When it comes to choosing non-combustible cladding, an understanding of the compliancy of each product is required for specification. To help, we have put together this quick guide for our engineered metal non-combustible cladding solution, VitrabondG2®.
Firstly, here’s a quick overview of VitrabondG2®. It has been available globally since 2015 and in North America since 2017 when Fairview Architectural saw that the construction market would soon require non-combustible cladding for some types of construction, a movement seen in other countries around the world. VitrabondG2® was developed specifically to provide all the benefits of aluminum cladding material with the added benefit of being non-combustible.
This innovative product has many advantages and here are just a few reasons why we think you should consider it for your next project should you require a non-combustible cladding solution:
- Non-combustibility – VitrabondG2® is a 4mm aluminum panel classed as non-combustible according to the IBC. Non combustibility is determined by completing two important tests, ASTM E136 and ASTM E84. The common full scale wall assembly fire test NFPA285 is to determine the suitability of using combustible products in non-combustible wall assemblies. Therefore, VitrabondG2® does not require NFPA285 testing when used with other non-combustible products.
- Lightweight – VitrabondG2® weighs just over 0.9 lbs/sf, making it almost half the weight of traditional 3mm(1/8”) solid aluminum plate, and about 60% of the weight of standard fire-rated aluminum composite material. Despite its lightweight, VitrabondG2® is more rigid than both 3mm(1/8” solid aluminum and standard 4mm aluminum composite material, giving it one of the highest strength to weight ratios of any cladding material.
- Cost-effective – thanks to its lighter weight VitrabondG2® is easier to handle and install which will provide major time and cost savings to your construction project both in labor and in the structural components required in the wall assembly.
- Appearance – VitrabondG2® is visually identical to traditional metal composite material but none of the mineral core fillers that are often found in other non-combustible and fire-rated alternatives. It is also available in all the same colors and finishes.
As part of our non-combustible product range, we also have 3mm pre-finished solid aluminum Vitraplate. Find out more about Vitraplate here.