Hickory Group | Response to Combustible Cladding Crisis
By: Hickory Group(One Stop Media)
Hickory would like to address the cladding crisis within the building industry where we have become a spotlight victim to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). We are hoping to work with industry professionals, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Victorian Building Authority to rectify the crisis and prevent future incidents from occurring. This is not possible with the continued blame sequence the Victorian Building Authority is conducting.
In recent weeks, Hickory has continued to defend ourselves against claims made by the Victorian Building Authorities Cladding Taskforce. We pride ourselves in providing quality cladding that is built and constructed as per current regulations and any further regulations. We stand firm by the understanding that our building was certified under 2017 VBA regulations and thus did not pose as unsafe or faulty in its environment.
We would like to address the current environment for regulation as it is at fault. Following a shift in responsibility within the industry, the VBA allowed for private surveyors to sign off on building regulations. At Hickory, we have always used a VBA authorised surveyor to survey our buildings and sign off on the sites.
A recent Victorian study (https://blog.ajg.com.au/
Following a series of incidents worldwide regarding the panelling, builders are now being asked to rebuild the facades with new (safer) the material at a significant cost without the support from the government.
Following this issue, we hope that the Victorian Government will provide builders, owners and contractor with a supplement fee to rectify this cladding issue and prevent further incidents. This is not something that builders should be blamed for and this approach will threaten Australia's building industry.
Hickory provides an After Care Solution for all of the buildings constructed by the Hickory Group, which explains that they will maintain building and rectify issues quickly.
To find out more about our response to the cladding crisis click here.
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