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What you should understand about Cellulosic fires In Australia, fires can be classified in five distinct categories, determined by the agent that fuels them: Class A, Class B, Class C, Electrical, and Class F.
This system helps identify what is the best, or most suitable form of passive fire protection and what the FRL is.

Environmental benefits from using Thin film intumescents over alternatives The role of passive fire protection is to use resistance measures which forestall the spread of fire, and which resist ignition (burning). But which product offers the most environmental benefit? Read on to find out. 

Clear Timber Intumescent Coatings - Things to consider The use of prefabricated engineered timber in mid-rise, large-scale, and complex construction continues to gain momentum worldwide due to its sustainability/environmental credentials and cost efficiencies.
But what can you do to fire protect it, and what are the differences in material? Read more. 

Detection method of fireproof coating thickness for steel structures Currently, there are a myriad of coating thickness gauges suited for measuring the thickness of a fire rated coating applied to structural steel. In this blog we break it down. 

This entry was tagged : Char, "Passive Fire Protection", Tips

The value of CPD presentations

Posted: Mar 15, 2021

The value of CPD presentations The benefits of CPD can be seen from two perspectives – that of the employee, and that of the employer. It goes beyond just learning and development and is instrumental in building a happy and knowledgeable workforce with a great working relationship in a company between employees and employers. Learn why.

This entry was tagged : "Passive Fire Protection", Study, Tips

An overview of Steel fire protection Overall, due to continued improvement in formulation, application and performance intumescent coatings have become more accepted and more commonly used in recent years and are likely to only increase in use. In this blog we explain why.

Charring Rate of Timber

Posted: Feb 25, 2021

Charring Rate of Timber

With a green profile, timber – once shunned for steel – is again rising in popularity as it continues to offer a sound alternative to steel possibly offering incredible advantages moving into a sustainable future.

This week we wanted to take a deeper dive into fire protection for timber.

This entry was tagged : Char, "Green Building Construction"

Why the location and type of steel affects intumescent choice Steel is a very popular versatile, sustainable and flexible construction material. However, have you taken into consideration how the type and location of steel will affect the fire rated intumescent you want to use?

Fire Rating as Part of the Design Phase, Not the Build Phase At all times, we will advise clients and seek to educate engineers and architects, that choosing a fire protection system for steel structures is a complex issue that is best decided in the designing stage of a construction.
In this blog we explain why. 

This entry was tagged : Comparisons, PFP, Tips

Fireproofing wood structures - What you need to know Timber is one of the oldest known construction materials. However, do you know what products to use when it comes to fire rating interior structural timber? We break it down for you. 

This entry was tagged : "Green Building Construction", "Passive Fire Protection", "Sustainable Building"

Intumescent Coating Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis In September this year a report was released detailing the performance of and growth expectations for the intumescent industry. We thought we'd take a look at it for you and distill down the key takeouts.

The Components of an Intumescent Coating Where a hybrid intumescent is chosen as the preferred option there are multiple components which are involved. We have created a simple graphic to help explain. 

This entry was tagged : "Passive Fire Protection", SC902, Tips

Off-site steel fire rating – What you need to know The benefits of off-site construction are quite well documented, but in this blog we delve into it to help you understand the advantages, especially as concerns the application of fire-rating. 

This entry was tagged : Comparisons, "Passive Fire Protection", SC902

Non-compliant external cladding: The Implications for fire rating Let's investigate the link between cladding issues, their fire risks and the implications on passive fire rating in light of the high profile fires which ravaged several buildings over the years. 

This entry was tagged : "Passive Fire Protection", Tips

The thin line between specifications and requirements

In this article we deconstruct the difference between Specifications and Requirements and then take a look at what this means for fire rated protective coatings

This entry was tagged : Comparisons, "Passive Fire Protection", SC902, Tips

Considerations for selection of the right coating for the Fire Protection of Steel

Though it can be protected from fire by encasement in masonry, concrete, or plasterboard, it is important to remember that eventually steel will soften in fire. 

But what should you consider when selecting the right fire proof material?

This entry was tagged : "Passive Fire Rating", SC902, Tips

How preparation impacts performance

When it comes to fire rating, there is one core truth which overrides all else. If you fail to prepare the surface, the fireproof coating will not work to the level desired or required.
Through this article we thought we would point out a few things you should to consider prior to the application of any timber or steel fire rating coating:

This entry was tagged : "Passive Fire Protection", Tips

The Role of Steel Sections on the Use of Intumescents

Did you know that the thickness of any fire protection material such as an intumescent coating depends on a number of factors? There are a number of aspects you need to consider when choosing the right passive fire protection, and in this bog, we break it down for you. 

Why Passive Fire Protection Matters

When there is a fire, there are two systems which help combat the devastation: Active and Passive fire protection. Today we recap what Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is and the role it plays

This entry was tagged : Comparisons, "Passive Fire Protection", PFP

Requirements of Fire Rating for Steel

Steel may be an excellent construction material, but it can still be vulnerable to damage in the event of a fire. Learn about the fire rating requirements for steel and how fire-resistant paint can improve its performance.

Prevention Is Better Than the Cure - Fire Proofing a Building in Australia

The insurance industry exists for the purposes of helping people to protect themselves financially in a worst-case scenario, be that for cars, your health or life, building insurance or a myriad of other scenarios and assets. In fact, taking precautions is not only suggested, but we would go so far as to say, managing an accident before it even happens is smart planning. This is especially important in fire prevention. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about passive fire protection, building fire ratings, and other construction and fire related matters.

The Rise of CLT

Posted: Jul 13, 2020

The Rise of CLT

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is becoming an increasingly popular material in construction. In this blog we delve into why and as importantly, why you should consider it for your next project, how you can use fire-resistant paint for wood to make this material stronger and the advantages it offers.

Why Nullifire are at the forefront of Passive Fire Rating technology

At Permax, we offer more than just access to passive fire rating solutions and products. We offer products, expertise, fire engineering advice and product application. This means that we have exposure to many different product types let alone products.
What this gives us is deep insight into what the market has to offer allowing us to make determinations as the best products for the Australian market. Whilst we do not offer many of the products available elsewhere around the world, we do use and recommend a number of different Nullifire products and for good reason.

Fire Retardant Coatings - A Comparison

Vermiculite was once the reigning champion of the fire rating market/ And whilst it will always have a place, it is time for it to let other, newer and better alternatives shone. We cover why in this piece.. 

Water-based Intumescents: What You  Need to Know

Let’s start with the basics: There are solvent-based and water-based intumescents which exist in the market. Aside from the obvious comparisons between the two types, there are a number of other things people should know about water-based and not-for-steel intumescents.

What Makes a Good Fire Protection Coating?

As with all things in life, there are multiple opinions on what makes something good. When it comes to fire rating, there is no single treatment which everyone agrees on either. Some people focus on price, others on ease of application, others on suitability for conditions. And others again, on some combination of all these and more.
At Permax, we have our own beliefs, and we're going to share them with you. 

Why Australian Buildings Need Passive Fire Protection

The genre around buildings and construction or building maintenance are hardly "sexy" topics. So, it's no wonder that when it comes to building protection, fire rating hardly rates a mention (no pun intended). When you see scenes in a movie where a building is on fire, you see images of fire suppression systems (extinguishers, drenching systems, smoke alarms). These can be dramatised so they have appeal. But you never see a closeup of the steel stressing under heat. It is just not that exciting.
But exciting or not, it needs to be something you know about - so have a read and see what you pick up

The mechanics of Passive Fire Protection

Are you looking to find out an answer to a timeless question – what are intumescents? If so, then this is for you. We break down the science, the process and the advantages in this blog. 

This entry was tagged : Char, Comparisons, SC801, SC902

Sustainable Building Construction: Looking at the Future

Love her or hate her, people like Greta Thunberg are forcing people to talk about sustainability and the environment and this is in turn forcing industries to consider change. So how is the construction sector keeping up with calls for sustainability? We’re going to dive into it and give you some insight.

This entry was tagged : "Green Building Construction", Renewable, "Sustainable Building"

Five Fire Prevention Tips to Ensure Safety in your Building

The goal of a fire safety plan is to ensure that not only do you mitigate the risks of the fire, but most importantly, that you secure the highest chance of survival for all in the building. A key is to have a safety plan, to test it regularly and – though less discussed when it comes to talking about keeping people safe, making sure that you employ both active and passive fire protection systems to reinforce your structure’s fire safety. There are a few other tips which we think you may also want to consider.

We are at a stage where protection of our buildings and structures is no longer dependent on physical, tangible defence lines. Rather, through technology, we are now at a juncture where buildings themselves can alert us to what is going on, allowing faster, more rapid responses and fit-for-purpose action.

Using Bolt Caps for Fire Rating Extrusions

It is a given that fire protection on all structural steel is critically important. However, did you realise just how important the role of bolt caps are in ensuring that the steel is protected as much as it can be? 

Hydrocarbon Fire: Its Nature and the Dangers

In our blog published just last month, we delved into understanding what constitutes a cellulosic fire. It is only fitting then that this week, we stop to understand Hydrocarbon fires and why they are so very different to cellulosic ones

Cellulosic Fires: A Few Facts About Them

Cellulosic fire is a standard fire category that carries fire protection ratings of “A”, “B”, and “F”. But because technical things can get a touch overwhelming at times, we thought we’d break it down in this weeks’ blog. 

FPA Young Achiever of the Year Award - Samia Razzaque

Samia Razzaque - our Technical Services Manager - won the coveted Young Achiever of the Year Award this year and we couldn't be prouder! 

Green Construction in Focus: Lightweight Building Materials

With a growing push by governments and industry bodies around the world, the construction is seeing a shift to employ sustainable materials that help protect the environment in the long run. In this piece we take a deep dive into the changes which will impact your next project. 

Understanding the difference between Engineering and Fire Engineering

When people refer to fire engineering, they sometimes shorten it to just engineering, but the reality is the two terms are not interchangeable. In this article, we will tackle the broader definition of fire engineering, the associated tasks, and how it will greatly benefit you in building your structure so you can understand the difference to structural engineers.

Technological Advances That Will Impact the Buildings of Tomorrow

Although we can expect to see forward-looking buildings in terms of exterior aesthetics, the future of building construction will be founded on making work more efficient, environment-friendly, safe, and cost-effective by using a range of revolutionary technologies. Let's take a look at what they are.

Differences Between Cellulosic and Hydrocarbon Fires

The difference between Cellulosic fires and Hydrocarbon fires extends beyond the temperature and the fuel sources. Each of these fires has a unique behaviour which can be noted in duration, growth rate and peak combustion. In this piece we investigate the main differences.

The importance of top coat compatibility with your fire rated steel

If you are keen to learn what type of topcoats you should use for structural steel based on environmental exposure and the intumescent paint system being used, read on!

Why Fireproofing Is Not the Right Term to Use

Fire rated, that's the same as fire proof right? Actually, no, the term fire proof or fire proofing is incorrect and far from interchangeable with the term fire rated. In this blog we explain why and provide some insight into why you should never use the word fireproof ever again!

Keeping the Workplace 'Fireproof'

Posted: May 15, 2019

Keeping the Workplace 'Fireproof'

All in all, fire has the potential to be a destructive force that can take lives, equipment and buildings. Yet, through some simple precautions, you have the ability to limit the devastation and ensure the safety of your employees and building occupants! In this blog we explore what you can do to ensure the safety of those you are responsible for. 

Understanding Fire Extinguishers and Their Uses

Unsure which fire extinguisher is the best for your office or warehouse? Not sure what the diffrerent colours mean for each extinguisher? We break it all down for you in this blog.

Price Optimisation of Structural Steel Fire Protection

As often as not with construction, a primary consideration is price, thus, price optimisation involves customising steel selection on a steel frame building so that the reduction in passive fire protection cost is far greater than the cost to increase the weight of steel to achieve similar outcomes. However, as a newer field of speciality in the overall construction industry, much remains unknown or misunderstood with regards to how to apply fire protection and indeed, how much is required for both optimal performance at an optimal price. The context of this piece is to prove the benefits of conscious steel selection with fire rating in mind. 

The Advantages of Off-Site Application

Offsite construction (often referred to as modular construction) is the technology-driven intersection of design, fabrication and pre-planning processes for construction.
In this piece, we wanted to discuss the advantages of modular construction and how fire rating can be a piovtal component in safeguarding your structure and doing it for less.

Importance of Fire Engineering

Posted: Jan 14, 2019

It is one of the most crucial aspects in building construction, yet fire engineering is a serious matter that many property managers  have little to no understanding of. Find out why it is important and how fire safety checks can be performed prior to opening a structure to the public.

Why Off-Site Application Can Improve Construction Timelines

Off-site application within the construction industry has recently been adopted for a variety of commercial and industrial projects.  The number of construction processes being carried out offsite these days is increasing to save on time and cost. 
The answers for why you can save time and money are varied, so read on and learn why. 

Understanding The Structural Fire Testing Process

Do you understand the requirements of with AS 1530.4:2014 or even know how the testing criteria are determined? If not, then give us 3 minutes of your time and we will give you a snapshot overview. 

Looking Ahead: What is in store for 2019

What is ahead for us in the construction industry in the upcoming year? Check out what our the Permax team have to say about the year to be.

Not all fires are created equal. Yet, whilst each fire has it's own distinct signature it is possible to separate fires into two broad categories - Cellulosic and Hydrocarbon. In this piece we discuss the differences and why it is important to use the correct fire rating materials.  

Core Filling for Fire Protection

Posted: Dec 06, 2018

Core Filling for Fire Protection

Thin film intumescent, fire spray, core-filled steel, active supression. These are just some of the terms you may have heard when it comes to fire rating. But do you know when core-filled steel should be something you should consider in tandem with thin film intumescent? Do you know when to core fill and why?

Importance of Earning CPD Points in Fire Rating

As a professional you will be aware that learning doesn't stop the moment you leave university. In fact, for those in construction, you have a requirement to ensure you continue professional development all your career. Learning about new passive fire protection trends, requirements, regulations, and technologies is a valuable way to earn CPD points, but also stay in the know about fire safety. 
And at Permax we offer a range of CPD point presentations.

Fire retardant chemicals help prevent or delay combustion and are generally used in both commercial and consumer products.  A material that is fire resistant should have a certain degree of flammability standard and protection.  Some fire retardant materials may contain chlorine or bromine and phosphorous which is bonded to carbon.  In the U.S., major uses for these chemicals include building insulation, furniture, electronics, wires and cables, and polyurethane foams.

Effective Steel Fireproofing: Intumescent Coating or Cementitious Coating?

While cementitious coating is a reliable passive fire resistance technology, it is clear that in terms of cost-effectiveness, level of fire protection, ease and flexibility in application, low overhead costs, and wide availability, the choice of an intumescent coating is best when it comes to protecting structural steel from fire.
Fireproofing professionals are often torn between intumescent coating and cementitious coating to protect buildings from flames. In this article, we’ll look into the strengths and weaknesses of each one and find out which one is ideal for passive fire protection. ​

More and more property managers, building owners, and companies are discovering the benefits of using intumescent paints in their fire protection strategies. Find out what the industry looks now and into the future in our latest article.  

When it comes to protecting structures from flames and heat, building professionals are often torn between intumescent coatings and a cementitious coatings. Both are seen to have their advantages, however, the we wanted to delve a little deeper to look into the strengths and weaknesses of each one and find out which one is ideal for structural steel fire protection.

Is Your Building Material Fireproof?

One of the most aspects in the process of constructing new buildings and renovating old structures is analysing the fire risk factor of your chosen building materials. Aside from compliance to fire safety grading standards, this is also done in order to help building owners put a damage control plan and fire protection strategy in place, in case an unfortunate event happens.

The development of the Crown Casino complex in Sydney is moving ahead, as evidenced this week by the delivery of the first of four, 29.5m long, 2m deep, 50-tonne welded plate girders.

Check out this video to get an idea of just how big this girder really is!

Can Waterborne Intumescent Coatings be used Externally?

The specification of a waterborne intumescent coating, including application of a top seal (finish coat), does not automatically qualify the system as being suitable for use in external environments.  When exposed externally to rain and UV, the durability performance of any coating system is put to the test.  In the case of intumescent coatings the incorrect specification of the coating for the particular exposure conditions can ultimately lead to a severe degradation in the fire performance of the coating.

Fire Rating cannot be an After thought

The planning of a new building is a time and labour intensive process. Architects and engineers alike spend hour upon hour planning meticulous details, yet too often they forget one key element - passive fire rating.

Key projects

Nullifire products have been proudly used as the intumescent of choice on a number of recent constructions including:

5 Martin Place SYDNEY Old Commonwealth Bank Building ‘The Money Box’

Nullifire SC902 “Fast Track’ Hybrid intumescent basecoat was sele...

Brisbane International Airport - Air New Zealand lounge

Brisbane International Airport is mid-way through planned upgrade works. Perm...

Carrara Gardens Golf & Tennis Academy - Gold Coast

Nullifire SC902 was selected for this project for its proven track record of ...

Gold Coast Turf Club

Originally we were requested to fire rate all structural steel on the project...