Do you have concerns about a building product?
- significant repair and replacement costs
- risk to health and safety
- in some cases building failure.
- the National Construction Code (NCC)
- relevant technical standards, and
- state legislation.
Department of Justice
Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) can be and is used safely in buildings and in most cases its use is allowed by the National Construction Code (NCC).
The Director of Building Control, in response to fires in high-rise buildings interstate and internationally, is undertaking an audit of multi-storey buildings using ACP.
The Audit is specifically aimed at Classes 2, 3 and 9 buildings of more than 2 storeys and at other commercial buildings (Classes 5,6,7,and 8) of more than 3 storeys.
If it is used on your house then you have no reason to be concerned, this is a safe and compliant use of the product.
The safety issue being looked at is how ACP is used in large multi-storey developments, such as high rise hotels, appartment blocks and the like.
For these multi storey developments we need to be sure that it is installed in a way that takes into account:
We will continue to actively participate in all of the measures being undertaken at a national level to improve compliance and enhance public safety, as well as finalising the audit of buildings in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Government has decided that the Director of Building Control will use his powers in the Building Act 2016 to ensure that the future use of cladding products in Tasmania meets community expectations.
This will mean that use of ACP for any commercial building above 2 storeys (Classes 2,3 and 9) or 3 storeys (Classes 5,6,7, and 8) will require approval under a product accreditation scheme to be established by the Director.
The Director will work with industry to ensure a smooth implemenation by 1 February 2018.