“Ticking time-bomb” properties a concern for apartment, unit & townhouse owners
Look Up Strata
19 April 2016
At the back end of bushfire season, Ace Body Corporate Management is
urging South Australians to wake up to an even bigger fire problem,
occurring not outside, but inside their properties.
problem with building defects
Australia’s problem with building defects is a huge safety concern for
property owners, and we fear that every city around the country has
hundreds, if not thousands of “ticking time bomb” properties containing
non compliant, highly flammable building materials.
After gathering in Adelaide recently to discuss the future of the
sector both locally and overseas, we left with clear advice from
Senator Nick Xenophon that the Federal Government recognises this as a
priority, given its potential impact on property owners.
The two materials currently suspected to be threatening the safety of
property owners and tenants in South Australia are a flammable
aluminium cladding product and a substandard electric cabling material,
subject to a failed Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Recently The Australian reported that over half the audited buildings
so far in Melbourne’s Central Business District possessed this
flammable cladding product, while up to 2500 buildings in Sydney were
feared to be in the same boat – Fire-risk cladding found on 51% of new
the Infinity Cabling product
Additionally, the Infinity Cabling product at the centre of the ACCC
recall is still at large in Australian properties, with latest reports
indicating that less than 5% of the 4,000 kilometres of cable
nationwide has been accounted for – Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission Annual Report 2014-15.
Just like with bushfire preparation, we are calling on a coordinated
response from property owners and managers, to ensure this doesn’t
create a year round fire threat.
Ace is of the opinion that these defective products can create a lot of
uncertainty and owners of strata property should seek advice from local
The advice from experts is that this cladding product was a popular
substitute for safer, more expensive materials over the past decade so
we’re very keen to hear from owners in the South Australia region about
There is new information on this issue becoming available on a week by
week basis at the present time, and we’re confident that a consultation
with local strata management will help communities have a clearer
picture on what the next step is for them.
This article about flammable
aluminium cladding and other concerns in SA has been supplied and
written by Stephen Raff, CEO of Ace Body Corporate Management.
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