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Victoria Leads On National Approach To Cladding Insurance (Breaking News)

NSW Fair Trading Ban on the Use of Certain Types of Aluminium Composite Panels (Breaking News)

As of Wednesday August 15th 2018 , Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) which contain more than thirty per cent (30%) polyethylene by mass – a component identified as posing an inherent risk to the spread of fires – will be banned from use in residential buildings (Units, Apartments, Townhouses etc.) over two storeys, and in use across commercial buildings (Hospitals, Shopping Centres and Offices) which are higher than three storeys.

$1.1m Fines, Jail Time for Non-Compliant Combustible Cladding in Effect in NSW (Breaking News)

Building Industry on Notice as Cladding Ban Comes into Force (Breaking News)

Combustible Cladding Laws in Queensland Announced (Breaking News)

Hendry Group – NSW Fair Trading Enacts Ban on Unsafe Cladding

RIBA Calls for a Comprehensive Ban on Combustible Materials

Fairview Introduces Vitradual™ Cladding – 3mm Non-Combustible Solid Aluminium Cassette Cladding System

New Competitive Pricing for Combustible Cladding Identification and Fire Risk Assessment ($500 + GST  per sample) – based on Ashing/FTIR/XRD  incl. report for volume samples (> 10 samples)

Is your Building Cladding Safe?
An Easy 3-Step Process:

STAGE 1 – Site Inspection and Sample Extraction:

An ExcelPlas Australia representative visits the property, inspects the type and style of external walls, looks at the available architectural documents and takes a series of cladding samples from different locations on the wall. Samples are 50mm in diameter and are taken from different locations to reduce visual impact and for ease of access. Samples are sealed and sent to ExcelPlas’ Melbourne Laboratory for testing.

STAGE 2 – ExcelPlas Sample NATA Testing:

ExcelPlas examines the chemical character of each sample core material by:
•  Metal analysis of the sheeting on either side of the core
•  X-ray elemental identification analysis of the core components
•  Infrared spectroscopy of chemical make-up of the polymer core
•  Thermogravimetric Pyrolysis (TGA) of the combustibility of the polymer core

Wall cladding typically falls into two main categories as defined by the combustion of its core material:
•  Combustible – A high or medium percentage of polyethylene (PE) or polyurethane (PU) or polystyrene (PS) is present in the sample
•  Non-combustible – The sample has a heavy mineral-filled flame retardant core, mineral wool or other non-combustible compound comprised primarily of mineral content

STAGE 3 – ACP wall cladding report on combustibility:

As your test results identify your sample(s) of the ACP cladding are combustible, our report will outline the results and conclusions from the ExcelPlas testing and analysis.

ExcelPlas Australia offers:
• to test a small sample of ACP cladding from the building to determine the composition of its core material for combustibility
• a reporting process to inform clients of the levels of combustibility identified in the test and a pathway for action

Step-by-Step Guide For Evaluating the Combustibility Risk of Cladding (Free Download)

Australian NATA Testing Laboratory Offers Cladding Identification and Testing Services (to determine Combustibility Risk Profile)

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Melbourne Testing Lab for Testing of Architectural Cladding Materials and Combustibility Risk
ExcelPlas now performs Positive Material Identification (PMI) and Combustibility Rating (CR) on architectural cladding such as Aluminium Composite Materials ACM, Aluminium Composite Panels ACP, Expanded Polystyrene Panels EPS, Polyisocyanuarate Foam Panels PIC and others.
We have extensive experience with testing of polymers and polymeric building materials.
As a Nationally Accredited Testing Laboratory, our technicians, equipment and quality system are monitored regularly for proficiency and compliance assuring that you can count on quality results every time.

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