When it comes to purchasing windows for bushfire-prone areas, builders and home-owners shouldn’t leave anything to chance. It’s paramount to the occupants’ safety that they choose windows and door systems that comply with Australian Bushfire Standard AS3959:2009. Further, if the buildings occupants wish to avoid the need for bushfire resistant shutters and/or steel or brass screens attached to their windows on properties with Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL) between 12.5 and 40, they must chose windows which have been tested to AS1503.8.1: 2007.
Standards are a complex set of minimum guidelines for manufacturers to adhere. Installing products that have neglected to meet the most stringent of testing requirements could be fraught with danger and possibly put lives at risk.
For instance, windows and door systems to be used in areas with a rating of BAL-12.5 to BAL-40 must be tested to AS1530.8.1 if they are to avoid AS3959:2009’s requirement of external bushfire shutters or screens.
Testing is time-consuming and expensive but Australian company Miglas has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure its Miglas FireGuard 40™ windows and door systems comply with the latest safety standards to give residents greater peace of mind.
The company has sought independent testing by Exova Warrington Fire in Dandenong, Victoria. Exova Warrington Fire is a registered testing authority as required by the Standard and is the only Australian testing laboratory accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to test to AS1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2.
“To date, we believe Miglas FireGuard 40™ is the only bushfire window and door product to achieve such a rating from Exova Warrington Fire,” said Miglas Managing Director Anatol Miglas.
Developed, designed and manufactured in Australia, Miglas FireGuard 40™ was the first window company to use Viridian’s new PyroGuard 40 IGU (insulated glass unit); the double glazed window works twice as hard, to not only provide fire protection but also to guarantee maximum energy performance. Miglas FireGuard 40™ is approved for use on sites up to and including BAL-40, meaning it can withstand 40kW/m2 of radiant heat flux.
“In fact, the Miglas FireGuard 40™ was tested to 50kW/m2. The integrity of the units remained intact, a further testament to the research and development of the Viridian and Miglas project team,” said Mr Miglas.
AS 3959:2009, Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas, was updated earlier this year in response to the devastating bushfires in Victoria. Implemented by Victoria and ACT governments immediately, the standard has been accepted by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and will be referenced in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2010, at which time all other states will be subject to the standard.
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