Speedpanel, in its continuing drive to improve its panel wall system has recently developed, a 51mm and 64mm panel.
While not fully released, we are experiencing demand for these products in the areas that have already been certified for use. Some of the 51mm and 64mm panel wall systems that have been certified for use have head track detail requirements that are greater than that needed for some applications for our 78mm panel.
Speedpanel has learnt of contractors, mixing up installation details between lower and higher walls which have required rectification. As a response to this, given the increased potential for these issues to arise as the new lines of product become available, Speedpanel has decided to standardize all of its specification details for its head track to minimize any incorrect installations.
As of 1st September, Speedpanel is withdrawing Branz assessment FAR 3561 and CSIRO FCO-2619 for use, and all connection details associated with these assessments. Installers using Speedpanel’s panel wall systems will be directed to use Warrington’s assessment EWFA 28928-01, recently released to cover the introduction of our new 51mm and 64mm panels and the standardized specifications to cover Speedpanel installations. Please Note. Some specialized applications will still need more detailing than the standard details provided in EWFA 28928-01. The advantage of the new standardized details is that the Speedpanel system is capable of installation from one side only, making them more versatile for use.
Speedpanel has also undertaken testing in early August to certify dampers and fire collars along with the alternative head track details, working toward certification for a truly single sided application for all products installed on or in a Speedpanel wall. Assessments from these tests should be available for use by early November allowing for most fire proofing of penetrations to be installed from one side only.
Speedpanel has also completed a substantial upgrade to its damper and penetration assessment, Warrington assessment EWFA 21622-21 which covers most of the practical applications of Speedpanel in relation to ducts, penetrations and construction scenarios. This updated assessment will also take over from the earlier versions and older assessments already listed, which will be withdrawn from publication on the 14 October 2014.
NOTE any assessments with their details being withdrawn are still current and usable and the withdrawal of their future use does not affect past installation accreditation. Speedpanel in affecting the change, requires a cut-off date to make the change complete in order to guarantee compliance by all contractors. To this end Speedpanel has decided to make this change effective 1st September 2014, for walls to be installed. There is no easy way to effect a changeover to new installation guidelines, with projects around Australia at different stages of construction (many of which have already applied the changes). The Warrington’s assessment EWFA 28928-01 is attached.
Speedpanel is continuing to improve its wall systems and will be conducting further testing on reducing head track design to meet required standards.
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