Cox Architects announces that their fire shutters have met the rigorous compliance testing requirements of Australian Bush Fire standards, making them suitable for use throughout Australia. These fire shutters are part of a series of innovations that evolved from Cox Architects’ award-winning research project into Bush Fire Resistance Construction started over 10 years ago. David Cox, a leading expert on bush fire resistant construction, is the CEO of Cox Architects, and the creator of these fire shutters.
Featuring several patented technology innovations, these fire shutters provide a complete building envelope that can withstand the most severe bush fires in Australia. Though the initial requirement was to provide fire protection to the openings of a building when exposed to bush fire attack, the design and development phase identified several additional opportunities.
These included high resistance to impact or cyclones; high thermal insulation against cold and hot temperatures; high security protection to a building by protecting the openings; providing highly insulated sun hoods to windows and openings; providing privacy screens using the upper and lower panels; and providing an alternative to curtains and other window furnishings.
Cox Architects worked within tough design parameters after considering various aspects of a full-scale bush fire. For instance, the thermal resistance of openings such as windows is not sufficient to ensure full protection against the fire. In the event of a full-scale bush fire attack, the high winds may produce many flying projectiles that can easily penetrate the standard glazing of windows. Fire protection is lost once the building envelope has been compromised by this penetration, and the building can no longer be deemed a safe haven for occupation during the fire.
High impact resistance was, therefore, one of the important requirements for the shutters, which also had to be robust and not be reliant on complicated systems that could fail during emergencies.
The fire shutters from Cox Architects are now patented and ready for use in Australia and internationally.
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