Aluminium Composite Material Cladding – ACM – Is your Aluminium Composite Cladding Safe?
Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) Wall Cladding
Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) wall cladding could be a potential fire hazard. After Melbourne’s Lacrosse building fire in 2014, ICPS Australia and the Queensland University of Technology’s Science and Engineering Faculty joined forces to provide a professional, independent aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding investigation, material characterisation test and assessment service.
Building cladding investigation
ICPS provides a building investigation service that includes non compliant building products technical advice, fire audits and a building investigation to assist in the identification and mitigation of any adverse exposure from the ACP wall, whose core material and associated material(s) are deemed combustible.
ACP Cladding and Non Compliant Products Assessment Process
ICPS Australia’s service comprises three stages but can be modified to suit your specific needs:
1) ICPS will perform physical inspection of the premises and collection of samples for testing. Other basic visual assessments can also be undertaken in isolation as a precursor.
2) Second stage – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) sample testing is undertaken using small samples of the ACP cladding taken from the building to determine the composition of its core material for combustibility.
3) Lastly, ICPS ACP wall cladding report on combustibility is prepared. ICPS Australia’s reporting process is to inform clients of the levels of combustibility identified in the test and a pathway for further action.
Next steps: If the cladding is found to be combustible cladding, ICPS Australia can implement further work that comprises a graduated menu of building design review, fire safety advice, fire engineer audits, and recommendations on suitable mitigation or remedial action.
Insurers, Building owners, Strata Managers and Body Corporates / Owners Corporations may also seek assessments of existing and newly constructed strata buildings to determine if your architectural façade cladding meets Australian standards and the original design documentation.
ICPS Strategic partners who help the success of ICPS Australia’s services are Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering; Science and Engineering Faculty – research and product testing and FERM Engineering – Fire engineering solutions.
Contact ICPS Australia for a quote. ph: 1300 395 505