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Fire safety standards–one updated but another still inadequate

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 A leader in Australia’s building insulation industry has applauded the tightening of one Australian Standard – and called for another to be replaced by a more stringent model – in relation to Standards affecting insulation and fire safety. Australian Standard AS/NZS 3837–1998 has been amended to prevent certain types of insulation materials from gaining top fire ratings based on ‘small ... Read More »

Independent Certification The Only Way Forward

Architectural building

A national insulation certification scheme which overcomes the serious, widespread issue of the continuing flood of non compliant insulation products & services into Australia, has been launched. The Insulation Australasia (IA) scheme is based on the premise that all insulation products should be third party certified as compliant to Building Code of Australia standards, to ensure that consumers get products that are fit for ... Read More »

Cavity wall insulation under scrutiny with 6 Star requirements

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Cavity wall insulation solutions are coming under greater scrutiny as they gain popularity with the transition to 6-Star energy efficiency requirements. Leading insulation innovator, Kingspan Insulation, urges consumers, regulators and the building industry itself to be mindful of the insulation products being installed in cavity walls. According to Kingspan Insulation Technical Manager, Mr. Keith Anderson, some products currently being used ... Read More »

Insulation Industry Alert – Delamination and Oxidation

Insulation Oxidation

Effective insulation is a basic building requirement throughout all Australian climate zones – but Australia’s building and construction industry should be aware of increasing concerns relating to both product quality and installation.  When selecting insulation products for Australian homes and commercial buildings, it is critical that consideration is given to quality, performance characteristics, and fitness for purpose as well as ... Read More »

BCA Calls for Thermal Break in Steel-Framed Construction

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Many practitioners are unaware of the NCC’s BCA requirement1 for an R0.2 thermal break between the cladding and the steel frame in steel-framed constructions. A thermal break is designed to reduce significant energy loss, which can occur due to conductivity between insulated and non-insulated building elements. While some builders opt to use a 12mm polystyrene strip or 20mm timber batten or ... Read More »