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Welcome to the Swart Learning Centre

Here's where we share our extensive building knowledge with our clients and other interested parties. We've been in business for over forty years so we have a lot of knowledge to share.

This is a new initiative for us so, initially, there will only be a few articles. But we intend to grow it over time to an extensive knowledge source for all matters building and passive fire prevention related. So make sure you come back often to see how our library has grown.

Intumescent coating types

There are a variety of intumescent coating types with different properties and application methods. Which type is the best for your situation?

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Passive fire protection methods

There are several ways to protect building structural work. Whilst some methods may be more prevalent, there is no one "best way" to protect a building's structure. The best method will most likely be determined by a number of factors, but here are your options.

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Fire-rated boards
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Off-site versus on-site application

Nullifire SC902 ‘hybrid’ intumescent coating system - one of our preferred ‘hybrid’ intumescent coating systems - is based on patented technology that delivers exceptional productivity gains for both on-site and off-site applications, in comparison with conventional intumescent coatings used for structural steel fire protection.

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Intumescent paint coating specification templates

Access a range of templates supplied by manufacturers for the purposes of specifying their intumescent paint coating products for various FRLs and corrosivity ratings.

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Intumescent paint coating corrosivity ratings in the Australian atmosphere

It's common knowledge that corrosion rates are affected by environmental factors, but do you know the various corrosivity ratings and their definitions?

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Limiting steel temperatures to maintain structural integrity

Maintaining structural adequacy on load-bearing steel is critical to the fire safety of building occupants, fire fighters and the surrounding built environment. Here's how limiting steel temperatures to maintain structural integrity relates to intumescent paint coatings.

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Getting help with intumescent paint coatings

The specifying and application of an intumescent coating system is a highly specialised task that requires considerable training and experience to accomplish correctly.

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Fire types and severity

Different combustible materials burn at different temperatures which will have a bearing on the FRL of a given intumescent paint coating. This needs to be taken into account when specifying intumescent products so that the required FRL is ensured for the combustible materials that are likely to be encountered in a particular situation.

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Quality assurance for intumescent paint coatings

We believe Painting Contractor Certification Program (PCCP) accreditation is paramount for passive fire protection contractors engaged in applying intumescent paint coating systems.

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Specifying intumescent paint coatings

Whilst intumescent coating products may look just like paint, they have an important function (i.e. passive fire protection) that makes their specification a much more involved process.

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How core filling affects intumescent paint coatings

Core filling is a viable solution to fire-protect high Hp/A hollow section steel that is otherwise unable to achieve the desired FRL.

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Applying intumescent paint coatings

Builders need to choose appropriately qualified subcontractors that are licensed to do work in the relevant state or territory, i.e. they are licensed to apply intumescent paint coatings.

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Intumescents glossary

Apart from the requirements of the NCC and the interpretation of what it means, the terminology for each technology type and abbreviations there are many other other confusing terms. We've compiled this glossary to assist in the understanding of commonly used terms in fire protection.

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Intumescent paint coatings finish standards

A variety of finish standards can be achieved depending on the look desired and the available budget. Naturally a higher level of finish is going to be more labour and material intensive and will therefore cost more.

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Intumescent lifecycle

This lifecycle diagram shows the life of an intumescent coating system, from FRL identification to the specification of the intumescent coating system, its application, documentation and maintenance.

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Primers and top seals

Suitable primers and top seals for Nullifire SC902 intumescent paint basecoat

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What are the different types of intumescent coatings?

There are many types of intumescent paint coatings available from many different manufacturers, all with varying specifications, uses, properties and abilities. Choosing the correct one is imperative.

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Components of an intumescent paint coating system

Intumescent paint coating systems aren't like regular paints... there are three necessary parts.

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What are FRLs?

In Australia, fire ratings levels (FRLs) are required by the National Construction Code as expressed in the "Building Code of Australia - volumes 1 and 2" (BCA).

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Why we use intumescent paint coatings

Intumescent coatings provide a means of achieving the required FRLs without having to encase structural steel in other materials.

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What are intumescent coatings?

You've probably heard the term "intumescent coatings" a lot but what exactly are they and what do they do?

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Steel section factor

Learn how the ratio between steel surface area and thickness determines the correct type and amount of coating to apply.

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Components of an intumescent paint coating system

Intumescent paint coating systems aren't like regular paints... there are three necessary parts.
July 7, 2021
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What are FRLs?

In Australia, fire ratings levels (FRLs) are required by the National Construction Code as expressed in the "Building Code of Australia - volumes 1 and 2" (BCA).
July 2, 2021
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Why we use intumescent paint coatings

Intumescent coatings provide a means of achieving the required FRLs without having to encase structural steel in other materials.
July 2, 2021
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What are intumescent coatings?

You've probably heard the term "intumescent coatings" a lot but what exactly are they and what do they do?
July 1, 2021
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Steel section factor

Learn how the ratio between steel surface area and thickness determines the correct type and amount of coating to apply.
July 1, 2021
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