A senior fire engineer has urged the Australian government to follow the UK’s lead when it comes to rectifying the flammable classing crisis.
Ferm Engineering CEO Stephen Burton spoke out about the issue this week, after returning from a fact-finding mission to the UK where he met team members who worked on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety – a report commissioned by the British government after the fatal Grenfell Tower fire. The UK is now implementing review chair Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report, published in December 2017, as well as her final report, published in May 2018.
“The Federal Government should learn lessons from the Hackitt reports and urgently establish an overarching strategy with tight time frames, rather than leaving building industry reform to state and territory governments that are all taking different pathways,” said Burton.
The British government has committed £600 million to help building owners and is moving ahead quickly with assessing, testing and remediating government and privately-owned buildings – according to the plan, the remediation program will be completed by June 2020.