Cladding Fire Safety
Omnii has assembled a dedicated cladding team, specifically to guide clients through the cladding minefield.
With no Federal Government position on the reform of the use of Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP), each state/territory has its own unique and complex legislation.
Omnii’s cladding team leader is an admitted lawyer with six years practicing experience, who’s comprehensive understanding of cladding legislation is paramount to navigating the best pathways toward rectification. Furthermore, a number of our team have completed the highly specialised combustible cladding CPD course at the University of Queensland (UQ).
In addition, Omnii is pre-qualified with the Residential Cladding Rectification Register (RCRR) on behalf of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.
Our cladding fire engineering services include:
- Compliance pathways tailored to client and State Government requirements
- Bespoke Insurance cladding assessment reports
- Due diligence cladding assessment reports
Omnii assesses each building individually to identify the needs of the client, the extent and impact of the issue, and to address the requirements of the state legislature.
Detailed CFD modelling and analysis is utilised for predicting the spread of fire, enabling building-specific assessment and reporting.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment (BFSRA) is a document required by the Queensland Government, to assess the risk of fire spread caused by combustible cladding.
Under Part 4A of the Qld Building regulation 2006, all external cladding deemed to be combustible must be assessed by a registered fire engineer and a BSFRA and Form 35 submitted to the QBCC.
If combustible cladding was identified and reported in your building’s registration on the QBCC website (PART 1), or if a Building Industry Professional (BIP) identified that you have combustible cladding (PART 2), you are required to engage a Registered Fire Engineer to complete a BFSRA and Form 35 (PART 3). You may have also received a letter from the Queensland Government.
We recommend you contact the QBCC as soon as possible, as fines are associated with non-compliance. The deadline to complete the final part of the cladding checklist, 3rd May 2021, has passed. Building owners still have the obligation to complete the Combustible Cladding Checklist as outlined in the Building Regulation 2006. They are required to complete the cladding checklist as soon as possible to avoid penalties and fines up to $22,019.25. The cladding checklist must then be uploaded to the safer buildings website within 5 days of completion. Omnii still provides their engineering services to assist clients in completing the cladding checklist.
Contact Omnii’s dedicated cladding team for a fee proposal. Once you have engaged Omnii, you may register our details on the QBCC website (Deadline 31st October 2019). We will then walk you through the process, attend site and produce the BFSRA and a Form 35.
The deadline for lodgement of your BFSRA to the QBCC is 3 May 2021. You are not required to complete any further steps until being contacted by your Fire Engineer.
You are required to upload your BFSRA and Form 35 to the QBCC website within 5 days of receiving it.
Make yourself familiar with the BFSRA. Where necessary, the document will identify interim Fire Safety measures for you to implement.
Possible Outcome 1: Your building does not represent a cladding fire risk and no immediate risk mitigation measures or building works are identified in the Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment (BFSRA): no further action is required from the building owner and the cladding process is completed.
Possible Outcome 2: Immediate risk mitigation measures are identified in the BFSRA and Form 74: Based on the QBCC guideline Section 4 these measures should be implemented immediately after the BFSRA is received by the building owner.
Possible Outcome 3: Your building represents a cladding fire risk:
- An Affected Private Building Notice must be displayed, and a Form 76 must be send to the QBCC as proof.
- A copy of the BFSRA must be provided to each lot owner.
- Regardless whether combustible cladding was found to contribute to the defeat of one or more aspects of the Building Fire Strategy or further assessment was required to determine this, it is recommended to engage a fire engineer to assess the risk associated with the combustible cladding materials. The assessment will be in the form of a Fire Engineering Brief/Report in discussion with the Building Certifier and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Cladding Support Unit (CSU).
The Affected building notice identifies that the building is considered an affected private building with a fire safety risk, as defined by the Building Regulation 2006 Part 4a – Combustible Cladding.