Good architecture is the perfect balance of aesthetics, function and safety. It not only leads to living spaces that maximise the experience for its residents but also creates an environment where they feel safe, secure and protected. The fire protection of a building plays a fundamental role here in providing this assurance.
The importance of fire protection
Many lives were lost in the devastating fire that destroyed a London tower block in the recent past. That it could have been avoided brings home the importance of the issue of fire protection. Every building in Germany requires a fire protection certificate, with the architect bearing the responsibility for the planning and execution of all safety measures from the very outset.
Fire protection plays a major role especially in high-rise and high-risk buildings – this means even more attention must be paid to the planning and design of the building including its façade, the choice of materials and compliance requirements.
As a manufacturer of façade panels, Equitone takes the topic of structural fire protection very seriously. All Equitone façade panels, for instance, are classified as non-combustible.
Equitone façade panels meet the performance requirement C1.9 and P2.3.1 of the NCC. Equitone façade materials are deemed non-combustible as per the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of C1.9(e) & 18.104.22.168(d) of the NCC.
Equitone façade panels also meet performance requirement C1.10 of the NCC Volume 1. Equitone façade 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 façade panels exceed fire protection standards, regardless of the height of the building.