Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 - Jesmonite Australasia

Non-Combustible Cladding Material That Meets AS1530.1 Australian Standards 

Following ABC's Four Corners investigative program 'Combustible', a Senate inquiry recommended the ban on import, sale and use of aluminium composite panels with a flammable polyethylene core. Insurance companies are now insisting that AS1530.1 certification standards are met for facade and cladding systems.

After the Grenfell tragedy in the UK, ABC's investigations revealed that Australian suppliers of aluminium-composite cladding knew panels with a PE core were highly flammable, a decade before the deadly London fire. There are thousands of residential buildings that contain combustible aluminium cladding on exterior walls. This widely used material, made of polyethylene (PE), is more flammable than petrol and covers everything from apartment high-rises to hospitals.

This is what covered Grenfell Tower in London. In June 2017 the world watched in horror as flames devoured the high-rise.

In 2014 a small fire on the eighth floor balcony of an apartment in the Lacrosse complex in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct spread rapidly. Within just eight short minutes flames had spread to the 21st floor, thanks to combustible cladding on the outside. Adding to the danger of combustible cladding is that it melts away from its base when alight, sending flaming debris raining down. This debris can start new ignitions elsewhere in the building, as it did with the Lacrosse blaze.

Melbourne fire authorities launched an investigation after the Docklands fire and tested samples of the cladding used. However it was so flammable that the scientific research body had to suspend testing to avoid damaging its machines.

The Victorian Government recently announced it would accelerate the investigation into flammable cladding with calls for non-compliant cladding to be removed from buildings.

Until now there has been no suitable lightweight alternative material that meets the AS1530.1 standard. Jesmonite is a material that is the first polymer based lightweight alternative to receive AS1530.1 certification. 

Jesmonite is the ultimate chameleon material of the building industry – it can be used to replicate the appearance and texture of any surface finish in any number of colours.

After being named Material of the Year 2017 in europe, Jesmonite is now trending in Melbourne and currently being exhibited at the NGV International.

The combination of natural raw materials with a special blend of water based pure acrylic polymers create a unique family of materials that have a number of product benefits that make Jesmonite superior to other building materials.

The key benefits of Jesmonite are;

  • AS1530.1 Certified
  • Strong, flexible and more durable, making it high impact resistant
  • Lighter than stone, glass-reinforced concrete, sand and cement products
  • Faster curing time than concrete
  • Fire-resistant with a class zero fire rating, reduced smoke density and toxicity characteristics
  • Solvent free with no VOC’s
  • Replicates the very finest detail
  • Water-based not solvent-based, making it kinder to the environment
  • Can be pigmented to any colour or RAL reference. It can also mimic any texture and reproduce the effect of materials such as stone, metal, wood, leather and fabric

Jesmonite has been chosen by and used for Westfield Whitford City due to its various benefits over traditional building materials, but most importantly due to the fact that it is AS1530.1 non-combustible.

Jesmonite has been utilized for several other large projects including Crown Perth, Canberra Centre, Oroton, Harrods London and P&O’s cruise liner Britannia to name just a few.

By utilising Jesmonite in cladding and facade systems, lives can potentially be saved and residents and workers that occupy high rise buildings can have complete peace of mind.

More details available here; 

  • For cladding manufacturing www.hgndesign.com.au
  • For raw material & supply www.jesmoniteaustralasia.com.au

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Jesmonite limited was invented in 1984. The original compound was acrylic-modified gypsum composite with is still sold to this day. It was conceived as a safe alternative to fire glass (GRP) and as a lightweight alternative to traditional building materials.

Our continued commitment to invention and problem solving over the past 30 years has resulted in a range of material solution covering a myriad of internal and external applications for use across many industries including construction, marine and film.

Jesmonite is the ultimate chameleon material of the building industry – it can be used to replicate the appearance and texture of any surface finish in any number of colours and is AS1530.1 certified.

The combination of natural raw materials with a special blend of water based pure acrylic polymers create a unique family of materials that have a number of product benefits that make Jesmonite superior to other building materials.


Daniel Cancela
P: 0466311635
W: www.jesmoniteaustralasia.com.au/

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Non-Combustible Cladding, AS1530.1, AS1530 part 1, PE cladding alternative, fire resistant cladding, AS1530.1 cladding, AS1530.1 facade

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