Please find below link to important ruling on undue fire spread risk for external cladding for your information. https://www.gadens.com/legal-insights/non-compliant-cladding-extends-to-biowood-composite-cladding-used-as-an-external-attachment/1. The article refers to the CSIRO Guideline ‘Fire Safety Guidelines for External Walls 2016’, which has ‘been withdrawn pending revisions to incorporate current BCA, Standards and research’2. References:1. Archer, A. (17/01/2020). Non-compliant cladding extends to ‘Biowood’ … Read more Important ruling on undue fire spread risk
CMI is very excited to announce the appointment of Mr Richard Donarski to the position of National Compliance Director for Australia & New Zealand. Richard will commence his duties with CMI as of 28th of October and will be responsible for overseeing CMI’s growth into broader areas of product certification as well as enhancing our … Read more Richard Donarski joins CMI
11/10/2019 Product Certification in New Zealand CMI wishes to clarify that the lifting of the suspension relates to the JAS-ANZ accredited, CodeMark Australia, WaterMark and the CertMark Product Certification Scheme. CMI has not applied for CodeMark New Zealand to be added back onto its scope at this point in time and as such cannot offer … Read more Product Certification in New Zealand
The “Building Professionals Amendment (Insurance) Regulation 2019” Introduced 28.6.2019 14A Exclusion for accredited certifiers (1) A professional indemnity contract may provide that the indemnity provided by the contract does not apply to any claim made against the insured in relation to: (a) cladding that does not comply with the requirements of the Building Code of … Read more NSW changes Act to exclude Cladding from Professional Indemnity Contracts
Please see below statement from Troy Olds (AIBS President) and Brett Mace (Chief Executive Officer) of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors “The Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance crisis we have been warning governments about for almost three years has finally hit. Over the past two weeks, AIBS has received notifications from building surveying firms all … Read more Industry at tipping point over PI insurance crisis
Update 04/03/2019: Please see link below for response from the ABCB. https://certmark.org/downloads/Supplementary Press Release – Certificate Withdrawals – 20190304.pdf Update 28/02/2019: Please note, CMI is currently liaising with the ABCB (the CodeMark Scheme Owners) regarding the status of completed and in progress projects and their reliance on the withdrawn certificates. CMI will update our press … Read more Press Release – Certificate Withdrawals
Please be advised that OZONE Panel has decided not to seek reissue of their CodeMark certificate CM40029. Ozone panel have advised that the company is “currently not trading and is not selling any panels”. Please note that the withdrawal of the CodeMark certificate does not impact on any installations of the product prior to the … Read more OZONE Panel Certificate Withdrawal
Further to CertMark Internationals (CMI) notification of the withdrawal of 9 CodeMark Certificates last week, CMI wish to issue the following update. Firstly; CMI wishes to advise that the withdrawal of the Certificates in no way implies that any of the products certified do not meet the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) as … Read more Withdrawn Certificates Update
The following certificates were withdrawn on the date of 12/02/2019; CM40029 – Ozone Panel building Systems CM40066 – Alpolic A2 CM40067 – Alpolic FR CM40076 – Ultrabond FR CM40079 – Vitrabond FR CM40082 – Dulux Exsulite Kooltherm Facade System CM40093 – Larson FR CM40138 – Dulux Exsulite Thermal Facade non-cavity system Please refer to our … Read more Certificate Withdrawals
The following notification has been provided by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to assist in preparing the market for the introduction of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019. Further information can be found at; https://www.abcb.gov.au/Connect/Articles/2019/01/14/What-to-Expect-in-NCC-2019 Changes being introduced in NCC 2019 are almost here. As seen in the public comment draft released last … Read more Changes being introduced in NCC 2019
Advisory Notice No. 01/2019 CMI Advisory Notice: Surveillances, Renewals & Multiple Product Certificates. Subject: Surveillances and Renewals Following the conclusion of 2018, CMI has conducted an internal review of the timeframes for notification, organisation and completion of Surveillance and Renewal Audits, which are a requirement of all CMI run schemes. The outcome of this review … Read more CMI Advisory Notice: Surveillances, Renewals & Multiple Product Certificates.
See the following below articles from the Safety Institute of Australia regarding opening up Australian standards from the monopoly that SAI Global currently holds. https://www.sia.org.au/news-and-publications/news/media-release-call-australian-standards-be-free-australian-businesses https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/australian-standards-unfair-exchange-david-clarke/
Combustible cladding assessments for building industry professionals and fire engineers: golden goose or road to ruin? In response to public concerns about the use of combustible building materials, the Queensland Government has introduced a new regime to assess the safety of existing cladding on buildings. On 1 October 2018, changes to the Building Regulation 2006 … Read more Holding Redlich – Combustible Cladding Assessments
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have put out a position statement, “To inform stakeholders involved in the development of Class 2 – 9 buildings of Type A or Type B construction in Queensland of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ (QFES) expectations with respect to the fire safety performance of buildings affected by combustible … Read more QFES Building Application Position Statement – Combustible Cladding
CertMark International (CMI) wishes to advise that on 30/10/2018 certificate numbers CM40009 & CM40083 issued to Magnesium Oxide Board Corporation Pty Ltd was suspended due to a failure to pay 2018 Surveillance Audit fees.
Source: http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/Building/Pages/NonConformingBuildingProducts.aspx Queensland building safety Maintaining the safety of Queensland buildings involves many factors, including the adequacy of existing fire safety systems. It is important to note that investigations by the Non-Conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce are in addition to an already strong building safety system in Queensland. Mandatory fire safety systems in commercial and … Read more QLD Non-Conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce and Safer Buildings