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The Significance of Complying with AS/NZS Standards for Metal Decking in Construction.

When it comes to constructing buildings and infrastructure, the use of metal decking has become increasingly popular due to its numerous advantages over traditional materials. Not only does metal decking offer exceptional strength and durability, but it also provides significant cost savings and contributes to faster construction times.

However, to ensure the highest quality and safety standards, it is crucial to comply with relevant industry standards. In this blog, we will delve into the importance of complying with three essential Australian/New Zealand standards: AS/NZS2327, AS/NZS1397 for metallic coated steel products, and the fire rating to AS/NZS1530.

1. AS/NZS2327 – Composite Structures for Buildings.

AS/NZS2327 is the standard that governs the design and construction of composite steel-concrete structures for buildings. It outlines the requirements and specifications for composite slabs, beams, and columns that incorporate metal decking as a crucial component of the structural system.

Compliance with AS/NZS2327 ensures the following:

a. Structural Integrity: Buildings constructed with composite steel-concrete structures using metal decking will have superior strength and load-bearing capacity, ensuring the safety of occupants and longevity of the structure.

b. Stability and Resilience: Compliant metal decking solutions contribute to the stability and resilience of the building, making it better equipped to withstand external forces such as seismic events and extreme weather conditions.

c. Code Compliance: Following AS/NZS2327 demonstrates adherence to nationally recognized standards and guidelines, which may be a legal requirement and is essential for obtaining necessary permits and approvals from regulatory authorities.

2. AS/NZS1397 – Metallic Coated Steel Products.

AS/NZS1397 specifies the requirements for continuously hot-dip metallic-coated steel sheet and strip products. These products, commonly used for metal decking, are coated with materials like zinc or zinc-aluminum alloy to enhance corrosion resistance and increase the service life of the decking material.

Compliance with AS/NZS1397 offers the following advantages:

a. Corrosion Resistance: Metal decking manufactured in accordance with this standard will have superior resistance to corrosion, even in harsh environmental conditions, which is critical for ensuring the long-term structural integrity of the building.

b. Quality Assurance: Following the requirements of AS/NZS1397 guarantees that the metal decking meets stringent quality standards and has undergone testing to ensure its suitability for construction purposes.

c. Sustainability: Longer-lasting metal decking reduces the need for frequent replacements, contributing to a more sustainable construction industry by reducing material waste.

3. Fire Rating to AS/NZS1530 – Methods for Fire Tests on Building Materials, Components, and Structures.

AS/NZS1530 outlines methods for determining the fire performance of various building materials, components, and structures, including metal decking. It assesses the reaction to fire, spread of flame, and the ability of the material to resist fire and heat.

Complying with AS/NZS1530 for fire rating provides the following benefits:

a. Fire Safety: Metal decking that meets fire rating standards contributes to the overall fire safety of the building, allowing occupants more time to evacuate in the event of a fire.

b. Building Code Compliance: Many building codes mandate adherence to specific fire rating standards for different building elements. Complying with AS/NZS1530 ensures that the construction is in line with these codes and regulations.

c. Insurance and Liability: Insurance companies often require buildings to meet specific fire safety standards to provide coverage. Compliance with fire rating standards reduces potential liability and insurance risks for building owners and stakeholders.

Complying with AS/NZS2327, AS/NZS1397 for metallic coated steel products, and fire rating to AS/NZS1530 is of paramount importance in the construction industry. These standards collectively ensure the structural integrity, durability, and fire safety of metal decking systems, contributing to the overall safety and reliability of the buildings in which they are used.

Need further information?

The FTI BlueDeck Composite™ metal decking system has achieved complete compliance, providing users with a sense of confidence and assurance. BlueDeck Composite™’s adherence to the following standards has been confirmed as compliant.

• AS/NZS2327: Comprehensive Composite Action
• AS/NZS1397: Metallic Coated Steel Products
• Fire Rating to AS/NZS1530

For further information on BlueDeck Composite™, you can get in touch with FTI Group at 1300 751 701 or explore their website at ftigroup.com.au.

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