Independent product and process testing has resulted in Britain’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the UK’s Trading Standards department rescinding a request for the suspension of sales of Vitracore G2 in the UK.
While Vitracore G2 was never banned – despite reports wrongly speculating otherwise – the product’s UK distributors, Valcan, responsibly withdrew the G2 product after offshore tests sponsored by a competitor cladding product claimed an anomaly in the composition of Vitracore G2.
Vitracore G2 manufacturer, Fairview Architectural, welcomes the product reinstatement.
However, it is concerned by a process which allowed a competitor manufacturer to call Vitracore G2’s propriety into question, while a non-standard component test singled out Vitracore G2only for suspension and a full quality assurance review.
Vitracore G2 remains one of the most tested cladding products on the market.
Manufacturer of Vitracore G2 – Fairview – welcomes the fact that extensive independent testing has effectively resulted in the reinstatement of the Vitracore G2 panel in the UK market.
For more information you can also visit our Vitracore G2 product page.
We at Fairview take the safety of our products and the safety of the public seriously. Considering the current climate of the Australian construction industry where fire compliance and safety of cladding products is a major focus, we wish to highlight our leading Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) bonded aluminium panel, Vitracore G2, which has undergone and passed multiple tests for compliance.
Deemed-non-combustible to BCA 2019
This is in compliance with Clause C1.9(e)(vii) of the National Construction Code, specifically relating to the use of bonded & laminated products wherever a non-combustible material is required:
each lamina, including any core, is non-combustible; and
each adhesive layer does not exceed 1 mm in thickness and the total thickness of the adhesive layers does not exceed 2 mm; and
the Spread-of-Flame Index and the Smoke-Developed Index of the bonded laminated material as a whole do not exceed 0 and 3 respectively
Earlier this year as a part of the ABCB’s 2019 Code Review, it was determined that the DtS non-combustible clause C1.9(e)(vii) for bonded & laminated materials would remain in the NCC 2019, meaning that Vitracore G2 retains its deemed-non-combustible status and multiple paths to compliance.
Tested to AS5113
Vitracore G2 has been tested to AS5113 and safely met the various temperature criteria for prevention of flame spread. As expected for many varied and popular facade materials, the debris criteria for AS5113 was not met.
Tested to BS8414 and BR135
This is the current, globally recognised standard for full-scale cladding facade tests and Vitracore G2 has successfully met these requirements as conducted by one of the world’s leading independent authorities, Warringtonfire.
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Our team are dedicated to providing assistance to all in our industry. Should you wish to discuss Vitracore G2 in further detail, or how this highly capable product could work for your project, please use the live chat function below. Alternatively, you can contact our team by phoning 1800 007 175 or by sending us an email.
Vitracore G2 continues to be a trusted choice for architects in a wide range of applications. For more information you can also visit our product page
In the current state of our industry, identifying a safe cladding product is paramount. We’d like to reintroduce you to Vitracore G2 – the ideal facade product for all type A, B, and C buildings, from residential developments to large scale government infrastructure projects, where non-combustible materials are required.
Vitracore G2 is a bonded aluminium panel that is ‘deemed non-combustible’ under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Clause C1.9e and is fully tested as required to AS1530.1 and AS1530.3. The bonded aluminium panels can be installed like any other aluminium composite panel (ACP) yet are the safer option due to not containing the combustible polyethylene.
The lightweight nature of the panels aid in installation procedure and efficacy, each panel has an overall thickness of 4mm and a weight of 4.6kg/m2, compared to the average weight of a solid aluminium panel which is 9kg/m2. This makes Vitracore G2 panels easier and faster to install, especially useful on large infrastructure projects, reducing overall construction cost.
Providing a wide range of colours and finishes, including the novel option of customisable graphic panels with the use of VitraArt, Vitracore G2 adds safety, cost efficiency and a unique edge to your building.
For more information about using Vitracore G2 please contact our team or call us direct on 1800 007 175. Our team are on hand to work closely with you to deliver your project requirements with dedicated Account Managers, Staff, and a wealth of Industry contacts.
Recently, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has developed a series of videos explaining the process involved in identification, assessment and remediation of at risk cladding.
Fairview would like to congratulate the VBA on their proactive effort to explain the situation in a balanced and easily understood manner with a common theme of correct assessment delivering the most appropriate measures to provide a safe building at the end of the process.
The recent ACT Architecture Awards honoured the talented profession with awards and commendations across 30 categories, including 3 developments that feature Stryum, our high quality, non-combustible aluminium façade panel, as well as our natural architectural fibre cement cladding, Equitone.
Offering a modern and reliable alternative to many cladding products, has been specifically designed by experienced commercial façade professionals utilising the ventilated rainscreen system. Complementing this contemporary yet elegant product is the natural beauty of Equitone, a prefinished 8mm high density cladding, both available in a range of finishes that are environmentally friendly and completely non-combustible.
Edgeworth Apartments by Cox Architecture was the recipient of the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Sydney Ancher Award. In the heart of Canberra, the façade of this contemporary development is clad in a combination of the distinct Stryum Seam in Kosciusko Breeze, along with Equitone Natura through-coloured material in special colour N073, resulting in a stylish appeal of clean lines with a modern mix of finishes.
Manuka Oval Media and Function Centre, Populous, received commendation in the category of Commercial Architecture. The multi-use facility combines the Stryüm cladding system in Shadow profiles 160 and 300 in horizontal and vertical manner over the 19 metre tall façade.
CGGS Early Learning Centre, Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn, who won the award in the category of Educational Architecture. The Canberra Girls Grammar School development situated in the suburb of Deakin, features two Equitone materials – the highly expressive structure of Tectiva TE15 which offers high durability; complemented by Natura N215 with its smooth matt surface providing attractive clean lines.
The outstanding buildings produced by these architects will now be showcased nationally with winners advancing to the National Architecture Awards to be announced on 7 November.
To find out more about Stryum and how this product could work on your next project, visit our product page here or contact our team via the live chat function below.
Given the extensive focus currently on facades and fire, it is worth stepping back and looking at some basic principles that require us to have facades in the first place – including the cavity ‘chimney’!
Typically there are two different methods as to handling façade waterproofing – face sealed or rainscreen. A face sealed façade relies on the surface to shed 100% of rainwater, however this is unlikely to be maintained overtime as seals weather and crack, creating leaks.
A rainscreen façade is a kind of two-stage construction – an inner insulated wall, protected by an outer skin. This skin provides a shield against rain and moisture, and maintaining a space between the cladding and the building wall prevents water from infiltrating the building’s structure. A true rainscreen is a more sophisticated approach to moisture control, and one of the most effective options on the market today.
There are several significant benefits to using a rainscreen façade system:
Superior waterproofing – rainscreen facades protect the structure of the building from moisture, including rain and condensation, through a multi-layer barrier system, and is less dependent on site workmanship and sealant durability for waterproofing performance.
Long-term durability – rainscreen facades are less dependent on sealants, and hence are less subject to deterioration over time, and the maintenance cost of dealing with this.
Thermal efficiency – the rainscreen cladding helps shade the structure and dissipate heat. Rather than letting heat transfer into the structure (particularly the heat absorbed from direct sunlight), the heat is radiated into the cavity. The warm air moves up and out the cavity by convection, drawing in cooler air at the base and insulating the primary wall structure.
Condensation control – When properly managed, condensation will form in the cladding cavity (as opposed to within the wall structure!) A rainscreen provides for this to be drained or evaporated, thereby preventing damage and mould growth.
And why a cavity?
The key features of a rainscreen façade are:
The outer cladding is a durable, non-porous material, designed to shed most if not all water, and bears the primary brunt of exterior weather forces & UV. The air/water barrier is the final layer of protection, preventing any moisture from penetrating the building walls. It may be permeable or non-permeable depending on requirements. All penetrations should be sealed.
The cavity is essential to the effectiveness of the rainscreen system. Providing a secondary line of defence against the elements, it serves two purposes:
Allows drainage of any moisture to penetrate the outer cladding
Allows air circulation, evaporating moisture from the surface of the air barrier and drying the cavity
This plays a significant part in preventing water ingress into the building.
A minimum cavity depth of 25mm should be maintained to allow sufficient air movement. As a general rule of thumb, walls greater than 25m high should have a cavity depth of 1mm per meter in height. For example, a 50m wall with a continuous cavity should have a minimum depth of 50mm. The cavity may be broken and drained at individual floor levels.
As classified by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, there are two basic types of rainscreen systems:
Drained, Back-Ventilated (AAMA 509-09)
Pressure Equalised (AAMA 508-07)
Also in common usage is a third type:
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This system is increasing in popularity in Australia as a move forward from the traditional face-sealed model. A drained and back-ventilated rainscreen has a continuous airspace, with openings at top and bottom of a wall section to encourage air movement. These systems stop well over 90% of the water that could potentially reach the air and vapor barrier of the building. The remaining small quantity of water is then dissipated through the combined action of gravity (drainage) and air circulation (evaporation).
Pressure equalised rainscreens are gaining prevalence in Europe & USA as the optimum waterproofing solution. The system relies on a cavity pressure that matches the external air pressures. This is achieved through open joints (ironically!) and compartmentalising the cavity. The benefit of this system is that as air pressures are equal between the cavity and the external, there is no air movement to force rainwater into the cavity. This does mean however, the air and vapour barrier must be able to absorb the windloads. As such this system is mainly suitable for masonry construction or quality sheathing.
There is debate as to whether this is actually a rainscreen at all. Vented systems are only open at the bottom, with the primary focus being to drain moisture. These are mainly used with face-sealed cladding systems, aiming to deal with condensation and potential long-term system failure (eg sealant deterioration).
Rainscreens, cavities and fire
Of course, the ‘chimney’ effect. Doesn’t a wall system designed to create vertical airflow also act as a chimney in a fire scenario?
This is where intumescent cavity barriers become indispensable. Typically unused in Australian construction, they have the ability to close the cavity when exposed to significant heat, preventing this airflow and helping to prevent the spread of fire. It is always good practice to include a cavity barrier at floor levels – regardless of the cladding.
For an exterior wall to function for waterproofing, condensation, fire, structural, insulation etc, a holistic design process is required, with decisions not being made based on one single aspect.
Where does Stryüm fit into this?
The rainscreen façade principle is integral to Fairview’s intelligent non-combustible cladding system, Stryüm, and the products installation process.
Designed by experienced commercial façade professionals to meet the demands of every aspect of the industry, the rainscreen façade incorporates an outer building layer that deflects heat and moisture, along with a ventilated void to facilitate air flow and drainage, resulting in a minimal environmental impact while creating a thermally regulated building interior.
Northpoint Tower, centrally located in North Sydney CBD has been overhauled, with the redevelopment project including a newly-constructed hotel and a complete reclad of the façade using Vitracore G2.
Built in 1975, the fascia of Northpoint Tower was beginning to raise safety concerns for visitors with the pebblecrete showing signs of spalling and degradation of the river gravel façade. The building owners’ plan to reinvigorate the North Sydney retail and leisure offering required the iconic 44 level mixed use building to be transformed inside and out at a project value of $15,000,000.
The pebblecrete that showed signs of corrosion and delamination were removed from the façade, and were replaced with 22,000m2 of Vitracore G2 in Silver Ice Metallic and Asteroid Pearl Metallic. Our leading DtS, deemed non-combustible aluminium cladding panel, tested to AS1530.1 in accordance with the BCA, added safety, durability, longevity and a modern look and feel to the development.
For those who are navigating their way through the issue of recladding due to use of non-compliant or aging façade products, the team at Fairview are dedicated to providing a start-to-finish solution for all recladding projects.
Buildings failing to keep rainwater on the outside is an ongoing issue for construction, but the more insidious growing concern is managing condensation. The combination of temperature, humidity and ventilation (or lack of) can cause water build-up within walls. This may result in a multitude of problems such as black mould with its well documented health risks, along with deterioration of building materials including steel corrosion and poor performing insulation.
The long-term cost to developers, building managers, and ultimately inhabitants, is significant. This is presently a major issue within the construction industry, however early steps are being taken to address the matter, with the inclusion of Condensation Management into NCC 2019. This requires that “risks associated with water vapour and condensation must be managed to minimise their impact on the health of occupants.” Routes to comply with this include modelling of the wall system performance, drained cavities and vapour permeable building membranes.
The actual methods of managing condensation will differ depending on building location and expected use. Typically good practice involves the use of a vapour permeable wall structure. That is that the insulation and linings allow vapour to diffuse through the wall and drain out in the cladding cavity rather than building up in the wall – much like a breathable rain jacket allows perspiration to disperse rather than building up sweat! The exception to this is northern Australia where an external vapour barrier may be more suited due to the higher outdoor humidity.
Siniat Weather Defence is a deemed non-combustible vapour permeable system featuring an external gypsum sheathing board. Waterproof and completely mould resistant, the Siniat Weather Defence is breathable allowing vapour to escape, just like a breather membrane, while also making the building watertight at early stages for internal trades.
Key benefits include:
As a gypsum board it is lightweight and simple to install, suitable for almost all facades.
Rated for much higher KPA’s than traditional breather membranes.
Deemed non-combustible to C1.9e(i) and (iii), it complies with both NCC 2016, Amendment 1 and NCC 2019.
The board can be exposed for up to 12 months prior to cladding, allowing early install and providing a significant reduction to project timelines.
To find out more about how Siniat Weather Defence can work for your construction projects please visit our product page . Our team are also on hand to discuss your developments with you via the live chat function below or on phone – 1800 007 175.
Changes are now underway in response to the adoption of the 2019 NCC and processes must be updated to ensure compliance for fire performance.
Gaining an understanding of the various Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) products and respective core compositions, along with where each product can be used on Type A, B, and C constructions will determine the pathway best suited to achieving compliance.
The most common route to compliance is Deemed-to-Satisfy. This can be accomplished by following installation procedures as outlined by manufacturers and using materials deemed non-combustible by the BCA. For bonded laminate type materials this means both testing laminate layers to AS1530.1 and testing the complete material to AS1530.3. This has been clearly articulated by the CSIRO report on the leading aluminium-core Vitracore G2.
For further information on the diversities of ACM, including a detailed overview of the Routes to Compliance, please click here to read Understanding ACM Fire Compliance.
Our team are also on hand to discuss any questions you may have regarding ACM, pathways to compliance, or how the 2019 NCC may affect your cladding systems. Please contact our technical team at [email protected] or call us on 1800 007 175
We are excited to announce the official launch of our newest product – the deemed-non-combustible Euroclass A1 rated sheathing board, Siniat Weather Defence.
Siniat Weather Defence is a lightweight external gypsum sheathing board with condensation management properties for building envelope construction that is suitable for almost all facades. The product is deemed non-combustible in accordance with C1.9e (i) and (iii) and can be installed on frame for up to 12 months construction exposure.
Siniat is 30% lighter compared to cement particle board of the same thickness and the Weather Defence innovation is resistant to mould, rain and moisture, acting as a breather membrane, while also making the building watertight for internal trades.
For further information on Siniat please visit our product page.
To see how Weather Defence can benefit your next project please contact our team by live chat on our website or call us on 1800 007 175.
New Vitrashield cladding system launches with three standard wall build-up systems that have achieved EW (External Wall) classification following extensive full-scale testing
11 February 2019 – Fairview Architectural (Fairview), Australia’s leading provider of compliant and high-performance cladding products, today announces the launch of their latest façade solution – the Vitrashield AS5113 compliant cladding system.
The launch of Vitrashield marks the company’s progression from selling solely external cladding panels to offering a range of fully tested, EW Classified cladding systems.
This innovation follows changes in the test standard as referenced in the amendment to the Building Code of Australia in March 2018 and the market need for compliant cladding solutions that meet the current regulations and the important EW classification. The new standard offers an additional route to compliance along with deemed-to-satisfy and the traditional performance solutions. Vitrashield’s ability to solve re-cladding challenges is also a key component of its offering to the market.
Vitrashield – developed by Fairview’s Innovation team – comprises all of the components typically found in a lightweight commercial wall build up. It is then faced with a Vitrashield steel panel that has the highest quality corrosion prevention coating. As few other products/systems have gained the EW (external wall) classification, Fairview’s commitment to research and development and striving to find solutions for customers and the wider Australian construction market shows great leadership and provides surety to architects, builders, developers and certifiers.
Fairview Managing Director, Andrew Gillies commented:
“Our aim is to ensure that we have a range of products available to suit our customers particular needs; whether they be for small, medium or large construction projects. I’m proud our dedicated innovations and intensive R&D process has solved concerns over compliant cladding with not only one but three systems that are all fully compliant and have achieved EW classification.”
Vitrashield’s system and its cassette cladding panel also make it an ideal solution for façade rectification and recladding projects. This is shown through test data from two of the systems that include Polyisocyanurate (PIR) combustible insulation; both were protected by the superior panel that cannot be penetrated by fire. The technology in the Vitrashield panel’s anti-corrosion coating provides a natural “self-healing” effect.
To achieve the EW classification, systems must be installed as per the tested system. However, Fairview will also readily work with customers to produce a customised Vitrashield system to suit their specific project needs.
The system will have its launch reveal at the Fire & Materials CPD Seminar in Sydney this evening. This sold-out event is part of a series of six events that Fairview are sponsoring in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland in the month of February. The series aimed at architects, builders and installers is being presented by representatives from Wood & Grieve Engineers.
The 2019 NCC has now previewed to become effective in May, with a huge swath of changes being made across all sections. In terms of the external wall envelope, these changes have the potential to bring about significant change in wall design and processes into the future.
WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS CHANGING?
For volume 1 of the BCA, the three main areas of change for the external envelope are fire resistance, condensation management and energy efficiency.
Sarking will not be required to be non-combustible, however must be maximum 1mm in thickness with a flammability index not greater than 5.
A controversial new Fire Safety Verification Method CV4 has been previewed, which provides a list of fire scenarios to be considered by a fire safety engineer when developing a performance solution. The implementation of this has been deferred until May 2020.
The provision for Bonded Laminates has been retained. This had been proposed to be removed in the draft NCC, however at the time of the publication of the draft the ABCB stated that the removal was specifically to encourage public comment around the clause.
Condensation management is a new section in the BCA, requiring condensation not to present a risk to building occupants.
The verification method FV6 provides for the use of hygrothermic modelling to comply with the clause.
The Deemed-to-Satisfy clauses require either:
Pliable building membrane (ie sarking), that is vapour permeable in climate zones 6, 7 and 8 (this includes Melbourne, Canberra and non-coastal areas of Sydney)
A drained cavity separating the primary water control layer from water sensitive materials
Overall the requirements for energy efficiency have been lifted substantially, for both thermal performance of walls and additionally the building air-tightness.
External walls having the external cladding and internal lining fixed to the same metal frame now require thermal breaks between the cladding and the frame, as prescribed in J0.5
WHAT IS THIS LIKELY TO MEAN FOR EXTERNAL ENVELOPE DESIGN?
Deemed-to-Satisfy will be the most common route to compliance for fire performance of external walls, as the membrane concession allows both fire performance and condensation to be addressed as DtS. If a performance solution was to be used to assess fire performance, the combustibility of a sarking membrane would need to be factored into this. Additionally, the Fire Safety Verification Method has not been popularly received in the industry.
The increased focus around thermal performance and condensation is likely to create more interest in externally installed insulation and rainscreen systems, as seen more typically in Europe. These serve to move the condensation dew point outside the structure, and provide a better insulated wall.
In areas with higher wind loads or ventilated cavities, traditionally products such as galvanised sheeting have been used in lieu of sarking. The condensation requirements mean this system will no longer be compliant in many applications, and a breathable rigid air barrier or external sheathing board will be required.
If you have any questions around the 2019 NCC and how this will affect your cladding systems, or need assistance in designing a compliant wall build up, please get in touch with our technical team.
The NSW Forensic Pathology and Coroner’s Court has relocated from Glebe to a new world-class facility in Lidcombe. The new facility in Sydney’s Greater West was constructed by WATPAC and opened in December 2018.
Fairview’s deemed-to-satisfy non-combustible Vitracore G2 panels were chosen to achieve the unique exterior as designed by Silver Thomas Hanley. The design features vertical fins with pyramid details in five complementary finishes – Fresh Green, Pure White, Cool Grey from Fairview standard range and custom colours, Bechett and Irish Moore.
Vitracore G2 is a popular choice for infrastructure projects and has previously been used on a number of similar projects including the Department of Human Services, Moore Theological College, and Monash House Private Hospital. In addition to being BCA compliant, the high-performance panel has the adaptability to be bent and folded into various shapes enabling architects to achieve compliancy without sacrificing their design.
Eastern Sydney’s newest addition is the stunning mixed-use development, Encore. The collaboration of Stargate Property Group and award-winning architectural practice, MHN Design Union, offers retail space and sustainable residential apartments on bustling Oxford Street, Bondi Junction.
The project began with the redevelopment of the existing two storey façade into a three storey podium that aligns with the street. The modern frontage was achieved through the use of Fairview’s natural stone cladding system, Vitrastone, in Pale Sandstone on the first two floors. The podium on level three features Fairview’s deemed to satisfy non-combustible aluminium cladding Vitracore G2, in the popular Brushed Copper finish; with all products expertly installed by the team at JJP Group.
The development’s eleven storey’s of innovative residential apartments then tower behind, providing occupants with spectacular views from every angle. The chequered pattern design of the construction combines additional use of Vitracore G2, this time in Frost White, Monument Grey and Cool Grey.
For more information about using Fairview’s products on your next project please contact our team by phoning 1800 007 175, email [email protected] or take advantage of our online forms.
Valcan – our sibling company in the UK – has willingly suspended sales of Vitracore G2 in the UK after an unspecified and yet unverified test by a government department claimed a variance in the tested panel’s constituents may affect its UK certification.
The key allegation made by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is that the adhesive content of the panel may exceed that advised by the manufacturer.
The MHCLG statement inconclusively suggests; ’…it may not achieve the fire safety standard it has been certified to.’
As we seek further clarification from the UK, Fairview Architectural once again wish to confirm the verifiable and officially recognized testing results that Vitracore G2 has achieved at leading independent testing agencies in Australia, Exova Warringtonfire and CSIRO.
G2 tested and verified
AS1530.1 and AS1530.3 and remains Australia’s leading deemed-to-satisfy aluminium panel.
AS5113 full scale test, Exova Warringtonfire, November 2017 – passing 6 out of 7 testing criteria including flame spread/fire performance.
Testing results and fire engineering reports available on request.
To provide a visual aid, the chart below shows a comparison of the combustible core content in each of the four types of ACP panels versus their fuel loading. As you can see the Vitracore G2 panel has 0% combustible core content.
Fairview and its partners take the safety of their products and public safety extremely seriously. Vitracore G2 has undergone the highest level of testing available. We believe that it is the best and safest aluminium product on the market and this assurance is backed by verifiable testing data.
More information on Vitracore G2 can be found on the product page of our website.
Equitone’s Tectiva Chosen To Clad New Theatre In The Heart Of Taronga Zoo
With a combination of unique natural texture, colour and surface, Equitone’s fibre cement cladding sheet Tectiva was an obvious choice for the Tanner Kibble Denton Architects designed Taronga Centenary Theatre.
Given the leafy setting of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, the colour tones of the theatre’s façade needed to be sympathetic to the surroundings. Equitone’s TE20 through-coloured finished Tectiva with its sanded surface and naturally occurring hues achieved just that.
At a thickness of 8mm, Tectiva offers high durability with an incredible longevity but remains light enough to allow for fast and easy installation. The product’s waterproof shield not only protects but enhances the natural warmth of the rough unpolished fibre cement. Other benefits of Tectiva and Equitone’s other products are their non-combustibility and environmentally-friendliness.
Fairview is pleased to announce the creation of a new Innovation Team under the leadership of Greg Stewart. The new team will drive and maintain Fairview’s strong position as an educator and thought leader, bringing to market façade systems that define and improve the safety, performance and appearance of architectural buildings within the Australian construction industry.
The Innovation Team is responsible for examining issues relating to compliance and regulatory change as well as the management, testing and development of new products. This will ensure Fairview’s product portfolio remains at the forefront of the market. The Company has a strong reputation for delivering safe and aesthetically pleasing façade solutions to the industry, including the revolutionary deemed-to-satisfy, non-combustible aluminium panel, Vitracore G2 and the fully non-combustible 3mm solid aluminium solution, Vitradual.
The Fairview Innovation Team includes the following industry experts:
Greg Stewart, Innovation Manager – Greg is a long-standing member of the Fairview team. He was instrumental in the development of Fairview’s deemed-to satisfy aluminium cladding product that has been a market leader since its launch in 2015 and also played a major role in the acquisition of the 100% non-combustible intelligent cladding system, Stryum, for the Company last year;
Sandy McPherson, Technical Business Development – Sandy was recruited earlier this year from CSR Hebel where he was National Product Manager;
Ashley How, Technical Manager- Ashley is Fairview’s well-known and highly experienced technical manager. He is an integral part of the team and responsible for addressing non-standard applications and providing customized solutions to our customers with knowledge gained through ongoing product research and development.
Bradley Halliday, National Training Manager – Brad previously held the role of Business Development Manager in Victoria. He is now responsible for delivering the SafeClad training programs as well as other relevant training to Fairview customers;
Roy Gillies, National Product Manager – as Fairview’s former Queensland Business Development Manager, Roy excels at understanding client needs and consistently leads the company’s successful delivery of innovative façade systems.
The Innovation Team can be contacted via our contact page or by contacting 1800 007 175.
Sydney’s Great South West is now boasting a new premier destination, The Paper Mill. The former heritage site and one of Liverpool’s last remaining 20th century industrial buildings, has been transformed by MN Builder’s into a premier destination that includes four residential precincts. Architecturally designed by Woods Bagot, the much-sought after address provides residents with the ultimate in luxury living.
Fairview’s deemed-to-satisfy, non-combustible, aluminium panels, Vitracore G2, were chosen to add the ultimate finishing touch to The Paper Mill’s elegant exterior in a combination of Zinc Light and Zinc Dark. These imitation metal finishes have become increasingly popular amongst architects and specifiers in recent month’s due to them offering the appearance of zinc but without the natural weathering.
As well as imitation Zinc finishes, Fairview has also produced a selection of natural metal finishes. Both the natural and imitation ranges are distinctive enough to provide a generous colour palette to compliment any project and can also be easily mixed and matched to produce a unique design as shown on The Paper Mill.
After recently announcing the appointment of industry expert Sandy McPherson, Fairview Architectural, with an eye on establishing a strong Queensland presence, has added Hilary Flynn to our team as the Business Development Manager for Queensland.
Hilary brings her extensive knowledge and experience of the construction industry, particularly in cladding, to Fairview’s growing team of experts.
Hilary will be responsible for building awareness of Fairview’s vast range of cladding solutions within the Queensland market. This includes the widely known deemed-to-satisfy non-combustible aluminium cladding panel, Vitracore G2; the 3mm solid aluminium cassette cladding, Vitradual as well as the 100% Australian-made intelligent aluminium cladding system, Stryum that was extremely popular at last month’s Arc industry networking event in Brisbane.
As part of her role, Hilary will also be responsible for supporting projects and customers throughout Northern NSW and in the Northern Territory.
The appointment of Hilary to the Queensland team coincides with the opening of our new office in Bulimba. The new location will be home to Hilary and Architectural Consultant, Lorraine Jedid, who joined Fairview in November 2017. By strengthening its Queensland team, we are signalling our commitment to providing local support to Fairview’s customers based in this region.
Additionally, Hilary and Lorraine will be working together to promote the SafeClad training programme launched by Fairview in June. Designed in collaboration with the Master Builders Association, the courses offer knowledge-based training designed for both architects, builders, installers and other industry professionals.
With the cladding industry constantly under the spotlight, the issue of correct cladding installation methods is a serious issue but sadly not one that tends to make the front pages. This blog post looks at the three main points that need to be considered when installing any form of exterior façade: fire performance, weathertightness and installation engineering. Finding the right balance between these areas is critical to creating a safe and aesthetically pleasing façade. It can also be the deciding factor on whether a wall build-up is compliant or not.
When considering the fire performance of your façade, the installation method is likely the most important factor.
Manufacturers design and test systems with a particular installation method so it’s important to replicate the design set out in the installation guidelines for the specific product you are planning to use on your project to achieve the proven fire performance.
Deviating from this can result in contrary fire performance, for example, using tape fix or face fixing will give entirely different fire performance outcomes to using the industry standard cassette fixing for metal cladding. An example of how incorrect installation was used to fail a recent fire test can be found here>
Weathertightness is also an important function of the façade and imperative to the longevity of any building. The façade is more often than not tasked with being the primary barrier for water ingress and therefore plays a highly important role in the whole wall build-up. Weathertightness is guaranteed if the façade is correctly installed to the specification provided by the manufacturer. For example, the standard cassette fix installation relies on the caulking/sealants to prevent water passing through past the panel, whereas the same panel installed as part of a rainscreen system would rely on your substrate to act as your primary water barrier. Both systems when correctly installed are equally resilient to water ingress.
The final point to consider is doing basic engineering of the standard installation system. This is typically done on a project and application specific basis and looks at criteria such as wind loading and minimum fixing requirements for the façade. Normally, when looking at a cassette system, these are relatively simple calculations that effect the frequency of the fixings and supporting accessories such as stiffeners. This prevents the panels losing their structural performance over a period of time.
Highlighting the importance of correct installation methods is key to ensuring that the performance of your façade meets the standards set by the manufacturer.
As a responsible manufacturer, Fairview is committed to ensuring safe and compliant use of its full range of façade products. Fairview has also developed the industry’s first accredited training courses for installers in partnership with the Master Builders Association. The SafeClad training and accreditation program is paving the way and setting the standard for required knowledge within the industry. Find out more information about the current courses here>
Set on the bustling Maroondah Highway in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburb of Ringwood is the notable Evelyn Ringwood Apartments. The boutique mid-rise development is clad in vertical panels of Stryüm Shadow, providing a modern and sustainable exterior to the mixed-use development.
Consisting of 45 apartments over 6 floors, including 1 level of commercial space, Idle Architecture Studio in conjunction with B Central Constructions have produced a unique gridded façade where the stylish yet simple design of Stryüm Shadow compliments the distinct aluminium window frames and vertical landscape elements. The design also deflects heat and moisture due to the ventilated rainscreen.
The Australian-made, non-combustible aluminium panels were a well-considered design choice that additionally provide a high durability and are easy to maintain. Stryüm was specifically designed by experienced commercial façade professionals to meet the demands of Australia’s construction industry.
There is a highly misleading program from the UK circulating on the internet. You may have seen it.
BBC TV’s Newsnight program on Friday evening aired a designed-to-fail test conducted in Dubai on Vitracore G2 panels. The test was commissioned by two of our competitors, who have demonstrated their ulterior motive: to falsely discredit a competitor’s product. To do this, the panels tested were flat and face-fixed – with open joints and no returned edges – and therefore installed contrary to manufacturer’s guidelines and recognized standard installation practices within the construction industry.
When Vitracore G2 panels are installed correctly they achieve a complete pass to the UK standard BS8414/BR135 for full-scale wall performance. Our ACM panels are manufactured to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BBA quality standards, and are CodeMark certified.
Our customers can continue to feel confident in the performance of Vitracore G2 panels.
Vitracore G2 was tested to BS8414/BR135 by Exova Warringtonfire in November 2017. The panel did not spread flame, and temperature results were safely below requirements.
But, unknown to us, our competitors set up a test designed to challenge the non-combustibility of our Vitracore G2 panels. Nevertheless, the footage of the test conducted in Dubai shown on the BBC Newsnight report showed clearly that the Vitracore G2 melted in the region of the fire source but did not continue to burn or spread.
Therefore, the BBC report, despite the journalist’s assertions, in fact confirms Vitracore G2 prevents fire spread.
1. Vitracore G2 has achieved a complete pass to the UK standard BS8414/BR135 for full-scale wall performance. Vitracore G2 is Euroclass A2-s1,d0 to BS EN 13501-01 compliant and is therefore of limited combustibility.
In the UK, a BS8414 test to BR135 criteria must only be carried out if any part of the whole façade build-up is B rated or worse. Therefore, Vitracore G2 complies with the regulations for all building types providing all other components that make up the façade are also A rated.
Vitracore G2 was tested to BS8414/BR135 by Exova Warringtonfire in November 2017. The panel did not spread flame, and temperature results were safely below requirements.
This test of Vitracore G2 demonstrates that the panels will not cause a fire to spread through the exterior or interior of a high-rise building.
A real-life example of the effectiveness of Vitracore G2 to prevent spread of flame occurred on 7 September 2017 at an apartment building under construction in the outer southwest Sydney suburb of Liverpool, Australia.
The fire started inside the building and burnt through the top four floors, during which the Vitracore G2 cladding came under direct flame attack. Vitracore G2 did not combust, or in any way further conduct the fire.
2. The test relied on by the BBC Newsnight report was commissioned by two competitors of Fairview subsidiary, Valcan, who likely have an ulterior motive: to falsely discredit a competitor’s product.
One of these competitors has been running a misleading campaign in Australia to discredit Vitracore G2, including conducting its own backyard test, with no oversight by an independent qualified and independent materials testing and product qualification testing company.
They are not motivated by public interest but pure commercial interest.
By contrast, Fairview and their subsidiaries positioned themselves as industry friends and educators.
We have produced two short videos educating stakeholders about panel types and their correct use.
Fairview, in conjunction with leading fire engineers, has run over 80 educational public and in-house seminars in each capital city about the compliant use of ACM cladding to date.
3. The panels in the test were not installed as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Details of the design and construction of the external wall system – and the combustibility or otherwise of other components, such as wall build-up and insulation – used in the Dubai BS8414 test featured in the BBC report have not been made available publicly. Certainly, the panels tested were not installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
These are major factors in whether a cladding product passes or fails. Without these salient facts, the test results are meaningless.
Nevertheless, and ironically, the footage of the test conducted at Exova Dubai shown on the BBC Newsnight report showed clearly that the Vitracore G2 melted in the region of the fire source but did not continue to burn or spread.
Therefore, the BBC report, despite the journalist’s assertions, in fact confirms Vitracore G2 prevents fire spread.
Fairview has recently launched SafeClad training programs to create the industry’s first accreditation services for ACM panel installers. The new program, developed with advice from the Master Builders Association, highlights safe cladding practices from the installer, manufacturer and peak body perspectives.
4. Vitracore G2 has never failed a BS8414 test where non-combustible insulation was used and where the test was conducted under stringent testing guidelines by a qualified and independent materials testing and product qualification testing company, such as Exova Warringtonfire.
5. Fairview is comfortable recommending Vitracore G2 panels because the product is A2-s1,d0 compliant, compliant under the Australian building codes and is suitable, if fitted correctly and approved by a qualified fire engineer or building surveyor, for use on high-rise residential buildings. Our ACM panels are manufactured to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BBA quality standards, and are CodeMark certified.
We advise our clients and stakeholders that any ACM panels chosen must be:
Correctly specified (chosen)
Professionally installed (fixed in place as advised) and
Officially certified to perform to code and regulations (someone signs off at point of construction)
Fairview provides product specifications, installation guides and test data to help ensure all its ACM panels are used for the purpose for which they were designed and certified.
6. Fairview and its subsidiaries, management and employees are proud of the products we manufacture and distribute.
We all take public safety very seriously and are committed to ensuring all parties that use our products are fully informed about the best approach to safely installing ACM panels.
We do not use the media to attack a competitor. We believe our products are the best on the market and stand by our reputation as the global leader in promoting the safe use of panels.
Education and training is key to assisting our industry in addressing the challenging issues with combustible façades. Our team at Fairview have worked with Master Builders consulting on the development of the new SafeClad training programs to create the industry’s first accreditation service for Aluminium Panel installers.
The new program highlights the risks involved with cladding of medium to high rise residential and commercial buildings, and delivers on the latest aluminium panel safe cladding practices from the installer, manufacturer and peak body perspectives. Upon successful completion of the program, installers will receive certification from Master Builders with a SafeClad accreditation and will also benefit from new skills and knowledge about our fit-for-purpose cladding products.
Master Builders’ SafeClad programs currently include two structured programs:
Awareness Session: the 3 hour session, taking place on Monday 23rd of July 2018, is for commercial builders, developers, project managers, architects and engineers who are engaged in construction projects where aluminium-based cladding is, or may be, installed. Formal CPD Points = 3
Assessment Session: this 1 day program is open to installers or subcontractors who are currently working with aluminium cladding panels and will take place in a simulated environment observed by an MBA Assessor. There will also be written knowledge questions. This program is currently available on the 13th, 20th and 27th August. Formal CPD Points = 7
For more information on the SafeClad courses, contact Victoria Tayler at 1800 007 175 or [email protected]
The flawlessly finished and highly sophisticated Nest at the Hill development is perched neatly on top of Doncaster Hill. Developed by K2LD Architects in conjunction with Crema Constructions, the strong structural presence is highlighted by the use of 1000m2 of our terracotta tile system, Vitracade in “Salmon”, which flows from top-to-bottom creating a warm trail of natural clay tiles against the shimmering glass façade.
With sweeping views of Melbourne CDB and the Dandenong Ranges, the mid-rise building consists of 12 floors and over 250 living spaces. The strength of the Vitracade tiles, as well as the simple fixing system, made this an optimal choice for the elegant design, while also providing warmth and a barrier against outside noise.
Combined with 300m2 of our Vitracore G2 these two façade solutions add a nice finishing touch to the exterior providing natural glamour that will last for decades to come. Installed by Collmill, Vitracade is manufactured from natural clay and then fired in a kiln at over 1000oC, resulting in an entirely non-combustible tile that is tested and proven to AS1530.1. Similarly, Vitracore is our leading deemed to satisfy non-combustible cladding panel, tested to AS1530.1.
For more information about using Vitracade please contact our team by phoning 1800 007 175 or email [email protected] .
Located at the industrial gateway to Western Sydney is Calibre Eastern Creek Building 3; a high quality and sustainable warehouse and office space developed by Mirvac. Built by the team at Vaughan, the development features our non-combustible Vitradual solid aluminium panels that provide an attractive finish to the buildings façade.
The attractive exterior design includes a combination of Vitradual in ‘Chromatic Jungle Green’ (550m2) and ‘Satin Black Metallic’ (440m2), installed by Complete Façade Solutions. The prefinished 3mm non-combustible aluminium cassette panels also provide the development with a durable cladding system that is highly impact resistant, ideal for the hustle and bustle of the warehouse environment.
Designed by SBA Architects, the building is part of 5 structures, all of which have been conceptualised with an eco-friendly sustainable design that targets a 5-star green star rating.
Find out more about Vitradual by contacting our team on 1800 007 175 or by email [email protected]
A firm favourite in our extensive range of cladding products is the natural stone cladding system, Vitrastone. This lightweight interior or exterior cladding solution provides all of the beauty of natural stone as well as benefiting from increased stability and flexibility and reducing the weight by 1/5 compared to solid dimensional stone.
The composition of Vitrastone makes this product strong and less prone to fracturing – a 6mm stone veneer on a 15mm aluminium honeycomb substrate with aviation grade epoxies. These were just some of the reason that the developers of the iconic and aptly named Kings Domain apartments in South Melbourne chose Vitrastone in Silver Travertine to clad the impressive façade of the 23-level development. The fixing system also provided a simple installation process.
The Silver Travertine was quarried directly from Italy and the beauty of Kings Domains comes largely from the fact that no two panels are identical that adds to the modern and textural allure of the design.
With a large range of natural finishes available including granite, marble and sandstone as well as the option to source specific stone on request, Vitrastone’s highly weatherproof panels are an excellent choice for internal or external applications.
To speak with one of our team about using Vitrastone on your next project please email [email protected] or phone 1800 007 175.
Apologies, the original Project News and the Newsletter dated 28 May 2018 featured the incorrect architectural firm. Credit for the design of Kubix Aparetments belongs to Fender Katsalidis.
The luxury development, Kubix Apartments in Wantirna South, Victoria, features an impressive 16,500m2 of Fairview’s leading deemed-to-satisfy non-combustible, aluminium composite panels, Vitracore G2 over the geometric façade – the perfect combination of Pure White and bright pops of colour to feature on this project!
Distinctly set on the corner of Burwood Highway and Stud Road, the three buildings, containing 238 apartments, make up this inspirational development from CBG Architects that includes 9000m2 of Vitracore G2 over Stage 1 and a further 7500m2 over Stages 2 and 3. While the predominant colour used was Vitracore G2 Pure White, the façade is also sprinkled with Charcoal, Strong Sage, Rubis Red, Power Red, Bay Blue, Greystanes and Ocean Blue.
Remarkably, the team at Eire Group received seven semi-trailers carrying 27 prefabricated wall modules (each module approximately 14m x 3.5m) all clad in Vitracore G2 with the glazed window suites, balustrades and panel corking all complete prior to erection on site and installed on the same day!
Weatherproofed to BCA clause FP1.4, Vitracore G2 was the top choice for the development given its resistance to external conditions as well as being one of the most resilient and versatile cladding solutions available on the Australian market.
For more information about using Vitracore G2 please contact our team by phoning 02 6352 2355 or email [email protected] .
The sustainably designed Habitat, in Byron Bay NSW, offers a new way to live and work in the purpose-built 12.5 acre mixed-use village designed by architect Dominic Finlay Jones. Equitone’s Tectiva through-coloured fibre cement panels distributed by Fairview, fittingly feature over the exterior façade of the eco-friendly development.
A collaborative hub which centres around six commercial buildings along with a residential component, Habitat was designed to passively control thermal loads and maximise cross ventilation while also including numerous active environmental systems. Equitone Tectiva’s proven rain-screen system aids in this process by deflecting rain and heat, and the ventilation space allows air to circulate behind the panels, creating comfort while eliminating condensation and mould growth.
The through-coloured façade panels expose the natural hue and raw texture that is unique to each panel. This organic detail compliments the green development while providing a non-combustible solution as well as a longevity that exceeds 50 years thus reducing the need for replacement and waste.
To speak with one of our team about using Equitone Tectiva or any of our other compressed fibre cement products on your next project please email [email protected] or phone 02 6352 2355.
The main street of Sydney’s south coast beach suburb of Wollongong now boasts the Platinum Apartments which comprise of four premium units and a luxury penthouse. The warm toned cladding, installed by ABS Façade, features our intelligent non-combustible aluminium cladding system Stryüm on the developments sunshades.
Stryüm’s panels cascade over one another in the chosen ‘Step’ profile with an Anodised finish which adds a sharp, dynamic edge to the multi residential apartment block set over a 678sqm site. The use of Stryüm’s raw material-based product offers a fully sustainable option that is 100% Australian made and owned.
Stryüm products have been specifically designed by experienced commercial façade professionals to meet the demands of every sector of today’s local and international façade industry.
Stryüm, Fairview’s most intelligent aluminium façade product range, is once again emerging as a trendsetter. Our team have been fielding an increase of sample requests and orders for the innovative woodgrain range that offers clients an advantageous and cost-effective solution for achieving the timeless appeal of natural wood.
Available in 32 different colours and textures, the manufacturing features of the woodgrain range are not limited only to aesthetics, but also provide the benefit of being non-combustible, fully sustainable as well as being 100% Australian made and owned. The options are further enhanced thanks to Stryüm also offering customised finishes, such as the “Hickory” woodgrain, produced for the Brooklyn Apartments. Stryüm woodgrain finishes are made of non-combustible solid aluminium making it the safe, low maintenance choice that require no additional coating yet provide a more stable material, compared to solid wood, meaning that the product will not age or warp.
Stryüm is available in four attractive profile choices – Shadow, Step, Seam and Curve – and comes in both standard and custom sizes, adding to its popularity amongst architects and specifiers.
To request a sample or to speak with one of our team about using Stryüm on your next project please phone 02 6352 2355 or email [email protected]
Located in the thriving green spaces of Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Collingwood, the Lantern Apartments feature our deemed-to-satisfy non-combustible Vitracore G2 over the striking black-and-white facade of the 9-storey residential project.
Designed by Plus Architects, the bespoke development’s prominent veil of cascading white ribbons are clad in our Vitracore G2 aluminium composite panels in Snow White, which were installed by the team at Collmill Group. Ideally positioned on the corner of Wellington and Napoleon Streets in central Melbourne, the apartments overlook a myriad of sights and the arching sculptural forms are enjoyed from both inside and outside, where the uniquely clad curves provide both light and shade, and the reflective, polished textures meet sharp, geometric angles.
Vitracore G2 proved an optimal choice for this design feat with the surface flatness of the panels enhanced with a high quality PVDF coating system which provides the ultimate resistance to weather and industrial pollutants.
For more information about using Vitracore G2 please contact our team by phoning 02 6352 2355 or email [email protected] .
The 5-star Hyatt Regency Sydney on the fringe of Darling Harbour (formerly Four Points by Sheraton) has recently undergone a major redevelopment including a full refurbishment of the hotel and construction of a new convention space as well as a 25 level tower.
Adding to the transformation of the hotel is Equitone’s Tectiva which adorns the buildings highly recognisable curved façade. The popular through-coloured fibre cement cladding was installed by Stane Industries and in addition to its aesthetic qualities the product provides waterproofing, is deemed non-combustible and has a longevity exceeding 50 years.
For more information on this product, please view our Hyatt Regency Project News.
Cladder already has full-scale test documentation and data
The story seems founded on an installer’s alleged concerns that they can’t get access to Vitracore G2 to officially test it, so that a test satisfies their role in the QLD chain of responsibility legislation. That premise seems bogus.
The cladder already has the requisite data from Fairview, and also from their own full-scale test conducted by an independent lab in mid-February. The journalist was made aware of this fact, too.
The cladder’s own AS5113 test wall was setup by Aclad’s build team and the results indicated a likely pass with better fire breaks at installation. With such a report and test, Fairview deduces there will be full backup data and report which would satisfy any ethical practitioner’s desire to comply with any chain of responsibility requests.
More, given that Vitracore G2 has undergone AS5113 large-scale testing at Exova Warringtonfire one of the world’s best recognised independent testers – passing 6 out of 7 testing criteria including flame spread/fire performance – performance-confirming credentials are available. And the cladder also has access to the Exova/Red Fire engineers report of said G2 AS5113 test of November 2017.
Cladder’s malicious agenda
It appears the reason the cladder is agitating in the media is simply that confirmation of G2’s efficacy doesn’t suit the cladder’s hidden agenda, which involves close alignment with a Fairview competitor.
We wish to directly address several other erroneous points in the article:
Fairview previously provided both Aclad and JHG the attending expert fire engineer’s report of the AS5113 test (by Red Fire), a commonly accepted and entirely suitable practice to confirm G2’s suitability for the project.
Fairview has strong reservations re Aclad accessing Fairview’s own full reports for three key ethical and trust reasons:
– Aclad has already run their own G2 tests (one backyard, one official)
– There is strong evidence for potential unethical misuse of the IP information therein
– An Aclad director has published multiple, public and aggressive attacks on Fairview’s products and personnel
CSIRO and Exova testing:
Fairview has already tested G2 to AS5113 at Exova Warringtonfire the world’s leading independent testing agency, with associated documentation. Fairview does not wish to support another test, where the wall is set up by a hostile competitive interest with a desired test outcome in mind, especially given the malicious agenda of the cladding entity’s key director.
Remember, Aclad previously performed an unverified large-scale, backyard test, without permissions, on the G2 product to unethically and dishonestly undermine Fairview’s product.
Finally, Fairview extended an open invitation to the AFR writer to meet up in person to discuss cladding compliance, efficacy and related competitor-related activities. Fairview is currently awaiting confirmation that the journalist is willing and able to meet with our experts.
If you’d like to learn the truth – not misleading claims – regarding G2’s multiple level compliance, please email me directly.
The Fairview team are proud to provide the construction industry with one of the largest portfolios of aesthetically pleasing and safe façade products in Australia. To compliment this offering, we have produced a new product range brochure featuring market leading cladding solutions Vitracore G2 and Vitrabond, as well as the innovative Stryüm and Vitrastone products.
Our vast and innovative range of façade finishes provide architects multiple options when choosing the most appropriate product to meet their needs, and our bold new brochure supports this decision-making process. The pleasing design contains a snapshot of each of our 12 product ranges alongside key attributes, technical specifications and project feature photos that bring our products to life.
Also included are details of Fairview’s complimentary service offerings such as the BIM catalogue and corporate identity expertise. Our range of façade solutions along with the vast selection of colours available in the Vitrabond and Vitracore G2 ranges, make us the number one choice for branded projects. A stunning example being the Zagame Rolls Royce & Aston Martin showroom in Melbourne featuring Vitracore G2 in Silver Ice and Cultured Grey Brown.
Recladding is a major issue currently facing the construction industry following the occurrence of several building fires around the world caused by the use of non-compliant building materials. It is estimated that thousands of square metres of non-compliant cladding may need to be replaced on commercial buildings throughout Australia and authorities across the country are carrying out audits to identify buildings at risk.
As a leading provider of safe façade cladding products, Fairview are at the forefront of providing advice, expertise and solutions to building owners, architects, engineers, builders and other industry professionals who are navigating their way through this issue.
If you are concerned about your façade, or have a building that has been identified as needing to be reclad, please get in touch with us via email: [email protected] or phone 1800 007 175. You can also find more information on recladding here>.
We have officially launched a new Melbourne office located in the recently refurbished, and idyllically located, Tower 4 of the World Trade Centre on the banks of the Yarra River. The office is home to our Victorian based team, offering a hub to meet with state-wide architects, builders and installers to plan and manage current and future projects.
Opening a permanent base in Melbourne follows our rapid growth and expansion in the area, and the increasing popularity of our range of non-combustible and deemed non-combustible façade cladding solutions. We also recently recruited a new architectural representative, Melissa Herrmann, who is based in the Melbourne office.
With expertise spanning over 30 years in the building and construction industry, we have established a reputation as an industry leader within the façade solutions arena. The appointment of new staff, opening of new offices in Sydney and now Melbourne as well as acquisition of new product ranges is testament to the commitment of providing aesthetically pleasing and safe façade products to the construction industry.
For enquiries on our product range, or to speak with one of our team members please email phone 02 6352 2355 or email [email protected]
Fairview is pleased to announce a new CPD presentation for architects and builders, “What you need to know about ACM Cladding”, which focusses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the ACM cladding products widely used on construction projects.
Determining the difference between the products and their combustible content
Outlining fixing systems required for installation as well as a typical wall build-up
Understanding the ABCB Policy relating to ACM panels as well as alternative solutions
The course also provides information on the different types of construction where ACM products are typically specified.
The workshop is 1 hour in length and attendees are credited with 1 formal CPD point, along with a personalised CPD certificate and a copy of the presentation.
If you are interested in registering your team for an in-house workshop, please contact our Marketing Manager, Victoria Tayler, on 1800 007 175 or email [email protected]
Fairview also offers the formal CPD presentation “Should I Worry About My Façade” that is facilitated by the internationally renowned Technical Director of Red Fire Engineers, Jonathan Barnett.
The Queensland beachside suburb of Southport recently became home to one of the state’s newest luxury car dealerships, Jaguar Land Rover, which features 950m2 of Fairview’s Vitracore G2. The $9 million project was officially launched with a glitzy, star studded event throughout the 3-storey showroom.
Architect Burling Brown designed the high-end project, constructed by builder Stokes Wheeler. Damien Popovic of Cladding Creations installed Vitracore G2 panels on the façade in custom Jaguar Land Rover corporate colours Sunshine Grey Metallic and Champagne Metallic. The monumental corner block structure offers an enviable luxury car showroom floor, customer lounge as well as a vehicle workshop and on-site parking.
Project Manager Jai Johnson was completely satisfied with the Vitracore G2, stating ‘The project required customised lengths, up to 5900mm, which proved to be completely within Vitracore G2’s capabilities. In contrast to previous projects using standard composite materials, no oil canning or bending is visible on the cladding panels – a testament to their rigidity and strength. Another bonus for Stokes Wheeler is that Vitracore G2 complies with current BCA requirements’.
The copper-toned star of Sydney’s Central Park urban development, Connor Apartments, which boasts 10,500m2 of Fairview’s fire retardant Vitrabond, has been awarded winner of the 2017 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Award for Excellence in High-Density Development in NSW.
Located just 1.5km from Sydney CBD, architect William Smart of Smart Design Studio, designed the 13-storey eye-catching cornerstone of the precinct as a “delicate balance of form, composition and proportion.” Comprising of 178 apartments, complete with 5 Star Green Star credentials, the optically pleasing façade of Connor is adorned in a combination of reflective glass and the sheen of a metal finish on aluminium composite cladding.
Installed by Shev Constructions Pty Ltd, the contemporary project features weather resistant Vitrabond FR panels in “Brushed Copper” (10,000m2) and “Satin Black Metallic” (500m2), which were chosen as a nod to the warm red bricks in the local area whilst also creating an urban contrast of metal against green parklands. For more information, take a look at the Project News.
Kane Constructions were this month awarded the 2017 Master Builders Association of New South Wales Excellence in Construction of Tertiary Buildings $30M – $40M for their work on the Moore College Resource and Research Centre project in Newtown NSW, which features 2000m2 of Vitracore G2.
Officially opened in February 2017, the 7,800m2 college was designed by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects and houses Moore College Library, the largest theological library in the Southern Hemisphere. BJL Roofing & Facades installed Fairview’s Vitracore G2 in “Sparkling Dark Grey Metallic” and the custom colour “Titanium Silver” which accentuate the glass façade of the developments standout corner block. Take a look at our Moore Theological College Project News for more information.
Vitracore G2 is highly effective for infrastructure projects such as schools and was a sound choice given the recent news that our Deemed-to-Satisfy non-combustible cladding panel successfully passed the official full-scale facade test requirements of BS8414 and BRE 135, the current, globally recognised standard for full-scale cladding facade tests in Australia.
Melbourne’s south-east city of Casey recently launched the $125 million state-of-the-art Bunjil Place entertainment precinct, featuring 2200m2 of Fairview’s Vitrabond FR and Vitracore G2 aluminium composite cladding.
One of the largest projects undertaken by local government in Australia, the striking 24,500m2 building, designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp architects is a national first with the innovative design incorporating 10 functional spaces including an 800-seat theatre, a 350-seat versatile function centre plus a community library and art gallery.
The vision for the centre’s expected 1 million visitors per year, was “to create an inviting central heart for the community that celebrates participation, belonging and civic pride.” The Vitrabond FR and Vitracore G2 cladding panels in “Brushed Silver” shimmer over the curved glass façade and winged roof providing visitors with an insta-perfect sight. Further information on the project can be found in our Project News.
As announced last week, Vitracore G2 is currently the only aluminium composite panel available in Australia that is correctly tested as having satisfied the requirements of the following industry standards: AS 1530.1 and AS 1503.3 as well as full scale façade testing; BS8414 and BRE 135 as well as AS5113 (excluding the debris requirements).
Fairview Architectural is pleased to announce that Vitracore G2 – its Deemed-to-Satisfy non-combustible cladding panel – has successfully met the requirements of BS8414 and BRE 135, the current, globally recognised standard for full-scale cladding facade tests.
The testing was conducted by one of the world’s leading independent authorities, Exova Warringtonfire, at its purpose-built facility in Dandenong, Victoria.
Furthermore, testing showed that Vitracore G2 met all but one criteria of the proposed AS5113 EW classification, including the various temperature criteria for flame spread. As expected for many varied and popular facade materials, the debris criteria for AS5113 was not met.
Many expert fire engineers, testers, insurers and other ACM suppliers insist that the falling debris clause of the proposed AS5113 should be removed as many cladding materials – aluminium, concrete, glass and ceramics – could also fail to meet this impractical criteria. Australia’s leading fire safety engineering expert Jonathan Barnett attended to witness and report on the test.
Although Vitracore G2 is already Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) to AS1530.1 and AS1530.3 in accordance with the National Construction Code and can be used for any building facade, Fairview undertook further testing to ensure customer confidence in its product.
General Manager of Fairview Architecture, Andrew Gillies observed:
“Since we launched Vitracore G2 and it became Australia’s first aluminium composite panel that can be used where a non-combustible panel is required by the National Construction Code, it has been the envy of our competitors. The exterior cladding market has always had a friendly rivalry but with so few ACM products able to meet the compliance standards that Vitracore G2 does, unethical and underhand practices have proliferated.”
Today, Vitracore G2 is the only aluminium composite panel available in Australia that is correctly tested as having satisfied the requirements of the following industry standards:
Plus, full scale façade testing;
BS8414 and BRE 135.
AS5113 (excluding the debris requirements)
*The full Exova written fire test report will not be available until next month.
Fairview’s newly launched non-combustible aluminium cladding system; Stryüm, features in a new world record for the largest sports lighting system as showcased on the soon to opened Perth Stadium.
The WESTADIUM designed Perth Stadium includes a state-of-the-art LED lighting system with over 850 interchangeable coloured lights which rivals any world-class European sporting arena. The lights surround the whole stadium and the colours can be changed to form various patterns. The lights are also integrated into the canvas roof of the stadium that can acts as a screen that can then projected onto for example with team colours for individual sporting matches.
The stadium which is scheduled to open for the 2018 AFL season includes over 16,000m2 of Stryüm cladding produced from 200 tonnes of Australian manufactured aluminium. For more information on Stryum or for a quote, contact one of our sales representatives today. Email [email protected] or phone 02 6352 2355. You can also find out more at; Stryum Product Page
Australia’s National Archives Preservation Facility was recently relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in Canberra. The 18,000m2 purpose-built facility by Doma Group currently houses more than 15 million historical records as well as having additional capacity to hold future records thanks to shelving that stretches approximately 115 kilometres.
The brief for the new facility was to provide a modern building construction that reflects the importance of safe and secure storage as well as being able to adequately preserve the nation’s history so that it is available to current and future generations. Designed by May Russell architects, two highly regarded cladding products were chosen for both the exterior and interior of the project to meet the specification requirements. Fairview’s Stryum, solid aluminium cladding in the Shadow profile was used for the exterior, whilst their durable, Argeton terracotta tile was selected for the interior of the building.
Reliably storing paper records requires that a building maintain an ambient temperature of 20 degrees with approximately 50 per cent humidity. These optimal storage conditions were enhanced by the quality and aesthetically pleasing qualities of Argeton terracotta tile. The interior was designed to reflect the Australian landscape and therefore a variety of tile colours were chosen such as Volcano Grey, Apricot Beige and Tuscan Red.
The exterior of the building features the Australian-made, non-combustible aluminium façade cladding, Stryum, that was anodised in several colours to provide a modern and timeless finish to the facility. In total 3400m2 of the Stryum was installed on the new building.
More information on how and why these products were chosen can be found in the National Archives Project News.
Fairview Architectural are pleased to announce today that they have acquired the Stryum business, an intelligent non-combustible aluminium cladding system, from Vitekk Industries. The product features a range of high quality plate aluminium façade panels, aimed at providing reliability and sustainability, that will compliment Fairview’s existing catalogue of cladding solutions that includes the high density fibre cement, natural stone, terracotta tile and the leading deemed non-combustible aluminium composite panel, Vitracore G2.
Specifically designed and developed by experienced commercial façade professionals, Stryum aluminium facade plates was launched into the Australian market in 2014 and has become popular with architects due to its versatility, stylish appearance and non-combustibility. It has been used on some iconic projects including the National Archives of Australia Preservation Facility and more recently on the new Perth OPTUS Stadium where a staggering 16,000m2 of Stryum was installed in 15 customised profiles.
In addition to acquiring the Australian-made product, former Vitekk Industries Director, Michael O’Grady, will be joining Fairview as National Sales Manager. Michael brings with him a wealth of experience of the Australian construction industry with a particular emphasis on developing façade products that meet the specific needs of architects.
Commenting on the acquisition and new appointment, Fairview CEO, Andrew Gillies said: “Stryum is a great addition to our product range. It meets our value proposition of being both safe and aesthetically pleasing and we are happy to offer it to our customers. We also welcome Michael’s valuable experience with Stryum and his strong general industry knowledge”.
Fairview Architectural – Australia’s second largest manufacturer and importer of aluminium composite material (ACM) panels – welcomes today’s announcement by the NSW Government of a wide-ranging fire safety package.
Fairview Managing Director, Andrew Gillies, said the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon Matt Kean, should be congratulated for establishing a thorough review of all the issues around the selection, fitting and approval of materials used to clad multi-storey residential buildings.
“The NSW Government initiative will provide clarity around the location of cladding that is not fit-for-purpose or that has been installed incorrectly.
“It is imperative to stress that Aluminium Composite Material or ACM cladding is not, of itself, dangerous, but it is important that the right type is used for the required purpose,” Mr Gillies said.
“What is important is the panel’s core composition and whether it has been correctly specified, professionally installed and certified to perform to code, and regulations.”
Mr Gillies said Fairview took its responsibility to educate and inform the building and construction industry and the wider public very seriously and looked forwarded to assisting the NSW Government where it could.
Further information: Gerry McCusker 0407 805 070
In 2015, Fairview engaged with many industry and government stakeholders around the issue of ACM cladding following the fire at the Lacrosse Tower in Melbourne’s Docklands (Fairview panels were not fitted on the Lacrosse Tower).
At that time, Fairview produced a short video to educate industry and the wider community about this issue. The video can be viewed HERE.
Consumers, regulators, developers, building owners and occupiers, and government need to be better informed about ACM panels so that community concerns can be allayed.
Fairview provides full specifications and installation guides for all products. All customers must ensure that any Fairview product used are selected and fitted to fully comply with the relevant building codes.
Fairview told a recent Senate Economics References Committee hearing that the company supported a suggested ban on the import of ACM panels with a polyethylene core.
The Lithgow-based company also unveiled a new packaging initiative to further assist people to correctly identify and use ACM panel types. All Fairview ACM panels will soon feature striking new red, amber or green labels, clearly reinforcing panel types and suggested usage.
Finding safe solutions to the non-compliant use of ACM cladding is currently a primary focus of industry regulators and businesses. Fairview keenly supports this drive, and has several updates below, which may help find effective answers to critical problems. We hope you find this informative and useful.
Fairview – in partnership with CertMart – is launching a new packaging initiative to further assist people to correctly identify and use ACM panel types. While our current panels do feature inkjet identification stencils on each panel, all Fairview ACM panels will soon feature striking new red, amber or green labels clearly reinforcing panel types and suggested usage. CertMark CEO John Thorpe said: “This is a timely and effective initiative by CertMark and Fairview to ensure each panel has a definition of the core material and the applicable class of building the panel can be installed on”.
Fairview informs Senate Committee
Having previously (2015) briefed and met with politicians interested in the safety of ACM panels in Australia, Fairview was again able to address a Senate Inquiry on 19 July. Our CEO Andrew Gillies – supported by key technical staff – presented Senators with expert insights and information about initiatives we are pursuing to facilitate better understanding of panel technologies and safety procedures. At the hearing, Fairview supported a suggested ban on the import of ACM panels with a PE core.
State task forces
Fairview Architectural also welcomes the Victorian Government’s task force to fast-track the investigation into non-compliant cladding. Architect and former Liberal Premier Ted Baillieu and former Labor deputy premier John Thwaites will lead an audit of buildings to ensure they adhere to safety standards. We trust our new labelling initiative will support ongoing audit works.
Fairview also welcomes the formation of similar agencies in other states and territories.
We are a growing business and urgently need to recruit extra staff. Below are the positions that we currently have available:
LEAD GENERATOR & PROJECT EXPEDITER – TWO OPENINGS
You will research electronic industry databases for sales opportunities where our products could be used in the design and construction of buildings. For this role, you will need to be computer literate and have good telephone skills for qualifying potential projects. A tenacious ability to focus on the task for finding leads would be a great attribute for this role.
INSIDE SALES – TWO OPENINGS
Inside Sales is all about selling that takes place inside the office as opposed to out in the field. You will take on work from pre-qualified sales opportunities and liaise with customers to determine what product they need, the finishes available, pricing options and supply timelines to get the sale over the line. You will have proven skills and experience in a selling role with a positive approach to helping customers find the solutions they need. You will have a positive outlook, enjoy working with people, and a hunger for achieving success in your goals.
As our Marketing Coordinator, you will be working with our Marketing Manager to provide marketing support to the business through online marketing, social media, publications and events. This exciting role offers the full marketing mix of activities and would be perfect for a first-time marketer or someone with limited professional experience. Good written communication skills are essential.
The position of Storeman offers varied and interesting work. You will need to be self-motivated, have good communication skills and possess a high level of WH&S awareness. Duties will involve: controlling and maintaining inventory and movement databases and managing all despatch functions and procedures. The role will also require basic administrative duties in addition to liaising with customers.
FACTORY PICK AND PACKERS
We have numerous roles for factory staff to pick and pack our products for delivery. You will need to be able to work as part of a team and in a fast-paced environment. Duties are repetitive.
FIVE CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS AT FAIRVIEW
1.Competency for the role required
2.Working in a team and supporting team success
3.Alignment with our open and hardworking culture
4.Open to continuously improving your performance
5.Bringing your personal expertise to the role and adding value
If you feel you have the right experience and are looking for an exciting career in a growing business, then please send a covering letter, resume and any reference letters to [email protected].
Along with many others around the world, management and staff of Fairview Architectural extend their deepest condolences to everyone affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in North Kensington, London. In the hope of reducing concerns, we reiterate our previous advice about the correct use of ACM panels in residential and commercial settings. No Fairview Architectural products were used on the Grenfell Tower, nor in any other similar fire incidents. While the London fire is still to be fully investigated, there has been media speculation that the European manufactured ACM cladding and insulation panel materials used on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment was combustible. Several ACM panels may be fit-for-purpose when they are:
Professionally installed; and
Officially certified to perform to code and to regulations.
Please watch and share our ACM explainer videos HERE (Published on Jul 27, 2015) and HERE (Published on Oct 4, 2016), If in any doubt, always consult building surveyors and/or fire engineers who are responsible for determining whether any ACM panel used on a building is fit-for-purpose. Fairview has engaged extensively with a wide range of stakeholders – the construction industry, engineers, media, politicians and regulators – to help educate them about the correct use of ACM panels in Australia. So, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or visit our webpage www.fv.com.au. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those in London.
We can often predict an architectural trend based on an increase of orders for a particular colour or finish. At the moment, the trend is towards woodgrain finishes.
Why are we seeing this increased interest in decorative woodgrain cladding? I asked one of our sales team, Jonathan Baker, to give the top 5 advantages of using imitation woodgrain finishes:
1. Unlike natural wood, imitation woodgrains are low maintenance and require no additional coating.
2. They provide a more stable material than solid wood, that will not age or warp.
3. They are a cost-effective solution that enables you to get the appearance of natural wood without the cost involved in sourcing a natural timber.
4. There is an extensive range of colours and styles available. This provides almost endless opportunities for architects when creating their designs.
5. While most natural timbers do not have fire-retardant capabilities, imitation woodgrains can be used with Vitracore G2 providing an AS1530.1-certified material.
The woodgrain finish “American Pine” was recently installed in a unique pattern for the $50 million Aspley Hypermarket shopping centre. Designed by architects ThomsonAdsett, the finish was chosen with our Vitracore G2 and Vitrabond FR composite panels to provide a compliant option that would not fade, warp or require extensive maintenance.
This solution was also used for an apartment tower in Sydney recently. The brief from the architect was to provide a timber balcony surround that wouldn’t weather or require continual maintenance. The answer was a woodgrain finish on Vitrabond FR panels that had the ability to wrap over and around the balcony.
If you are considering using woodgrain for your next project, take a look at the full range of finishes we have available in our Woodcreate Finishes Colour Chart. Alternatively, if you would like to request a sample, please contact: [email protected]
We will be showcasing our exciting new natural stone cladding product, Vitrastone, at the DesignBuild exhibition in Sydney from 3-5 May. Visitors will be able to see first-hand the innovative natural stone cladding system for themselves including the major advantages that it has over traditional dimensional stone.
Vitrastone is attracting considerable interest from the industry as it offers the look and feel of dimensional stone but at almost a quarter of the weight. This lighter weight reduces the required thickness of an overall wall build-up and cladding zone, allowing for further significant cost-savings with framing, installation and any material shipping and handling. The lighter weight also allows for a streamlined wall framing system.
Vitrastone’s composition also sets it apart from traditional stone. It utilises an aluminium honeycomb substrate, aviation grade epoxies and is then finished with a natural stone laminate layer. The product is prefabricated, and installed with a simple fixing system.
You can find us at stand B36 in the Structural & Materials section of the exhibition hall. If you are not attending the event but would like more information on the product please take a look at the Vitrastone Production Introduction. For additional information you may also like to view the Technical and Installation manuals.
Fairview’s Vitrabond aluminium cladding product has been selected by artist, Liam Filson, for use in his Vivid sculpture entry for 2017, Hedron Bulb.
The sculpture, which will have prime position outside the Opera House during the award-winning festival, will feature Vitrabond in the form of hexagons made from the popular Anodised Mirror finish.
Liam, who is also a graduate architect, came across the product at a recent industry event: “I knew what I was looking for but was surprised to find it at an architectural event. However, the product is extremely versatile and has the perfect finish for my sculpture. I’m looking forward to working with it on the Hedron Bulb“.
A major feature of the Hedron Bulb’s design and its mission is: “to leave no footprint, with no remnant of what was, only that which can become something else”.Therefore, Liam has designed the sculpture to be fully reusable.
So, what are his grand plans for the Vitrabond Anodised Mirror hexagons? To make them into a sparkling dodecahedron ottoman of course! More information on the sculpture and when you can see it can be found here.
Fairview’s Vitrabond is no stranger to being used in non-traditional ways. Recently, it was used to imitate standing seam on a project in Sydney’s Mosman; as the splashback in a kitchen installation and even as an alternative to tiling in a bathroom!
We look forward to witnessing Vitrabond’s debut into the art scene and to seeing more creative uses for it in the future.
There are many cladding products to choose from for architecturally designed buildings but infrastructure projects require a solution that is high-impact resistant; offers durability in high traffic areas; is non-combustible and comes with an anti-graffiti coating.
Our Vitranamel product ticks all these boxes and more which is why it has been chosen as the preferred cladding product on a number of recent railway projects in NSW such as Leppington and Edmondson Park both of which were newly constructed passenger stations as part of the Transport Construction Authority’s $550m design and construct contract awarded to John Holland for the South West Rail Link.
Vitranamels’ robustness results from the application of a vitreous enamel coating that uses a unique static powder enamelling process, including baking it at 800 degrees! This makes it one of the most durable cladding panels in the world. The extreme hardiness of the product also more than doubles the warranty period of any ‘standard’ cladding product.
Here’s how Vitranamel performs against Vitradual, our aluminium panel solution that has some similar qualities such as durability and high impact resistant:
Resistant to chemicals
Resistant to mould and bacteria
Resistant to corrosion
Robust and durable
Easy to install and replace
Unlimited colour range, including graphics
Low maintenance and easy to clean
*** Extreme performance ** high performance * good performance
Vitracore G2 is well-known for having the same look as traditional aluminium composite panels but with the added benefit of being fully compliant to current BCA guidelines including AS1530.1 (non-combustible). This means architects can have peace of mind in specifying Vitracore G2 without sacrificing their building design and preferred colour scheme.
However, even though the product has been used on many aged care, education and health projects its use on critical infrastructure and defence developments is lesser known. Vitracore G2 was recently installed on the Australian Defence Force Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross defence base Nowra, a @Lendlease and @GroupGSA project.
To find out more about our involvement in this $190 million redevelopment please see our Project News. We also have a videoof the project installer, Troy Koch at ABS Façades, discussing his experience with using Vitracore G2 and how it compares to traditional ACP.
If you follow our blog or any of our social media sites, you’ll know that we’ve recently mentioned some innovative and original uses for our Vitrabond Aluminium Composite Panels: including as a substitute for traditional Standing Seam on The Monarch development in Sydney’s trendy Mosman and as a splashback in the kitchen of a NSW residential property.Like us, you might have also started thinking – what else can it do?
Well, this week’s answer is ‘balustrades’. Yes, that is right, we have had a number of architects who have chosen to use Vitrabond panels as an alternative to your usual balustrade materials. However, it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as ACP is well-known for being highly weather resistant, lightweight, easy-to-install, shock resistant, and virtually unbreakable. All of which are hugely positives attributes when sourcing a balustrade material.
Our most recent balustrade projects are currently under construction in Melbourne. The Mayor Anderson Apartments in Coburg will include Vitrabond balustrades in the colourful combination of “Mandarin Orange” and “Smoke Silver Metallic” as chosen by Metaxas Architects.Whilst the Elland Avenue Box Hill Apartments will feature Vitrabond-made balustrades in “Black” as chosen by renowned architectural firm, K2LD.
The Mayor Anderson Apartments The Elland Avenue Box Hill Apartments
Watch this space for more innovative ways that architects are finding to use Aluminium Composite Panels to replace traditional construction material.
We are continuing to run our popular in-house Façade Compliancy CPD Workshops for architects and builders in 2017. The sessions are presented by the internationally acclaimed fire engineer and technical director of RED Fire Engineers, Jonathan Barnett who is a leading authority on this subject.
With recent developments in the area of façade compliancy following the Building Appeals Board ruling on the Lacrosse building earlier this year, these workshops provide attendees with an up-to-date review of the current regulations with regards to the use of external cladding for commercial, multi residential and residential buildings. The sessions also look at how the National Construction Code impacts the design and construction methods that architects can adopt as well as the effect that all of this has on project designs and conformance in terms of fire requirements and weatherproofing.
Attendees receive – 1 x Formal CPD Point, a personalised CPD certificate and a copy of Jonathan’s full presentation.
If you are interested in organising an in-house workshop for your team, please contact our Marketing and Communications Manager, Victoria Tayler, on 1800 007 175 or [email protected]
We have recently seen up upsurge in orders for our high density fibre cement cladding product, Equitone, which has posed the question in our office: could 2017 be the year for projects featuring this versatile, pre-finished solution?
There are many benefits to architects looking to using products such as Equitone. The major one is that it is 100% non-combustible; something that needs to be taken into consideration with project designs following the Lacrosse building fire in 2014 and the subsequent Building Appeals Board ruling last month.
The increased popularity in Equitone could also be due to some of these other beneficial factors: provides a full colour impregnable panel; it is environmentally friendly; has a proven rain-screen system that allows buildings to ‘breath’ naturally and that it provides excellent insulation. It can also be perforated and embossed to add a unique feature to any development.
To show just how stunning Equitone can look, here is a Project News on the Corso North Lakes development designed by PDT Architects and featuring Equitone cladding to achieve a flawless and modern exterior.
2016 was a landmark year for Fairview with our Vitracore G2 product becoming Australia’s no.1 deemed non-combustible aluminium composite panel and the launch of a number of new cladding products to the construction industry including: VitraArt and Vitrastone. To capitalise on this success, we have recently hired, James Newman, as a façade consultant within our Sydney Sales Team.
James brings with him a wealth of sales experience from his previous roles including most recently from BOC South Pacific where he was Team Manager SME Sales. His position involved managing Relationship Managers and Sales Support Specialists and handling a portfolio of national group buying accounts worth $15 million. He was also responsible for managing the sales performance and activity output of Relationship Managers; reviewing and marketing of targeted offers to buying groups; recontracting and re-negotiation contracts with buying groups and tracking and reporting of daily activities and sales performance.
At Fairview, James will be responsible for managing the sales process for our new and existing clients with the Sydney sales team as well as facilitating relationships with key decision makers and developing and implementing strategies to grow sales. He will also be the key account manager for our popular Equitone product, a fibre cement exterior panels that Fairview has been exclusively distributing within NSW since 2011.
The Lacrosse apartment building in Melbourne has been the subject of numerous news stories since the docklands fire in 2014 engulfed one of its two towers on 25 November causing over $5 million worth of damage.
The damaged façade panels on the Lacrosse building in Docklands were required to be replaced and, after an extensive screening process, involving numerous parties from the Melbourne City Council, the Victorian Building Authority, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, independent fire engineers, building surveyors, and the strata community management; Vitracore G2 was selected as the preferred compliant cladding product.
The replacement of the damaged façade panels was recently completed and the 20 storey apartment tower has now been returned to its former glory. For more information on our involvement in replacing the damaged panels at Lacrosse Docklands with Vitracore G2, we’ve put together a Project News which also features some photos of the newly completed building.
For more information on Vitracore G2, you may like to view our short introductory video:
Art Meets Architectural Design – Custom Decorative Facades & Cladding
We have launched our latest product today, VitraArt, a custom graphic cladding solution that can bring artwork to life as large scale décor print concepts for architectural projects. With a wide range of formats and options available, buildings can obtain their own character through unique and innovative designs.
The first project to include a VitraArt individualised design concept is the George Windsor Apartments in Windsor, Melbourne.The recently completed development designed by PACE architects features an original artwork entitled “frieze” by local artist, Matthew Johnson (see George Windsor Apartments project news for more information).
The process is simple. A customer supplies us with their design which is then applied to either Vitrabond FR or Vitracore G2 (Australia’s leading deemed non-combustible aluminium composite panel) using the VitraArt custom cladding coating system. A UV resistant satin-clear fluoropolymer finish is also added as well as a protective film that helps prevent damage to the decorative surface when the panels are being machined and installed.
Commenting on his involvement in the George Windsor development, Matthew Johnson said: “The project involved integrating art into architecture and therefore bringing my artwork into reality. It also allowed me to push conceptual boundaries and to work with different materialities”.
Architects spend their time designing beautiful buildings but when day turns to night the beauty of these buildings can get lost in the darkness.However, there are some architects who are embracing the darkness and making sure that their designs are just as bold and visible at night time as they are in the day light.
The Tech Tower commercial and residential apartment complex in Darwin is just one such building. The architects on this project incorporated a circuitry of lights on the external and internal parts of the building that have been designed to envelope residents and visitors and take them on a journey.The concept is that once you approach the building you starts with a sensory transference from the ‘real world’ to ‘your world’ where lifestyle and technology merge to become ‘techstyle’.
The journey looks particularly inviting at nighttime as you can see in the photos.Although not part of the façade panels themselves, projects that incorporate light into the external design require good collaboration with the architect and façade supplier to ensure that the installation process is seamless for both elements.
With the stunning affect created by the external lights on the façade we predict more architects looking into this as an option for future projects.
Following the Australian Building Code Board’s Advisory Note issued in August which provides guidance on how the National Construction Code (NCC) should be interpreted, we reached out to CSIRO for written confirmation that Vitracore G2 remains deemed to satisfy non-combustible in accordance with these new guidelines. To quote directly from the CSIRO letter:
“As the Vitracore G2 panel satisfies every condition of clause C1.12(f) the bonded laminate material receives the concession available under clause C1.12. This concession is consistent with the conclusion contained in CSIRO assessment report FCO-3166A dated 23 November 2015.”
Aluminium corrugated profiled core material and aluminium flat skins only.
The material is NOT deemed combustible.
AS 1530.3 – 1999
Complete Vitracore G2 composite panel (including coating and adhesive).
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We were prompted to obtain this information from CSIRO following reports of a letter circulating within the industry that supposedly demonstrates that Vitracore G2 is non-compliant. However, as CSIRO clearly state in their letter, there is absolutely no doubt that Vitracore G2 conforms to all levels to be deemed-to satisfy and remain Australia’s no. 1 non-combustible aluminium composite panel.
During our 30 years’ in the façade cladding industry, we have developed many solutions to help architects and their designs stand out from the crowd. Colour is often the key and, following customer demand, we are today launching two new colour charts featuring our full range of Solid and Metallic colour finishes for external façade panels.
The colour charts provide an easy way for customers to find the colour they are looking for or to simply explore the possibilities and find fresh inspiration. A key feature of the charts and, of particular benefit to specifiers, is that all colours are clearly marked as ‘MOQs’ (Minimum Order Quantities) and ‘No MOQs’ to ensure that this information is made available prior to choosing a colour for a particular project.
All of the colours that appear in the charts are available on our popular external cladding panels: Vitrabond, Vitracore G2 (DtS Deemed non-combustible) and Vitradual and can also be used as a guide for Trimo and Ceramapanel. In addition to colour swatches, the charts also include examples of projects where specific colours have been used such as the iconic Swanston Square in Melbourne which features a staggering 18 solid colour finishes.
At the moment, Metallic colours are proving a popular choice for external façade finishes as they can be either bright and cheerful or sombre and traditional. The Fairview Metallic Colour Chart has an extensive range of colours including “Gold Metallic” which is on track to become the company’s “2016 Colour of the Year”.
“We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and giving them what they need to make their projects successful. I am delighted that we have developed a series of colour charts that showcase our full range of colours in an attractive and easy to use format,” commented Fairview CEO, Andrew Gillies.
The new colour charts are available to download from our website (Solid Colours and Metallic Colours) and hard copies are also available on request. In addition to the colour charts, we also recently launched our BIM catalogue, another initiative designed to help architects to easily incorporate our popular cladding products directly into a BIM project design.
If facades could predict the state of Australia’s economy then we would be predicting that things are looking bright at the moment, in fact you could say they are golden. And by golden we mean literally the colour gold.
So, what is the data to back up this theory? It’s pretty simple: architects are specifying more gold façade panels than ever before. Over the last few months we have seen “Gold Metallic” ranking as the No.1 façade colour of choice.
So, why is gold so popular? Well, if you want your design to convey; extravagance, wealth and riches then gold is the perfect colour choice. As a precious metal it also signifies wealth, grandeur, and prosperity.All that in just one colour!
We first noticed this trend when we supplied over 3,000m2 of “Gold Metallic” to Infinity for use on the Parkroyal Hotel, Parramatta extension earlier this year (see case study for more information).Since then we have seen the popularity of this colour grow.
With over 30 year’s experience in the industry, we’ve not seen a gold rush like this before and, although we are not economic experts, we’ll stand by our prediction that this could be a good sign for the economy, or at the least, a reflection of the growth rate we are seeing here at Fairview!
Last week, The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) issued an Advistory Note to give the industry guidance on the use of Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions related to fire performance of external walls (including cladding on external walls) of Type A and Type B Construction.
As manufacturers of external wall cladding, we were pleased to see the ABCB providing the industry with national guidance on the use of external cladding. We have extensively reviewed the Advisory Note and here are the highlights from the report and our comments on what you should know to ensure compliancy on current and future projects:
1. A building component is considered part of an external wall if it is integral (not an addition) to the construction of the wall. The following elements are considered part of an external wall:
i)external cladding including masonry, concrete panels, composite panels and sheet materials
v)internal lining (e.g. plasterboard) of an external wall.
Comment: All parts integral to an external wall must be non-combustible or meet C1.12 criteria and therefore be deemed non-combustible. These include all wall components, not just those listed above, from the outer most surface to the inner most surface of the wall.
2. The types of attachments identified in Specification C1.1 Clause 2.4(a) are:
i)a finish or lining to a wall or roof
ii)a sign, sunscreen, blind or awning (incidental attachments)
iii) other attachments.
Comment: Attachments may be combustible with certain limitations.
A ‘lining’ is a covering applied to a wall or roof. An example of a lining covered by Specification C1.1 Clause 2.4(a) is decorative panelling fixed to the internal or external surface of an external wall. Therefore a panel with low combustibility such as Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) with ‘FR’, ‘PLUS’ or ‘A2’ cores can be installed as an attachment to an external wall, provided clauses 3 and 4 below are met.
3.A combustible finish or lining is not permitted unless it complies with Specification C1.1 Clauses 2.4(a)(i), (ii) and (iii).
Specification C1.1 Clause 2.4(a) refers to attachments that are incidental in nature such as a sign, sunscreen, blind or awning. Examples of other attachments covered by Specification C1.1 Clause 2.4(a) are:
i) gutters and downpipes
ii) light fittings fixed to an external wall.
Comment: Attachments are permitted to be combustible if:
the component is exempted under C1.10 or complies with the fire hazard property requirements of Specification C1.10. Table 1 of Specification C1.10 specifies which Clause of Specification C1.10 applies to various building components.
4.i) the component is not located near or directly above a required exit so as to make the exit unusable in a fire (Specification C1.1 Clause 2.4(a)(ii))
ii) the component does not constitute an undue risk of fire spread via the façade of the building (Specification C1.1 Clause 2.4(a)(iii)).
Comment: The above two points require professional evaluation and determination in most cases. For example, an expanded polystyrene (EPS) attachment located anywhere above an exit, if burning, will drip onto that exit rendering it unusable.
The requirements of Specification C1.1 Clause 2.4(a)(ii) and (iii) are complex and often difficult to analyse. Quite often the services of an appropriately qualified person (e.g. a fire safety engineer) may need to be sought to obtain the appropriate evidence that demonstrates that the proposed façade design complies with these clauses.
If you need further clarification on these changes, please contact one of our façade consultants to discuss your project in further detail.
Almost 2 years after the Lacrosse apartment building fire in Melbourne, this is still a common question being asked of manufacturers of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP). The fire brought out a need in the industry for non-combustible aluminium composite panels and existing and new manufacturers rose to the challenge.
These products must be stringently tested to ensure they meet National Construction Code’s Building Code of Australia (BCA) regulations before they can be used where the BCA requires a non-combustible product. With strict regulations and requirements, it should be simple to confirm the rating of an aluminium composite panel, however, misinformation is making the situation tougher than it should be.
Here are some FAQs that we often get asked with regards to our deemed non-combustible aluminium composite panel, Vitracore G2. You might find this useful in evaluating our product as well as help you develop questions you could ask other manufacturers to gauge their compliancy with the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions of the BCA:
How can Vitracore G2 be an Aluminium Composite Panel and be used where a non-combustible product is required?
Visually, Vitracore G2 is the same as traditional composite panel; but what makes it different is the technology of the core, which is constructed from a 100% aluminium structure rather than combustible material.
What testing has Vitracore G2 undergone to be “deemed non-combustible”?
Vitracore G2 is deemed non-combustible in accordance with Clause C19.e(vi) of the BCA as each laminate (layer) has been tested in accordance with AS1530.1 and all of the other requirements of Clause C19.e(vi) are met.
Will I have to compromise my design to use Vitracore G2 or another non-combustible aluminium composite panel?
Visually Vitracore G2 looks and acts like traditional aluminium composite panel so there is no need to compromise on your design.
Choosing a compliant aluminium composite panel shouldn’t be a headache and hopefully we have helped in some way to demystify some of the misinformation in the market.
For more information on Vitracore G2 or if you’d like to get a quote, request a sample or technical data sheets then please contact our team or call direct 1800 007 175.
Following the most recent skyscraper fire in Dubai at Sulafa Tower that we recently commented on, it has now been reported that approximately 1,000 buildings in Dubai will be audited to confirm whether they comply with the new standards set out in the UAE’s new Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice.
A similar review was conducted by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) after the Lacrosse building fire in 2014. The external wall cladding audit, the first of its kind in Australia, found that 51% of the 170 building that they reviewed were non-compliant. However, it was determined that these non-compliant buildings did not pose a risk to the safety of occupants and only one required emergency action.
Builders in Victoria and other states much now evaluate the risks of past projects and, if they are found to have non-compliant ACP cladding, to manage the change-over to compliant cladding. Here’s a recent case study on how Commercial Building Contractors, SJ Higgins dealt with this particular issue on one of their projects, Monash House Private Hospital, Clayton VIC.
Through our dedication to continuous development of light-weight pre-finished cladding, we are pleased to announce the launch of Vitradual; our non-combustible aluminium cassette cladding system.
Designed to complement our existing Vitracore G2; Vitradual forms part of Fairview’s range of non-combustible aluminium composite panel solutions, as we continue to lead the industry in addressing the issue of combustible facades through providing innovative solutions.
Vitradual is a durable, high impact resistant, 3mm solid panel which can be curved, rolled and perforated. Vitradual features the same PPG PVDF coating system as Vitrabond; well proven for its superior quality, extensive colour range and integrity; unlike traditional 3mm powder coated aluminium.
Vitradual comes with the standard 15 year warranty.
In a move that heralds an exciting new chapter for the company, Fairview has launched a non-combustible ‘Deemed to Satisfy’ composite panel that industry experts believe will be a game changer for the Building and Construction industry.
Vitracore Generation 2 (G2), is a non-combustible panel with a profiled aluminium core; tested to AS1530.1. Visually, Vitracore G2 is the same as traditional composite panel; but what makes it different is the technology of the core, which is constructed from an aluminium structure rather than containing combustible material, such as polyethylene or fire rated material.
Fairview Managing Director, Andrew Gillies said the development of Vitracore G2 was in response to an obvious gap in the market, exposed by the media following last years’ highly publicized Lacrosse fire.
“The concerns regarding façade compliancy within the industry led to the need for the development of a non-combustible product that is not only complaint with the BCA without the limitations that are attached to traditional ACPs, but also offers the same aesthetic benefits as traditional ACP.
Fairview has worked tirelessly with various industry bodies to advance our existing Vitracore product in order to supply the market with a cost-effective, Deemed to Satisfy solution”, he said.
Vitracore G2 is the same to fabricate and install as traditional ACP, and utilises the PPG coating system; thus is available in the same extensive colour range as the company’s Vitrabond product.
“The technology of the core also allows continual production; providing an exceptionally consistent product”, Mr. Gillies said.
Operating in the commercial building and construction industry for almost 30 years; Fairview has established itself as an industry leader within the field of prefinished façade products and cladding materials. Their expansion into North America and the United Kingdom, along with the exponential growth of their suite of quality façade solutions; also triggered the recent unveil of a new look and corresponding website.
Suggested to have been an extensive process spanning a period of 12 months, Mr. Gillies explained the new look as a design for the future.
“This new approach allows us to better house the extensive suite of products we both manufacture and distribute, and more effectively represents the innovative and professional company we have become, without alienating the family-owned nature of the business”, he said.
The supply of Vitracore G2 has commenced for a number of projects across the eastern sea board. The Product Assessment stipulating Vitracore G2’s compliance as a non-combustible product, is available for review by contacting the team at Fairview.
For further information, please contact:
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0401 526 683