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Urgent Bill To Ban Flammable Cladding (Breaking News)

Underwriting Agencies Council to Hold Seminar on Combustible Cladding in Melbourne 13th March 2018
Topic: Too hot to handle? How combustible cladding is firing up regulators and the insurance market

Darwin Unilodge Apartments Partly Made of Similar Flammable Cladding as Grenfell Tower

VBA Posts Frequently asked questions and Answers on Combustible Cladding

Is your Building Cladding Safe?
ACP – Aluminium Composite Cladding – Assessment & Investigation Service

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 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

Wall cladding typically falls into two main categories as defined by the combustion of its core material:
•  Combustible – A high or low percentage of polyethylene (PE) or polyurethane (PU) or polystyrene (PS) is present in the sample
•  Non-combustible – The sample is a 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

Australian Institute of Building Surveyors To hold Seminar on Combustible Cladding 1st May 2018

Fire Separation Afternoon Session 1:

  • Identification of combustible cladding problems
  • Application of NCC Amendment One
  • What’s behind Amendment One

Fire Separation Afternoon Session 2:

  • Low rise residential buildings
  • Detailing for fire separation
  • Future directions in fire safety
  • Interactive panel session

The topics to be covered regarding fire include:

  • What’s coming in the BCA 2016 Amendment One
  • What you should know about the Senate Inquiry findings as they relate to building surveying practice
  • The Building Minister’s Forum and regulatory responses to non-conforming product and combustible cladding use
  • An overview of the risks involved from a building fire and life safety viewpoint
  • Case studies of Australian cladding fires and an analysis of the performance of buildings involved
  • The requirements related to low rise domestic / residential buildings including:
    • attached two storey buildings cantilevered over ground floor
    • attached two storey buildings with separating walls spanning over common property or garages
  • Implications for inspection and other means of compliance verification
  • Interactive discussion on evidence of suitability, systems documentation and construction verification document requirements

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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