Fire Performance in Timber Cladding

Timber cladding is an increasingly popular choice for Australian commercial and residential buildings due to its striking natural aesthetic, durability and low environmental impact.  Perhaps less widely known are the strong fire-resistant qualities of timber that make it a perfect fit for fire safety in the Australian construction industry.

The whitepaper

Download our latest whitepaper on Fire Performance Guide to Timber cladding and learn how the Australian Building Code Board (ABCB) recognises the many applications where timber exceeds the rigorous fire safe performance requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) for use as internal and external wall cladding.


Red Fire Engineering are a third party company that have provided Weathertex with a comprehensive report: Fire Engineering Review – Use of Weathertex Cladding in Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings. 

This document outlines the National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 Building Code of Australia Volume One Amendment 1 Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) provisions regarding the use of Weathertex product in Class 2 – 9 buildings.

Read more at woodsolutions

Woodsolutions has posted this article on ‘Why external timber cladding is OK for Class 2 and Class 3 Low-Rise.’  

If your building surveyor questions the use of external timber cladding a low-rise project, this article provides you with the reasons why you’re within the requirements of the Code.

Book a CPD Presentation

Are you based in NSW, QLD or VIC? We have a Fire Safety CPD presentation, and one of our Business Managers can come to your firm. At the end of the presentation attendees will be entitled to 1 CPD point. Click here for more info.

More on Weathertex

As the winner of Architecture & Design’s Most Trusted Brand in 2016/17, Weathertex places safety as a number one priority. Weathertex timber cladding has undergone extensive third-party testing to ensure compliance with the latest DtS requirements and verification methods. Weathertex products are made from a reconstituted blend of Australian native hardwoods from NSW pulp wood forestry operations. The unique process steam pulps and compresses the hardwood fibre blend into a highly dense exterior grade board product. No chemical additives are required for bonding and the final product retains the natural fire resistant properties of the Australian hardwood timbers used.

While individual testing certificates are available on request, Weathertex has compiled and summarised all third party and internal quality testing results in two documents available on the our website:

1. Weathertex Certificate of Physical Properties, and
2. Weathertex NCC Compliance Summary (Residential) and (Commercial) 

Weathertex… the natural and safe alternative!