Audit may take time
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.