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Suppliers providing fire-test data on substrate products: ASGA

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association, which held nationwide meetings to address concerns over new building code legislation relating to ACM cladding, says supplier companies are now providing fire-test results on substrate products to its members.

installing ACM cladding photo Bentleigh Group
  Installing ACM cladding signage

“ASGA has now concluded meetings in all states where the new Fire and Building Regulations and the consequent implications for the signage industry were discussed,” ASGA GM Michael Punch said in a statement.  “At those meetings there was feedback from signmakers, sign installers and industry suppliers.  In some cases a fire engineer and regulator were present.

“The strong feeling at the end of these sessions was a unity of purpose and a sense of ownership of the challenges that lie ahead for the sign industry. To that end, a number of supplier companies are now providing fire-test results on their substrate products and are happy to offer those tests to ASGA.  One thing has become clear – it will always be important for sign companies to ask questions of their product suppliers as they keep abreast of the relevant building requirements and product developments.”

Punch says only association members will have access to information shared at ASGA meetings held around the country over the past month.

“Membership of ASGA has taken on special significance given that a summary of the deliberations from these valuable interactive sessions will be available in the MEMBERS ONLY area of the website, together with any product advice or test results coming from industry suppliers,” he said. 

Contact Michael Punch, ASGA General Manager, to discuss membership.   

A panel discussion on the topic will take place at PrintEx19 in Sydney on Friday 16th August at 3.30pm – 4.30pm. 

The new Building Construction Code was introduced last year to limit the spread of fires caused by ACM cladding sheets on the outside of buildings. ACM, commonly used in indoor and outdoor signage applications, has a polyethylene core sandwiched between two thin aluminium panels.

Local councils have begun ordering removal of flammable ACM cladding from apartment buildings.