Wienerberger’s SVK Fibre Cement Façade solution achieves the perfect balance of high performance and high design, offering durability and safety without sacrificing visual appeal
When it comes to constructing or renovating structures both large and small, SVK delivers the ideal building solution for creating inspirational facades.
SVK fibre cement cladding panels are manufactured from a mixture of Portland cement, reinforcement fibres, additives and water, which is built up in thin layers and compressed to create sheets which are left to dry and harden before being painted or coated to achieve a decorative finish.
The SVK Fibre Cement Façades collection features eight decorative panel ranges (Puro Plus, Decoboard Classic, Decoboard Pure, Ornimat, Colormat Classic, Colormat Scripto, Colormat Bando Classic and Colormat Bando Scripto). Across these ranges, precision-engineered fibre cement cladding panels are available in a spectrum of bright and neutral shades and a variety of textures, linear patterns, slatted effects and replications of natural stone.
These design options can be used in isolation or in combination to create stunning facades for any design scheme. They can be used alongside other building materials such as brick and glazed units, or other façade solutions such as Wienerberger’s Corium brick cladding system for a mixed material effect. For complete creative freedom, bespoke fibre cement panels in almost any RAL colour can also be manufactured for orders over 50m².
Fire performance is a major consideration when selecting a façade system for new build or retrofit projects. UK Building Regulations demand that only fire rated cladding is installed on buildings above 18 metres in height (or 11 metres in Scotland).
Cladding products are subjected to rigorous testing to achieve their fire rating, comparing ignitability, smoke production and heat release amongst other criteria.
Fibre cement as a material will not fuel a fire within a building or ignite when exposed to flames. Under the BS EN 13501-1 standard, Wienerberger’s SVK fibre cement façade panels achieve a Euroclass fire rating of A2 s1, d0. Breaking down this classification, “A2” means that the product is non-combustible, “s1” signifies that little or no smoke is created, with “d0” indicating that no flaming droplets or particles are produced. An A2 rating is an industry standard for high quality cladding products in the market.
The SVK fibre cement façade solution has also been independently accredited by the third-party Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT), who perform testing for weather tightness, impact resistance and more at their certified facility where they replicate the most extreme conditions that can be inflicted on buildings. The SVK range also conforms to the BS EN 12467 standard for Fibre Cement Flat Sheets – Product Specification and Tests, as well as meeting the performance criteria of a European Technical Assessment (ETA14/0284).
As a façade product with longevity and durability, SVK fibre cement panels hold a 30-year design life guarantee, with no risk of shrinkage, warping and cracking once installed. Another cost-saving benefit of the solution is that it is very low maintenance, with in-built resistance to mould, rot and bacteria. SVK panels can be freshened up with water and the option of a mild detergent, no specialist chemicals or processes required. Colourfast, UV resistant and hydrophobic coatings can be applied to fibre cement to offer additional protection against weather and pollution.
Lightweight but strong, SVK façade panels can be installed quickly, efficiently and safely on to a wide range of substrates as an outer skin, typically fitted on to a timber or aluminium sub-frame using rivets, screws or adhesive bonding system.
In the current climate, where cladding specification is under a microscope, architects, specifiers, contractors and their clients can have confidence in the performance of SVK fibre cement façades. With unlimited creative potential embodied in an easy to use product, the industry has the opportunity to create inspiring, unique and memorable external façades that enrich the built environment.
To find out more about Wienerberger’s SVK Fibre Cement Facades, visit: www.wienerberger.co.uk/svk .
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