Safe Cladding, Buildings, Façade and Innovation Agenda

08:30

09:00

POLICY AND PLANNING TO TRANSFORM AUSTRALIA’S BUILDING SECTOR  

09:10

  • Addressing key areas of concern in the building and construction industry – progress and initiatives taken and future priorities  
  • Improving co-ordination and co-operation and working towards a nationally consistent approach to regulatory reform and cladding safety  
  • Planning for the future of Australia’s buildings – what sort of reform is required to ensure the safety of residential buildings? 

09:25

  • Progress and key learning outcomes of the Grenfell incident from a fire and emergency response perspective 
  • The way forward – understanding steps taken to implement effective fire protection and risk mitigation strategies  
  • Ensuring fire safety of current and future building assets - key takeaways for Australia  

10:10

10:25

  • Understanding the complexity of legal issues raised by combustible cladding and its impact on regulators, owners, builders and the supply chain 
  • Key legal reforms and reform proposals over the past 12 months 
  • Emerging legal issues and how legal risks can be managed and mitigated 
  • Who has the duty of care? 

STATE SPOTLIGHT: LATEST IN BUILDING SYSTEMS, POLICY, AND REFORM 

10:55

11:15

11:35

Benefits of a nation-wide co-ordinated approach to cladding safety and initiatives to improve regulatory regimes to ensure the compliance of building products 

12:20

ENFORCING ACCOUNTABILITY, COMPLIANCE AND REFORM  

01:30

  • Common myths and misconceptions surrounding cladding
  • Steps and gateways to compliance
  • What issues are likely to affect the industry in 2019 and beyond?

02:00

  • Impact of recent reform and changes to the NCC on building and construction practices – what are some key concerns and challenges of the stakeholders involved?  
  • Understanding the chain of responsibility between builders, developers, engineers, certifiers and materials suppliers 
  • Creating a duty of due diligence for increased safety and accountability 
  • Do the reforms incentivise a culture of compliance? 

02:50

Roundtable A 
Topic: Proven safe façade and cladding solutions for rectification which are cost-effective  
 Moderator: Brent Maxwell, General Manager – Façade Refurbishment Division, SRG Global
 
Roundtable B  
Topic: Understanding effective and compliant building materials which are fire-resistant   
Moderator: Steven Halliday, Operations Manager, Warringtonfire
 
Roundtable C  
Topic: Understanding the legalities and chain of responsibility in the building supply chain  
Moderator: David Glinatsis, Director, Kreisson 
 
Roundtable D   
Topic: Intelligent Sampling and Predictive Characterisation of Materials and Combustibility 
Moderator: Dr Vyt Garnys, Managing Director and Principal Consultant, CETEC  
 
 

03:50

FIRE SAFETY REFORM, TESTING AND RISK MITIGATION  

04:10

  • Key fire testing and fire safety engineering issues to consider in assessing products and systems  
  • Roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in ensuring and maintaining fire safety throughout the entire building lifecycle  
  • Improving fire safety engineering and implementing risk mitigation strategies – what works? 
  • Emergency response – challenges in fighting high-rise fires and establishing better design, emergency planning and evacuation procedures to improve public safety and outcomes  

05:00

05:10

08:30

09:00

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF AUSTRALIA’S BUILDINGS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY  

09:10

  • Embracing digital disruption in the building and construction industry 
  • Integrating technology to enhance safety and performance of buildings 
  • The way forward – what will Australia’s future buildings look like and how will technology continue to shape growth?

BEST PRACTICES IN IMPROVING BUILDING STANDARDS 

09:40

  • Progress and key learning outcomes of the Grenfell incident  
  • Developing quality safety standards to ensure safety of high rise, high risk buildings - key takeaways for Australia 
  • Implementing standards and ensuring compliance across the building and construction chain  

10:20

FINANCING AND INSURANCE  

10:40

  • The role of combustible cladding in spread of the fire 
  • Re-assessing compliance of other city apartment buildings in Melbourne  
  • Addressing the rigour of future fire safety checks and inspections 

11:10

  • Who is responsible for remediation of existing at-risk buildings? What options are available to pay for rectification? 
  • Impact of property prices on accessing loans for cladding replacements  
  • What are Cladding Rectification Agreements and could they provide an efficient or cost-effective way of funding cladding replacements?  
  • Assessing other funding mechanisms available to manage rectification costs 

11:50

  • How does cladding-related exclusions affect the compliance of PI policies?  
  • Strategies for building surveyors and certifiers to obtain fair and reasonable professional indemnity insurance that includes cladding cover 

12:20

01:20

  • Assessing impact of recent Government initiatives on insurance premiums and coverage – how have insurers responded to date? 
  • Understanding the Residual Hazard Identification Protocol: Benefits of a consistent methodology in assessing building risks 
  • Key considerations in developing an insurance approach to cladding within the current market 
  • The way forward: How will the insurance industry continue to change and respond to policy and legislative changes and what does the industry need from Government to achieve a more desirable outcome for all parties?  

REMEDIATION AND RECTIFICATION OF AT-RISK BUILDINGS 

02:10

  • Lessons learnt from the removal and rectification process to ensure compliance and fire safety  
  • Highlighting the importance of fire mitigation systems in buildings clad in combustible materials 
  • Ensuring business-as-usual and maintaining the safety for patients and staff during ongoing rectification works  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING COMPLIANCE AND MANAGEMENT 

02:40

  • Progress of risk audits and key challenges 
  • Enhancing collaboration with state government to achieve better outcomes 

03:10

03:30

  • Role of local councils in ensuring compliance and safety of building assets 
  • What are some key challenges on a local level in rectifying at-risk buildings? 
  • How can local government and building certifiers better collaborate to improve the safety of local built environments? 

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS AND FAÇADE INNOVATION  

04:20

  • Innovation in design and building façades for safer, future-proofed buildings 
  • Designing safer buildings and structures – applying safe design principles to design processes, construction methods and materials used 
  • What are some innovative materials and design that can ensure compliance and optimise fire performance, weathertightness and sustainability of buildings? 

05:00

TOWARDS A BEST PRACTICE APPROACH TO BUILDING FIRE SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE  

  
As Australia continues to grapple with the issue of non-compliant cladding, there is a need for stakeholders within the built environment to maintain a level of competency and be accountable for their role in driving fire safety standards and ensuring compliance.  
  
This workshop provides you with structured guidance to assess the most effective ways forward to improve the safety and standards of buildings across the construction lifecycle. 
 
What you will learn:  
  • How to assess the competency of building professionals 
  • Effectively manage and mitigate legal risks 
  • Ensure fire safety and compliance in building materials  
  • Criteria for safety risk assessments in rectification works  


Agenda 

 
SESSION 1 – 9.00-10.30AM 
  
Improving competency of building and construction professionals 
  • The need for a competency framework for all stakeholders and what it entails 
  • Benefits of a consistent methodology in assessing competencies and ensuring that stakeholders working across the building lifecycle maintain the same level of competence 
Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Chair, International Fire Safety Standards Coalition 
 
10.30 Morning Tea 
  
SESSION 2 – 11.00AM-12.30PM 
  
Mitigating legal risks and challenges within the building supply chain  
  • What are key legal issues and risks arising out of the latest reforms and how can stakeholders effectively manage these risks? 
  • How do insurance changes affect relevant stakeholders and how can professionals continue to operate in light of such changes? 
  • Liability vs. Accountability; strategies to establish a realistic way forward for all stakeholders 
David Glinatsis, Director, Kreisson 
 
12.30 Networking Lunch 
  
SESSION 3 – 1.30-3.00PM 

  
Fire safety testing and compliance in building cladding materials 
  • Key considerations in fire testing of building façade systems 
  • Navigating key cladding and façade risks, defects and failures 
  • Mitigating construction issues and ensuring that new builds and refurbishment adhere to fire safety standards  
Steven Halliday, Operational Manager, Warringtonfire  
Stephen Wise, ACT Manager, Fire Safety Engineering, Warringtonfire 
 
3.00 Afternoon Tea 
   
3.30 End of Workshop 
 

Workshop Leader

 
 
Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors;
Chair, International Fire Safety Standards Coalition 
  
Gary Strong is a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Loss Adjuster and Chartered Building Engineer, and practised as a surveyor, building engineer, expert witness and arbitrator for 38 years. He is currently responsible for developing standards and guidance for RICS professionals globally in 137 countries and is RICS media spokesman on technical surveying subjects. He has appeared on many international tv channels including BBC One Show, BBC radio and is a regular contributor to various journals and as a presenter at conferences. Currently consultant to BBC, consultant to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), and post Grenfell Tower, Gary is leading the RICS fire advisory group advising government and is a member of the UK Construction Industry Council Expert Panel. Gary has also recently taken over as Chair of the CTBUH Fire & Facades Working Group and is leading the work on developing a global coalition of professional bodies who aim to achieve International Fire Safety Standards particularly for high rise, high risk buildings.