Authority contacts Redlands building owners for cladding checks

COMBUSTIBLE: Cladding on London's Grenfell Tower is under scrutiny at an inquiry into the deadly fire there.
COMBUSTIBLE: Cladding on London's Grenfell Tower is under scrutiny at an inquiry into the deadly fire there.

OWNERS of buildings in the Redlands are being contacted by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission to check what cladding is used.

A QBCC spokesperson said 110 letters had been sent out this week, asking recipients to fill out a checklist by March 29 next year to help the authority know if non-conforming cladding was used or not.

Buildings with suspected aluminium composite cladding will be later assessed and then audited by a fire engineer, if confirmed.

QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett said it was important that building owners and bodies corporate moved quickly to first complete and submit the checklist, which was required under new laws that gave the QBCC  enforceable powers from 1 October 2018.

“We anticipate that most buildings will be safe, however all private buildings within scope need to be cleared so that we know for sure,” Mr Bassett said.

“All Queenslanders want peace of mind about the safety of their buildings.”

A taskforce set up after London's Grenfell Tower fire last year found 12,000 buildings across the state were at-risk for the combustible cladding, encompassing buildings three or more storeys and built from 1994 and some private homes.

“If you receive a letter from the QBCC, or you own a building of three storeys or more built from 1994 onwards, visit saferbuildings.qld.gov.au for more information or to register and complete the checklist,” Mr Bassett said.