Fibre Cement Facade Systmes: Fire Safety, Building Regulations and Aesthetics
This CPD focusses on fibre cement, concentrating on current and pending building regulations changes in relation to Approved Document B and change of regulator to HSE. Further reflecting on these changes, it analyses the difference between fire reaction and fire resistance and examines product testing within rainscreen and full system testing of rainscreen cladding systems. Whilst discussing these key technical points, the CPD also highlights various aesthetics that can be achieved using fibre cement facade materials. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Building Regulations Changes - Amendment to ADB
- Fire Safety – What is the difference between Fire Resistance and Fire Reaction
- The significant difference between testing a products performance compared to testing a systems performance
- Further Building Regulatory Changes – HSE involvement and the importance of 'The Golden Thread'
- Aesthetics and whether you need to compromise on the aesthetic whilst using fibre cement as a material
The Use of Natural Fibre Cement in Architectural Facades
This CPD aims to discuss the origins and use of rainscreen. Topics covered will include the basic principles of rainscreen, the advantages, possible concerns, façade panels, wind tight layers, types of fixings and health and safety. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- What a rainscreen is and its first uses
- Risk of fire and advantages of fibre cement rainscreen
- The production process
- Principles of an open rainscreen and the advantages
- Different subframe options available
- Design ideas
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Cembrit's range includes fibre-cement slates for pitched roofing, large format 'A' fire rated building boards/ facade panels for rainscreen cladding. On vertical surfaces, building boards for render backing, sheathing, partitions, fire rated applications and general purpose use.
Fibre cement corrugated sheets are generally selected for single skin applications in aggressive environments such as livestock housing, industrial processes or storage of corrosive materials.
Fibre cement slate formats include Westerland dressed edge textured surface, Moorland dressed edge smooth surface, Zeeland textured surface square edge, Jutland smooth surface square edge all for double lap slating.
Fibre cement rainscreen claddings are available in through coloured autoclaved water resistant composition known as Cembonit or Patina. Fibre cement through coloured rainscreen cladding is branded Solid, fibre cement through coloured rainscreen cladding with a transparent coating is branded Transparent and fibre cement rainscreen cladding with a painted surface on a natural grey core is branded Cover.