Ritek® introduce X-Plus™ Wall – the latest high-performance, fire safe and Deemed-to-Satisfy permanent formwork system

After several recent global tragedies involving flammable building cladding products, Australian government and industry bodies have been quick to respond. From independent inquests and ongoing fire safety audits in most States, to changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) – comprising of Volume One and Two of the National Construction Code (NCC) , the spotlight is firmly on the building industry. 

With an emphasis on building materials that can deliver a faster and more efficient method of construction that are also approved fire safe and compliant, James Hardie Systems developed Ritek® X-Plus™ Wall, a high-performance permanent formwork system for mid to high-rise walls.

“Industry professionals are seeking building solutions that provide a simple, reliable and low risk pathway to compliance by meeting the DTS Solution requirements in the BCA relating to fire performance,” explains Steven Terzian, General Manager of James Hardie Systems. “Ritek X-Plus Wall provides this reassurance.” 

The two pathways to achieve façade fire compliance include Performance Solution, and Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) as stipulated in the NCC 2019. Ritek X-Plus Wall is deemed non-combustible in accordance with the National Construction Code (NCC) as a fire safe, compliant and Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) external wall solution as determined by testing relevant components with the AS1530.1 test. 

“The Ritek X-Plus permanent formwork system surpasses traditional product benefits with the highly respected DTS classification – eliminating compliance headaches and potential rectification down the line,” says Terzian. “This ensures peace of mind, ease of use and a cleaner auditing path for builders, developers, specifiers and architects.” 

Tested extensively, Ritek X-Plus Wall includes a specialised two-part metal accessory consisting of an anodised aluminium internal spacer and a galvanised steel insert that provides strength, durability, corrosion resistance and fire safety. Ritek X-Plus Wall also includes innovative James Hardie Fibre Reinforced Cement technology for added reassurance of long-term structural stability. Featuring superior thermal efficiency and fire ratings, James Hardie Fibre Reinforced Cement is lightweight and versatile, making it easy to work with and low maintenance. It will not burn, is resistant to termite and permanent water damage and is impact resistant and weatherproof – so it won’t crack, swell or warp like wood. 

Ritek X-Plus Wall is the ideal choice for exterior wall applications in all type A&B buildings in all classes. “In an increasingly risk adverse building environment, construction professionals are looking for products that meet building code requirements and have a straight forward façade fire compliance pathway,” says Terzian. “Ritek X-Plus permanent formwork wall system is faster to erect than traditional concrete construction, with the potential to save days per floor on build.” 

In addition to saving time and costs on site through quick assembly, as an interior and exterior wall application, Ritek X-Plus is ideal for applications where a premium finish is required. On the inside of the exterior wall, the quality sanded surface finish of Ritek X-Plus is ready for direct setting by finishing trades to a Level Four finish, thus optimising internal floor space and saving time and cost to batten out and plaster line internal walls.

Ritek X-Plus panels are available in multiple sizes – 115mm, 135mm, 150mm, 165mm and 200mm and are custom made to the architect’s specifications by the James Hardie Systems in-house drafting team. This time-saving method allows for windows and fire doorframes to be pre-installed, and electrical and gas services to be cast in. As well as in-house drafting and scheduling services, a highly-skilled technical services team, on-site project co-ordination assistance and committed customer service and sales support team are available for every project.  “Efficiency is key – our products and in-house teams aim to ensure a streamlined process, as well as deliver value through a high-performance, compliant finished wall system” says Terzian. 

For more information, visit https://www.jhsritek.com.au/product/ritek-x-plus-wall/

About Ritek Wall Systems

Ritek is an Australian owned manufacturer of innovative, high-performance, bespoke permanent formwork wall systems. Supplying the construction and building industry with premium wall systems for over 37 years, Ritek was established with the aim to create sustainable and efficient building products and solutions. In 2017, James Hardie Systems Pty Ltd, a division of leading building products company, James Hardie, added Ritek to its growing portfolio of trusted product brands. 

Ritek continues to cement its place as an industry leader through ongoing research and development, and delivering unparalleled customer service and a superior, bespoke permanent formwork system to the Australian market.