The Big Issue: Building Cladding Compliance

The current and ongoing furore concerning Non-Compliant Cladding is of great concern on High-Rise Buildings.


The Age

Friday July 2019

Construction Confidence plummets – Author Clay Lucas

‘…pursue nationally consistent building standards, amid the flammable cladding crisis…’

‘The meeting resulted in ministers agreeing that the Australian Building Codes Board – the body that sets the National Construction Code, which helps guide builders, would be expanded and better resourced…’


This issue is currently limited to Class 2 – 9 Buildings clad with Aluminium Composite Panels, not Class 1 and 10 type Standalone Residential or Duplex residential Construction.  The Building Industry and System suppliers in the Residential Dwelling space (Class1 and 10) must also prepare for non-compliance ramifications.

The official way to follow regulations is to only use current 2019 BCA/NCC Compliant Cladding Systems as controlled by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

Most Cladding systems are not covered by Australian Standards.

These are only covered by the terminology, ‘Deemed to Satisfy (DtS)’, which can only be compliant by ABCB approved third party Accreditation Authorities who are generally licenced to provide such Approvals for use.

In the Australian Construction Industry, the acceptable accreditation must generally be System based not Product based.  The Accreditation Process is controlled by The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) with Codemark Certificates of Conformity.  The ABCB/JAS-ANZ Accredits Certification Bodies such as BRANZ and Bureau Veritas to test companies and their products/systems for Compliance and Conformance.

Locally in Victoria we are also fortunate that the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Accredits DtS Building Systems considered as Conforming by the VBA issued BRAC Certificate.

Unitex is a leading Australian manufacturer of various façade products and systems, including the Unitex Base Board Rendered External Insulation Finishing System and has done so for over 35 Years.

The Unitex Cladding System, called Base Board System is Compliant to BCA/NCC with BUREAU VERITAS, BRANZ and BRAC (see Unitex Certificates:

As such the Unitex Base Board System completed on site (such as your Home), to Certified Specifications, for Building types and Location, is fully able by Legislation to be acceptable to our Building Surveyors Nationally.

As a local Australian quality Manufacturer, Unitex has long ago accepted the need for and expense of Accreditation and yearly audits of all Base Board Production Systems, Laboratory testing, products quality and staff processes.

For Customer confidence Unitex Site Installation Systems are also yearly Audited by both BRANZ and BUREAU VERITAS.

So, for the ultimate APPROVED AND ACCREDITED external insulation (Rv 2.6 for 75mm), for Protected Weatherproof Walls (Unitex Render Systems 35 years history on Australian Homes), and for Bushfire Attack levels 29 for standard and extra protection up to BAL40 available, the Unitex Base Board Systems are unmatched.

Do not hesitate to specify, use and recommend the leading Codemark Accredited, lightweight cladding system, Unitex Base Board.

Concerning fire issues

  • Standard Base Board Systems is compliant to Bushfire Attack Level 29
  • A Base Board System is available compliant to Bushfire Attack Level 40
  • Base Board System tested and passed Australian Standard AS1530.3

Note: 1530.3 Spread of flames: 0, Heat evolved: 0, Ignitability: 0, Smoke developed: 3

  • AS1530.3 compliant products/systems are considered approved construction products under Australian standards.

The Unitex Baseboard System complies with the above tests and requirements, and is approved for use in building class’ 1 and 10 when used in accordance with Unitex specifications.

If you would like further details or information, please contact our Technical Director Andrew Concannon or National Sales Manager Luke Molloy on 03 9768 4900.

For insurance or compliance queries, please refer your provider to this article, or contact Unitex directly.

Unitex will release regular statements as the non-compliant cladding situation evolves.

The Unitex Base Board System is fully accredited and has been in use for over 30 years without issue.

Unitex has always chosen to be aligned with Industry and international best practise providers of Accreditation, currently Branz and Bureau Veritas.

The certifiers of Unitex systems carry out stringent audits of the Unitex products and processes including the following:

  1. Auditing of the Unitex Quality manuals and their implementation.
  2. Auditing of Unitex manufacturing processes.
  3. Auditing of finished manufactured Unitex Base Board and Unitex manufactured  speciality Renders, Textures and Paints.
  4. Auditing of Unitex factory staff.
  5. Auditing of the Unitex product systems.
  6. Auditing of Unitex raw materials.
  7. On-site audits of installers and installed product.

These audits are conducted yearly, and a new Code Mark Certificate is issued every 3 years when no issues are reported to VBA or Australian Building Codes Board.  During our most recent audit, our Auditors were themselves audited by JAZ ANZ experts, this is the organisation (under COAG coalition of Australian Government), who have just withdrawn a range of other manufacturers Certifications.

Our standard Unitex Base Board System is tested certified for use in areas with Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL) up to and including BAL29 which covers the vast majority of metropolitan areas throughout the country. We also have a Unitex Base board System that is able to achieve BAL40.

Unitex prides itself on customer service, combined with technical product quality to world standard Accreditation.  With Unitex, you can be confident of a genuine Accredited system, with every component fit for purpose.

Unitex carries out site inspections to ensure projects are being completed according to written specifications, including removal of incorrect substrates or systems. Unitex also issue a warranty signed by Unitex as product manufacturer and system Supplier and also signed by the Accredited Unitex Installer / applicator.

Please contact our Technical Representatives to discuss your future Accredited cladding projects.

Unitex Base Board cladding:  the quality original.


Pirating a dodgy copy of Game of Thrones does not compare with a legitimate original.  Similarly, shoddy substituted cladding does not compare with safe, reliable accredited Base Board systems.

Base Board is not only safe, warranted and accredited, it also saves money.

The ‘Grandfather of EIFS’, Andrew Concannon, who introduced Polystyrene EIFS cladding to Australia, comments; “Base Board cladding is safe.  I have it on my own home, and have for 30 years.”

“Base Board systems are popular for many reasons, but one stands out.  Money.  Base Board systems save energy costs, keeping properties warm in winter, and cooler in summer.”

“Tradespeople who substitute quality, accredited systems with cheap substandard imported products are endangering the property owner physically and financially.”

Unitex Base Board is Australian made, the most highly accredited EIFS cladding system available.

With over three decades of fault-free history in Australia, Unitex warrants and signs off each Base Board project.  Polystyrene cladding has a defect free history of over 50 years internationally, when installed and used correctly. 

With an accredited, complete Base Board system, you are safe as houses.

Rendering: The Safe Cladding Option









It was only a few years ago, when the standard method of decorating and finishing high-rise building, featured timeless renders and texturing over masonry and concrete building methods.

Fast forward to the last few years, where cheap, and apparently ‘safe’ aluminium composite cladding, and glass curtain cladding, has become the status quo.  We were told this is the way of the future:  cheap, ‘safe’ and attractive cladding that can be done with very little experience, skill and a small workforce.

Then tragedies occurred worldwide, with this ‘safe’ cladding contributing to high-speed high-rise fires from Melbourne to Dubai, and terrible deaths in London.  The public then learnt the truth about this non-compliant building material.

In a recent article by Aisha Dow titled ‘Hospitals declared ‘safe’ amid cladding probe’, the author mentions how at least 280 Victorian buildings are to be audited to ensure they are safe from the non-conforming, non-compliant imported cladding.  Unfortunately, this process has been ongoing for 2 years and will be for some time to come.  There simply is not the space to do speed up the process at the testing labs.  Unitex have read there could be multiple thousands of buildings in Australia, currently clad with flammable cladding, typically known as ACP.

Given the recent London Grenfell Tower tragedy, London has responded with testing 600 buildings, and plans to test 100 a day.  This response shows the urgency revealed by the tragic death of at least 79 innocent people.

The question on many building professional’s minds is:  “What’s next now, how do we make our buildings beautiful AND safe?”

The answer is, move forward to the proven, long-lasting, safe and attractive rendered and textured finishes that have so well served us far.

As quality high-rise and multi-residential builder Mirvac will testify, Rendering and Texturing well designed concrete multi-level high-rise buildings can produce stunning results.  Unitex, being a leader in applied finishes and coatings, produces a huge variety of textures, from rough to polished, from natural marble pebble colours, through to coloured fine textures.  Unitex even produce the industry leading 4 hour fire rated Panel Patch coating.


We would love to hear your thoughts on cladding and the future of high-rise building in Australia.  Please feel free to contact our Technical team at 1800 RENDER or

Recent Customer Concerns

 – the fallout from the London Cladding Inferno.

Given the recent horrific high-rise tower fire in London, and subsequent death toll, it is natural that builders and owners are concerned and looking into the materials used on their buildings.  A recent conversation between a Unitex customer and our Technical Director illustrates this:

To Unitex,

Hi, we are building a new 2 story home using Unitex panels for the upper floors.
with the current issues regarding flammable building coatings can you please give me some information regarding Unitex panels as they are made of expanded Polystyrene which to my knowledge is very flammable and also produces toxic vapours and fumes?


Gday Brian,

Thank you for your email.
Non-conforming products in Multistorey Buildings is certainly a serious topic, and has been for Unitex for decades, and more recently, brought to light to the general public.

Before I go into why the Unitex Base Board System is compliant and National Construction Code approved building system for residential dwellings less than 3 storeys in height, I agree polystyrene is, in itself flammable as is timber and other materials used in typical house construction.

Unitex, who are local Australian manufacturers of a range of modified cement render and texture systems also use flame-retarded expanded polystyrene as the insulant in our now 25 year old External Insulating Cladding System (EIFS), known as Unitex Base Board system.

In international residential construction, responsible companies like Unitex have developed similar EIFS systems in the USA, Europe and Canada for over 35 years, without issue when used as specified.

Unitex Base Board System is not only approved by a document review, but most importantly by full laboratory, weatherproof and fire testing to be accepted in the Australian Residential Construction market as Compliant and conforming to the National Construction Code (BCA).

This is done by the Australian Building Codes Board process of obtaining CODEMARK Accreditation as the required independent third party accreditation.

The Unitex Base Board System, manufacturing system, site installation and processes are yearly audited to fully assure of conformance and that Unitex products, product systems and organisation, do what we say they do.

The standard Unitex Base Board system is tested to be compliant in Bushfire Attack BAL 29 zones, passes Australian Standard Fire Test AS 1530 Part 3.

Our high build render Base Board System also passed for use in bushfire attack BAL 40 zones.

No other company in Australia has such complete testing and accreditation.
This is done for our and your comfort, safety and peace of mind!

In walls where NON COMBUSTABILITY is required to AS 1530 Part 1, you are correct Polystyrene or wood may not be used.

But these are generally 1-2 hr fire rated boundary walls or partition walls. 
In short, if you are in a Bushfire FZ (non-combustible), zone you cannot use Unitex Base Board nor even  timber frames. 

Otherwise in residential dwellings below 3 storey and in class 1-9 building types,
i.e. almost all residential single dwellings, you can feel totally safe but always check with your Building Surveyor who is the ultimate site arbitor.

I have no hesitation in warrantying your Base Board System when done as per Unitex Accredited Specifications.

If you or your Builder or Building Surveyor require further information please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Sales Manager Luke Molloy on 03 9768 4900.

Andrew Concannon.
Technical Director.

This conversation provides an insight into why Unitex has been, and is currently, the market leader in compliant lightweight EIFS cladding, with the most highly accredited and tested solution available in Australia. 

Unitex Base Board is warranted for 7 years if used as specified.  Good builders only use National Construction Code (NCC) compliant materials.

Unitex Base Board from the outset, was designed to provide builders and owners a ‘safe for life’ insulation cladding solution.  One that provides huge energy savings, whilst keeping the occupants as safe as possible.  Polystyrene foam is the ultimate insulator and this is why it is the current world standard for EIFS systems, using fire retarded polystyrene foam without incident.

The London high-rise fire, and similar incidents around the world, including recently in Melbourne, are cause for concern and will hopefully produce meaningful action – that all cladding should be as vigorously tested and accredited as Unitex’s Base Board solution is.

It is sad that it has taken the loss of innocent lives to bring about positive change required for a safe future.

Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the initial sweetness of low price is forgotten’. In the building industry, this saying is probably most appropriate, given building a home is usually the biggest financial investment most people will make in their lifetimes.

At Unitex, we hear story after story, of people sold inferior products at prices slightly below Unitex’s and told “She’ll be right mate”. Well, there is a reason why Unitex has seen competitors come and go, and itself stood the test of time. Just like our products.

An example of the dangers to builders, specifiers and home-owners came to light recently. Approximately 12 years ago, a project had Unitex’s industry leading mouldings specified. They were delivered on site ready for installation and then rejected suddenly without payment. This was concerning at the time, and Unitex staff guessed at reasoning behind this decision. Was it a change of design by the home owner at the last moment? Was it a competitor coming in at a cheaper rate last minute? They were left wondering!

More recently, Unitex were sent photo’s of the now extremely defective site, with mouldings falling apart and cracking. The poor home-owner had a nightmare on their hands! They came to us saying “These are Unitex Moulds!” The home owner, had been assured that their pride and joy had the high-quality Unitex moulds installed, however a substitute product had been used! The builder had chosen sub-standard cheaper products and tried to pass these off as Unitex products to the owner.

The supplier of the defective mouldings has long closed its doors, and gone disappeared, rendering any warranty supplied or implied, worthless. The home-owner is now left with a house covered in broken and cracked mouldings. The cost for removal and replacement will be approximately 4 times the initial cost of the initially specified Unitex Mouldings of 12 years ago!

There really is no substitute for quality, and when talking about a building that needs to stand the test of time, it makes sense to use quality materials that are designed and proven to last.
‘The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the initial sweetness of low price is forgotten’.

Authorities catch up to Unitex thinking

The continuing saga of high-speed building fires caused by unregulated and non-accredited cladding has been big news in Australian media, and is also causing huge headaches in the Middle East.

Skyscraper after skyscraper are going up in flames, often taking less than 30 minutes to ignite top to bottom.  The culprit, non-accredited cladding, has been used in almost every city worldwide that has had property booms in the past 10 to 15 years.  All major cities in Australia have used the Aluminium Composite Panels on hundreds of buildings.  Even Melbourne’s tallest building, Eureka, has been found to have flammable cladding.

As recently reported on ‘The Fifth Estate’, This is a national problem.  At least 51 per cent of the 170 buildings audited by the VBA in its External Wall Cladding Audit were found to be non-compliant.”


United-Arab-Emirates-skyscrape-fireUnitex Director, Andrew Concannon, has been on the forefront of cladding solutions for decades.  “We decided to ensure our cladding systems were accredited, and achieved high Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) ratings very early on.  While competitors sold systems with unknown ratings, and possibly even non-conforming, we wanted the peace of mind of selling accredited systems so people would not end up in the situation they find themselves in now, with building owners, builders and building practitioners playing the blame game with these fire hazards”.

Whilst Unitex has called for industry wide accreditation and testing on cladding systems, only now after the recent spate of building fires, are people catching up with this thinking.  As discussed in the article “ Cladding scandal: action at last on dodgy materials”

“Measures to be taken by the ABCB include considering mandatory third-party accredited certification of cladding materials, a much more stringent option than the mandatory certification it considered last year, which could have allowed self-certification by product manufacturers. It will also look into developing a new verification method referencing a new Australian Standard for determining the fire combustibility of wall claddings and wall assemblies”.


Unfortunately these measures and changes will not help the hundreds and thousands of innocent home and apartment owners who find themselves in a building that may catch fire, and burn quickly when it does.


Further articles are available here:

Public Announcement,

The Unitex Granular Marble Manufacturing and Distribution Franchise agreement in Western Australia ended on 31st December 2015.

Both the Franchisor, Unitex Granular Marble Pty Ltd of 22 Park Drive Dandenong  Victoria 3175, and Franchisee, 3 of Unit 1 , 3Hunt St. Malaga WA 6090 have agreed that from the above date shall cease manufacturing UNITEX PRODUCTS and continue for the next twelve months as the WA Distributor for the original Manufacturer Unitex Granular Marble Pty Ltd.

3 has decided to release a new range of building industry render products under a new brand. 3 Directors will inform all customers and suppliers of the new Company name and Logo in the near future.

The Unitex name, brand & logos and associated use in WA is solely owned by Unitex Granular Marble Pty Ltd of 22 Park Drive Dandenong Victoria 3175.

The Directors of both Firms are very grateful for their many years of friendship and mutually beneficial business relationship and also wish each other continued success in the years ahead.

The Directors Unitex Granular Marble Pty Ltd and 3

Spotlight is on non-accredited Cladding: Disaster for the Australian Building Industry.

We have all seen the recent headlines and read the reports of disastrous construction events caused by non-accredited and non-compliant cladding, leaving both resident and developer in a legal minefield. Whilst we at Unitex empathise with the victims in these reports, we have long advocated for the industry to support locally made CodeMark accredited complete systems only, as recommended by the Australian Building Codes Board.
Unitex, over 30 years ago, was leading the change in Australia – a local manufacturer that introduced Australia to lightweight cladding as was already developed in Europe and was fast moving to a dominant position in European and UK markets as the cladding of choice for its insulated and protective properties.
Unitex never shied away from third party accreditation and was one of the first in Australia to have their Unitex TWS system tested by both ABSAC and CSIRO. When ABSAC and CSIRO ceased their testing, Unitex went further and tested their more recent development – the Unitex Base Board System (Cavity and Non-Cavity) – through the VBA (BRAC appraisal) and the National Construction Code (CodeMark) accreditation process which included a BRANZ and a SAI Global appraisal. Unitex Acreddited Base Board Unitex Accredited Base BoardUnitex BAL Base Boards Systems have also been approved for Bushfire Attack levels up to BAL 40.
Unitex was one of the first to have a full system appraised and fully accredited, and is regularly audited to continually meet the standards of the accreditation – something we at Unitex hold as a top priority, for your reputation, for your safety, and for ours.
But in our eyes, accreditation is only the first step. As the highest accredited supplier of audited EIF Systems for the Australian market, Unitex with its expert Technical Representatives advise on-site, provide sign off checklists for all Building Surveyors and Builders, as well as inspect during the build, and also provide manufacturer sign off for Building Surveyors and Builders to ensure compliance to the Unitex CodeMark Certification.
Unitex also provides comprehensive training on its CodeMark and BAL accredited systems for all Building Surveyors and Builders, with all attendees receiving their free copy of the Unitex Systems Checklist booklet at the end of the training session. If you and your team would like more information on these comprehensive training sessions, or to book Unitex to come to your office to conduct the training, please contact Unitex Marketing department at the Unitex Head Office (Dandenong) today on 1800 RENDER (736337) or 03 9768 4928, or use our contact page to request a call back to arrange.

These sessions are completely free of charge and will provide you and your team confidence and assurance for future sign off and on-site checks.

Unitex has launched what is set to be the most functional and engaging website for its’ customers, and the broader market, that has ever been seen in the Australian building manufacturing industry, adding to its’ already superior service and product offering.


Unitex National Sales & Marketing Director, Siska Concannon explains that “the website has been created with the customer in mind – with not only Unitex systems information and information sharing capabilities, but the ability to directly engage with Unitex and with the many highly specialised staff expertise through the Unitex forum, webinar series, online tutorials, social media conversations, and personalised portal. We expect that there will be new information uploaded every day not just by Unitex but by our customers and users of our site. Unitex wants to clean up the industry and set quality as the only option, and with all aspects of Unitex – our product systems, our personalised service pre, during and after care – proving to be setting the standard for the industry, so must our website as it is an extension of our exemplary service and product offering. Our new website achieves this and will continually be updated based on what our customers and the market want.”


The website will also house on demand information for all segments of the Unitex market – Application and Installation manuals, Material Safety Data and Technical Data Sheets for the Applicator and Builder; Compliance forms and instructions for the Building Surveyor; downloadable designs for Architects and Building Designers; How To’s, tutorials, what to look for information sheets for the home renovator and DIYer to mention but a few. And with the new Unitex website compatible with mobile, it makes downloads from the website even easier.


To see all the fantastic changes and start exploring & engaging with Unitex, go to

Unitex has recently launched its’ superior range of Architectural Mouldings and Columns, as well as the Australian markets’ highly accredited cladding system, the Unitex Baseboard System, onto the market leading Architectural 3D modelling software – Revit.


As the market leader in Architectural Mouldings and Columns, Unitex through Revit has provided the Architectural and Building Design industry with what they need to accurately specify the highest quality Architectural Mouldings & Columns, and accredited cladding systems (Unitex Baseboard System in cavity and non-cavity).


Unitex National Sales & Marketing Director, Siska Concannon emphasised the importance of this undertaking by explaining that “the partnership is a really exciting venture for Unitex as our Architectural and Building Design customers are very important to us, as they are at the forefront of innovation and technology and are constantly exploring unique and exciting functional design. So for Unitex to be able to provide our innovative products and systems to work in with these ground-breaking designs we had to make it as seamless as possible for our customers. Revit provides the perfect platform for this.”


A2K Technologies Design Content Manager, Matthew Sheales also commented that “as the largest supplier of Autodesk Revit software in Australia, A2K Technologies are constantly reminded by designers of the value of manufacturer’s content for use in Revit project models. We commend Unitex for their initiative in supplying their products in Revit format, which is a real reflection of Unitex’ s client focused approach to business and their awareness of their customers’ needs. Design Content is proud to partner with Unitex in delivering value to our mutual customers.”


For further information on Unitex in Revit, please contact Unitex direct on 03 9768 4900
or email

Unitex Uni-Base Board System has achieved BAL-29 and has cemented itself as Australia’s most protected cladding system on the market.


The Unitex Uni-Base Board System (BAL 29) is accredited to pass Bushfire Attack Level 29. This is a new Base Board system for Unitex, based on the existing non-cavity Uni-Base Board system, that must adhere to the strict installation and coating specifications in order to be warranted as achieving BAL-29. It is with this in mind Unitex Managing Director and Technical Director has stated that “Unitex strongly advises our on-site involvement prior, during, and at completion of installation (as per the Unitex installation manual) as Unitex must sign off as conforming and complying with all requirements of the BAL 29 Unitex walling System”. Unitex Sales Manager, Luke Molloy continued this statement by stating that “with Unitex sign off and involvement your building surveyor will have proof from Unitex, as the system provider, for confirmation of full compliance to the accredited system”.

BAL 29 Certificate


This is welcome news for Unitex, as their continued focus on achieving excellence and proving their systems credibility through national accreditation is at the forefront of all their product development. Unitex Marketing and Sales Director, Siska Concannon states “At Unitex we always say – Your Walls. Our Pride – this is our mantra, what we live and breathe by, and is displayed in all that we do and all that we deliver to our customers and the market at large. This accreditation just backs up our strong belief in quality systems protecting our customers and our customers’ customer’s. So we urge you to get Unitex involved early, from the beginning and right through to after completion, so as to prevent shortcuts and peace of mind for all stakeholders”.


If you require BAL-29 for your next project or your own home, please contact Unitex direct for on-site consultation on correct system requirements and installation.

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Unitex Uni-Base Board BAL-40 System has been awarded the highest Bush Fire Attack Level accreditation for polystyrene cladding systems, BAL-40. This is a tremendous addition to the already highly accredited and leading cladding system in Australia, the Unitex Uni-Base Board System.


Unitex Managing Director and Technical Director was overjoyed with this result, but has insisted vigilance be taken when specifying and/or using this system. Andrew Concannon states, “for your trust and peace of mind, and to comply with the requirements of Bushfire Attack Level 40 (BAL-40), it is strongly advised that a Unitex Technical Sales Representative quote on all the components required to complete your project in order to achieve total conformance. In order to achieve total conformance to BAL-40, your Unitex Technical Sales Representative will sign off critical installation stages – prior, during and on completion – for the Unitex warranty sign off for BAL-40 accreditation”.


Unitex Marketing and Sales Director, Siska Concannon, seconds Andrew’s statement by stating “At Unitex, we take pride in the quality of our systems, and the accreditations they have achieved. There is a lot of technical know-how and research that goes into our systems and products – we take quality seriously and never compromise on this. It is with this in mind, and for your protection and protection of your clients, Unitex only allow approved and accredited Unitex Installers to install any Unitex Uni-Base Board System BAL-40 projects. For your safety and protection, this is a strict policy of Unitex”. This steadfast approach to quality and protection is what has given Unitex it’s unparalleled reputation as Australia’s leading manufacture of façade solutions. And what confirms their delivery of their mantra – Your Walls. Our Pride.


If you require BAL-40 for your next project or your own home, please contact Unitex direct for on-site consultation on correct system requirements and installation.


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If you are interested in becoming an approved Unitex Installer, please refer to the Accredited Contractors information on the Unitex website.


Unitex Base Board now awarded 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.

Q&A interview on the recent BRAC Certificate of Accreditation for the Unitex Base Board System (Non Cavity).







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.
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!

BRAC Accreditation confirms Unitex Base Board’s performance is watertight.

Unitex® is one of the first Australian companies to receive a ‘complete as installed’ BRAC accreditation for their Unitex Base Board EIFS cladding system. Awarded by the Building Commission of Victoria last month, this accreditation further reassures builders and homeowners that the Unitex EIFS cladding system provides the highest protection and performance, guaranteed.

The Unitex Base Board system, part of the Uni-EIFS range, is a low build insulation cladding system made locally by applying a specially formulated polymer render coating and reinforced AR/FG Mesh to EPS panels. The panels are then finished with Unitex Specialty Render and Unitex Applied Texture Coatings.

This of course is not the first accreditation awarded to the Unitex EIFS system. Unitex started this process 15 years ago with an ABSAC (CSIRO) accreditation for their Brennar Insulation Panels. Five years later, with CSIRO appraisals, the Unitex TWS system was similarly awarded a CSIRO appraisal. Now, 10 years later Unitex has been awarded BRAC accreditation from the Building Commission of Victoria. Further certifications are currently in progress for National accreditation via CodeMark.

When asked to comment on what the BRAC accreditation means to Unitex, Managing Director, Andrew Concannon said “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, because someone else said so!”

Unitex has a strong reputation for quality and in 27 years of supplying Unitex Base Board for projects they 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.