Ferm Engineering and partners utilise the Society of Fire safety (SFS) 3-step assessment process for investigation, testing and risk reporting of Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) or Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) and EPS cladding systems to meet State legislative requirements and the disclosure necessary for the insurance policies of building owners.
The SFS Guidance Note on Cladding is sanctioned with the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) for ACP cladding assessments and structured in a 3-step evaluation process, which includes defined methods of investigation and documentation of the walls systems, recording product data and testing of fire properties and the reporting risk levels and mitigation options.
FERM Engineering had developed a strict code for the chain of custody review to ensure integrity of the property data. Three ACP or ACM 50mm sized samples will be taken from each suspect section of wall cladding or ACP type to determine the composition of its core material for combustibility. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation and coating are also cut-out in discrete locations to test. The sample groups are processed by partner test agencies to understand the fire risk potential, with registered distribution and returns for reports to follow “Chain of Custody” policy.
Our research team and engineers make regular and extensive consultation with the Insurance industry, Government agencies and legal process advisors, to follow the SFS guide outlines and we monitor and adjust our methods for this important fire safety issue. The state regulators have been unable to agree on a common approach, so we have developed our own undertaking of assessing state laws in a client review matrix.
A matrix of laws and statutory reporting has been researched and we present this in our “The Cladding Trap” guide for Owners, Insurance representatives to gain some comparative knowledge of these ACP audit processes.
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