MBIE suspends certificates for combustible cladding panels
Following a number of high profile fires involving combustible, polyethylene core aluminium composite panels (ACPs), MBIE announced on 26 July 2018 that:
- changes have been made to the NZ Building Code Acceptable Solutions for Protection from Fire to restrict the use of combustible cladding on buildings above three storeys.
- MBIE had conducted an audit of Codemark certificates for ACP products, which identified there was insufficient documentation to support evidence of compliance with the fire performance clauses of the New Zealand building code.
Under section 271 of the Building Act 2004, MBIE has suspended the following CodeMark certificates:
- CMA-CM40035 – Alucobond Cladding Systems
- CMA-CM40075-I01-R01 – Apolic FR ACM Panel Cladding
- CMA-CM40100 – Larson FR
- CMA-CM4094 – Symonite (Alucobond) Cladding Systems
- CMA – CM40111-I02-R03 – Symonite Cladding Systems (Reynobond FR)
- CMA-CM40193-I01-R01 – Vitrabond FR Cladding System
Councils cannot rely on these CodeMark certificates as evidence the products comply with the requirements of the Building Code while they are in a state of suspension.
Grimshaw & Co acts for many property owners with buildings that are subject to investigation for fire safety compliance including combustible cladding panels and defective passive fire protection.
If you have any concerns about the fire protection in your building Grimshaw & Co is able to refer you to qualified fire experts and advise you on your claim options.
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