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Suffocating High Rise Fire Spencer St Melbourne

Supplier: FireCrunch Australia
14 February, 2019

The fire initiated on a 22nd-floor balcony of the Spencer Street building shortly before 6:00am, and eventually spread up the exterior of the building to the 27th floor.

Fire disaster strikes once again from the installation and usage of unsuitable aluminum cladding façade panels with highly inflammable polyethylene cores in a high-rise Melbourne apartment complex in Spencer St.

The danger spread rapidly from the highly combustible external cladding.

The culprit, a lit cigarette. This unfortunate occurrence resembles the fire that spread and took the lives of 72 residents in the UK at the Grenfell tower, due to malfunctioning cladding and poorly installed fire boards.

The real question is how these products were passed and certified for use in each case where fire certification, certified proof of capability under the ABCB Codemark (DTS) or approval by fire engineers in alternative systems is mandatory under the NCC National Construction Code.

Investigations to date have not identified one certifier or fire engineer who approved such materials and installation which is an integral progression in the construction approval process for each building and a public record. Appropriate criminal charges should be laid against those responsible and the manufacturers and suppliers of these products knowing the danger of combustion. The 4 Corners programme in 2018 invited a prominent Fire Engineer to comment in Melbourne who considered each panel on the London and Melbourne fires had the equal of 4 litres of petrol.

FIRECRUNCH AUSTRALIA PL

FireCrunch is major and responsible supplier of fire tested building products in Australia and we can assure the public that not only are our products tested to the BCA ratings required but that we are still required to supply all that same supporting and up to date certification every time for every project. 

Notably these inflammable facade panels were mainly supplied by some of Australia's largest building industry manufacturers or suppliers and readers of this may well ask how this "massive oversight" occurred in such a, so called, highly regulated industry concerned with safety and we leave that to your consideration as to what Government has done through the ABCB to address these companies and executives concerned 

Sahil Bhasin, a respected forensic building inspector mentioned that images of the tower's exterior suggested there was a line of flammable cladding in panels where the fire broke out. 

He stated that: 

"This building is extremely safe, it's around 90 per cent made out of concrete panel construction, there's only about a 10 per cent mix of ACP panels. They are sadly exactly where this fire broke out."

WHY CHOOSE FIRE CRUNCH?

Because FireCrunch completely eliminates any kind of external combustion in Hi Rise building facades and elsewhere

AUSTRALIAN FIRE TESTED BY NATA LABS CSIRO AND OTHERS

  1. FireCrunch HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO NUMEROUS AGGRESSIVE FURNACE FIRE SYSTEMS TESTS CARRIED OUT BY THE NATA LABS CSIRO TO MEET BCA STANDARDS REQUIRED BY THE (ABCB) AUSTRALIAN BUILDING CODES BOARD CANBERRA. FireCrunch is totally non-combustible and is new age 21st century fire cladding, magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) COMPOSITE building board of high tensile strength SEE CERTIFICATION AND CSIRO FIRE TEST REPORTS WEB SITE firecrunch.com.au/certification
  1. HAD FireCrunch PRODUCTS BEEN SELECTED FOR EXTERIOR FAÇADE PANELS IN THE 3000 PLUS BUILDINGS SO FAR IDENTIFIED IN AUSTRALIA AS BEING IN NEED OF AN AUDIT, NONE OF THESE 3 MAJOR AUSTRALIAN, EXTERNAL FAÇADE FIRES WOULD HAVE OCCURRED
  2. FireCrunch HAS BEEN FIRE SYSTEM TESTED UNDER THE MOST AGGRESSIVE AS 1530.4 -14 BY NATA LABS CSIRO IN 3M X 3M FURNACE TESTS TO 1000 DEG C FOR 90 MINUTES USING SINGLE 10MM THICK SHEET
  3. AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS FIRE TESTS NON-COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS, SYSTEMS TESTS

AND SMOKE RELEASE TESTS

  • AS1530.1
  • AS1530.4
  • AS 3837

 

TOTALLY NON-COMBUSTIBLE AT ALL REGARDLESS OF PERIOD EXPOSED CAPABILITY

TO 90 MINUTES IN SINGLE 10mm SHEET SYSTEM TEST ON STEEL AND TIMBER FRAMING

  • Fire resistant to extremely high temperatures (1200ºC).
  • FRL tested to 120 minutes
  • Non-combustible (AS/NZS 1530.1).
  • System tested AS1530.4-14
  • Low thermal conductivity ~0.44 (W/mk).

As stated above, these are a few of the key points and attributes our fire-resistant building boards provide. With our professional and experienced team here at FireCrunch, we provide you with the necessary accurate advice and guidance to ensure you get the most out of your fireproof building board specification every time. Fire Safety is the predominant aim of the Firecrunch FCA product range, wall ceilings, floors, decks, fire wall penetrations, fire collars, and most fire rated construction configuration. FCA FireCrunch fire resistant building board has most of the answers.

With the use and installation of materials administered by FireCrunch, we guarantee that fire safety is at an all time high. With contemporary and innovative fire-retardant solutions, we are committed to the manufacture of our building board range in an environmentally and planet friendly fashion.

We have successfully established a powerful and responsible image in the Australian building market for fire tested building materials with high Eco values "low carbon footprint" and no destruction of oxygen generating trees to make weak paper lined plaster board.

For more information on how we can aid you and provide state of the art fire resistant boards and cladding, for your new or renewal or replacement fire panel facades with NATA labs tested fire resistant cladding feel free to contact us directly and liaise with a friendly and knowledgeable member of our staff.

 

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