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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: UKTruth
The building should not have gone up like a house of cards doused in white spirit, regardless of what caused the fire, and would not have gone up the way it did, if it had proper fire breaks, or was clad correctly.
It simply would not have happened that way, and there would not be a charred, smoking ruin full of charred flesh and heat cracked bones standing where a huge number of people used to have homes, if things had been done right throughout.
But forget it UKTruth. I am sure you have some innocent pensioners, or a person with a chronic health complaint to enjoy the misery of. Better things to do, clearly, than engage with the full weight of whats gone on here.
Flammable aluminium composite panels fitted to the outside of the building are widely suspected to have contributed to the inferno.
A similar type of panel has been blamed for a fire that devastated the Lacrosse apartment block in Melbourne's docklands in 2014.
SIX buildings with flammable cladding are on a watch list by Melbourne authorities.
The revelation comes as a peak engineers body says a building loophole is allowing highly combustible material to be used unchecked.
Engineers Australia estimates more than 100 Melbourne buildings have the same cladding believed to have been used to cover London’s Grenfell Tower.
Australian Society of Building Consultants NSW president Chris Dyce said the “nightmare” scale of the London inferno had driven home the danger of plastic-based aluminium composite cladding and it would affect the Australian property market. “This is going to extend beyond an issue of personal safety and affect the whole property market,” Mr Dyce told The Weekend Australian. “For example, to scaffold a 24-storey tower, take off the panels and reclad it ... you are talking serious money.”
There are up to 2700 buildings in Sydney that use this type of cladding for energy efficiency and aesthetics. Half of those built in Melbourne in the past decade are non-compliant on the issue.
In Australian cases where remediation has been required — there have been two in Melbourne — unit owners have had to bear the brunt of the expenses of rectification work, even where they were not involved in the building or development process.
A 2014 apartment fire fuelled by aluminium composite panel cladding used on the Melbourne Lacrosse building triggered a flurry of regulatory interest in the matter but, almost three years later, little has changed.
In Melbourne alone, 13 apartment buildings are still the subject of “compliance” work after being linked to the builder of Harvest Apartments in South Melbourne in a secondary audit by the Victorian Building Authority.