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UAC Morning Seminar (VIC): Too Hot to Handle? How Combustible Cladding is Firing Up Regulators and the Insurance Market
This seminar will examine the impact on underwriting agencies of regulatory and insurance market responses to combustible cladding following the 2014 Lacrosse building fire and last year’s Grenfell Towers tragedy in London.
When: 8am-10am 13 March 2018
Venue: Gilchrist Connell
Location: Level 24, North Tower, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic
Event Manager: William Legge
Email: [email protected]Phone: 02 8284 8406 | Website:

Australia Government Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2017 (Declassified);fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22legislation/ems/s1087_ems_6b1f4323-1708-403c-81be-da0d71c258fd%22

Senate proposal to ban cladding imports is not accepted because the National Construction Code has been strengthened to address risks around the use of cladding on high-rise buildings

Nick Xenophon’s push to ban the importation of flammable aluminium cladding reeks of “rank populism”

Grenfell Tower Casts A Long Shadow Over Building Compliance

Fire-safety with cladding

Bay Building Group Joins The Discussion On Combustible Materials

Some Darwin apartments could be made of non-compliant materials, fire protection agency says

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

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)

This Newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Labs 🔬 Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Building Materials Testing Labs.

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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