Leading fire testing and fire engineering company Exova Warringtonfire has expanded their external fire cladding testing capabilities by investing in a new facade support rig and additional instrumentation at their Dandenong laboratory.

Exova’s new facade testing capabilities will allow their Dandenong laboratory to now test to the recently developed standard AS 5113:2016, which provides a framework for fire propagation and classification of external walls of buildings. This standard refers to test methods BS8414 part 1 and 2 2015 and ISO 13785-2:2002, based on client requirements. AS 5113:2016 also provides a test and classification procedure of testing for building-to-building fire spread requirements, with testing in conjunction with AS1530.4:2014.

Globally, Exova Warringtonfire offers a comprehensive range of impartial fire safety services, with over 200 different reactions to fire and fire resistance test capabilities meeting international specifications. Exova added the new capability while the standard AS 5113 was still in draft form, to ensure their customers received the most up-to-date, complete and technically demanding services.

According to Exova Warringtonfire director Peter Downer, the brand new testing capability offers great value for their customers. The company already has plans for further investments to increase their capacity for facade testing in anticipation of growing demand.