BAL-40 Windows & Doors
Fire safety during the hot season is vital for quietness and to make sure that property is not damaged by unintentional fires. Since the risk of fire in shrubbery, trees, and bushes due to the scorching sun is very high, the first priority for our experts in addition to high quality sun protection windows is to ensure maximum profile safety, so Prestige Plus offers a wide range of windows and doors with fire protection class BAL-40.
What is BAL-40 WINDOWS & DOORS safety?
To ensure the safety of commercial and residential properties, the authorities and regulators in Australia today have special requirements aimed at the feasibility of additional measures in the manufacture of secure coatings for aluminum profiles. The fire safety of the BAL-40 is the best protection against any kind of fire, even more so when the room is in close proximity to a potential flashover. Windows and doors are designed so that the fire protection system works on all levels, from ventilation modes to fire-resistant coatings, optimum glass thickness and flexible fittings, whose coordinated operation eliminates jamming of the opening in the event of an emergency.
BAL-40 fire safety standards
Let’s find out how it works. The proposed requirements are classified by the Standards Australia Committee FP-020, Construction of Buildings in Bushfire-prone Areas, to supersede AS 3959-1999. The fire safety performance of windows consists of the following characteristics depending on the configuration:
- Presence of safety shutters as per AS3959-2009 paragraph 8.5.1 depending on window configuration;
- The profile and fittings must be made of the materials referred to in sections 5.5.1, 6.5.1, 7.5.1, 8.5.1 and 9.5.1), including aluminium (mandatory).
- The window system must comply with AS1530.8.1 2007, where the opening sash guard must be made of corrosion-resistant steel or bronze, with a 2mm opening depending on the configuration;
- Glazing must be made of toughened glass with a minimum thickness of 6 mm (also triple glazing);
- All parts of the window (blind and opening) must be protected by a metal mesh (anti-corrosive or bronze) with a maximum aperture of 2 mm;
- All gaskets and sealants around the perimeter of the window must be made of materials with a flammability index of 5 or of silicone.
Fireproof BAL-40 doors and windows from PrestigePlus
The manufactured windows and doors fully comply with the declared standards and can protect all kinds of premises from ignition. These products have passed all the necessary tests and, as with conventional windows, are available in a range of colours and configurations.
In the production process, high-quality materials are used, which are processed with high-tech equipment, making it possible to obtain windows and doors with a high level of safety and functionality.
It is very important to remember about the maintenance of windows, namely keeping window and door openings clean, especially during the fire season.
Before installing your new BAL-40 fire rated windows, ask for a free consultation with our specialist who will give you the necessary advice and explanations.
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Bushfire Attack Levels (Bals)
|BAL – LOW||Insufficient risk to warrant a construction|
|BAL – 12.5||Concern of ember attack|
|BAL – 19||Increasing levels of ember attack and airborne burning debris. Increasing danger from radiant heat up to 19kwm²|
|BAL – 29||Greater risk of damage from airborne burning debris Further risk from Radiant heat exposure up to 29kwm²|
|BAL – 40||Burning debris ignited by windborne embers and radiant heat exposure up to 40kwm² Likelihood of direct flame contact|
|BAL – FZ||Direct flame contact from fire front & radiant heat exposure greater than 40kwm²|
All of the above information is a general guide, in accordance with general government standards. Any item herein should be checked and verified against the original document of the applicable national standard. The company cannot be held responsible for the acceptance of this information as a guide for any action by any person without a deeper reason, i.e. without contacting the state control authorities directly. Each individual situation requires separate advice from both the company and the fire safety authorities. Prestige Plus expressly disclaims any liability for actions taken on the basis of this information without further clarification.