How MondoClad meets compliance and aesthetic needs in cladding projects

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A recent project at 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne is another example of how HVG Facades’ versatile MondoClad facade system meets the compliance, functional and aesthetic goals of cladding projects. Cladding with NCC-compliant MondoClad offers multiple benefits and aligns with offsite construction principles.

With more than 3,400 buildings identified with combustible cladding, the cumulative financial costs of non-conforming cladding extend well beyond remedial work. Residential and commercial property owners who do not replace siding face higher homeowners’ corporation fees, rising insurance premiums, legal fees, sprinkler fault repair and potential loss of property value.

A recent statewide audit by a Victorian government task force found that of the 2,227 buildings inspected, 1,069 had combustible cladding – including 72 at extreme risk, 409 at high risk, 388 at moderate risk and 200 low risk.

In response to the crisis, the Victorian government is contributing $600million towards the cost of repairing some high-risk flats, while the New South Wales government is providing interest-free loans to help landlords of approximately 225 buildings.

For the cladding project at 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, HVG Facades’ MondoClad façade system was selected by Sam Goldburg of Casello, a Melbourne-based building services firm specializing in façade cladding. The decision to use MondoClad to replace the building’s combustible cladding was simple, as it is perfectly suited for off-site pre-finishing and also embodies positive characteristics for sustainable construction and the circular economy.

“They come as 3mm pre-painted solid aluminum flat sheets, and we use our off-site CNC machines to route, cut and bend these panels into pre-designed shapes. When they are still in the factory, we additionally apply all the frames, stiffeners and angles we need to facilitate mechanical fixing on site,” explained Goldburg.

The MondoClad facade system from HVG Facades is well suited for covering large areas and particularly ideal for building facades where color is used to create bold statements. It is pre-finished with a durable PVDF architectural paint system which allows sheets to be pre-bent off-site without loss of finish.

MondoClad is made from marine grade aluminum, is non-combustible and certified to Australian Standards AS1530.1 and AS1530.3.

Factors such as offering a direct match to the existing cladding, the ability to manipulate the product to the desired shape off-site, and ease of on-site installation confirmed Goldburg’s decision to specify MondoClad.

“It is very versatile and can be pre-fabricated and processed offsite and installed onsite within 24 hours, and the waterproof aspects of the MondoClad system have also helped us meet all FP1.4 requirements.”

Specifying MondoClad was a simple decision for Casello.

“HVG Facades spent a lot of time on their documentation and provided us with all the technical data and test certificates required by the building expert requested for the approval of the building permit. They make it easy,” Goldburg concluded.

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