Au­dit may take time

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

IF a build­ing au­dit is re­quired within the Town of Cam­bridge, it is un­likely to be a time con­sum­ing oper­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Buck­ley.

A dev­as­tat­ing fire in Lon­don’s ill-fated Gren­fell Tower last month prompted an au­dit across WA to lo­cate po­ten­tial cladding fire risks on build­ings.

A Build­ing Com­mis­sion spokes­woman said they had con­tacted all lo­cal gov­ern­ments on July 4 ask­ing for as­sis­tance with the au­dit and was still fi­nal­is­ing the scope.

“The task of iden­ti­fy­ing which of the hun­dreds of high-rise build­ings in WA have cladding at­tached is quite ar­du­ous and is likely to take some time,” she said.

“Un­til we know how many build­ings need to be as­sessed and the na­ture of the prod­ucts used it is too early to know how long the au­dit will take.”

Mr Buck­ley said an au­dit may only be re­quired for a small num­ber of build­ings.

“The State Gov­ern­ment Build­ing Com­mis­sion has re­cently es­tab­lished a Reg­u­la­tor Au­dit Group (RAG)… we don’t know whether the RAG will rec­om­mend build­ing au­dits and we will await their ad­vice,” he said.

“If build­ing au­dits are re­quested, it is likely they will fo­cus on com­mer­cial and multi-res­i­den­tial build­ings with com­pos­ite cladding. Since 2011 the WA Build­ing Com­mis­sion and li­censed builders have en­gaged pri­vate sec­tor build­ing sur­vey­ing con­trac­tors to in­spect and cer­tify com­mer­cial build­ings.

“This means if an au­dit were re­quired this would be car­ried out un­der the di­rec­tion of the WA Build­ing Com­mis­sion.”

Last month, it was dis­cov­ered that pan­els in­stalled in 2014 on Leed­erville’s Foyer Ox­ford build­ing were flammable, prompt­ing the lessee Foun­da­tion Hous­ing to add more CCTV and round-the­clock sur­veil­lance.

Flammable pan­els were found on Foyer Ox­ford in Leed­erville in last month.

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