Aluminium Composite Panel Building Audits
The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is leading a building audit in response to recent concerns regarding the use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) on buildings. ACP is frequently used for external cladding or facades, insulation and signage along with internal applications.
The building audit is being delivered across 3 phases with phases 1 and 2 being delivered in collaboration with councils, the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and the Country Fire Service (CFS).
Buildings audited as a priority were residential buildings over 2 storeys including hotels, motels and apartments, aged care facilities, hospitals, schools, assembly buildings and buildings with occupants who may be unfamiliar with the means of escape or require assistance to escape.
Audit progress updates
|Phase 1 commenced across South Australia|
|Phase 1 completed in City of Adelaide|
|Phase 2 commenced in City of Adelaide|
|Completion of Phase 1 for remaining councils|
|Commencement of Phase 2 for remaining councils|
The audit is aimed at identifying buildings that have or may be clad with ACP and providing recommendations and actions to ensure safety.
If at any stage a building is identified as presenting a risk to safety, the State Government, council and the relevant fire authority (MFS or CFS) will take immediate action as appropriate.
A council's Building Fire Safety Committee or regional Building Fire Safety Committee has a broad range of powers to require building owners to ensure safety.
The Commonwealth and all states and territories are also undertaking audits of buildings that have or may have ACP. Concerns with Commonwealth owned buildings should be directed to the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
The 3 phases of the audit process are Identification, Investigation and Respond.
Buildings that have or may have been clad with ACP were identified.
Buildings approved after 2010 with the following characteristics were prioritised, including:
- Residential buildings more than 2 storeys:
- Aged care facilities
- Assembly buildings
- Any buildings with occupants who may be unfamiliar with the means of escape or require assistance to escape
Buildings identified in Phase 1 are being investigated. Investigations may include site inspections and/or review of approved plans and documentation to determine if the cladding presents a risk to safety.
Under the Development Act 1993 an authorised person may undertake a range of actions if they believe the ACP presents a risk to safety.
These actions range from alerting an owner or occupier of any risk to their safety, through to issuing emergency orders that require immediate action be undertaken.
- building classification;
- height and number of storeys;
- occupancy profile; and
- presence of in-built life safety provisions.
Phase 1 of the building audit was delivered in collaboration with councils. Identification of buildings in the Adelaide CBD was completed at the end of July 2017. Remaining councils completed Phase 1 in early 2018.
22 councils self reported buildings that warrant further consideration and investigation during Phase 2
- City of Adelaide
- City of Unley
- Kangaroo Island Council
- Town of Gawler
- City of Port Adelaide Enfield
- City of Burnside
- City of Salisbury
- Mount Barker District Council
- City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters
- Adelaide Hills Council
- City of West Torrens
- Rural City of Murray Bridge
- City of Campbelltown
- City of Port Lincoln
- City of Victor Harbor
- City of Holdfast Bay
- City of Onkaparinga
- Roxby Downs Council
- City of Marion
- City of Playford
- District Council of Copper Coast
- City of Charles Sturt
45 Councils self reported that they have no buildings of concern in Phase 1
- Yorke Peninsula Council
- Wakefield Regional Council
- Alexandrina Council
- Port Augusta Council
- Whyalla City Council
- District Council of Tumby Bay
- District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
- The Barossa Council
- District Council of Elliston
- City of Mount Gambier
- Regional Council of Goyder
- Town of Walkerville
- District Council of Grant
- Mid Murray Council
- City of Tea Tree Gully
- District Council of Robe
- District Council of Cleve
- Kingston District Council
- District Council of Peterborough
- Wattle Range Council
- District Council of Barunga West
- Renmark Paringa Council
- District Council of Coober Pedy
- Naracoorte Lucindale Council
- Light Regional Council
- Loxton Waikerie Council
- Mount Remarkable
- Adelaide Plains Council
- District Council of Orroroo Carrieton
- Berri Barmera Council
- Wudinna District Council
- District Council of Streaky Bay
- City of Mitcham
- City of Prospect
- Coorong District Council
- Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council
- Northern Areas Council
- Tatiara District Council
- Southern Mallee District Council
- District Council of Kimba
- Port Pirie Regional Council
- District Council of Karoonda East Murray
- District Council of Franklin Harbour
- District Council of Ceduna
- District Council of Yankalilla
If people have concerns about buildings they own or occupy, they should contact their council Building Fire Safety Committee for further information.
Phase 2 of the building audit is being delivered in collaboration with councils. DPTI has engaged with council Building Fire Safety Committees who have identified buildings in Phase 1 to ensure a consistent approach to investigation.
This phase will investigate the type of ACP's present and the installation method used to determine if the cladding presents a risk to life safety. This may include a review of building plans and approvals, site visits or comprehensive inspections if required.
Buildings determined during phase 2 as requiring improvements to ensure their safety may be subject to rectification work, which may include:
- replacement of the ACP’s as part of the general ongoing maintenance routine
- removal of part or all of the ACP’s as a matter of urgency
- additional alarms, escape points or sprinklers
- placement of barriers that prevent fire spread, should an ACP catch fire.
For privately owned buildings, councils will be responsible for ensuring that owners address any identified buildings. Government will be responsible for ensuring that its own buildings are safe. Council is responsible for ensuring any building they own are safe.
In many instances a building's existing in-built fire safety systems will provide the level of safety required, if they are maintained in accordance with the relevant standards.