We were very saddened by the tragic event and loss of life caused by the fire at the Grenfell Tower block in London.
A similar external cladding material, Aluminium Composite Material (ACM), was found by the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) to have contributed to the spread of a fire at the Lacrosse building in Melbourne in November 2014. ACM typically has a 100% flammable polyurethane component.
Since then, Australian building regulations have been updated with stringent fire safety measures put in place for new builds.
Starfish Developments took proactive action above and beyond this in July 2016, to ensure the highest protection for its apartments and their residents by commissioning an independent objective study and review of its construction materials.
The subsequent report by experts Ignis Solutions verified the safety of the products we use. This included a variant of ACM that is fire retardant with 30% polyurethane content. In addition to this, we ensure all our structures are approved by building certifiers and inspected by the MFS prior to an occupation certificate being granted.