Combustible Cladding Removal
When handling property management, there are a number of areas that require attention beyond the obvious. As a commercial management firm, ensuring the building is operational from every aspect is not only a necessary requirement, but keeps the interest of the property owner front and centre.
One of the most important areas to be monitored and addressed when needed is building cladding, or layers of a building used to provide thermal insulation and resistance against the elements. Cladding is also used to improve the outside appearance of a building. In some cases, combustible cladding is used, which could pose an overall problem for the building and property management team.
What is Combustible Cladding?
Combustible cladding is a panel or siding used on the exterior of a building that is comprised of, or partly comprised of combustible materials. This type of cladding burns very quickly. There are two main types of this cladding that may pose an even greater risk to not only the occupants of the building but the community at large. These are listed below:
- Aluminium composite panels, or ACP
- Expanded polystyrene, or EPS
When the external wall system, or the cladding or other materials have to be removed from a building due to code upgrades or some other component requiring improvements, this is considered cladding waste. In most cases, this waste is managed as industrial waste, which could be harmful.
Why are these products considered harmful?
These products are manufactured with certain chemicals and materials that can create a fire that spreads quickly. This is not only detrimental to the building but is a serious risk to the occupants of the building.
Trying to handle an emergency of this nature while avoiding the possibility of becoming a larger fire is also a danger to the first responders and neighbours in the community.
How can combustible cladding be safely removed?
The property management firm must be experienced in handling this type of work. This means all waste must be properly disposed of with effective management protocols in place that will avoid long-term storage.
How can cladding be stored as it is removed?
Cladding removed from a building can temporarily be stored in skip bins before being transported and disposed at a licenced industrial waste facility. If the cladding waste cannot be transported for a certain period of time, the Guideline Management and Storage of Combustible Recyclable and Waste Materials document should be followed.
Keeping accurate records is key. Each record should have:
- Cladding removal contractor name and contact information; date of removal
- Waste transport name and contact information; date
- Volume or weight of removed cladding
- Volume or weight of transported cladding
- Waste receiver information
It is very important to have licensed and permitted facilities who are authorised to receive cladding waste as a drop-off point. This waste should also be transported in a horizontal position to avoid any combustion. Once the cladding is delivered, additional records should outline the transaction in detail. These records must have the following:
receipt identifying the location of waste drop-off, including date and name of company where cladding is being stored
name of person or company transporting waste
details of waste receivers
contact details of contracted builder
Having the right firm in place that is capable of handling these types of tasks is crucial. The team at Brisull Industries specialises in property management with over 35 years in property and construction. With expertise in dealing with regulatory and government agencies.
Interested in having a team that understands the logistics of taking care of all components of your properties? Call the Brisull team for more information today!