Composite Cladding

Composite Cladding Panels

Over the last decade there have been significant losses associated with large fires in which composite panels have been a feature.

RS Carry out investigations to identify composite cladding panels and analysis to determine their likely fire resistance.

Composite panels are used not only in external wall and roof cladding systems but also for internal building applications such as enclosures, compartment walls and cold stores

A composite insulated panel (CIP) typically comprises two metal skins that are bonded, one each side, to a central insulating core to form a sandwich.

Various cores are used to provide thermal insulation:

  • Mineral fibre.
  • PUR (polyurethane) foam.
  • PIR (polyisocyanurate) foam.
  • Polystyrene.
  • PF (Phenolic foam).

The type of insulating core used is important because it may have a direct bearing on the performance of a panel in a fire.

An LPCB approved panel is one which has been certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board and is included in the List of Approved Products and Services issued by the Loss Prevention Council.

Asbestos RS carry out the following:

  • Establish the panel construction.
  • Remove insulation core samples.
  • Analyse samples to identify the core material.
  • Locate any fire retardant.
  • Conduct flamability testing.
  • Confirm if the panels are likely to be LPCB approved or whether they are likely to perform similarly to such panels.

For more information please contact Richard Sharp.

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