Shackerley has launched the “first A1 non-combustible rated anti-frag cladding mesh“.
Shackerley says it has become the first cladding supplier in the UK to develop an anti-fragmentation meshing process that has been certified as Class A1 to BS EN 13501-1 for fire safety.
The company says the new process means that it can now provide SureClad cladding systems that meet the highest standard of fire resistance for back-meshed non-combustible cladding material.
Shackerley says the new meshing system builds on its fire safety credentials and the company’s solutions-driven approach to helping specifiers comply with legislation on the mandatory use of non-combustible cladding for residential buildings of 11m or more.
Shackerley’s SureClad mesh-backed Ceramic Granite and Natural Stone façade panels are now all classed as A1 for fire safety. The company’s existing meshing process and its SureClad Engineered Stone system are certified as Class A2-s1-d0 when tested to BS EN13501-1, which also complies with cladding legislation for high-rise residential buildings.
With the development of the new A1-certified meshing system, Shackerley says it can now offer specifiers an entirely A1 system across its SureClad Ceramic Granite and Natural Stone ranges, anticipating potential future legislation and offering a best-in-class solution for insurers and mortgage companies.
Brian G Newell, Founder and Chief Executive of Shackerley, explained: “Fire safety has, quite rightly, become a main priority for specifiers since the Grenfell tragedy. It’s clear that, though current legislation on non-combustible cladding is focused on residential buildings, fire safety has become a key specification criterion for all buildings; not just for specifiers but also for developers, investors, insurers and mortgage companies.
“All Shackerley façade systems and finishes are non-combustible, but we wanted to ensure we could offer anti-fragmentation, mesh-backed systems, that are completely A1-certified. Developing a meshing process that has been tested as A1 to BS EN13501-1 enables us to do that.”
Shackerley says the mesh is applied to the rear of cladding materials at its ISO 9001- accredited production facility in Lancashire prior to fabrication of the panels. It provides an important safety measure for SureClad installations by preventing fragmentation of installed panels due to catastrophic impact, thereby protecting against the potential for any falling debris.Brian added: “Safety is important throughout the lifecycle of the cladding system, including transportation to site, installation and service life. Our systems not only prioritise fire safety but have also been seismic-tested and protected with the anti-fragmentation mesh, ensuring that specifiers and developers can be completely confident of safety with SureClad, alongside aesthetics and performance.”