Stosius & Staff Constructions is an expert building construction company in the field of replacing combustible flammable cladding. This is a reasonably new area that requires attention, due to the number of properties being built using combustible materials.
Unfortunately, properties built after 1997 are at high risk of having combustible cladding used during their construction, and pre 2011 most of the cladding used was 100% polymer core, which is considered the most dangerous type of cladding. We can offer multiple solutions, ensure the job is done quickly and keep your property safe along the way. Stosius have all the tools and materials required to ensure your property is brought up to date and meets fire rating compliance in a quick and efficient manner. We keep your building safe with flammable cladding to and ensure VBA standards are met.
" The quality of the Stosius & Staff work is very good, which is why they’ve been working on RMIT projects for the past 15 years. They deliver on time and on budget. Their crew as well as their subcontractors are adaptable to what we want, and they’re polite and easy to deal with. In short, they understand and reliably meet RMIT’s expectations "
" We worked very well in partnership with Stosius & Staff and were very happy with the quality results. Stosius provided a full consultation and building service, from the plans onwards. They were very professional and extremely helpful, easily dealing with changes, and delivering on time, within budget, without compromise. Importantly, all their people were respectful of our religious culture "
" The Phoenix Park redevelopment by Stosius & Staff improved the facility immensely. The Stosius work was fantastic, their safety level brilliant. They only needed a minimum of supervision -- they were trustworthy, and used a consistent team on the job. I enjoyed working with them "
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In mid 2018, we were engaged by AJ Constructions Pty Ltd to do a “test case” regarding the issues involved with flammable cladding. We worked in conjunction with the VBA to ensure the flammable cladding was removed safely and without incident. Following that, we were required to install new cladding to the entire bulding. This cladding was required to be appropriately acceptable under the new VBA legislation.
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The VBA has recently put together a project focusing on reducing the risk of fires in buildings that have been found to have combustible cladding. These types of cladding are EPS – expanded Polystyrene and ACP – aluminium composite panels with a polyethylene core. The initiative at this stage is targeting apartment buildings 3 storeys or more, hotel, motel or student accommodation 3 storeys or more and lastly hospitals, aged care facilities and schools 2 storeys or more. Although your property may fall into one of these categories, there will be many properties that don’t, it is so important to know whether your property has been affected by these types of cladding. As previously mentioned, the above noted are simply what the properties the VBA have started to audit. For more information regarding combustible cladding ie; the dangers, how to find out if your cladding is combustible etc please refer to the VBA’s website https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/cladding
If you are in the process of building or renovating a new home, it is important to understand how fire could spread. For this reason, there are strict laws in place for what can and cannot be used in buildings to reduce the risk of fire spreading. Flammable cladding is one such material that needs to be replaced with something else as soon as possible. This article explains the importance of replacing flammable cladding
Cladding refers to the exterior or interior skin of a building which has the purpose of providing thermal insulation along with weather resistance and improving the appearance of building. Flammable cladding refers to cladding specifically made of material which allows for fire to spread quickly and easily.
Non-combustible cladding refers to cladding that does not have the properties to allow fire to spread. This could be a brick wall or stone blocks, for example. It is most often used outside buildings, but it can also be found inside, particularly in hospitals and schools.
Non-combustible cladding is made of material that will not burn and therefore presents a safe option for residential and commercial cladding. This is achieved by the material’s ability to change their form by melting as opposed to igniting or burning thus allowing for a lightweight and sustainable cladding solution.
Non-combustible cladding can be made from glazed materials so that there is a transparent part to the cladding which allows light into the building. This is particularly the case if there is greenery around the buildings with no solid walls or glass.
3. Cost Efficient
This type of cladding often costs less than other types, as it doesn’t require special materials or tools to install. For example, stone is often cheaper than glass or steel for fire safety cladding and can be used in many buildings.
Non-combustible cladding can be made from almost any material. This makes it a more affordable cladding option for modern buildings. It can be made from concrete or plastic and is also easy to look like stone or wood.
5. Newer Look
Non-combustible cladding can make older buildings look newer, as the materials are not as well-known as the other types and can blend in with the surrounding areas. This is particularly useful for such buildings located in areas with lots of industry or industry-related development.
The materials used by Stosius will provide you with the necessary protection against fire so that your building can last for many years. Stosius is also an expert in cladding replacement having performed a wide variety of cladding replacement projects ranging from small commercial structures to larger-scale residential buildings. They are fully insured, and their licensed contractors only work with the highest quality products.
1. Causes Fatal Incidents
Flammable cladding can cause fires to travel at extremely high speeds. The materials used in flammable cladding are highly flammable, which means that they burn out of control very quickly. This results in large amounts of smoke being created and a lot of heat being released.
Although it is illegal to place flammable cladding on buildings, many still do so illegally. This is particularly common in office buildings which are required to make their buildings look appealing. These fires spread at a much faster rate than those that involve normal cladding. As a result, many people are killed, and others are injured.
2. Damage to Property
Fire safety cladding becomes damaged easily and changes shape after the first fire. This is due to the processes that occur during a fire. When the materials used in non-combustible cladding burn, they turn into ash, which means that there is a lot of dust and particles for many days after the fire. Some of these will be flammable.
Flammable cladding also causes a large amount of damage when it catches on fire. The flames on the outside of the building rise quickly and tend to melt certain building parts. Fire damage can also be caused inside the building in furniture, curtains, and anything else hanging on the wall.
3. Debris Damage
In addition to causing fires, flammable cladding can also cause damage to other parts of the building. Debris can get trapped in the building, and this damages furniture and even central heating systems. In the worst cases, people are killed by falling debris while others are severely burned.
4. Facilitating fire spread
Flammable cladding provides an excellent surface for fire to spread along. Fire tends to cling to this material, and the flames can travel along with it at a rapid pace.
5. Health Risks
Flammable cladding is also bad for people’s health because it tends to produce a lot of smoke. This smoke contains different chemicals to which people are typically allergic or sensitive. These chemicals can cause coughing and wheeze in the people who are exposed to them.
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If you find that you do in fact have a building affected by either type of combustible cladding, please feel free to contact us and we can organise a time to inspect your property and find the right solution for you. We are a commercial construction company operating in Melbourne. Our construction builders also specialise in a range of construction projects.
For queries, please contact John Stosius on 0425 753 671.