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Project Remediate

Project Remediate will help eligible building owners access interest free loans to rectify combustible cladding on Class 2 residential apartment buildings in NSW. 

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What is Project Remediate?

Project Remediate is a three-year program to help remove combustible cladding on an estimated 225 buildings known to the Cladding Taskforce

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The NSW government has: 

  • confirmed it will pay for the interest on 10-year loans on behalf of apartment owners to fund and fast-track the removal of high-risk cladding on residential apartment buildings (Class 2)
  • created a Project Assurance Service which will include a suite of measures to support high quality remediation outcomes including appointment of a managing contractor to oversee each project 
  • established the Office of Project Remediate within the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner to establish and manage the program over three years. 

Expressions of interest for managing contractor and financial partners for scheme

An Expression of Interest for the Managing Contractor is open from 19 February to 17 March 2021. Expressions of Interest can be lodged through the eTendering website.  

Media releases

NSW Government starts process to remove high-risk cladding (10 Feb 2021)

Support for owners to remove high-risk cladding – NSW Budget 2020-21 Media release – Minister Anderson (PDF, 114.33 KB)

 

Loan scheme

The NSW Government will pay for the interest on 10-year loans on behalf of apartment owners to fund and fast-track the removal of high-risk cladding.

The no-interest loans available under Project Remediate will be designed with the interests of building owners at the centre. Loans will be issued over a term of 10 years, with repayments commencing upon completion of the remediation work. Owners corporations will be supported through the process of considering the loan offer, convening the required meetings and passing the necessary resolutions to enable them to enter into the loan agreement. Provisions to accommodate and protect owners who may experience financial hardship will be built into the loan design. 

Office of Project Remediate

The Office of Project Remediate has been established within the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner to establish and manage the program over three years. The Office has been engaging with stakeholders including strata community representatives, local government and suppliers to put in place the necessary arrangements to best deliver quality and value to residential building owners.

Eligible building owners corporations will be contacted and invited to participate in Project Remediate. Information packs, guidance and training materials will be delivered to help owners corporations navigate Project Remediate. 

Project assurance service

The project assurance service will work with owners corporations to project-manage rectification work. The service will ensure that rectification is done to a high standard including measures to support high quality remediation outcomes. It will also appoint a managing contractor to oversee each project. There is no cost to building owners for the assurance program.

The  service will be coordinated through the Office of Project Remediate within the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner. 

At each stage of the program risk assessment, product selection and design decisions will be based on the expert advice and recommendations of the Cladding Product Safety Panel. 

Principal Designer

A Principal Designer will be appointed to be a source and repository of design expertise throughout the program. Project designers will work with the Principal Designer and building owners to provide suitable designs for the remediation of each building. Detailed scoping and design work will be carried out before each project commences, allowing the building owners the benefit of a fixed price contract and minimising the risk of cost escalation. 

Is your building eligible?

To apply for a Project Remediate loan, your building must: 

  • be a residential apartment building (Class 2) in NSW. These include multi-use buildings, for example part commercial/part residential
  • have been confirmed by the Cladding Taskforce and consent authority to have a high-risk combustible cladding façade that requires remediation.

Applications are expected to open around March 2021. This page will be updated as further information becomes available.

Key dates

 

Program design and loan scheme details announced

Late 2020 - early 2021
Tender process for program assurance managing contractor 19 February - 17 March 2021
Tender process for financial partner March 2021
Registrations open for building owners March 2021

 

Questions and answers

Project Remediate helps building owners with high risk combustible cladding that has been deemed to require remediation. 

Under the program, eligible building owners can:

  • Access interest free loans solely for the use of rectifying combustible cladding on residential apartment buildings (Class 2) 
  • Access a project assurance service to support the owners corporations through the remediation process and oversee construction to ensure that rectification work is done to a high standard.

The term ‘cladding’ refers to lightweight panels that have been applied to a building’s external walls or to any other external area of the building. 

Some types of cladding, made from aluminium composite panels (also called ACPs) and other metal composite materials, have been recognised as posing increased fire safety risk if they are selected or installed incorrectly. 
 

To apply for a Project Remediate loan, your building must: 

  • be a residential apartment building (Class 2) in NSW. These include multi-use buildings e.g. part commercial/part residential.  
  • have been confirmed by the Cladding Taskforce and consent authority to have a high-risk combustible cladding façade that requires remediation.

Owners of affected buildings will be contacted directly and invited to register their interest. Registrations are expected to open around March. Until then, you can fill in the online form to receive updates as new information becomes available. 

Owners will have been contacted by the consent authority (local council or Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) or the NSW Cladding Taskforce if their building has been identified by government. 

If you believe that your building has this type of cladding and it has not been identified by authorities or been assessed by a qualified professional, find out more about fire safety and external wall cladding for owners.  

If you are a tenant, contact your building owner as they will have been informed by either Department of Planning, Industry and Environment or Local Council about whether the building has potentially combustible cladding. The building owner will also know the status of the building assessment.

If remediation is underway, the owners’ corporation can apply for Project Remediate or continue with their own plans. 

Retrospective assistance is being considered as part of the loan scheme design.

We expect construction for the first projects to start from mid-2021. The managing contractor for your project will advise you on the project timeline, which will depend on factors such as the size of the building, the amount of cladding to be remediated and other factors such as building access. 

You can check the website and register for updates.

Owners and consent authorities have asked for technical support to help them manage the rectification process. A project assurance service will be established to work with owners corporations to project manage rectification work, to ensure that rectification is done to a high standard. A managing contractor will be appointed to manage and oversee each individual project. 

There is no cost to building owners for the assurance program.

The presence of cladding on a building may not necessarily pose a fire safety risk and may not require any remediation work. There are a number of factors which are considered when determining whether cladding on a building may pose a fire safety risk including the total coverage, vertical alignment, positioning around balconies, windows or doors, as well as the type of building and the way it is used. The individual circumstances will determine whether the risk of the spread of fire is increased.

Occupants are not in any immediate danger as a result of being in one of these buildings. Fire + Rescue NSW has strengthened fire safety plans and procedures to mitigate risks in the unlikely event a fire should occur in a building with cladding. Training, awareness initiatives and pre-incident plans for firefighters who may respond to these fires have been enhanced where necessary, and improved response protocols are developed for all buildings where risks are higher.

Product suppliers, resellers and manufacturers for potential replacement cladding materials can register their interest directly with the Cladding Product Safety Panel. The panel comprises suitably qualified technical experts who will provide advice to Government on products and wall assembly solutions that are appropriate replacements and which comply with relevant Australian standards and the Building Code of Australia. Email CPSP@customerservice.nsw.gov.au.

Contact us

Phone: 13 77 88
Email: projectremediate@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

 

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