SPEEDPANEL® MARKETING MATERIAL & SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL
Information contained within our marketing material and any reports, brochures, specifications, installation guides, webpages and other supplementary documents and information referred to in any marketing collateral (“Supplementary material”) have been prepared by or on behalf of Speedpanel® Systems Pty Ltd (“us”, “we” or “our”) to assist the user of this information (“you” or “your”) to design and construct Speedpanel® Systems only in general (not project or site specific) applications.
Before designing and/or installing Speedpanel® systems, you must engage, or seek advice from suitably qualified persons (such as an engineer, architect and/or other design consultant) to, amongst other things: Review all relevant content in our brochures, the supplementary material and all other product information, installation guides and data available from us upon request; Assess whether or not Speedpanel® systems are appropriate and suitable for your proposed design and/or construction project; If appropriate & suitable, prepare project specific information and documentation for the design and construction of Speedpanel® systems for your proposed design and/or construction project; Ensure that Speedpanel® products separately and collectively, when used in Speedpanel® systems, meet the requirements of any building laws, rules, regulations, codes, standards, orders or declarations applicable in the state, territory or location in which Speedpanel® systems are to be designed and constructed; and Ensure that the configuration, design and/or details of the means of constructing & interfacing Speedpanel® systems with other building members and/or structures remain ‘serviceable’ (structurally sound) under ambient conditions and under different loads that Speedpanel® systems may be subjected to in your proposed design and/or construction project.
Unless stated otherwise, the limitations, requirements and design details in our brochures and the supplementary material must be precisely followed and implemented. Failure to do so could reduce the expected Fire Resistance Level (FRL) and performance of Speedpanel® systems.
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA AND QR CODES IN LITERATURE
Speedpanel® Systems may be used to provide passive fire protection. In order to satisfy the requirements of AS1530.4, you must ensure that Speedpanel® systems are supported by elements having at least the same FRL as those specific in AS1530.4. Supporting elements having a lesser FRL may cause the consequential collapse of Speedpanel® systems. Specific fire performance criteria for various Speedpanel® systems is contained in the reports which can be accessed via the QR Codes referred to in our brochures. Other specific performance criteria for, amongst others; acoustics, wind loading, pressurisation, and deflection, can be obtained from or discussed with us by contacting our office on +61 3 9115 6666.
Whilst we make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the QR codes in marketing literature and the supplementary material remain current and up to date, we cannot guarantee that they will always be up to date. Please contact us on +61 3 9115 6666 to ensure you are working from the latest information and to obtain general advice on whether or not Speedpanel® systems may be used in your proposed design and/or construction project.
CARE, SKILL AND ATTENTION REQUIRED
The performance criteria, ratings and specifications for various Speedpanel® systems have been developed and certified by independent testing bodies. Products, components or fixings that are not specifically sold by us must be certified for use within Speedpanel® systems by an independent testing body prior to their use within Speedpanel® systems or otherwise approved by us. Use of products, components or fixings within Speedpanel® systems that are not Speedpanel® products or certified by independent testing bodies or approved by us will void warranties on Speedpanel® systems. We disclaim all liability for any loss and damage suffered by you from your use of product’s, components or fixings within Speedpanel® systems tha are not Speedpanel® products or certified by independent testing bodies or approved by us. It is critical that you carefully consider the details of your design, construction and workmanship and carry out the same with due care, skill and diligence. Failure to do so could result in the performance
of the Speedpanel® systems being significantly compromised and/or may result in failure of Speedpanel® systems in your proposed design and/or construction project.
The dimensions, weights and other specifications, components and fixings detailed within our brochures and the supplementary material are indicative and intended to provide general information for the design and construction of Speedpanel® systems only in general (not project or site specific) applications, examples of which are contained within our brochures.
All Speedpanel® systems are subject to building standards and tolerances. We accept no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage arising out of any design or construction of Speedpanel® systems by you that does not incorporate these standards and tolerances or when using Speedpanel® products. For information on our standards and tolerances please contact our office on +61 3 9115 6666.
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is available on request from us or from our website: www.speedpanel.com.au The MSDS provides information on the properties and potential hazards of Speedpanel®, how to use Speedpanel®safely and what to do if there is an emergency. The MSDS should be reviewed thoroughly by you and/or suitably qualified persons (such as an engineer, architect and/or other consultant) before using, designing and/or constructing Speedpanel® systems.
The recommended maximum vertical span for Speedpanel® systems designed for certain FRL’s is contained within our brochures and supplementary material. Vertical spans of greater height than those recommended will need to be subjected to specific and careful engineering design, for which we cannot and will not accept responsibility. Adhesive fixings cannot replace mechanical fasteners in such Speedpanel® Systems. For information on maximum vertical spans and fixings, please contact our office on +61 3 9115 6666.
You must not install Speedpanel® systems above the span and height limits stated in our brochures, or the supplementary material.
External wall system limitations for design serviceability Limit State wind pressure +-2.5 kPa. Please contact us on +61 9115 6666 if your requirements fall outside of this range.
TRANSPORT, HANDLING AND STORAGE
Generally, Speedpanel® products are delivered to your building or other site on long trailers and articulated trucks, and access to and on your site must be adequate to accommodate these types of vehicles. Unloading and site storage or cranage of Speedpanel® products onto site is your responsibility and suitable arrangements should be made by you prior to delivery. You must handle Speedpanel® products carefully prior to their installation. Avoid knocks, bumps and scratches which may lead to maintenance issues. Keep Speedpanel® products completely dry prior to installation.
Speedpanel® products are packed and reasonably protected against damage during delivery; but care must be exercised by you during unloading. Speedpanel® products must be adequately supported during unloading, particularly long lengths of the Speedpanel® products. Where packs are broken
or Speedpanel® products are lifted by hand, care must be taken not to slide or drag them or scrape their finished surfaces.
Where it is necessary for Speedpanel® products to be stored on a building site they should be placed away from building operations, if possible, in the order in which they will be fixed and/or used in construction. If stored on a building site, it is recommended to store Speedpanel® products flat or in
their pallets. Storage should provide a firm dry base and be protected from the weather, accidental damage and moisture. The products should be stored on bearers placed not more than 2000mm apart. Stack heights must not exceed 8 pallets. Speedpanel® products should be stored in clean, dry and ventilated conditions. Adequate cover should be provided and water should not be allowed to lie on the surfaces of the products for extended periods as this can cause staining and degradation of the surface coatings.
Speedpanel® products are typically manufactured with a protective plastic film to provide defence against staining and cosmetic damage during manufacturing, handling and transportation. In all external applications and internal environments where moisture may be present, the plastic film must be removed prior to or immediately after installation. In internal environments with no risk of moisture, the plastic film can be left on. Leaving the protective plastic film on the panels will not impact the established fire performance of the Speedpanel wall system(s).
If the wall is going to be visible, it is extremely important that all plastic be removed as the plastic film will break down over time. This plastic film has a very short life expectancy when exposed to certain conditions and in most cases we recommend it be removed immediately after installation. Failure to remove the plastic film may lead to difficulties with its removal.
At the completion of construction of Speedpanel® systems and at the end of each day’s work, it is essential that all completed areas be thoroughly cleaned of all swarf, rivet stems, nails, drillings, screws and the like normally associated with the installation of metal panels. Hot swarf should not be allowed to contact any pre-painted sheet material, including pre-painted Speedpanel® products. Any grinding, welding or drilling carried out above the wall level should be done with the panels appropriately covered to avoid swarf contact. Failure to do so may result in unsightly staining of the surface as the metal may rust, oxidise or cause other damage.
Specific design advice should be sought from us if you intend to subject Speedpanel® systems to loads other than our wind loading limitations. You must also ensure that the connection between each Speedpanel® product is properly made and that materials and steps used to connect Speedpanel® systems to structures are in accordance with relevant and current; certifications, installation literature, drawings and or material. If you are uncertain about how to properly install Speedpanel® systems , or what the current and correct version of installation documents are relevant to your specific application, please contact us
on +61 3 9115 6666.
DO NOT SUBSTITUTE ANY COMPONENT
Substitution of any Speedpanel® products, components or fixings within any Speedpanel® systems specified in our brochures and the supplementary material, may compromise the performance and safety of Speedpanel® systems. Please contact us immediately if you are unsure of which Speedpanel® products, components or fixings to use within any Speedpanel® systems. Without limiting the above, we disclaim all liability or responsibility for any loss or damage arising from or attributable to your use of incorrect Speedpanel®
products, components and/or fixings.
EXTERNAL WALL APPLICATIONS
Before designing and/or installing Speedpanel in external wall applications, you must engage, or seek advice from a suitably qualified person(s), including but not limited to; architects, façade consultants, engineer(s) and others, to ensure suitability, as well as account for specific design considerations unique to the proposed application. Failure to do so could result in the performance of the Speedpanel® systems being significantly compromised and/or may result in failure of Speedpanel® systems in your proposed design and/or construction.
Speedpanel accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage arising out of any design or construction of Speedpanel® systems, which we have deemed not designed and/or installed correctly.
Speedpanel systems incorporate various types of sealants. These sealants are often condition specific e.g. fire rating, acoustics, air pressurisation or weather resistance and are also application-specific e.g. service penetrations. When choosing sealants, please refer to the relevant certifications to ensure that you are selecting the correct sealant for the application.
Failure to select the correct sealant may result in a lack of system performance and be in breach of the relevant certification. For further information please contact our office on +61 3 9115 6666.
Like all cladding products, Speedpanel® products are subject to the cumulative effects of weather, dust and other deposits. You must implement maintenance regimes in accordance with maintenance recommendations relative to the environment in which Speedpanel® Systems are used. For information on maintenance regimes, please contact our office on +61 3 9115 6666.
Our goods come with warranties that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for defective Speedpanel® systems and compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced
if Speedpanel® products are not of acceptable quality.
Without limiting the previous paragraph, to the extent permissible at law, we supply Speedpanel® products and warrant that they will be free from defects in material and workmanship. We will (at our own discretion) replace and/or repair any Speedpanel® products found to be defective, provided such products have been stored, installed and maintained strictly in accordance with the requirements and recommendations set out in our current literature, installation guides, supplementary material and or otherwise specified by us. Please contact us on +61 3 9115 6666. This warranty is in addition to your other statutory rights. We cannot be held responsible for deterioration to galvanised or colour steel Speedpanel® products caused by poor handling or storage practices after such products have arrived at your building or other site.
Any information and the supplementary material are provided to you as a general guide only and should not be relied upon by you without additional advice from a suitably qualified person(s).
We do not and will not, under any circumstances, warrant, guarantee or represent, and we disclaim any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, completeness, or efficacy of the information contained in this flash drive or the supplementary material. You must make your own independent assessments, investigations, inspections and enquiries with respect to the matters the subject of this flash drive content or the supplementary material, and your proposed design and/or construction of Speedpanel® systems.
We reserve the right, at any time, at our own discretion and without notice, to discontinue or change the features, designs, materials, colours and other specifications of any Speedpanel® systems and to either permanently or temporarily withdraw any such systems or products from sale without incurring any liability.
Any information and the supplementary material must not be used in preference to detailed technical advice from suitably qualified persons, especially but not limited to, where your design and construction differ from the types of design and construction described within this any information supplied by Speedpanel and the supplementary material.
To the best of our knowledge, all information and the supplementary material is correct as at the date of preparation of such information. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information and the supplementary material is accurate and correct, to the extent permissible at law, no responsibility or liability, in part or whole by us or the authors, editors or publishers of those documents will be accepted for any reliance thereon, nor from any misuse, misreading or deviation from the requirements and recommendations within those documents.
PROTECTION OF STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS
Speedpanel® is a non-load bearing product that requires structural elements to support it (or brace it) under ambient and fire conditions. These structural elements are required to be engineered by others to ensure the structure can support the load(s) that are imposed by Speedpanel® as well as continue to
support other live and dead loads, if any.
As such, Speedpanel® typically comprises of the following components: Panels, C-tracks/J-tracks/angles, fire-rated sealants, fixings and flashings.
Based on 3rd party test evidence and fire engineered assessments by accredited laboratories, Speedpanel® can provide advice on how to connect to structural elements and distance between fixings, however, these structural elements are to be protected to the same FRL as the Speedpanel® wall they are supporting/bracing. If the Speedpanel® wall is required to provide fire protection from: One direction only; as long as the structural elements supporting (and/or bracing) the Speedpanel® wall are installed on the opposite side of the Speedpanel® to the side of the anticipated fire source – then the structure will be protected to the same FRL as that of the Speedpanel® wall; or Either direction; then the structural elements are to be: Installed on one side of the wall (or between wall sections) and protected using 3rd party passive fire products (e.g. fire-rated plasterboard, calcium silicate board, Promatect, Vermiculite spray, etc.) installed to the manufacturer’s and project fire engineer’s specifications; or
Installed on BOTH sides of the Speedpanel® wall and fixed with sacrificial connections to allow the wall to break free from the burning structure on the fireside (preventing the collapse of the wall).
To the extent permissible at law and without limiting any other right or remedy we may have, we accept no liability for any loss or damage arising if any Speedpanel® systems are not designed and constructed strictly in accordance with the instructions contained in this drive and/or the supplementary material or as otherwise instructed by us.
IS THIS PUBLICATION CURRENT?
Any information and the supplementary material may be superseded by new versions. We accept no liability for reliance upon publications that have been superseded. If you are unsure of whether or not this drive or the supplementary material are current publications, please call us on +61 3 9115 6666 to confirm.