Shutters or blinds, window enclosures or panel walls installed to completed buildings may impinge upon building occupant safety

Glazed window enclosures retrofitted to balconies

Background

In the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy and Melbourne’s Lacrosse Tower, combustible cladding has been identified as a major safety concern for occupants of multi-storey apartment buildings. 

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is at the forefront of the Queensland Government’s effort to ensure building occupant safety is maintained and improved on all private and public buildings.

Lead in plumbing products

Lead in plumbing products blog

In Australia lead is used in the manufacture of some plumbing products, such as brass fittings. These products are widely used in drinking water systems in homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Lead can be released from some brass plumbing fittings, either as small particles or through dissolving into the drinking water, particularly where the water has been sitting in contact with these brass plumbing products for long periods. 

Warning - Email Phishing Scam

Yesterday we received reports of a phishing scam where subscribers to a restaurant booking service have received phishing emails with the subject line “QBCC Policy Purchase Receipt”. 

These emails were not sent by the QBCC, and we can confirm that no breaches of customer privacy have been identified. If you received one of these emails we advise you to delete the email and do not click the link. 

Engage a building certifier if unsure whether building approvals are required

two people in conversation at an office

In response to the QBCC’s recent public warning about unsafe and defective work relating to the construction of a glass balustrade system on a balcony, the QBCC is urging homeowners and contractors to consult a building certifier if they are unsure whether a Building Approval is required for any proposed new or remedial building works.

Building Certifiers are responsible for ensuring that any new or remedial work being proposed is suitable for its intended purpose and compliant with current standards, and can advise on whether a Building Approval is necessary.

Simpler laws and new safety standards for plumbing and drainage industry

The Queensland Government has made it simpler for plumbers and gasfitters to comply with legislation, passing the Plumbing and Drainage Bill 2018 on 5 September 2018.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the new laws reduced the complexity of the previous Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 which had been amended by more than 30 separate Bills during the past 15 years, making it hard to work with.

Pages

Subscribe to Queensland Building and Construction Commission RSS