Warringtonfire, part of Element Materials Technology, has completed the latest stage of investment at its fire testing laboratory in Melbourne, Australia. Warringtonfire has an established presence in Australia with significant test capabilities at the NATA-accredited Melbourne laboratory in addition to consulting offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.
The project involved an upgrade of its façade testing facilities, with the addition of a roof and smoke extraction system over the test rig completing the project. The rig supports testing for AS 5113 / BS 8414, a large-scale test that determines the behaviour of an overall external cladding system, rather than examining individual components. The improvements ensure that test programs can remain on schedule, shortening the laboratory’s overall turnaround times and delivering service levels that Warringtonfire’s customers expect.
Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire & Building Products at Element, said: “The improved facilities in Melbourne provide added protection from variable weather conditions, which avoids consequent delays. This investment ensures that the comprehensive service we offer to our customers is in line with the quality of the testing we perform.”
On Thursday 6 December 2018, Warringtonfire opened its laboratory to industry delegates from around Australia for an AS5113 Façade Information Day. The full day event was held onsite at the laboratory and was hosted by Kjetil Pedersen, Victorian Consulting Manager. Laboratory tours allowed guests to view multiple furnace types and discuss test scenarios for various Australian Standards. Presentations were made throughout the day by guest speakers including Bronwyn Weir (Director Weir & Associates) and Amanda Wellesley (Victorian Building Authority), in addition to Warringtonfire’s own experts. Steven Halliday demonstrated the lesser known AS5113 Building to Building test process while Anthony Rosamilia presented the upgraded AS5113 External Wall façade facility.
A highlight of the day was a live AS5113 façade test which comprised of a 100% polyethylene core ACP cassette system. Guests were able to see first-hand how this material may react with a short but impressive display. Warringtonfire looks forward to offering further learning opportunities to industry members including a Façade Information Day in 2019 (utilising an FR product), as well as a focus on Bushfire testing in accordance with AS1530.8.1 later this year.