Sampling and testing of ACP cladding

Combustible Building Facade System Testing for Composition and Flammability Potential

In light of the tragic Grenfell fire in the UK and prior to that the Lacrosse building fire in Melbourne, the dangers of non-complying and flammable Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding, or Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM) cladding, has been an important discussion throughout the built environment industry. Though there is no individual body or organisation to directly blame, the general consensus of all involved is that all stakeholders need to step up to understand the risks of potential flammable cladding.

Through Foray Laboratories, which is wholly owned by CETEC, we can use a range of analytical techniques to assist all stakeholders (Building Owners, Insurers, Fire Engineers, Facility Management, Body Corporate) to better understand the composition, flammability potential and toxicity of questionable aluminium cladding.

These techniques include:

  • FTIR for compositional analysis
  • DSC for phase analysis
  • Thermal Stability and Decomposition Test
  • Micro-Flammability Test

Furthermore, our trained and professional staff can conduct on site, in-situ sampling or sampling of provided panels (spare panels or off-cuts). Access can be gained from sidewalks, balconies, window cleaning gondolas, scissor lifts and cherry pickers. A core sample takes only minutes to collect and as it only leaves a small hole ( less than 50 mm) which can easily be refilled if needed.

The above analysis techniques are cost competitive with AS 5113 - Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings and AS 1530 - Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures - and have significantly quicker turnaround times.

Combustible Cladding Checklist - Queensland Building Owners

The Queensland Government has recently amended the Building Regulation 2006 (Building and Other Legislation Cladding Amendment Regulation 2018).

From 1 October 2018, building owners must register their buildings (if the buildings have specific criteria) and complete the Combustible Cladding Checklist.

Whether you are at Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 of the Combustible Cladding Checklist, the team at CETEC have the expertise to assess the flammability of your cladding and provide the necessary information to your chosen building industry professional (part 2) or your chosen fire engineer (part 3).

Please contact us for further information or call our Queenland team call us on 07 3808 3948.

CETEC Testing recommended by Insurance Council of Australia (ICA)

In 2017, the ICA and its members conducted round robin testing with laboratories to identify those that could accurately classify the different categories of ACP.

As a result of this testing, CETEC became the first commercial organisation to be recommended by ICA to accurately classify the different categories of ACP as per the ICA protocol.  Read more

Our Experience

CETEC has sampled and analysed more than 300 ACP cladding samples for major public facilities including stadiums, hospitals, hotels and universities.

CETEC is the preferred ACP testing provider for the West Australian and Victorian State Governments.

 

Contact us to learn more.  

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