As market leaders in façade projects, DENMAC have also led the way in providing recladding solutions to comply with the changing fire cladding compliance regulations.
Remaining compliant with Australian safety standards and legislations has been essential to our business success. This success is backed by our team that is equipped and certified to deliver high quality results for both simple and more complex façade rectification projects, upgrades and maintenance.
Our commitment to our projects and customers was recognised by DENMAC winning the Subcontractor of the Year for Cladding in 2018 and the overall Subcontractor of the Year awards at the MBAWA 2018 Awards.
What is Recladding?
Recladding refers to replacing the external facade cladding (usually aluminium composite cladding) which becomes necessary when existing cladding is deemed unsafe or begins to deteriorate.
Why is Recladding Necessary?
The current necessity for recladding substandard aluminium composite cladding with either solid aluminium, high-mineral content cladding or other forms of non-combustible cladding has been predominantly driven by insurance companies and fire regulators, following the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy and Lacrosse Tower fire in Melbourne in 2014.
The Grenfell Tower fire in London caused 72 deaths and many injuries. Authorities have confirmed the fire started from within the building and spread both internally and externally, with a key contributing factor to the vertical and lateral spread of the fire being the recently installed external wall cladding (Aluminium Composite panels with a PE core).
This tragedy has prompted governments globally to enforce stricter compliance regulations to ensure cladding installed on buildings is non-combustible and/or conforms to national building codes which have been and are being revised in light of these fires.
In 2017 the WA Building Commission (Building Commission) broadened the scope of an initial audit it had been carrying out on aluminium composite panels (ACPs) into a state-wide cladding audit that would includes all high-risk, high-rise buildings with cladding attached.
Fire Rated Cladding / Fire Resistant Cladding Options
There are multiple non-combustible cladding options now available, including solid aluminium and bonded aluminium alternatives. Advanced techniques and products in anodized, powder coated or PVDF aluminium cladding panel products have provided extensive design alternatives.
Latest Recladding Techniques
Non-structural recladding solutions such as curtain walls can provide a complete facelift for a building’s façade. Lightweight materials can provide the required strength at a reduced cost. DENMAC’s range of fully fire cladding compliant products and designs work to create great urban environments, with the highest standards of safety, quality and durability.