New Unitex Website Launched!

Unitex is proud to launch the new website for 2013.

With product ratings, online forums, and product libraries, Unitex extends its lead in providing cutting edge building solutions.

Contact our team to discuss your project requirements!

Unitex acquires The Render Warehouse

The Render Warehouse which has been recognised by Applicators as a quality partner and supplier of render products has unfortunately gone into liquidation. With the assets and brand having been purchased out of liquidation by Unitex Granular Marble Pty Ltd.

We wish to assure all customers that it will be business as usual for both brand product ranges and service. The Directors of Unitex are pleased with this outcome and look forward to further servicing our Applicator, Builder and Specifier network.

Q&A interview on BRAC Accreditation

Q&A with: (above right) Andrew Concannon, Unitex Managing Director and
(above left) Peter Roberts, Unitex Research & Development Manager.

Interviewed by: Sally Parrott, Freelance Writer.

What makes Unitex Base Board ‘waterproof’ – is it the Unitex Polymer Render, the Uniflex membrane, the Uni-shape sealant used to seal joints, Adhesive foam to sheet the junctions….Or is it a combination of all these?
AC: The complete system provides a secure weather-proof exterior envelope.
PR: If the Unitex Technical Manual is followed to the letter, it is proven by accreditation testing to be water-tight.

How does it hold up against condensation – with the new BCA rules encouraging builders to make buildings seal tight for energy efficiency, how does Unitex base-board adhere to this?
AC: The Unitex Base Board system when installed correctly does not allow water penetration from external sources and hence in itself reduces the risk of condensation. We have been manufacturing EIFS systems for 27 years, making us the most experienced manufacturer in Australia in this field, and we have not experienced such issues. We are aware of these issues in NZ, which were mostly the result of incorrect installation of fibre cement cladding systems.

How does it hold up against wind and water pressure at corners and exposed edges?
PR: BRANZ and CSIRO tested for water penetration and CSIRO tested for wind loadings, which the product system passed – it is on the basis of these and other results that the BRAC certificate was awarded. CSIRO have determined the optimum spaces between fixes for various wind conditions up to N5, the product is not for cyclonic regions. CSIRO have tested the product for water penetration and have found no water penetrated the system.

How does the finishing’s help (paint or render) with waterproofing?
PR: The Unitex Render, texture and protective top coat systems are an important aspect and form part of the BRAC accreditation (BRANZ and CSIRO tested on the complete system), as they provide an outer barrier to water penetration.
AC: All components of the Base Board system comprise The Unitex External Insulation Finishing System – therefore all combined they form a weather-proof envelope to the building structure.
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Why did Unitex decide to seek accreditation?
AC: Where there is no Australian Standard the only path to BCA compliance is via the alternative solution process based on 3rd party accreditation.

How many other Unitex and/or competitor products have this kind of accreditation?
PR: We believe Unitex are the only company with a complete as installed system to be awarded the accreditation.
AC: To our knowledge a small number of our competitors have a product certified and not a complete as installed system, which can lead to confusion in subsequent warranty responsibilities.

What did it involve?
AC & PR: This is an ongoing process of accreditation. Unitex started this process 15 years ago with an ABSAC (CSIRO) accreditation for Brennar Insulation Panels. 5 years later the Unitex TWS system was similarly awarded a CSIRO appraisal. Now, 10 years later we have been awarded BRAC accreditation from the Building Commission of Victoria. Further certifications are currently in progress for National accreditation via CodeMark.

What does this mean now?
PR: The Building commission of Victoria is satisfied that the Unitex Base Board system when used in accordance with the Unitex Technical Manual is an acceptable Building System for the external insulation and protection of buildings under Class 1-10 of the Building Code of Australia.
AC: What it means for our customers is that Building Surveyors can sign off projects incorporating the Unitex system with risk-free confidence. For the Builder and Home Owner they can be confident that the Unitex EIFS system delivers on its promises, and thus it is not just us saying this – someone else also said so!

Unitex Base Board BRANZ accreditation

Unitex®, Australia’s first manufacturer of EIFS (External Insulating Finishing Systems), is proud to announce that they have been awarded BRANZ accreditation for the impressive Unitex Base Board Cavity System.

BRANZ Appraisals are independent and unbiased assessments of building products, materials and systems. Products are assessed for Building Code compliance and fitness for purpose. As well as evaluation and testing, BRANZ assesses and continually monitors technical literature, quality control, installation, service performance and maintenance. When it comes to providing third party accreditations for cladding systems, BRANZ is recognised as the leading authority by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

“I am thrilled that Unitex has been officially recognised as the leading quality manufacturer and supplier to the Australian building industry,” said Andrew Concannon, Managing Director.

Unitex has been manufacturing the highest quality, protective and decorative cladding systems for 28 years.

The world renowned EIFS system offers the ultimate external insulation in both heat and cold. By choosing the Unitex Base Board System for your project you are not only purchasing the highest quality products by the Australian market leader in the EIFS industry. You also receive a complete warranty (on the full system as specified), proven insulation properties and weather tightness – all backed up the southern hemisphere’s most rigorous authority in scrutinising cladding systems for weather protection – BRANZ.

Unitex customers can also be confident in the quality of manufacture, delivery to site, installation and technical support. While the home owner will enjoy the comfort of insulation, savings on future energy bills and the simply outstanding, low maintenance finish.

In 28 years of supplying Unitex Base Board for projects, Unitex have not had a single claim against their 7-year guarantee. With over 5 million square metres of external walls in Australian homes and commercial projects protected from this country’s harsh, seasonal weather conditions by Unitex, that’s reassuring indeed.