Over the past decade, there has been a significant increase in facade fires. After the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in London - one among a number of high-profile fires - the UK's concern for facade fire safety escalated.
Discussions regarding the combustibility of facade materials, and the ambiguities of the present regulations, are everywhere.
While it is necessary to look into the matter in detail, it is imperative for every person in the industry to understand the contributing factors behind buildings' fire hazards, promote the development of new legislation and ensure that existing building regulations are applied. They must do whatever possible to reduce the risk of fire on facades.
Effisus has launched a noncombustible, waterproof, breathable membrane for facades - the Effisus FR membrane. As well as being an alternative to the combustible breathable membranes currently used on facades everywhere, this product is the one and only class A fire-rated waterproof membrane.
The Effisus FR membrane uses advanced technology, together with a fiberglass base, to create a fire-resistant membrane. This membrane has been tested in accordance with EN 13501-1 - obtaining an A2 classification - and ASTM E84 class A (class 1). It is CE-certified according to EN 13859-2 standards, and can be applied to flexible sheets for waterproofing and underlays for walls.
The Effisus FR membrane is a highly tear-resistant wall-lining waterproofing membrane that allows vapour diffusion, but is 100% water and wind tight. It guarantees optimal protection for the structure behind the external cladding against wind, damp and driving rain. It has exceptional UV resistance and is suitable for facades with open or closed joints. There are also a large range of accessories that allow it to be installed in the most demanding projects.
It is available in rolls of 1.07x93.45m for 100m2 in either white or black.
Effisus strives to provide excellence in weatherproofing solutions for the building construction segment, with a key focus on meeting the needs of each project. With the aim of leveraging strong partnerships, it achieves efficient sustainability from start to finish. Effisus's solutions combine efficiency and sustainability, promoting integrated systems with added value and superior quality. Supported by an extensive consulting service, a wide range of solutions for roofs, facades and day-to-day construction challenges are offered.
Effisus is present worldwide and its work features in numerous projects, such as Dublin Airport, the SSE Hydro arena in Scotland, Total Tower in Cyprus and hospitals in Orléans, as well as Beauvais in France, Salalah Airport in Oman, and the Burj Vista, Fountain Views and Sky View developments in Dubai.