Sustainable and firesafe facade material
Project architect David Leune of BLAF explains that they initially chose Rockpanel products because of their sustainability. “The boards are made of stone wool from basalt, a volcanic rock that is abundant in nature. The boards can be recycled infinitely, without loss of quality and are therefore perfect for circular construction. That perfectly fits the vision that we have as an architectural firm, and the client's wishes. In addition, it is also an elegant boards material, with a wide range of designs and colours. A strong combination of sustainability and design freedom.”
Due to the height of the building and the residential use, fire safety was also a very important condition, adds Jeroen Verdonck of contractor Francovera. “The Rockpanel Premium A2 11 mm thick facade boards that we have chosen can be classified as non-combustible in accordance with national building regulations. Together with the ROCKWOOL facade insulation also used here, the facade achieves European fire class A2-s1,d0, which makes this an ideal combination for high-rise buildings."
Easy to process
The Rockpanel cladding is installed on an aluminium sub-structure. Small rivets in a matching RAL colour were used, making the fixings virtually invisible. Pieter den Haese of installation partner Tectum Groep is very pleased with the choice for Rockpanel facade boards. “In practice, when renovating a building of this size, you always run into surprises. This building, for example, has many connections, and an existing facade that turned out to be far from straight. The architect's design, on the other hand, is very sleek,with beautiful horizontal and vertical lines. We needed to prepare the installation well. With such a challenging project, it is nice if the facade boards are easy to process and mount. We like to work with Rockpanel products because these boards are lightweight and can be processed without special equipment. For example, you can easily saw them to size with traditional sawing tools. Once the lines have been laid out, mounting the facade panels was a simple job.”
“We are very proud of our contribution to this facade renovation”, Vanden Driessche says with a smile. “The new facade will ensure that the energy bill for the tenants is considerably lower. And thanks to the Rockpanel Metals facade boards, we have transformed this grey colossus into a lively and modern residential building that has a positive impact on the entire skyline of Lokeren.”