Changing Building Regulations
Ever since the changes were made to Approved Document B of the Building Regulations to improve fire safety of buildings, contractors and developers have increasingly been seeking compliant building materials for a wide range of architectural applications. One of the most fundamental Building Regulation changes is to ensure the use of non-combustible materials in the walls of relevant buildings, which must now be Euroclass A1 or A2-s1,d0. This change led to Panel Systems extending its range of FR-A panels, with the addition of three new A2 rated insulated panels for glazing and curtain walling applications.
Reaction to Fire
The panels, FR-A Types 2, 3 and 4, achieve A2-s1,d0 classification when tested against the procedures detailed in BS EN 13501-1:2018; the fire classification of construction products and building elements. Each panel is made up of a fire resisting, non-combustible core of Nexus Stonewool Lamella, the fire safe material for composite structures. The FR-A panels have been carefully designed and engineered to offer architects and developers a wider choice when specifying glazing and curtain walling materials that meet the strict building regulations for fire safety.
Available in Anodised or Powder-Coated Finishes
As well as meeting fire safety regulations, our FR-A panels also offer great aesthetics. Our FR-A panels are available in both Anodised and Powder Coated (PPC) aluminium facings, as well as a variety of thicknesses. The panels also have excellent acoustic properties and can be bought in custom sizes and bespoke shapes. In addition, our technical team can offer an additional support service offering U-value, acoustic and wind loading calculations.
Here at Panel Systems, we carefully control the manufacturing process, which includes carrying out stringent quality checks on each component to ensure they meet the required standard of the tested specifications. We also offer a bespoke structural bonding and fabrication service, with our skilled team having the experience to work with a wide range of facing materials, such as metals, plastics, timber and decorative laminates.
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