The VBA has released information on their website entitled “Clarifying Minister’s Guideline MG-14: Issue of building permits where building work involves the use of certain cladding products”.

The information is as follows:

The VBA will closely monitor compliance with the Minister’s Guideline MG-14.

The Guideline:

  • Applies to mid-range ‘Fire Retardant’ products (i.e. “30% polyethylene or greater” not “greater than 30%”). This includes, but is not limited to the following products:
    1. Alucobond Plus
    2. Alpolic FR
    3. Vitrabond FR
    4. Larson FR
    5. Cladex FR, and
    6. Nu-Core FR.
  • Applies to products that have a CodeMark Certificate of Conformity or Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) accreditation (i.e. these require a determination by the Building Appeals Board)
  • Applies, notwithstanding the concessions of Specification C1.1 clauses 3.10 and 4.3 (i.e. these require a determination from the Building Appeals Board).

Section 10 of the Building Act 1993 does not apply.

Master Builders members are reminded that there are a number of tools and information on the VBA website in relation to cladding which can be found here.