Architecture shapes cities and spaces, and has the power to make a lasting impression on people. Good architecture also creates living spaces that meet both aesthetic and functional requirements. Fire protection is a very important component of good building practice.
Why is fire protection so important?
Devastating fires in buildings have been making headlines for some time now, drawing sharp focus to the importance of fire protection and the need for regulatory compliance. For instance, a fire protection certificate is required for every building in Germany, with the architect bearing responsibility for the planning and execution of all safety measures from the very outset.
Fire protection is a critical aspect of any building process, especially when it comes to high-rise and high-risk buildings. Even more attention must be paid to the planning of such buildings and the choice of materials, particularly when designing the facade.
As a manufacturer of facade panels, Equitone takes their responsibility for structural fire protection very seriously. All Equitone facade panels are classified as non-combustible.
What does ‘non-combustible’ mean exactly?
Equitone facade panels meet performance requirement C1.9 and P2.3.1 of the NCC: Equitone facade materials are deemed non-combustible as per the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of C1.9(e) & 184.108.40.206(d) of the NCC.
Equitone facade panels also meet performance requirement C1.10 of the NCC Volume 1: Equitone facade materials are classified as a Group ‘1’ fire resistant material in accordance with AS 5637.1, and are compliant with AS 1530.3.
Equitone solutions for optimal fire protection
All Equitone facade panels exceed fire protection standards, regardless of the height of the building.