Building regulations relating to the use of combustible material on building facades of high risk buildings was recently introduced in WA.
The regulations prohibit the use of performance solutions by restricting the use of combustible cladding only to those buildings that can demonstrate compliance under the Building Code of Australia’s (BCA) new verification method, which also includes the requirements for sprinklers in high risk buildings.
Earlier this year the BCA was updated to remove ambiguity around combustible cladding use in buildings.
The new regulations will remove the opportunity for developers to get around the non-combustibility requirement for cladding in the BCA, Acting Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Francis Logan said.
He said the update to the BCA and introduction of new building regulations will prevent the use of dangerous polyethylene (PE) cladding or an expanded polystyrene cladding in a building façade.
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