urged builders to spread the news.
“Certificate holders are obliged under CodeMark Australia rules to notify existing customers of this withdrawal,” the statement read.
CertMark International has been contacted for comment.
National President of the Builders Collective of Australia Phil Dwyer on Thursday shared his understanding of the change.
“These products are all panels so they obviously feel they are all dangerous and that is best to withdraw them,” Mr Dwyer told 3AW.
“Who suffers along the way is the end user, the consumer that has innocently bought a compliant building to now find that it’s not compliant through this cladding, and they’ve been hit with bills of $50,000 to $100,000 each, retrospectively.”
Cities across the world were put on notice after London’s Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, when an inferno engulfed the 24-storey block of flats, killing 72 people, including two Australians.
A fire earlier this month at Melbourne’s Neo200 building, covered in flammable cladding, renewed the push to identify hazardous products.
Some residents have been able to return to the 41-storey tower, while others remain locked out pending safety works and could be displaced for months.
States and territories have agreed to an in-principle nationwide construction ban on combustible cladding since the fire.
The nine withdrawn certificates include:
CM40029 Ozone Panel Building Systems
CM40066 Alpolic A2
CM40067 Alpolic FR
CM40076 Ultrabond FR
CM40079 Vitrabond FR
CM40082 Dulux Exsulite TM Kooltherm Facade System
CM40093 Larson FR
CM40138 Dulux Exsulite TM Thermal Facade non-cavity system
CM40162 Cladex FR
Source: The Victorian Building Authority.