The Global Change Institute’s Living Building located at the University of Queensland represents pioneering design for a world more focussed on sustainability than ever before. Architecturally designed to consumer fewer resources than others of the same size, it is no surprise that during the construction phase preference was given to use of sustainable, and low environmentally impacting construction products.
Charged with the project build, McNab were resolute in their desire to use products which not only give superior performance, but which also cause low environmental impact. So when it came to protection of structural steel elements, they did their research to find the best solution.
Water-Based Fire Protection
The beautiful atrium in the building has a large number of supporting steel columns, all which required fire protection as detailed within the BCA. As a water-based intumescent capable of achieving two hour fire protection Nullifire S707-120 was specified for the works for a number of reasons:
- It has a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) rating,
- It can be applied on site as it has low odour, low overspray and is easily contained
- It is compatible with a number of aesthetic top coats. For the GCI building a water-based urethane was chosen as it offers UV stability on beams exposed to the elements.
As quoted on the University of Queensland’s website the building has gone on to win many awards, inclusive of Winner for Steel Excellence in Buildings – Large Projects (2014).
To date, Nullifire has been specified in a number of other Australian University projects including:
- Queensland University Advanced Engineering.
- University of Western Sydney UWS Werrington.
- University of Central Queensland Rockhampton
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