Safe and secure, the advanced features of FS-Xtra from Rockpanel delivers a new dimension to your exterior cladding design. An elegant combination of fire safety with the broadest range of aesthetic finishes and RAL colours, ensures your building meets or in some cases exceeds European fire safety standards.
Rockpanel A2 (FS-Xtra) exterior cladding is ideally suited for applications where high levels of fire performance are desirable or mandatory.
Aluminium or steel sub-construction
Greater thickness carrying even more benefits
FS-Xtra grade boards can easily be identified from standard Rockpanel Durable boards by their increased thickness of 9mm. This thickness also carries additional benefits:
- Greater spans can be achieved,
- Provide better performance in wind loads,
- Cost savings for the back construction.
Where sustainability and fire safety go hand in hand
With sustainability at the heart of all of our Rockpanel products and the manufacturing processes, architects and specifiers can be assured that the environmental credentials of the products match their fire performance requirements, meet cladding specifications and provide all-round design performance in a single, elegant and safe package.
Available in a wide choice of colours and designs
The low maintenance, high performance grade boards are available in the following designs:
Rockpanel boards weigh very little compared to other board materials like High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Fiber Cement Board (FCB) and can be easily worked with on site, with no special tools required.
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When it comes to fire safety, two types of buildings need some extra attention: high-rise and high-risk buildings. What do these terms exactly mean? And what should you bear in mind to ensure optimum safety?
Fire terminology can be quite confusing. What does fire resistant or fire retardant mean? And what does it mean when building materials are called non-combustible, combustible or flammable?
For both high-rise and high-risk buildings, the impact of a fire can be catastrophic. In tall buildings and other places where many people live, sleep and work, it is important to pay maximum attention to (fire) safety. Risks need to be minimised in order for (vulnerable) inhabitants to stay safe.
Facade cladding and fire safety: much has been written or told about this combination. When combustible materials are used for facade cladding or when materials are applied in the wrong way, there can be increased risks regarding fire safety.
But luckily, when you make the right choices, facade cladding can be a completely safe option. Knowing the facts will help you make the right decisions.
The caloric value of building materials has a major effect on their performance during fire. Compare the PCS values of the most commonly used solutions for facade cladding and find out what this means for the fire safety of your building.
The Euroclass system is the leading standard in Europe for fire safety classification of building materials. It’s mandatory to use this standardized system with consistent quality levels. However, there are still often referrals to old standards. This leads to confusion and incorrectness, as they can be based on completely different test methods.
In the EU, the fire testing and classification standards for construction products have been harmonised in European Standard EN 13501-1. The European Reaction to Fire classification system (Euro classes) is the EU common standard for assessing the qualities of building materials in the event of a fire. Euro classes arise from classification systems for ‘reaction to fire’ performance of construction products.
The leading standard for fire classification of construction products and building elements in Europe is the EN 13501. At the core of this classification is the SBI-test (Single Burning Item). What exactly happens during this test? And what does this mean for the fire safety of your building?
When discussing the fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK, there is a great deal of confusion on the requirements for facade cladding panels. Central to this situation is the so-called ‘Class 0’, stemming from outdated national building regulations. Class 0 is still used in regulations to define the quality of facade cladding products, even while the mandatory European system on fire classification requires other, stronger specifications. This article discusses why it is important to stop using Class 0 in determining fire safety of facade cladding products.
Today, fires develop 5 to 10 times faster than they did in the 1950s. The performance of a building during fire therefore has a major influence on the safety of building occupants and first-responders.
Combustible materials can contribute to the spread of a fire and can produce toxic smoke, causing enormous risks for people inside a building.
We feel everyone deserves to be in a safe environment. No matter where you live, work, play or learn: safety comes first. Non-combustible building materials are the way to go.
The Euroclass system, which is the leading standard in Europe for fire safety classification of building materials, consists of the levels A1, A2, B, C, D, E and F. Both A1 and A2 mean that the classified material is non-combustible. Levels B-F are for combustible materials, although there is quite a wide variety between them. It’s mandatory to use this standardized system with consistent quality levels. However, there are still often referrals to old standards. This leads to confusion and incorrectness, as they can be based on completely different test methods.
Complying to fire regulations can be quite a challenge. The fire and building regulations are different for every single country. Also, it’s important to note that these regulations are often outdated. As they often come from a time in which the world looked a lot different (less consumer electronics, other methods of construction), it is vital to opt for a fire safety solution that is futureproof.