A new fire safety report clarifies the compliance requirements for exposed insulation in the walls and ceilings of Australian warehouses and commercial or industrial sheds.
Australia’s leading insulation manufacturer Kingspan Insulation recently engaged independent chartered professional fire safety engineer, Ignis Solutions, to evaluate whether exposed insulation is in fact considered a wall or ceiling lining, and if so, what fire performance requirements it needs to satisfy the National Construction Code’s (NCC) Building Code of Australia (BCA).
The Ignis Solutions report forms Kingspan Insulation’s new Fire Safety Compliance Guide: Wall and Ceiling Linings. The guide looks at what constitutes a wall or ceiling lining and confirms that insulation is considered a wall or ceiling lining if it is left exposed to the interior of the building.
The guide then highlights key advice areas including:
- NCC fire performance requirements for wall and ceiling linings;
- How fire hazard properties are classified and ratings achieved;
- The differences in test methods and relevant testing for different materials;
- What common insulation products need full scale fire testing (AS ISO 9705) to achieve a rating (Group Number); and
- What Group Number is required for Australian warehouses and commercial or industrial sheds.
It also considers why small scale testing is not acceptable for exposed insulation acting as wall and ceiling lining and what to do if a product supplier claims a Group Number based on smaller scale tests (AS/NZS 3837 or ISO 5660.1).
Kingspan Insulation Technical R & D and Accreditations Manager Keith Anderson says the report is essential reading for builders, roofing contractors, building surveyors and businesses engaged in the construction and finishing of warehouses and commercial or industrial sheds.
“It is also essential reading for all businesses looking to invest in new warehouses and commercial or industrial sheds. All property owners and businesses must understand the regulatory requirements for their premises and their compliance responsibilities as they could have significant implications on their insurance premiums.”
Managing Director of Ignis Solutions, Benjamin Hughes-Brown, says it is critical that building professionals and businesses occupying or engaged in the construction of warehouses and commercial or industrial sheds around the country, clearly understand fire safety compliance requirements for exposed insulation that forms wall and ceiling linings, and take every step to fulfil their legal obligation.
“Exposed insulation in the walls and ceilings of warehouses and commercial or industrial sheds must be considered as wall and ceiling linings and fully meet every fire safety compliance requirement, says Benjamin.”