Georges Karam of MGM Building & Construction has discovered a simple and low-cost alternative to bricks for creating fire rated walls.

Specialising for more than a decade in the residential building sector, Georges has come up against all kinds of problems and challenges, the biggest of them all being building fire rated walls. With no other option, Georges used brick walls to meet the fire rating requirements for his projects.

According to Georges, building an intertenancy fire rated brick wall requires a lot of time, labour and precision; he particularly found the resultant mess on site highly disruptive to his operations.

After attending a seminar on fire-rating solutions by James Hardie Wall & Floor Products, Georges discovered the HardieSmart intertenancy wall system installed by carpenters, with no bricks, mess or extra plasterboard layer.

The HardieSmart system has been a game changer for Georges and his customers by minimising the hassle of construction while saving on installation time and costs.

On a recent building project in Ryde, MGM chose the HardieSmart intertenancy wall system as the fire-rating solution, creating a win-win situation for every stakeholder in the development from the estimators to the foreman and, most importantly, the customers, who can choose a budget alternative for their project, without sacrificing safety or quality.