VIVALDA, supplier of architectural façades and aluminium composite panels, has launched a new product, designed to meet the growing demand for fire-rated products in the UK refurbishment market.
The new A2 rated panels are available in thicknesses from 28mm to 150mm and can be rebated to make them suitable for all glazing systems and curtain walling. All Vivalda’s infill panels are tested to British Standard EN 13501-1: 2018.
Comprising a Lamella mineral wool core and a 1.5mm thick aluminium sheet to both faces, each panel is polyester powder coated to achieve a wide range of colour and finish options.
Following the Grenfell fire, there has been a heightened awareness of the importance of fire safety in building materials, particularly in architectural glazing panels. Since entering the door panel market in 2021, Vivalda has seen demand increase for fire-rated products, typically to replace potentially flammable panels in existing buildings with the safe new A2 rated alternative. The new product is designed to meet this demand and provide a safe and reliable solution for building refurbishments.
Vivalda’s ownership of the total product supply chain – including manufacturing, fabrication and powder coating, which is all undertaken within the group – ensures consistent product quality and availability.
Alix Agius, Composites Manager from Vivalda, said: “This is a product that we have actually been manufacturing for a while, but without certification of the complete panel, only each individual component. Now that we have independent, external validation of the panels’ A2 rating, we’re confident that developers, architects and door manufacturers alike will be assured of the product’s quality and performance.”
New Glazing Panel
Vivalda says the introduction of its new glazing panel has been welcomed by its existing customers who require documentation for panels, and is the perfect solution for architects, councils, and installers who are pricing new projects and have a requirement for A2 rated panels.
“We are seeing a huge demand for fire-rated products as many buildings now require replacement panels with a fire rating. Having our panel now tested and confirmed as achieving A2-s1,d0, we are confident that we will see this demand continuing for the next few years,” added Alix Agius.
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