“With recent testing of Vivad's long term frontlit and backlit banner vinyl, we have learned that without any modification these products already successfully achieve a Group 1 classification,” says Vivad MD Ewen Donaldson.
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“Understandably, some people in the signage industry might be a little perplexed trying to comprehend the building regulations when they want to apply a banner or a light box to the side of a building,” Donaldson says.
“In recent years there has been a lot of commotion caused by flammable aluminium cladding. This has resulted in a number of changes to the regulations. These changes have affected where and how you can fix a banner, sign or light box to a building.
“In August this year, the ABCB released an advisory note which talks specifically about signage and what you need to do, in order to meet the National Construction Code NCC.”
In order to comply to the code, the sign must comply with all four of the following points:
• achieves a group number of 1 or 2; and
• does not extend beyond one storey; and
• does not extend beyond a single fire compartment; and
• is separated from other combustible signs by at least two storeys in the vertical direction.
“The good news on the first point is that with recent testing of Vivad's long term frontlit and backlit banner vinyl, we have learned that without any modification, these products already successfully achieve a Group 1 classification,” says Donaldson. “On the other three points, well, that will be up to the design of the sign.
“This should come as good news to the industry as it provides clarity on what is allowed, it is not too restrictive and it is easy to follow.”
For more detail, read the National Construction Code advisory note.
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In order to test the heat and smoke released during combustion, these materials are tested to by the AWTA to AS/NZ 3837:1995 the results are used to determine a group number for the standard AS 5637.1:2015