What % of Houses in the Sutherland Shire have Asbestos in them ? There is over 56,000 houses still having Asbestos
In Australia, it is estimated that over 70% of all production and 90% of all consumption of Asbestos fibre occurred in the Asbestos Cement manufacturing industry with many of these building materials still in use today.
These materials were cheap, durable and were used extensively in the building industry.
After World War II until 1954, in New South Wales alone, – 70,000 houses were built using Asbestos cement – ( 52% of ALL houses built )
Up till the 1960s, 25% of all new housing was clad in Asbestos Cement in Australia and that 40% of all domestic roofs from that period in NSW contain Asbestos.
Asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials since the 1980s but it was not until 31 December, 2003 that Asbestos and all products containing Asbestos were banned throughout Australia.
It is illegal to import, store, supply, sell, install, use or re-use these materials. The ban does not apply to Asbestos installed prior to this date (e.g. Asbestos in houses)
Therefore if your home was built or renovated BEFORE 1990, it is likely that it contains some form of Asbestos building product – most likely Asbestos Cement Sheeting or Roof Tiles.
If you are unsure please do not take the risk , Asbestos can be extremely Dangerous to your Health if not handled correctly.