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An Australian perspective on product compliance and conformity for glazed façades
What do Melbourne, Dubai and West London have in common? Sadly, they are the homes of the Lacrosse building, the Torch Tower and the Grenfell Tower and the most significant façade fires in recent history; none so sad as Grenfell with the tragic loss of so many lives. As these cities, and in fact the world, set about identifying and replacing the non-compliant aluminium composite cladding façades of thousands of high-rise buildings, you might ask ‘what does this have to do with glazed façades and windows?’ Cladding systems may include additional components such as windows and glazed doors or buildings may simply be clad in glazed systems. This paper seeks to identify where glazing and glazed façades fit within the Australian regulatory framework for building and construction and how conformity is validated and compliance policed.
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Tracey Gramlick has a background in engineering, a Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management and over 30 years of expertise in various aluminium products and façade design, technical, production, education, materials and marketing roles prior to her current position as Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Window Association. A significant portion of her role involves representing industry through political advocacy for Australian manufacturing, energy efficiency target trajectories for building and construction and product conformity and compliance. Tracey sits on three industry aligned boards and one international board committee, regularly speaks at international and local events and actively participates in several local and international Standards and aligned committees, working groups and forums.