Phase two of the audit of CBD buildings containing aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding is about to begin. Phase two is an examination of the fire safety systems in the buildings identified.

The audit is being conducted by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and the City of Adelaide (ACC).

Phase one of the audit considered 4500 buildings in the CBD over two storeys. 

77 buildings were identified as warranting further consideration, with 38 of those buildings having very limited or isolated cladding.

The State Government, the MFS and ACC have not identified any property in phase one that represents a safety risk.

However in phase two, all 77 buildings will be investigated further to confirm that cladding is installed in compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC) and relevant fire safety measures.

This process will involve examining building certification, plans and any approved variations and undertaking site inspections.

The City of Adelaide (ACC) is writing to the owners of all 77 buildings to facilitate this investigation and to work with the owners to confirm the cladding installation is compliant with the NCC.

If at any stage a building is identified as presenting a risk to safety the State Government, ACC and the MFS will take immediate action.

Outside of the CBD, DPTI advises that approximately 30 Councils in South Australia are likely to identify relevant buildings. DPTI will work with those councils to progress their audits.

Background

In response to recent concerns relating to the use of ACP on buildings and in the interest of public safety, the Minister for Planning instructed DPTI to lead a comprehensive building audit with ACC and the MFS. Similar audits are taking place in other Australian States.

On 24 February 2016, the Minister for Planning wrote to all local councils in South Australia, asking them to immediately notify DPTI of any concerns regarding non-complying ACP, and to exercise their existing statutory powers to ensure the safety of buildings in their local government areas. No building safety issues were identified as a result.

On 16 July 2017 the Minister for Planning again wrote to all local councils, asking them to remain vigilant in their assessment of building plans and to exercise their powers to ensure the safety of buildings if required. He also asked that local councils work with the DPTI to undertake building audits within their areas.

Quotes attributable to Planning Minister John Rau

South Australians should not be alarmed at the use of aluminium composite cladding on buildings in the CBD.

Certified ACP cladding products are safe, when installed in accordance with the National Construction Code.

I have asked all local councils and private certifiers to advise DPTI immediately if they have concerns about the safety or compliance of any buildings which contain ACP.

Meanwhile, DPTI, ACC and the MFS have now begun phase two of the audit process in the city, which will involve a more detailed, building by building investigation.