RMIT Bundoora West Student Accommodation

When it comes to the design, supply and installation of tactile indicators, stair treads and edging, DTAC Pty Ltd is a world leading innovator and has been the trusted name in the industry for almost 15 years. The company pioneered the architectural floor tactile industry in Australia, taking a utilitarian product and transforming it into a feature that compliments the aesthetics of any project.

DTAC’s specialist team design and manufacture their own superior quality products to meet the ever changing requirements of Australia’s tactile, stair tread and edging compliance regulations. All products are designed, manufactured and installed in line with the latest Australian NCC standards. The products also conform to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) including slip and luminance requirements with test certification data available.

“It’s our technical support staff and highly trained contract installers unequalled attention to detail and their specialist knowledge that ensures architects; designers and builders can make the right choice for aesthetic and functional compliance in every project,” explains DTAC Operations Manager Michael Moulding. “In addition to meeting the mandatory compliance, DTAC’s products also offer visual appeal; this is why DTAC is the industry leader and continues to be the brand of choice for tactiles, stair treads and edging.”

For the RMIT Bundoora West Student Accommodation project, DTAC was engaged to design and install tactile and stair tread installations in accordance with the required building standards and regulations. Thousands of DTAC Ecotac TGSI’s were installed along with DTAC’s Urban Edging range on steps across the site.

The uniqueness of these products is that DTAC’s Ecotac is an environmentally friendly alternative to the classic solid tactile. Whilst it appears identical when installed, is AS/NZS 1428.4 and NCC compliant, the Ecotac features a cupped underside that uses less stainless steel therefore putting less demand on resources. It has a slip resistance classification of R12 and utilises a superior pressure fit fixing method ensuring performance and longevity.

DTAC’s new Urban Edging is made from hard wearing silicon carbide inserted into an aluminium extrusion. Specially designed by DTAC in Australia, the Urban Edging range is available in a variety of angles and profiles suitable for all stable substrates including carpet. The Urban Edging range complies with all national codes and regulations achieving a R13 slip resistance classification as well as luminance and fire testing compliance.

Michael explains that “as with most projects but particularly those in the public area like RMIT Bundoora, compliance and certification is of the upmost importance.” “Our products are tested and certified in accordance with the NCC, AS/NZS 4586 and AS/NZS 1428.4.” “All our installers go through an 18-step accreditation process before going onsite; therefore our clients can be assured that our DTAC trained contractors have the expertise and knowledge when it comes to the compliance and overall aesthetics of tactile and edging installations.” Michael added.