Architects Warned Following Deaths Of Insulation Installers

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February 2010

Warning for Architects following Deaths of Installers

Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects has

issued an urgent warning to its 1000 member architects who undertake pre-purchase

housing inspections across the country. 

Mark Stewart, Chief Executive of Archicentre said the suspension of the use of foil insulation by

the Federal Government today, following the deaths of four installers, is an indication of the

seriousness of the situation and the danger to any tradespersons or inspectors of buildings. 

In an audit of some 400 roofs it has been reported that five have been found ‘live’ and

potentially another 460 roofs across Australia could be ‘live’ based on the audit. 

Mr Stewart said the invisible nature of the deadly danger made it very difficult for people to take


Mr Stewart said Archicentre, the largest supplier of pre-purchase housing inspections in

Australia, required the roof cavity to be inspected as part of the property inspection, supported

the Federal Government’s responsible move to ban foil insulation until the matter was resolved.    

Archicentre encourages the Government to consider having the 37,000 homes under the Home

Insulation Program identified with a warning sticker on the fuse box exterior to let people know

the house has been part of the program prior to an audit to identify affected properties. 

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