Since the recent tragic events at Grenfell Tower, we have been contacted by a number of clients seeking advice in regard to the fire performance of our X-Clad and P-Clad systems. Should you have specific queries regarding a project, you may of course contact us directly to discuss in depth, but very briefly the position is as follows:
X-Clad achieves Class ‘O’ for Flame spread (which is described as low risk in the current Building Regulations) once it is installed and the backer panel is encapsulated by the brick slips on the outside and the sheathing material on the inside. It is vital that appropriate fire stopping materials/devices are installed where the wall to be clad is over 2 storeys high. X-Clad can be used up to 18m where the height is measured from mean adjoining ground level to the floor height of the highest occupied level. X-Clad has third party certification by the British Board of Agrément (BBA). You can download a copy of the BBA certificate for X-Clad on our downloads page.
P-Clad has been tested and certified for installation on buildings over 18m tall constructed with a steel frame substrate wall. Specifically, P-Clad has been tested for fire performance in accordance with BS 8414-2:2005 and found to comply with the requirements of BR135 Annex B:2013. P-Clad requires appropriate fire stopping materials/devices behind in the cavity and in the supporting battens etc. It is vital that fire breaks are installed where the wall to be clad is over 2 storeys high. P-Clad has third party certification by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) and additional subsequent assessment approvals by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for use in rain screen cladding applications. You can download a copy of the BBA certificate for P-Clad on our downloads page.
If you are in any doubt or have any queries in respect of fire performance and installation, please contact Richard Haines via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 971 7117.