Take a read of all the latest articles written by Trafalgar Group owner, John Rakic.

Latest Article:

Open State Cavity Barriers for Use Behind Cladding on Australian Buildings

By John Rakic

This technical overview has been prepared in response to some confusion around the use of so called “open state” cavity barriers used to help compartmentalise the cavity behind cladding on our Australian buildings. There is no doubting the fact that cavity barriers are required, and architects, façade consultants, fire safety engineers and building surveyors are all specifying or asking for cavity barriers. There’s some confusion around what to specify, what performance is needed and how they comply with NCC. 

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Cavity Barriers and Their Application Here in Australia

By John Rakic

Passive fire compartments, fire containment barriers and separate fire cells (or zones) are well known in the industry. For those who don't know, the principles are relatively simple; if a fire breaks out in one part of a building, we want to contain the fire to that part of the building using fire walls, floors, ceilings, shafts and other so called “fire stopping” products and systems. Most passive fire protection systems have detailed fire test methods, allowing fire ratings to be deduced for regulatory purposes. The required Fire Resistance Levels (FRLs) are provided in the National Construction Code (NCC), based on the class of building (use) and type of construction (rise in storeys).

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Fire Regulatory Change and Cladding Recommendations

Building Regulations historically have changed following public disdain for multiple fatality tragedies and typically in the wake of these tragedies... Read more.

Fire Rated Board

There is a lot of confusion about so called “fire rated boards” and I think it is prudent to discuss a little about fire ratings and the use of so-called fire rated board products... Read more.

Part 2: Understanding Fire Rated Access Panels

The NCC in Australia has made it clear; fire testing needs to be current and conducted in accordance with the latest version fo the fire test standard, AS1530 Part 4 - 2014... Read more.

Part 1: Understanding Fire Rated Access Panels

The NCC is Australia has made it clear; fire testing needs to be current and conducted in accordance with AS1530 Pat 4 – 2014... Read more.

Electrical Services Passing Through Fire Rated Barriers

We have all heard all the fuss about so called combustible cladding on buildings here in Australia, and some of us would have seen the tragic events unfold... Read more.

Fire Collars

There is more to compliance than just whacking a fire collar on a plastic pipe and walking away. This article is written to assist those working with fire collars... Read more.

NCBP Debacle

There would not be too many people who have not heard about the tragic events of the Grenfell fire which took the lives of so many innocent people in the UK... Read more.

Passive Fire Protection of Steel Structures

As I sit at my trusty laptop, on Sunday morning, watching the sunrise through my window, I take a moment to stop and pay my respects... Read more.

The new passive fire protection landscape in Australia

NCC2022 is all but here; do you know what all the fuss is about and what other NCC changes have been implemented pertaining to FRL’s? This is article is a MUST read... Read more.

Fire Rated Joints in Walls and Floors

Control, movement or expansion joints are an important part of good building practice. They are used to allow for movement and expansion and stop unsightly cracking... Read more.

Holy, whole and holes?

Whether you are the builder, plumber, electrician, mechanical services contractor or anyone involved with building services, this should be a useful guide to understanding the BASIC questions... Read more.

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