Fatal Floors, Dangerous decks.
Lana`s house building disaster
THE RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT TOWER SAGA TO DATE This article is still on-going, but to date has 19 distinct components:- Seventeen (17) Overseas Towers Burn Up because of Alucobest flammable cladding (pertinent information available on internet) from 2006 onwards. Abbott Government cuts funds to CSIRO and fire safety testing drops dramatically. Turnbull government alters CSIRO activity … Read more
1. Soil Testers would be required to be registered and carry PI Insurance. 2. Building Consultants would be required to be registered and carry PI Insurance. 3. The loophole (‘normal soil condition’) in the AS Code 2870 would only be permitted after proof is furnished that the soil condition is actually ‘normal’… so that then, … Read more
INTERESTINGLY 6 MONTHS AGO VCAT FOUND THE BUILDER NOT LIABLE FOR THE LACROSSE TOWER FIRE BUT FOUND THOSE WHO SPECIFIED AND APPROVED THE ALUCOBEST CLADDING TO BE AT FAULT. It’s little wonder that PI Insurance premiums are soaring… and bears out what we have been saying for quite a long time… that those involved in … Read more
Nobody seems to have mentioned the fact that ‘Expert Judgement’ (allowed by The National Construction Code) is wrongly used by all practitioners selecting something such as flammable cladding, so that the result is that buildings now have flammable cladding.
How apartment owners got hooked to pick up the massive bill for non-compliant cladding that was not fire rated. Victoria’s Planning Minister, Richard Wynne recently dropped a bombshell on thousands of apartment owners whose buildings are covered in flammable cladding. New loan laws likely to be passed by Parliament have been billed as a … Read more
Victoria’s building industry is failing consumers Fifth Estate 2 July 2015 Anne Paten, Victorian Building Action Group | 2 July 2015 The verdict on Victoria’s domestic building industry is in and on the public record. And it’s not pretty. The evidence of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office Audit into Victoria’s Consumer Protection Framework for Building Construction … Read more
Over the last fifteen years, there have more than one hundred (100) Inquiries into the building industry and its governance. These have included parliamentary inquiries and investigations by the Auditor-General, the Productivity Commission, the Ombudsman and other independent organizations.
The Victorian building industry has suffered from systematic and systemic failure for decades. We now have overwhelming evidence to confirm that this ‘system’ has been malfunctioning for the last 22 years.
After decades of criticism of the Building Commission’s failure as the ‘industry regulator’, and following damning Reports from the Victorian Auditor-General (2011 and 2013) and a scathing Report from the Victorian Ombudsman in 2012, the Government decided that the Building Commission’s record was so tarnished that it had to be abolished.