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Fire experts begin second phase of audit for CBD buildings with aluminium composite panel cladding

SEVENTY seven Adelaide buildings have been earmarked for further examination by the Metropolitan Fire Service about potentially dangerous cladding, but no properties have been identified as a safety risk.

Phase one of the audit identified 38 CBD buildings with “very limited or isolated” aluminium composite cladding (ACP), though 77 overall will be thoroughly examined.

The comprehensive audit, mirrored in other states, was launched after 80 people died in London’s Grenfell Tower fire — caused by poor quality ACP cladding.

Planning Minister John Rau said none of the 4500 buildings considered in phase one of the audit represented a fire risk but 77 properties will undergo further examination to ensure the cladding was installed to Australian standards.

It will also investigate their relevant fire safety measures.

“South Australians should not be alarmed at the use of aluminium composite cladding on buildings in the CBD,” he said.

“Certified ACP cladding products are safe, when installed in accordance with the National Construction Code.

“I have asked all local councils and private certifiers to advise (the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure) immediately if they have concerns about the safety or compliance of any buildings which contain ACP.”

The process will involve examining building certification, plans and any approved variations as well as undertaking site inspections.

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