CCN – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Combustible Cladding

Minter Ellison Combustible Cladding – End of 2018 Update

Cladding Regulation Supplementary Frequently Asked Questions for Apartment and Building Owners – December 2018

Lacrosse Recladding: First Apartment Panels Replaced, Job to be Complete by May 2019 (Breaking News)

Danube Group and Mulk Holdings have said that they have gained certification to manufacture A2 fire resistant Alucopanel panels

Many Apartment Owners are Dealing with Unsafe Cladding and Some are Having Trouble Finding a Compliant Replacement

Australian Specialist Laboratory for the Identification and Testing of Cladding Materials
ExcelPlas Pty Ltd is an Australian specialist laboratory for the identification and testing of cladding materials. With more than 25 years’ experience, ExcelPlas is acknowledged as a leading provider of specialist analytical and technical capabilities for the building and construction industry in the area of polymer analysis.  ExcelPlas Labs use a range of analytical techniques to assist building owners, building managers, building insurers, fire engineers and other stakeholders to provide advice relating to the flammability potential, composition and toxicity of cladding materials. ExcelPlas is a NATA-accredited laboratory and is ISO/IEC 17025 compliant. Please contact our head office on 03 9532 2207, visit our website at or email [email protected] for further information.

NZ Cladding Investigations Prompts New Guidance


VBA Annual Report 2017–18 (Declassified)

The VBA prioritised an urgent audit of 1,369 planning permits in response to recommendations made by the co-chairs of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce in their November 2017 Interim Report. The work was led by the VBA, with key support from local government, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), the Country Fire Authority (CFA), DELWP, building owners and owners’ corporations. The VBA also provided advice and support to other government bodies to assist them with the review of their buildings.

Roscon is a specialist provider of property reporting and facilities management services to business in the Owners Corporation and Insurance industries
As expert consultants, Roscon can devise a solution to address any non-compliant claddings. These solutions may be far more cost effective that replacing the entire building facade.

Are you liable for non-compliant cladding? 
With the building and construction industry in need of urgent reform, the 2nd Annual Safe Cladding, Buildings and Facade Innovation Summit brings together government, fire and emergency services, builders and developers, insurers and financiers and the wider building and construction community to evaluate the latest developments in building and construction policies and explore innovative solutions to tackle the cladding crisis.
This is a must-attend event for all those involved in this sector. Attendance and participation at this conference is a significant step towards minimising future risk. Find out more here:

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)

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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