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Standards Australia releases guidance for identifying cladding

Standards Australia has published new specifications for aluminium composite panels (ACP) to help identify them following fires at Lacrosse and Grenfell.

Standards Australia has published new specifications for aluminium composite panels (ACP) to help identify them following fires at Lacrosse and Grenfell.

In early 2018, the Building Ministers’ Forum asked Standards Australia to develop a permanent labelling system of ACP products.

A range of technical experts have worked with Standards Australia to develop guidance to help identify these products throughout their lifespan.

The technical specification SA TS 5344:2019, Permanent labelling for Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) products, aims to provide minimum requirements for marking ACPs.

“Fires at Lacrosse and Grenfell have led to this publication, however this is a good news story which is a step towards addressing this challenge for the building sector,” said Standards Australia General Manager – Strategy and Engagement, Adam Stingemore.

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“There are no doubt challenges for the building industry in regards to the use of this type of product, and the community rightly expects a comprehensive solution.

“We are pleased to have been able to respond to the Building Ministers’ Forum in helping to address this challenge.”

The new standard covers the ACP supply chain, including manufacturers, suppliers, designers, installers, testing bodies, certification bodies, regulators and building surveyors.

“The intent of this project was to improve the ability of consumers and building practitioners to identify ACP-type products, and as a result, to reduce the possibility of product substitution that can result in the wrong product being supplied and installed,” Stingemore said.

“Publication of this document is evidence that the experts and representatives involved believe this intention has been met, and community concerns have been heard and addressed.”

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