Bushfire testing services

Warringtonfire’s Australian laboratory has a vast amount of experience in fire testing and in 2018 it became the first laboratory to be NATA accredited to perform bushfire testing to AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2.

Bushfire testing involves challenging elements of construction for buildings in bushfire prone areas by exposing representative specimens to specific test conditions.

Bushfire testing to AS 1530.8.1 tests the elements used in construction of buildings that are built in bushfire prone areas.

The test simulates the radiant head from a bushfire, using small flaming sources.

The AS 1520.8.1 is a new bushfire testing standard which provides the methods for assessing the performance of external construction elements when exposed to radiant heat, burning embers and debris.

In addition to this we also offer bushfire testing to AS 1530.8.2.

This is also a new standard and tests on elements of construction which are in direct contact with “flame zone” conditions.

The AS 1530.8.2 standard provides methods for determining the performance of external construction elements when exposed to direct flame impingement from the fire front.

Why bushfire testing

Bushfires in Australia are very common, and although they don’t always end in a catastrophe, they do present real and immediate danger to people and property in high risk areas, and subjecting property components to bushfire testing is a good way to mitigate risk.

A bushfire is defined as an out of control fire, which may have been deliberately lit, accidentally lit, or started by a natural cause.

The Australian Productivity Commission has previously calculated that the number bushfires in Australia varied from approximately 46,000 to 62,000 per year, with an average of nearly 54,000 fires per year (SGRSP 2008).

The objective of the new bushfire testing standards is to provide everyone responsible for building safety with a clear set of guidelines over how to test for the conditions a building can go through during a real bushfire.