In many instances ceramic tile suppliers have been requested to provide fire ratings for ceramic tiles and the like. Fire ratings are required by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to ensure that if a building is on fire, that the material does not significantly increase the spread or intensity of a fire. The fire ratings are generally required for new building work or major refurbishments as part of council requirements.
But why do we need our ceramic tiles and the like to have fire rating certificates when we all know that ceramics are a fire resistant material, being fired at over 1000 degrees?
The cost of conducting fire ratings for every project sounds daunting, however the NSW amendment of the Building Code of Australia 1.10 states that the requirements of do not apply if it is ceramic tile or the like and are considered ‘deemed to satisfy' under the provision of the Building Code of Australia.
For more information on fire ratings for ceramic tiles or other tile testing or consulting, please contact Safe Environments in our Sydney or Melbourne office listed below.
Phone 02 9624 2600
Unit 6 The Hub, 128 Station Road
Seven Hills NSW 2147
Phone 03 9604 0700
Level 7, 552 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Sydney 02 9624 2600
Melbourne 03 9604 0700