A common question is what fire test is required for my building material?
The test that is required depends on the end use of the material. The pass/fail criteria for the test depends on the building type and where in that building the product is installed. In Australia all of this information can be found in the National Construction Code (NCC), with the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions for Fire Hazard Properties of linings, materials, and assemblies for Class 2-9 Buildings found in Volume 1, Specification C1.10.
The NCC is available for download from here: http://www.abcb.gov.au/Resources/NCC
The tests that are required for the applicable end uses under this specification are:
- Floor linings and floor coverings - AS/ISO 9239.1 (Critical Heat Flux (CHF)/ Critical Radiant Flux (CRF)
- Wall linings and ceiling linings - AS 5637.1 (Group Number via AS/ISO 9705 or AS/NZS 3837/ISO 5660)
- Air handling ductwork - AS 4254.1 (requires AS/NZS 1530.3 and UL 181 Burn test)
- Sarking type materials - AS 1530.2
- Attachments to internal floors, walls, and ceilings - AS/NZS 1530.3
- Insulation - AS/NZS 1530.3
- Fixed seating (including upholstery) - AS/NZS 1530.3
- Proscenium curtains - AS/NZS 1530.3
AWTA Product Testing can provide testing to AS/ISO 9239.1, AS 5637.1, AS 4254.1, AS 1530.2 and AS/NZS 1530.3. Please note that AS 5637.1 is carried out in accordance with AS/NZS 3837 or ISO 5660, and these test methods can only be used to predict a Group Number for certain materials.
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