Fire Retardant External Fabrics

Fire Retardant External Fabrics

As a result of new legislation arising from cladding defects in the Grenfell Towers in London, there are many external awnings on or around the structures of Class 2 to 9 buildings that are not in compliance with new standards.

The Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia has worked with a national firm of Fire Consultants to develop a standard template for the “Performance Solution,” which, provided a checklist is satisfied, and the materials used comply with stringent results of AS 1530 part II and III fire tests, can be applied with delegated approval to these particular projects.

Performance Solution

The “Performance Solution” process should be used to satisfy Certifiers and Body Corporates that the fire risk is ameliorated; however, there is no 100% guarantee that the certifier will accept the “Performance Solution”.

In case you have bought any awnings from us, there’s a chance we can provide you or your customers with fire safety certificates that meet the latest standards. If you require a substitute or replacement, we have a wide range of products that might suit your client’s needs. If you require a new fabric skin to comply, then we also might be able to help you. We can provide you with a Performance Solution for just $500.

You can view our Aluminium range of awning hoods on the following page: Call us to get a quote.

We have approved fire-rated fabrics that can be adapted to any of our range of fabric awnings. Call us to make a quote.

Noosa Screens and Curtains is a leading Textile and Metal awning company in Noosa, Australia. With a robust industry presence and a dedicated team of 23 professionals, we’re here to assist you with all your requirements. Feel free to reach out if you have any inquiries – we’re more than happy to help.

In Summary:  All levels above level two, including ground level, should have NO external blinds, including straight drop (Zip type) and Folding arm awnings or other fabric canopies attached to the external walls unless they are non-flammable. The definition of a product that is non-flammable requires the substance to withstand 750 degrees for 30 minutes. In short, NOTHING containing combustible material from the third floor and above will be approved.

The first two levels can have fire-retardant fabrics. Certifiers have the ability to provide compliance certificates to any existing structure. The original supplier must provide an FR rating for the fabric used in that product and the appropriate application made to a certifier in order for the awning to remain. The Certifier can approve or disapprove most applications with a common-sense approach. If we have installed a product for you, then we may be able to provide you with a flammability test report for your client’s awnings or replace them with approved fabrics. Refer to the attached Advisory note or refer to C1.10 of the national Construction code.

We recommend that you always consult your preferred Certifier before installing any awning on your Class 2 to 9 building and contact them to clarify what can and can’t be installed.

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