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A New Flammable Cladding Risk discovered!

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A new flammable cladding risk has been identified in Melbourne’s high rise buildings.

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  1. I worked on a couple of buildings in melbourne in about 08 and saw the sandwitch board for the first time.Its a nice looking product but I thought at the time if you had a decent fire at the bottom of a sheet it would propagate upwards, mentioned it to an installer and he sort of went " meh, maybe". All those years later and as soon as I saw the flames running up the walls of that building and crumpled sheets of alu sheet raining down I knew it was the same stuff and here we are .

  2. In NZ you can request draiwngs at a cost, this is how I identified asbestos in a house I had a contract on without destructive testing and was able to pull out with a due dilligence clause. Problem here is not many people would take this approach and do not inderstand the design/specing and construction processes

  3. Seriously, enough is enough. The building industry needs a total overhaul and I don't mean fiddling around the edges and fluff about nonsense. We need a proper system with true checks and balances to stop this from ever happening again. Can't think of anything witty to say I'm just that angry that this is the country we have become. 😡

  4. I'm work in the Maritime Law sector. Normally those type of cladding (for fire insulation purposes) the manufacturer must pass a stricter testing and if succeed than the product will be awarded with a type approval product. This certificate got a limited validity and it's subject to different conditions for his use.
    The manufacturer also it is generally an approved service supplier with a 3years scheme.
    All the installation have to be conducted under the appropriate approval of Design Approval from an independent and regulated organisation Plan Approval. This is how works in the maritime sector but not sure in civil construction/building

  5. I only just watched The Towering Inferno with Steve McQueen & Paul Newman a few weeks ago it was a top movie for them days back in the 70s, another top movie is They Live, 1988 by John Carpenter he did say it was really a documentary The Plot : Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.

  6. Just takes me back to my constant thoughts looking at modern buildings: Bricks and stone always looks better than these flammable modern materials or boring plain concrete.

  7. Do you have a twin? I can't believe you just uttered the phrase "government intervention" without ranting about how bad it was. What happened to the freedom to die in a fire?

  8. Maybe it's time to have a "lifespan" cap for buildings, so it gets knocked down (or major overhaul) in 70-80 years time and replaced using standards and regulations at the time.

    With advancement in technology and research (as well as changes in international standards and tests) theres always something wrong that will be found much later.

    It took 70+ years for us to realise asbestos is bad for human health.
    The flammable cladding was in use since the late 60's, so it kinda took close to half a century for us to go "oh crap…"
    It took close to 2 centuries for us to start phasing out lead in paint.
    We only confimed today teflon coating in non-stick pans gives us lung cancer, 60 years after we started using those things.

    They're bound to find something bad/unsafe on everything we use eventually, so why not just replace/refresh the whole building every century or so, whats safe now is bound to be a deathtrap in 50 to 100 year's time anyway.

  9. We have this cladding problem in UK. It caused financial ruins for many leaseholders of apartments in such buildings.
    Leaseholders of buildings with flammable cladding have been informed to cough up £35K to fix the issue. Meanwhile, they cannot sell their apartments as they are not mortgagable and facing an additional service charge of £3K-£5K for watchman to monitor fire!.
    It has been 5 years already and ending to this nightmare is miles away.

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