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ASGA calls meetings in Sydney over new ACM cladding rules

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) has called two meetings of its members in Sydney over growing concerns about new federal building code legislation relating to Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding. A building code consultant who's been assisting some sign companies with the new rules will attend one of the meetings. The Sydney sessions follow successful round-table events in Melbourne and Adelaide.

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The new Building Construction Code was introduced last year to limit the spread of fires caused by ACM cladding sheets on the outside of buildings. ACM, commonly used in indoor and outdoor signage applications, has a polyethylene core sandwiched between two thin aluminium panels.

ASGA says the signage industry has been “caught in the net” of the new legislation:

A new building construction code has been introduced to limit the spread of fires on the outside of buildings. The target was the cladding industry but the signage industry has been caught in the net. The effects on our industry are wide ranging and poorly understood.

 ASGA is setting up a round table discussion/information session for members and others on the latest rules. ASGA will also introduce the industry education liaison officer (AusSIP).

The first Information Breakfast Session in Sydney will be on Tuesday, 30 April, 7:30am-9:00am, at the Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club, 1156 Victoria Road, West Ryde.

The second event will take place on Thursday 2 May, 7:30am-9:00am, at Tradies Gymea, 57 Manchester Road North, Gymea.

A building code consultant/certifier who's been advising some Sydney sign companies about the new rules will attend the Gymea meeting.

ASGA general manager Michael Punch says he’s informed all NSW members about the meetings and adds: “Anyone is welcome  - they do not have to be current financial Members. The issue is a complex one which the industry as a whole will need to address.”

 Topics on the agenda include:

* The external cladding of buildings – fire proofing challenges

* Implications for signmakers/installers

*What rating are my signage materials?

Please join us and bring along other staff or colleagues. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Bookings are essential to help with breakfast orders!

Please reply by Thursday 25 April and indicate your venue preference to assist with breakfast catering.

Contact Michael Punch at Michael_punch@signs.org.au or 0448 274 211

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