ACM is made up of two sheets of .02 inch thick aluminum, thermos bonded to a polyethylene core in a
“PE” panels have a polyethylene core and are slightly cheaper than fire-resistant or “FR”
panels, which include fire-retardant minerals in the polyethylene core.
This material is to be tested to AS 1350-1
AS 1530.1 isasmall-scale material
firetest involving immersing asmall sample ofthe material inafurnace
For buildings requiring Type
Aand Bconstruction the BCA Deemed
to Satisfy provisions addresses two common cases relating
· The cladding istheexterior
wall orpart ofthe wall. (BCA
Specification C1.1, Sections
wall havingtherequired FRL. (BCA Specification
materials from overseas as a result of high construction costs in Australia.
For example a
window manufacturer can get the same windows built in china for 30 Percent of the cost in
Australia. That is fine it the quality
control is in place to ensure quality of product remains consistent.
So what if
you substitute the Fire Rated Product (FR)
for a lesser grade of material, and is not checked.
A result of a lot
of inferior product on the market.
Where are we Now ?
An audit was done
on the Melbourne buildings, and over 175 buildings were non compliant.
Alexandra hospital was found to have 24,000 m2 of Non Compliant Cladding. Initial response was that they would
double fire units allocated to the building. The replacement cost about 10 million
The Choices we have:
1 Get the material tested for a cost of $12,000
1 Engage a fire engineer to assess the product and consider alternate
2 Replace the material