Effective 1st May 2006, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) – Class 2 – 9 Buildings, calls for specific requirements regarding Fire Ratings of floor coverings that supercede the requirements of AS/NZS 1530.3. The new testing regime is referred to as:
AS/ISO 9239-1: 2003 Reaction to fire tests for floorings – Part 1: Determination of the burning behaviour using a radiant heat source.
This Standard calls for samples to undergo a series of controlled simulative tests, including the Critical Heat Flux Test / Critical Radiant Flux Test. In addition, the Specification sets a maximum limit of 750%-min for smoke generation in occupancies not fitted with sprinkler systems that comply with Specxifdicxation E1.5 of the BCA Specification.
Product Tested Critical Heat Flux Mean Smoke Development Rate
Readyflor Uniclic with SRT Coating 6.5 kW/m² 13%-min
Timber Uniclic 4.6 kW/m² 13%-min
With these results, it is believed that Uniclic Timber can be used in an Class 2-9 Building in terms of Fire Rating Requirements. Copies of test reports or information on the Smoke Developed, Spread of Flame, Heat Evolved or Ignitablity Indicies is available by contacting your local Premium Floors Office.
The information provided above has been simplified for easier understanding. Information regarding specific requirements for any use and regulations should be sought from the services of an appropriate professional.
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