Miglas Windows - First to Meet New Bushfire Standard
In a world first, following many months of research and product testing, Victorian based window manufacturer, Miglas High Performance Windows, has developed a bushfire resistant window and door system that complies with the new Australian Bushfire Standard AS 3959:2009.
Successfully tested to the new Australian test standard AS 1530.8.1, Miglas FireGuard 40 is currently the only window and door product series to achieve compliance with AS 3959:2009, Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas, without the need for external screen or bushfire shutters. Developed, designed and manufactured in Australia, Miglas Fireguard 40 has undergone rigorous testing by the Exova Warrington Fire testing laboratory in Dandenong, Victoria, to be approved for use on sites with a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) of up to and including BAL-40.
Miglas Fireguard 40 timber-aluminum composite windows and doors feature aluminum externally to protect from ignition, while internally, timber provides thermal insulation and stability. PyroGuard 40 from Australian glass manufacturer, Viridian, completes the product’s bushfire resistant status by providing a solid barrier against radiant heat transfer and embers.
Homes with a site rating higher than BAL-LOW that do not use AS 3959:2009 compliant windows are required to install metal screens in order to meet the standard, which can result in homes having a prison like atmosphere. Using Miglas FireGuard 40, there is no need for such screens and home occupants can continue to reap the benefits of windows and doors, such as natural light, ventilation and unobstructed views to the outdoors. Available Australia wide, Miglas FireGuard 40 includes awning windows, casement windows and fixed windows as well as hinged doors and sliding doors, providing a range of options to suit any home. The products have been tested in excess of the size required by the standard to a maximum of 2.4m x 2.6m to provide a product that caters for modern architectural demands.
“Until now, people looking to build or rebuild in bushfire prone areas haven’t had access to window and door products that are able to provide a safe environment without compromising their home’s design,” says Anatol Miglas. “We’re happy to say that’s no longer the case; with Miglas FireGuard 40 we provide a fully tested window and door series that does not require additional screening, even in bushfire areas. By partnering with Viridian, who manufacture PyroGuard 40 at their recently upgraded Clayton facility, we were able to ensure FireGuard 40 is a 100% Australian designed and manufactured product.”
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.