Friable asbestos (FA) products have been commonly used in commercial and industrial settings since the late 1800s for fireproofing, soundproofing and insulation. Some friable products were also used in houses and may still be found in houses built before 1990.

As to whether your home contains asbestos, the general rules apply if it was built:

  • Before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely
  • Between the mid-1980s and 1990, it is likely
  • After 1990, it is highly unlikely

A list of common Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM):

The vast majority of ACM products used in houses were bonded asbestos cement materials, including:

  • Roofing
  • Shingles and siding (villaboard and similar)
  • Exterior and interior wall cladding
  • Eaves
  • Fencing
  • Thermal boards around fireplaces
  • Water or flue pipes.

Some FA products may also be found in houses, including:

  • Spray-on insulation or soundproofing
  • Low-density ACM fibreboard
  • Insulation on hot-water pipes, domestic heaters and stoves (e.g., lagging)
  • Backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring
  • Carpet underlay
  • Textured paints, decorative ceiling coatings
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Brick and plaster sealants, fillers and some adhesive products
  • Hail or fire damaged, or badly weathered ACM

As quantity surveyors, we provide relevant management services. Visit our website page here in regards to more information on our Asbestos Register and Management Plan.

Information was sourced from the NSW Government Department of Health website.