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    Fire Stopper: A specifiers guide to passive fire protection systems

    A building fire can cause total devastation and loss of life. Passive fire protection systems play a critical role in containing the spread of fire enabling occupants to escape and providing more time to fire fighters to put out the fires. Download this whitepaper for a closer look at passive fire protection systems and the importance of firestops and perimeter fire barrier solutions.

    Fire-safe facades and the NCC 2019: A guide to specifying code-compliant aluminium cladding

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    Quality Considerations: Conformance & compliance in building projects

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    Only natural: Specifying genuine timber flooring to maximise wellbeing

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    Sound remedies: Specifying acoustic flooring for noise control, performance and comfort

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    Windows of opportunity: A guide to improving energy performance of heritage buildings with retrofit glazing

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    High stakes: Ensuring safe access for working at height

    The importance of safe ladder access when working at height cannot be understated. Ladder usage and working at heights is a heavily regulated domain with a focus on two areas: safe equipment and safe use. Download this whitepaper for an overview of the safety features of access ladder solutions and fall arrest systems and how they can enable specifiers to create safer conditions for those working at height.

    High-performance in high traffic: Specifying cross laminated timber floors in commercial applications

    Commercial floors require a careful balance of performance and visual appeal in order to achieve a harmonious aesthetic while providing a safe, durable surface. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floors are a low-maintenance, high-performance option that provide the luxury finish of timber with added strength and durability. Download this whitepaper to take an in-depth look at Cross Laminated Timber flooring and how it can provide a high-performance option in commercial applications.

    Smarter security: A guide to specifying multi-use security screen solutions

    In Australia, roughly 200,000 residential and commercial premises are broken into each year. Security screen doors and windows are an effective way to protect buildings against forced entry yet are often overlooked. In this whitepaper, we provide a guide to specifying multi-use security screens to improve the safety, efficiency and comfort of Australian buildings.

    Ensuring compliance for under slab insulation: A specifier’s guide

    Wall and ceiling linings in the updated National Construction Code (NCC) of 2016, some insulation products that were previously compliant with deemed to satisfy provisions became non-compliant. Therefore it is imperative that specifiers check the compliance certifications of any product before specification. Download this whitepaper for a detailed look at the changes to testing requirements and the issues specifiers should be aware of when specifying under slab soffit insulation products.

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