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Apartment owners face millions of dollars in re-cladding bills following landmark ruling

By Sue Williams
December 4, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

AUSTRALIA — Thousands of apartment owners across Australia who thought they were safe from potentially deadly cladding fires now face millions of dollars in bills to remove and replace timber-based panels. In a landmark legal ruling, timber-PVC cladding that was believed to be a reliable alternative to dangerous aluminium composite has now also been declared unsafe. …This puts the widely-used Biowood panelling into the same category of major defects of the kind that caused the catastrophic 2017 blaze at London’s Grenfell Tower in which 72 people died. “This will affect thousands and thousands more buildings all across Australia,” said Faiyaaz Shafiq of JS Mueller & Co Lawyers. …The wood-plastic composite Biowood – made up of 70 per cent reconstituted timber and 23 per cent PVC – has been… supplied by Biowood Australia and commonly used throughout the country for wall panelling, decking, flooring, fencing, sun-shading and screening. 

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