Fire-resistant glass hits money woes

Fire-resistant glass hits money woes

16 July 2010

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A FAMILY-run business in Montrose needs government support to finish developing a world-first fire-resistant glass for Black Saturday survivors to use when rebuilding.

Miglas High Performance Windows has spent more than $250,000 developing glass to meet new State Government regulations for rebuilding in high-risk bushfire-affected communities.

Miglas director Anatol Miglas said it was frustrating because the company was close to completing the work but needed about $100,000 to complete research and development.       

The glass must be able to withstand temperatures up to 850C for 30 minutes to meet new regulations. The last test – costing more than $15,000 – made 28 minutes, with Miglas confident it could finish the product with one further test.

Kilsyth state Liberal MP David Hodgett said the Brumby Government set new regulations after the bushfires but did not support local industry to help meet those regulations. After Black Saturday the government announced new rules on bushfire-compliant materials for building homes, including glass needing to be fire-compliant.

A stand-alone glass that meets the regulations does not exist, but shutter-style windows do.   

State Government spokesman Chris Owner said the Miglas product was for the highest fire-rating areas and only affected a small number of houses.


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