Rockpanel A2 exterior cladding is ideally suited for applications where high levels of fire performance are desirable or mandatory.


High-rise buildings

Height is an important factor in fire safety. The definition of what constitutes a high-rise building differs between European countries.In Germany, the limit for high-rise buildings is 22 metres and above, in the UK it’s 18 metres and above, in Belgium it’s 25 metres and above and so on. No matter what the exact limit is, it remains indisputable that risks increase when the building reaches a certain height.


High-risk buildings

A high-risk building is a building where the impact of a fire can be catastrophic. Hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hotels, student housing: all of these and similar buildings fall under the definition of high-risk. They are buildings where a lot of people live, sleep, are in need of care and/or cannot escape quickly or easily in case of a fire emergency. The risk of losing lives due to a fire are high within this category of buildings.


Medium and low rise building

For medium and low-rise buildings, fire regulations are less strict. However, the ROCKWOOL Group recommends the use of non-combustible materials as the low-risk option, to our customers. The advantage of choosing non-combustible materials for any facade is that they will help make a building futureproof, as the function of a building can change.


Future use of buildings

It is important to keep in mind the future use of a building. A structure that today is not considered a high-risk building, could be one in ten years from now if its usage changes. For example, from an office building to an elderly care home. Therefore, keeping in mind the lifetime safety of a building and its users is always the best way to go when dealing with fire safety.