Non-Conforming Building Products

NCBP Audit Taskforce & Safer Buildings

In 2017, the Queensland Government established the Non-Conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce to identify Queensland buildings with a potential fire risk in relation to external wall cladding through targeted audits. The Taskforce is working to identify government and privately-owned buildings of possible concern.

The Taskforce is made up of representatives from the Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland Health, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). Work has been prioritised, starting with hospitals, aged-care facilities, schools, accommodation buildings, high-occupancy public and private buildings, and high-rise office buildings.

Investigations include a review of building certification documents, visual inspections by building surveyors and/or fire engineers, and independent tests of any material of concern in accredited laboratories.

Safer buildings

I think I have cladding on my building. What should I do?

Buildings with cladding are not necessarily dangerous. There are many factors that need to be taken into account, including existing fire safety systems, so each case needs to be carefully reviewed and assessed by experts.

The Queensland Government has recently amended the Building Regulation 2006 (Building and Other Legislation Cladding Amendment Regulation 2018). New laws apply in Queensland from 1 October 2018. Building owners may be required to register their buildings and complete the combustible cladding checklist.

If you are a tenant in the building or own a unit in the building, contact the building owner, building manager or body corporate official and alert them of your concerns.

If you are a building owner of a building which:

  • is a class 2 – 9
  • of a type A or B construction
  • built or have had the cladding altered after 1 January 1994 but before 1 October 2018

You must register your building and complete the combustible cladding checklist on the Safer Buildings Website.

For information on classes of building and types of construction, please refer to the Building Codes of Australia (BCA) Classes of buildings. You will find this information on the building’s Certificate of Classification (if you own a building in classes 2-9).

For further information on safer buildings and the combustible cladding checklist please visit the Safer Buildings Website

Are Queensland buildings safe?

Maintaining the safety of Queensland buildings involves many factors, including the efficiency of existing fire safety installations and systems.

It is important to note that investigations by the Taskforce are in addition to an already strong building safety system in Queensland. Mandatory fire safety installations and systems in commercial and accommodation buildings may include fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and evacuation requirements. Hospitals have comprehensive emergency safety measures in place.

If issues are identified during the audit process, the Taskforce will work closely with building owners and local authorities to explore solutions.

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