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VBA Breaking new ground with the Cladding Audit and Rectification Project, having been recently appointed to 43 rectification sites across Melbourne

VBA seeking Fire Safety Engineer for Combustible Cladding Audits

Safe Cladding, Buildings, Façade and Innovation Partners

New Cladding Legislation Could Affect You

The Supposedly Fire-safe Vitracore G2 Failed a Safety Test

ULTRACORE G2 manufactured by BLUECHIP has a Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) non-combustible aluminium core when tested to AS 1530.1 and AS 1530.3

‘Combustible Cladding’ – The Impact of Aluminium Composite Panels

Testing for Composition and Flammability Potential of Combustible Building Cladding
ExcelPlas Labs are an Australian lab specialising in understanding the risks of potential flammable cladding. ExcelPlas Labs use range of analytical techniques to assist all stakeholders (Building Owners, Facility Management, Body Corporate, Insurers and Fire Engineers) to better understand the composition, flammability potential and toxicity of questionable aluminium composite cladding. Our fully trained professional staff can conduct in-situ sampling on site or sampling of provided panels (from spare panels or off-cuts). Easy access can be gained from sidewalks, balconies, window-cleaning gondolas, scissor lifts and elevated booms. A core sample takes only a few minutes to collect and as it only leaves a small hole (less than 50mm) which is sealed with a special fitted plug.

Covering Up a Potential Fire Hazard by Remedial Building Services

Fire Resistant Cladding Material Developed in Melbourne

Post-Grenfell Blanket Cladding Ban is ‘Unjustified’, Says Timber Expert

Architectural ‘crown’ of cladding designed to make Grenfell Tower ‘look nice’ was instrumental in the deadly fire’s spread around the building, inquiry hears

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.

2nd Annual Safe Cladding, Building and Facade Innovation Summit 2019
Does your company provide safe facade solutions or services for the building market across Australia?
“If so, you can find out more about showcasing your solutions at the 2nd Annual Safe Building, Cladding & Façade Innovation Summit 2019 by downloading the prospectus through the below link. We look forward to hearing from you soon and promoting your brand, speakers and solutions to reach 10,000+ buyers from government, building owners, development and construction, certifiers and surveyors, architects, fire safety and risk sectors during the extensive pre-event marketing campaigns.”

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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