Schneider Electric is committed to offering safe and compliant products to the market and has been actively involved in periodic testing and assessments of the I-Line busway range (I-Line II and I-Line H) for many years, to provide additional product alternatives with a passive fire resistance level (FRL) to fulfill the Australian National Construction Code (NCC) requirements.
Schneider Electric partnered with the experts in passive fire protection at Promat, utilizing their knowledge and expertise in the field to create a commercially competitive, easy-to-build and replicate on-site, compliant solution, tested and then assessed by Warringtonfire Australia.
In order to assist our clients in meeting their specific electrical specification requirements for fire-tested busway services, it was crucial that we offer a solution that included a variety of busway characteristics, not just a single product.
The right busway product for your installation
Schneider Electric is able to offer an aluminium busway with integral or internal earth with an FRL of -/120/120 and -/240/240, and a copper busway with integral or internal earth with an FRL of -/120/120. Testing was done for both concrete floors and wall separating elements, including Masonry, Plasterboard and Speedpanel.
We are able to offer solutions where insulation is only required to be installed on the top/floor side, a feature that distinguishes us from the majority of solutions now available on the market. Not having to install the wrap on the ceiling side cuts installation time by up to 75% and reduces time spent working at height. This may result in substantial labor savings for high-rise buildings with several busway runs.
Details of how the passive fire protection is achieved with the I-Line busway can be found in the Regulatory Information Report (RIR): 51656600 and FAS200479 (issued by Warringtonfire), which is available from Schneider Electric on request.
Peace of mind with a trusted busway system
The Schneider Electric I-Line range of busways also offers the reliability of a well-known brand, tried and tested globally over many decades, and includes the performance of Schneider Electric NS and NSX circuit breaker protection in the plug-in units. Complete with ASTA Diamond and KEMER KEUR IEC61439-6 certification, you can be sure of Schneider Electric for your busway needs.
About the author
Simon Grose, Product Application Engineer – Power
Simon has been in the LV industry for 30 years, starting in the UK as an apprentice in switchboard building. Having sub-contacted throughout the UK to many local and international companies, he moved to New Zealand in 2002, where he joined a switchboard company looking after production control, purchasing and logistics.
In 2010, Simon joined Schneider Electric as a sales representative promoting and supporting the full range of LV products, then in 2015 moved to the Offer Management team looking after various portfolios such as switchboard and enclosure systems, power distribution, protection and metering across Australia and New Zealand. Since 2020, Simon has been focusing on Switchboard Systems and Busway, which incorporates all the aspects covered throughout his career.