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Technical Data Sheet – Vacuum Insulated Panels

Application to Fire Hazard Assessment Va-Q-vip

1.4    APPLICATION TO FIRE HAZARD ASSESSMENT

The test results relate only to the behaviour of the test specimens of the material under the particular conditions of the test, and are not intended to be the sole criteria for assessing the potential fire hazard of the material in use.

The test method is not applicable to products which are coated, faced or laminated. In such cases, tests may be carried out separately on the individual materials from which the product is formed and this shall be clearly stated in the test report.

NOTE: The performance of coated, faced or laminated products may be determined by other reaction to fire tests

Although the core is non-combustible and would likely pass AS1530.1, the vacuum panels by definition are a laminated product and thus cannot be tested to AS1530.1

The route for compliance would be via C1.9 (e) (vii) show below.

To create the vacuum the core is wrapped in a foil product. To maintain integrity of the film and protect the vacuum the foil is faced with a plastic based protective film. Because of this, the VIP panels will not meet the current deemed to satisfy requirements of the NCC 2016 Amendment 1.

The pathway for C1.9 (e) (vii) has been removed from the Draft of 2019 which if approved will mean no multi-layer laminate products can be used as part of its wall construction regardless.

Under the EUROCLASS rating, these products are considered as (DIN 4102) B2 so a fire engineer may consider as part of alternative solutions.

The only AS1530.1 compliant insulation products that are available and I am aware of are Rockwool and very few Glasswool type products such as DCT Terra Vento. http://www.dctech.com.au/dct-vento-r/

C1.9 Non-combustible building elements

(a) In a building required to be a Type A or B construction, the following building elements and their components must be non-combustible:

(i) External walls and common walls, including all components incorporated in them including the façade covering, framing and insulation.

(ii) The flooring and floor framing of lift pits.

(iii) Non-loadbearing internal walls where they are required to be fire-resisting.

(b) A shaft, being a lift, ventilating, pipe, garbage, or similar shaft that is not for the discharge of hot products of combustion that is non-loadbearing, must be of non-combustible construction in

i) A building required to be of Type A construction; and

ii) A building required to be Type B construction, subject to C2, 10, in –

NCC 2016 Building Code of Australia – Volume One Amendment 1


FIRE RESISTANCE


Deemed to Satisfy Provisions

a) a Class 2, 3 or 9 building; and

b) a Class 5, 6, 7 or 8 building if the shaft connects more than 2 storeys.

c) A loadbearing internal wall and a loadbearing fire wall, including those that are part of a loadbearing shaft, must comply with Specification C1.1.

d) The requirements of (a) and (b) do not apply to gaskets, caulking, sealants and damp-proof courses.

e) The following materials may be used wherever a non-combustible material is required.

(i) Plasterboard

(ii) Perforated gypsum lath with a normal paper finish

(iii) Fibrous-plaster sheet

(iv) Fibre-reinforced cement sheeting

(v) Pre-finished metal sheeting having a combustible surface finish not exceeding 1mm thickness and where the Spread-of-Flame Index of the bonded laminated material as a whole do not exceed 0.

(vi) Bonded laminated materials where –

  1. Each lamina, including any core, is non-combustible; and
  2. Each adhesive layer does not exceed 1mm in thickness and the total thickness of the adhesive layers does not exceed 2mm; and
  3. The Spread-of-Flame Index and the Smoke-Developed Index of the bonded laminated material as a whole do not exceed 0 and 3 respectively.