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


Final tickets for the 2nd Annual Safe Cladding, Buildings and Facade Innovation Summit (Sydney | 27-28 Feb)
As a CCN reader, you are eligible for a 10% saving off your ticket for this leading event. Simply use the VIP code CCN-10 when registering to receive the discount.

With the Grenfell inquiry currently underway, there are many lessons for the Australian building and construction sector that can be applied from the UK experience. Hear from Roy WilsherChair of the UK National Fire Chiefs Council as he outlines what remediation steps are being taken to implement effective fire protection and risk mitigation strategies that are looking to be adopted both here in Australia and in the UK. This offers our delegates the opportunity to gain valuable insights into how to navigate future regulatory change.

He will be joined by over 30 local and international industry leaders including:

  • Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Australian Federal Government
  • Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Chair, International Fire Safety Standards Coalition (UK)
  • Philip Halton, Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Building and Construction Commission
  • John Prendergast, Manager Building Services, City Of Greater Dandenong; President of Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group

Engage with your industry colleagues to explore potential solutions including developing a nationally consistent approach to regulatory reform; remediation of existing building stock; innovations in design and building facades that can be applied to make future buildings safer and developing an insurance approach to cladding within the current market.  This 10% saving is valid until 15/2/19. Find out more here: http://scb.aventedge.com/

Playing with Fire: Balancing Safety and Performance with Cladding
https://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/suppliers/csp-architectural/playing-with-fire-balancing-safety-and-performance

Combustible Cladding Podcast – Dr Elizabeth Taylor (RMIT University) & Sahil Bhasin (Roscon)
https://soundcloud.com/david-nichols-738987609/combustible-cladding-sahil-bhasin-of-roscon-explains-the-problem-its-causes-and-its-costs

QBCC Publishes New Video on Safer Buildings Combustible Cladding Checklist (Deadline 29 March 2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVVpeakvwB0

Alucobond® Non-Combustible Cladding Used for New Zealand Residential Tower (having a fire resistance core with a minimum 70% non-combustible mineral)
https://www.alucobondusa.com/blog/new-zealand-residential-tower-wows-with-various-alucobond-custom-colors/#more-5271

Impact of Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster on the ACM and Polyisocyanurate Cladding Industry (Declassified)
http://yadda.icm.edu.pl/baztech/element/bwmeta1.element.baztech-a5b31712-a84f-4517-8c6c-693792cdf6b5/c/08_Mitchener_10_2018.pdf

Study of Fire Behaviour of Facades Equipped with Aluminium Composite Material Claddings, using Intermediate-Scale Test (Declassified)
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/fam.2635

Breaking News:  Sir Martin Sorrell Named in US Lawsuit Against Grenfell Cladding Firm
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/dec/19/martin-sorrell-named-in-us-lawsuit-against-grenfell-cladding-firm-rbs-arconic-fire

VBE Publishes Combustible Cladding Assessment Criteria Priority List (December 2018)
VBA considers the following factors when prioritising buildings:
* intelligence from local councils that confirms the likelihood of expanded polystyrene or aluminium composite panels on an in-scope building;
* vulnerability of occupants (for example, aged care facilities, hospitals, child care);
* use of the building (for example, likely number of occupants and whether they sleep in the building);
* history of the builder, building surveyor and fire engineer;
* height of building; and
* date of construction
http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/cladding/monthly-updates

New NSW Laws on Combustible Cladding
https://insuranceandrisk.com.au/new-nsw-laws-on-combustible-cladding/

Cladding Replacement Grinds to a Halt in December
https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/best-practice/cladding-replacement-grinds-to-a-halt-in-december/10038770.article

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.
https://www.roscon.com.au/cladding_facade_audits


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.
http://www.excelplas.com/

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
http://www.excelplas.com/

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
http://www.excelplas.com/


Step-by-Step Guide For Evaluating the Combustibility Risk of Cladding (Free Download)
http://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/cgCZYsCQSWazj3L

Australian NATA Testing Laboratory Offers Cladding Identification and Testing Services (to determine Combustibility Risk Profile)
http://www.excelplas.com/

This Newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Labs 🔬 Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Building Materials Testing Labs.
http://www.excelplas.com/

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.
https://www.claddingtest.com/

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