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The fire protection regulations for the building envelope can vary greatly from country to country. However, they all share the goal of protecting the people living in the buildings. A particular emphasis is therefore placed on the system concept of the façade. In addition to the safety of the individual building materials, one also has to consider the building as a whole: wall structure, insulation, substructure, façade material, dimensioning, layout, joining technology, etc. – all components and parameters influence the behaviour of a building whenever a fire breaks out.
Based on our aluminium composite panels, we offer numerous solutions for the renovation and construction of buildings, and thus to facilitate safe construction options in-line with the latest regulation. Our façade material ALUCOBOND® has been tested in accordance with EN 13501.1 “Reaction to fire”. This test considers the performance and safety of the product as if it were installed as a system.
For a fire-resistant, rear-ventilated façade, we therefore recommend ALUCOBOND® PLUS (EN classes B-s1, d0) or ALUCOBOND® A2 (EN classes A2-s1, d0) in combination with non-combustible mineral insulation. This combination shows no flame propagation or critical rises in temperature, and even exceeds the requirements of BR135. This has been proven by four BS8414 large-scale fire tests by the BRE at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017.
We also collaborate with national authorities, and work at a European level to improve the fire safety of buildings.
Furthermore, we offer a comprehensive training concept for the fire protection of façades. Should you be interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are aware of the complexities architects and engineers face when planning the whole façade system. Our experienced technicians will be happy to offer you practical advice and assistance.