The Victorian Building Association (VBA) will conduct an audit of 170 buildings because of the fire at the Lacrosse Apartments in Melbourne in November 2014.
The fire was started by a cigarette on the 8th floor however it was the combustible wall cladding that further fuelled the fire to reach the 21st floor. Damages were approximately $2 million.
The discovery of this non-compliant cladding is now becoming more frequent particularly in Melbourne.
A senate enquiry will also examine the impact these products may have on consumers which are imported from China and not tested to Australian standards. Consumer's insurance costs may also be affected.
This product will not be detected by a valuer during an inspection. Clients and insurance brokers need to be vigilant and to find out if any of this external cladding has been installed in any recent building works.
Combustible building cladding has also been discovered at the Royal Freemasons property in Prahran and on an aged care facility in Melbourne.
Read more "Senate launches flammable cladding inquiry" - Insurance NEWS, 29 June 2015