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Hope for Cladding Apartment Owners: Victoria Takes Worst Buildings from Councils
COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING SEMINAR INVITATION
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CRACK-DOWN ON COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING IN QUEENSLAND AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU
The Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 (Qld) has been in force since 1 October 2018 and has brought with it a host of inspection and reporting obligations for owners of private buildings in Queensland.
Thomson Geer’s construction team and Brett Bassett, QBCC Commissioner, share their views on the new regulation and the ways in which the crack down on combustible cladding will affect you and your business.
Clarifying Minister’s Guideline MG-14: Issue of Building Permits Where Building Work Involves the Use of Certain Cadding Products
The Guideline applies to mid-range ‘Fire Retardant’ products (i.e. “30% polyethylene or greater”).
This includes, but is not limited to the following products:
1. Alucobond Plus
2. Alpolic FR
3. Vitrabond FR
4. Larson FR
5. Cladex FR, and
6. Nu-Core FR.
Advocacy Update: Building Safety – Cladding
Fire rated urban cladding and architectural products for the safety-conscious specifier
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)
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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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