XFLAM is a new generation of fire resistant insulation material that is highly suitable as a core in insulated panel systems. Manufactured in a proven lamination process XFLAM insulated panel provides outstanding fire performance, excellent structural strength and advanced thermal performance. As a syntactic foam, XFLAM is safe to work with, has low toxicity and is completely recyclable.
XFLAM has advanced thermal ratings that do not diminish, high 'R' values are achieved using standard insulated panel thicknesses, easily surpassing the requirements of the NZBC.
Tested and rated under the AS1530.4 and ISO 9705 for fire resistance and flashover. XFLAM panels are easily incorporated into the designs of fire cells and internal and external walls requiring a FRR.
In the event of a fire incident, fire does not spread in the core and the behavior of the core is limited to charring. The low generation of smoke and spread characteristics contribute to the added safety for the building occupants and property.
The lightweight nature of XFLAM panel ensures that in the event of an earthquake the lateral loadings are minimal. Occupant safety is high and property damage is negligible due to the high bracing capacity and inherent strength of the steel skins and XFLAM core.
XFLAM panel has superior spanning capabilities in comparison to other products in the market, resulting in reduced structural requirements, faster build times and a greater usable space.
As the lowest density fire rated insulation core on the market, less XFLAM material is required in the panel which reduces the building mass and embodied energy. Recyclability of the panel core and steel faces ensures less waste product is sent to landfill.
VALUE FOR MONEY
XFLAM is a competitive price solution for fire resistant insulations, the speed of build and benefit of NZ manufacturing ensures BondorNZ systems are installed without delay.
INSURANCE AND PEACE OF MIND
XFLAM Insulated panel are the first panels in NZ and Australia to Achieve FM accreditation for the following standards:
- FM 4880 // Internal wall and ceilings (class 1) Unlimited heights
- FM 4881 // Exterior walls
- FM 4471 // Roof Systems
These tests for accreditation are undertaken at FM Global's testing facility in Rhode Island, New York, and determine a products Performance under various fire and environmental conditions.
BondorNZ can provide you with the right information around insulated panel construction and systems. We can advise on correct installation methods and provide detailing to meet FM accreditation and compliance to the requirement of the NZ building code. We can also assist in identifying panel systems used in buildings and consult on best industry practice. Our core values are that our staff are reliable, accessible, knowledgeable and personally dedicated. Please contact our staff at any time.
SPRINKLERS AND FIRE DESIGN
While sprinklers and wall drenching systems offer considerable fire protection and comfort, in some instances they are not practical or feasible to install. In sprinklered or unsprinklered situations BondorNZ has a number of systems that will comply with the Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 to C/AS7 for the NZBC clauses C1 to C6: Protection from Fire. When building with features or systems outside.
FIRE SPREAD AND FIRE RESISTANCE RATINGS (FRR)
Prudent fire design recognises the provisioning for fire cells, the control of internal and external fire spread. To prevent fire spread, building elements are required to have fire resistance ratings (FRR), the level of FRR depends on the risk group of the building defined in C/AS1 to C/AS7. XFLAM panel has been tested under the AS1530.4 to achieve the Following FRRs (table 1). Where the first indices is a structural element independently rated by others. XFLAM panel is ideal for creating fire cells, fire compartments and fire walls.
SURFACE LININGS AND FLASHOVER
When foamed plastic insulated panels (including PIR, PUR and EPS) are use to form a wall, ceiling or roof system then the panel system is required to meet a surface finish Group Number under ISO9705. This is required regardless of whether the building is sprinklered or unsprinklered, but is typically lower in non-sprinklered buildings. XFLAM has been tested under ISO9750 and achieves the highest possible classification of group 1-S. BondorNZ can also provide construction detailing and supported documentation to achieve Group 1-S using BondorNZ’s EPS panel systems.
Through proper management and housekeeping the risk of fire can be significantly reduced. Many easy and cost effective approached can be implemented.
- Have adequate fire extinguishers and hose reels - with staff trained in the correct procedures.
- Have approved hot and cold work systems.
- Ensure that all goods stored internally are at least 1.0m clear of all panels and fire exits.
- Ensure that all electrical equipment is in good working order and include an annual and documented inspection regime.
- Keep heating equipment clear of any panel
- Switchboards should not be mounted onto insulated panel. Relocate or isolate. These are hot spots and potential sources of combustion.
- Remove all waste and combustible materials immediately from site.
- Store hazardous liquids and chemicals in approved containers
- Prohibit smoking near insulated panel.
- Don't refuel any vehicle with liquid fuels or gases against panel structure.
- Forklift recharging should have a min. 3.0m clear fire break in all directions.
- Do Not store any items in the roof or ceiling space
- Avoid penetration of the panel .
- Use independently supported surface mounted fixings or conduits.
- Route any cabling on the on the surface of the panel in metal conduit.
- Repair any damaged panel immediately. Where penetration is unavoidable always use fire rated collars or approved conduits, and flashings to protect exposed core materials in the panel.
- Take care with heated flues or piping that penetrate any panel. Best practice is to use a non-combustible material in the area of penetration. Alternatively remove the core material around the flue or pipe and leave an air gap, flash any exposed core. This activity should be supported by a fire report.
- Do not use nylon bolts
- Support panels off main structures, not off other panels.
- Do not use panels as a support for pipe works, sprinklers, air conditioning, refrigeration or other loads.
- For new construction use XFLAM panel core
- Provide breaks by replacing sections of combustible panel with XFLAM panel.
- Create fire cells using XFLAM panel.
- Ensure that panel is installed as per the design and drawings and relevant producer statements.
- All materials stored externally must be located more than 10.0 m from the building unless sprinklers are present.
- Record, document and review all housekeeping and risk management procedures regularly.