Rockpanel Colours and fire safety
In addition to the wide palette of colours and the lively look and feel, it was very important that the facade met fire class rating B. René Houtvast, Managing Director of Plabos Afbouwsystemen and responsible for installing the panels: "The Rockpanel facade panels are made of stone wool, which is naturally resistant to very high temperatures. In addition, the wooden substructure is fitted with ROCKWOOL insulation material. By installing a continuous layer of stone wool insulation and decorative, virtually non-combustible facade cladding, we have created an optimally insulated, fire-resistant facade construction that complies with fire class rating B."
Easy processable facade panels
The Rockpanel Colours facade panels, in various widths and floor-to-ceiling height, were mechanically fastened to a wooden substructure by means of screws and installed in an alternating pattern, says Houtvast. "Assembly went like clockwork. All panels were sawn by the supplier and then delivered in packages per floor. Meaning that we hardly needed to adjust the panels on site. And when we did have to make some adjustments, to the connections for example, it was very easily done. The panels are lightweight and can be processed on site using standard tools. Moreover, the edges do not require post-treatment to protect them from moisture."
Living safe and comfortably
In total, almost 400 square metres of low-maintenance Rockpanel facade cladding has been installed in a unique warm colour scheme. The result? "A vibrant facade that truly gives this building its own unique look and feel. Especially when coming from the street side, with its sleek and modern formal facade, the facade on the private side really gets to you", says Harnischmacher. Moreover, it has become a building where residents feel at ease, Houtvast adds. "By using stone wool for both the cladding and the insulation, De Magistraat has a pleasant indoor climate and offers optimal fire safety. Giving the new residents a safe and comfortable place to live. Something we are very proud of."