Five Fire Safe Cladding Considerations

Following the government's commitment to penalise developers that do not actively contribute to the removal of unsafe cladding from buildings, developers across the UK have to step up fire safety efforts as they retrofit their properties accordingly.

Here's what a fire safe external wall insulation system provides:

  • Greatly reduces amount of combustible materials
  • Reduced spread of fire
  • Reduced transmission of toxic gases
  • Increased evacuation time
  • Increased Energy efficiency

Read on to discover why fire safety is about much more than the spread of flames.

Avoid Combustible Building Materials

At the heart of the fire safety conversation here in the UK, is the urgent replacement of combustible materials from external wall insulation and exterior cladding. Fortunately, combustible, flammable plastic and wood cladding refurbishment has every reason to disappear, thanks to new fire resistant alternatives.

Soltherm's range of insulating material offers regulation standard insulation and fire protection, for a variety of budgets. The range includes industry leading mineral wool, specially engineered silicone solutions and our totally unique composite EPS insulation board.

Set Up Fire Barriers Within the Walls

If a combustible material does ignite, especially in high rise buildings, the top priority is controlling the spread. The reason Soltherm's EWI systems are A1 rated is due to the internal system of barriers that prevent flames from spreading.

The Ultimate FSC System features world class compartmentalisation; fire safe partitions within the insulation material prevent the spread of fire, plus it acts as a safety barrier from any melted materials from leaking through into other sections.

The Ultimate FSC system features a patented composite Grey EPS insulation board demonstrating exceptional fire performance vs. conventional EPS systems.


The Ultimate FSC system features a patented composite Grey EPS insulation board demonstrating exceptional fire performance vs. conventional EPS systems.

Check the Fire Performance of your Adhesives

Do not allow your fire risk assessments to fail as a result of inefficient adhesive material. Materials such as adhesives and polystyrene can melt within the affected structure, contributing to a toxic environment which is already filling with smoke.

Ensure your adhesives come with exceptional fire safety ratings, as well as your cladding and insulation solutions. Soltherm's A1 rated adhesive is applied to mechanically fixed insulation panels, reducing the threat of toxic byproducts in an emergency.

Maximise Evacuation Time for Residents

A fire safety strategy for residential buildings goes beyond the installation of the materials themselves. Within the external walls and cladding system is a community of residents who need an efficient evacuation plan. Preparing them with improved building standards maximises chances of a successful evacuation.

Soltherm's Ultimate FSC system is tested and proven in residential fire situations to help increase evacuation time when it matters most.

Soltherm's Ultimate FSC system is tested and proven in residential fire situations to help increase evacuation time when it matters most.

Use Cladding Materials Built for Life

As building regulations become more stringent and the Building Safety Bill highlights the pressure on building owners even more, it is important to remediate buildings with cladding systems that last. Sustainable construction work at this crucial stage in our industry will improve fire rating standards, offer increased protection but will also increase value.

It is now possible to remove acm cladding systems in accordance with uk government requirements and replace it with sustainable, cost and energy efficient exterior cladding and building insulation.

If you are under pressure to improve safety standards in your existing building stock, talk to Soltherm about our range of A1 fire rated solutions.

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