The Evcco range of environment-friendly halogen-free safety conduits has been installed by Maxim Electrical for Bovis Lend Lease at Australia’s largest single-tenant office building.  

The Australian-manufactured Evcco halogen-free electric conduits are available through Albatech .  

Soon to be occupied by 6,000 ANZ employees, the giant new $620-million building at 833 Collins St with a total floor area of 87,000m² is one of the early adopters of the new Evcco range of environment-friendly halogen-free conduits, eliminating PVC environmental issues.  

The four grades of Evcco polymer conduits are lighter and easier to install than metal and PVC conduits but don’t contain environmental and safety hazards that can leach into soil or be released into the air by fire.  

The Australian-made Evcco range of HFT safety conduits is made from a halogen-free flame retardant polymer formulated as an alternative to PVC conduits and containing no known toxins.  

Maxim Electrical Project Manager Warren Coombes says ANZ is aiming for the highest available environmental accreditations for its base building. Bovis Lend Lease is building to the highest environmental standards to achieve a five-star environmental rating.  

The Evvco safety conduits are lightweight as well as easy to transport, lift, bend and install. Ease of use is a significant factor in an installation involving more than 25,000 lengths of conduit, or more than 100,000 metres in diameters of 20, 25, 32 and 40mm.  

The four types of safety conduits are used to carry electrical cabling in surface and sub-surface applications, and also used within safety equipment such as aspiration systems and air sampling systems for protection against smoke and toxicity.    

The conduits are available in sizes ranging from 20mm to 150 mm and are complemented by a comprehensive range of junction boxes, inspection elbows and tees as well as bends and adaptors.  

Evcco halogen-free safety conduits are designed to improve industrial risk management in applications ranging from factories, infrastructure, gas processing, mineral processing, coal washing as well as petroleum, food and primary product processing plants.  

The new Evcco range of HFT electric conduits includes:

  • Enviro M.D. Grey conduit with UV protection
  • STD M.D. Black conduit with long-term UV protection
  • Hi-Po H.D. Black conduit with long-term UV protection
  • FRAS H.D. Black conduit with anti-static properties, high impact resistance and long-term UV protection

FRAS conduits are used where static electricity may be an issue such as grain silos, coal storage, petrochemical plants, solvent and paint manufacturing plants as well as gas processing facilities.  

Designed to easily follow the contours of tunnels, trenches and structures, the Evcco range offers maximum environmental benefit without degrading overall performance including impact resistance.  

Evcco safety conduits replace PVC conduits and metal conduits. While metal conduits have a lower initial cost, they are more expensive and difficult to install, remove or recycle.  

A key advantage of the safety polymer conduits is that no corrosive or toxic flue gases are produced in the event of a fire.  

Evcco safety conduits are designed for areas where there are high concentrations of people and assets or risk of high costs due to production interruption.  

Applications include advanced technology industrial plants, mining plants, rail and road tunnels, airports, subway systems, power plants, oil refineries, lifts, emergency plants, ships, aircraft, trains as well as computer and telecommunication installations.  

The safety conduits can also be used in hospitals, schools, hotels, museums, theatres, shopping centres and conference centres.