OUR SERVICE OFFERINGS

Cladding Testing

General Industry Surveillance (GIS) has been certified by the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) as one of the trusted cladding testing organization nation-wide. GIS is approved to provide ACP classification in accordance to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) categories. Our materials experts are PhDs in chemistry,

GIS provides cladding testing services including:

  • Cladding Combustibility
  • Cladding Flammability
  • Cladding Identification
  • Cladding Composition

Combustibility Rating on building cladding materials

  • Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP)
  • Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM)
  • Aluminium Panel Cladding
  • Rendered Expanded Polystyrene (EPS Cladding)

Materials Identification on sarking and insulation materials

  • Expanded Polystyrene Panels (EPS)
  • Polyisocyanuarate (PIR) Foam
  • Glass Wool/PET Wool
Materials Consulting

We provide to our customers state of art methodologies for material requirement definition and specifications.

ACP Cladding Material Requirements Specification - ACP Cladding Material Requirements Specification - Testing a small sample of ACP cladding from the building to determine the composition of its material for flammability and combustibility.

  • Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP)
  • Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM)
  • Rendered Expanded Polystyrene (EPS Cladding)

Cladding Material Selection - Our knowledge on the building of cladding testing is of paramount importance for a correct material selection procedure.

Our materials experts, which are mostly PhDs in chemistry, are also specialised in phase and elemental analysis for minerals, metals, polymers, composites, and many other material types.

WHAT WE DO

General Industry Surveillance (GIS) is a cladding testing organization supported by RMIT University, Victoria. Our access to the world class facilities (ISO 9001 certified) of RMIT University puts us at the forefront of analytical science and engineering.

GIS has been certified by the Insurance Council of Australia as one of the trusted testing organization nation-wide. ​Please refer to ICA Protocol for combustible façade ( ICA link ). GIS is a fully qualified testing laboratory which has demonstrated to the insurance industry that they can accurately classify the different categories of ACP.

We can accurately identify the flammability, composition and toxicity of Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding and associated insulations, and provide ACP classification in accordance to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) categories. The cladding testing service conducted in GIS lab include:

  • Aluminium Panel Cladding Testing
  • ACP Combustibility Test
  • ACP Core Identification
  • ACP Core Composition
  • ACP Sample Testing.

GIS laboratory has extensive experience in applying the following methods to grade the Aluminium Composite Cladding (ACP), Aluminium Panel Cladding, and other building cladding materials:

  • Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) (ASTM E573-01)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) (ASTM E1131-08)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD) (ASTM C1365-18)
  • Dry Ash content (ASTM D5630-13)

GIS is committed to work with our clients’ needs to ensure the reliable and high-quality outcomes of cladding testing.

Testing Instruments in GIS lab
Testing Instruments in GIS lab
ACP Cladding samples
ACP Cladding Samples Tested by GIS
ACP Cladding (Image from Google)
ACP Cladding (Image from Google)
Aluminium composite panel fire - Grenfell Tower in London
Aluminium composite panel fire - Grenfell Tower in London

EXTERIOR CLADDING AUDIT

Step 1 Building Facade Assessment

A desktop review of building specifications and an onsite building inspection need to conduct to assess the type of facade material that was used on a building.

Step 2 – Identification of Materials

The identification of ACPs or other combustible façade materials is the critical step in the process of identifying the potential hazard to a building. GIS laboratory will provide an accurate cladding assessment and risk report based on the testing results. The report will specify the cladding material as either combustible or non-combustible.

Step 3 – Evaluating the Exposure

Using the identification and quantification outcomes of Step 2, the purpose of this step is to provide a consistent report into the exposure of the building regarding the presence of ACPs or other combustible façade materials.

Step 4 – Remedial Actions for Consideration

Remedial actions will depend on the category of ACP or other combustible façade material and insulation/sarking installed. Fire Engineers may offer an alternative to a complete or partial facade replacement. The acceptability of any solutions should be agreed by all parties involved.

CONTACT US

Email: lab@gisteks.com
Phone: 0423 735 578

General Industry Surveillance (GIS) Pty Ltd
Postal Address: PO Box 12236, A'Beckett Street, Vic 8006

OUR LAB LOCATIONS

264 Plenty Rd, Bundoora, Vic 3083 (Lab at Bundoora)

124 La Trobe Street Melbourne 3000 (Lab at CBD)

Call us now and get cladding samples tested!