The LMI Melbourne office was originally built as a small factory and then utilised as a warehouse and later partially converted to offices before it was acquired by LMI as its Melbourne base.
Over the years, the building has been slowly refurbished, including the removal of all asbestos and being in the risk and insurance business, we have been careful to always comply with the best safety standards as well as ensuring the building is as energy efficient as possible.
This has involved so many aspects such as solar, and of course, insulation of the building. When upgrading the insulation in the last part of the building, fortunately we have steered well clear of any foam or foam paneling in any of the construction. I find in my research that I’ve done along with several of our customers in the UK particularly, I would certainly be removing any type of foam paneling whether this be EPS or polyethylene cladding.
I was concerned when we did a face lift on the front of the building, where the architect had requested aluminium paneling for an awning and encased existing concrete columns that this may include foam but i’m not only relying on the specifications of the material but in physically inspecting the back and side of the columns I was relieved to see that there was no foam in behind the aluminium.
The purpose of my reporting all of this is just to remind any home or business owners that may be considering remodeling to seriously consider the insulation that you are using and for those with any foam panel insulation to identify the type used and consider its removal and/or the fire detection and prevention in place.
This is not only for the safety of families and employees, but I strongly suspect that the insurance industry will take an even tougher attitude to paneling of all types moving forward.