Following the most recent skyscraper fire in Dubai at Sulafa Tower that we recently commented on, it has now been reported that approximately 1,000 buildings in Dubai will be audited to confirm whether they comply with the new standards set out in the UAE’s new Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice.
A similar review was conducted by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) after the Lacrosse building fire in 2014. The external wall cladding audit, the first of its kind in Australia, found that 51% of the 170 building that they reviewed were non-compliant. However, it was determined that these non-compliant buildings did not pose a risk to the safety of occupants and only one required emergency action.
Builders in Victoria and other states much now evaluate the risks of past projects and, if they are found to have non-compliant ACP cladding, to manage the change-over to compliant cladding. Here’s a recent case study on how Commercial Building Contractors, SJ Higgins dealt with this particular issue on one of their projects, Monash House Private Hospital, Clayton VIC.