Investors and body corporate managers with buildings across the sunshine state have been given more time to complete stage three of the new combustible cladding regulations.
Archers the Strata Professionals has encouraged those affected to complete the third part of the compliance process by the new deadline of 31 October 2019. The extension was granted by Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni last month following requests for more time.
Archers the Strata Professionals partner Andrew Staehr said the extension will enable building owners to have their properties assessed by industry professionals and at potentially more competitive prices.
“Stage two compliance involves engaging a licensed building industry professional such as an engineer or architect, registering their details on the Safer Buildings website, having them fill out the combustible cladding checklist and uploading the completed checklist to the Safer Buildings website,” he said.
“Owners of buildings who know or suspect their building has combustible cladding can also skip stage two and complete the stage three process.”
Mr Staehr said approximately half of Archers’ managed buildings throughout Queensland have been required to comply with the new regulations.
“We have provided education and guidance on these compliance issues to all of our properties,” he said. “There is no substitute for complying with fire safety standards, which include ensuring strata communities have evacuation plans in place.”
In the latest update, it was confirmed that more than 20,000 buildings have been registered online with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission as part of the state government’s efforts to remove dangerously flammable cladding from residential apartment buildings and office blocks. The move comes in the wake of the 2017 London Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, which claimed 72 lives.