Systemic Building Failures

Author: Matthew Gale
News Date: 18/1/2019 10:50 AM
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The recent events at the Opal Tower in Sydney again has highlighted major concerns with building defects in Australia, particularly in the construction of class 2 residential buildings. 


The cracking in the Opal Tower finished off a year that, in the building and construction industry that was dominated by the continued exposure of Flammable Cladding in residential buildings. Whilst the failings at the Opal Tower dominated headlines during the Christmas period, it was not the only instance of a building failure during this time. As reported in The AGE a glass balustrade on the 10th floor of a luxury apartment building in Melbourne spontaneously shattered on Christmas Day.


A 2012 report by UNSW's City Futures Research Centre found that 85% of strata title owners in NSW said there were defects in the construction of their building. An article in the Financial Review 9 Jan 2019, identifies a number of residential towers in Melbourne and Sydney which have a variety of significant defects.


AESG has recently seen a wide variety of building defects, ranging from:

  • Failed balconies
  • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) flammable cladding
  • Failed and non-compliant fire systems 
  • Disconnected Fire Panels
  • Water damage and leaks



What should owners and managers do?


If you are at all concerned about your building and potential hazards and defects contact AESG. We can arrange for a variety of building inspections and can provide solutions to issues identified, including:

  • Flammable Cladding investigations
  • Forensic Engineer Reports
  • Building Defect Reports
  • Building Health & Safety Reports
  • Pre-construction Dilapidation Reports 




LINKS:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/glass-panel-explodes-on-balcony-of-luxury-inner-melbourne-apartment-building-20190102-p50p8v.html

   https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/governing-the-compact-city-the-role-and-effectiveness-of-strata-management-in-higher-density-residential-developments/  

https://www.afr.com/real-estate/what-are-australias-other-defective-towers-aside-from-sydneys-opal-tower-20190102-h19n02

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-17/opal-tower-gladys-berejiklian-nsw-government-construction/10720776

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