A testing environment for composite cladding
We’ve highlighted in the past the importance of making sure that the test data on timber cladding products accurately reflects the cladding’s potential installation and use in a building.
The producers of composite cladding are now picking up on signals from the market that more detailed information is needed by all parties. The most recent example of this need being fulfilled is Dura composite cladding from International Timber. Its new Dura Cladding Resist FR range has been tested in similar conditions to those found at installation on a building, namely with a void behind instead of the normal fire-rated barrier used for testing. It achieved a Euroclass rating of B-s2-d0 under BS EN 13501.
The ‘do’ element of the rating means no flaming droplets are produced which could spread fire further. The low smoke rating (s2) and B classification (on a scale from A1 best to F at worst) and the co-extruded outer layer protecting the core, further add to its credentials.
End of life recycling
International’s Dura Cladding Resist also scores environmentally in terms of its recycled plastic content. Customers can return the product for recycling and re-use in future projects at the end of its service life, further diverting plastic waste from landfill.