A new ban made in the Building Products (Safety) Act 2017 has come into force, which prohibits the use of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) with a core of more than 30% polyethylene in certain building classes, whether they are used in external cladding, external walls, insulation or rendering. Notably, the ban applies retrospectively to buildings constructed before the ban came into force.

Owners of existing buildings may be issued a notice that requires them to either eliminate or minimise a safety risk caused by the cladding. Builders, manufacturers and suppliers may be liable under s15 of the Act if they contravene the ban, and face penalties of up to $1.1 million for corporations or $220,000 for individuals.

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