Rainscreen cladding systems are designed to perform well in a number of areas. Firstly, as the name suggests, they must protect the exterior of buildings from the weather. They must also improve thermal performance (reducing heat loss and saving energy), meet fire and combustibility standards, and improve a building’s appearance... all within a commercially viable solution for clients.
As well as meeting the latest fire-safety standards, our system has been through stringent CWCT lab-testing and has been designed to BS8414:2 2020 standards. But what exactly is rainscreen cladding, and what should you be thinking about when specifying it for a building project? Read more about how rainscreen cladding works
Performance-tested our system uses non-combustible, A1 fire-rated materials, such as aluminium, stainless steel and terracotta clay, and complies with the following standards:
- Optimised sub-structure - Finite Element Analysis, desktop product design and prototyping have ensured that every element of the structure has been optimised to reduce the amount of material required and improve overall structural integrity.
- Patent-pending design - Cutting-edge components of the rainscreen system, including primary brackets and insulation clips, are patent-pending. The innovative design improves thermal (U-value) and weather-sealing performance by reducing the number of penetrations into the fixing grounds - vertical insulation clips connect to the mullion and horizontal clips connect to the transom carrier to securely hold the insulation.
- Wider bracket centres - Positioning fewer, higher thermal- specification and better load-bearing brackets at significantly larger centres reduces overall costs and cuts installation time. Weather seals are incorporated into the base of the brackets and the fixings to eliminate the risk of moisture ingress behind the weather membrane.
- Environmental credentials - Our helping-hand brackets are reused or recycled after the support structure is fixed permanently, helping BREEAM projects achieve their sustainability goals. The design of the brackets allows the smallest possible footprint when installing the insulation – allowing fitters to ensure there are no air pockets (critical for thermal efficiency and fire protection).
- Flexibility - All parts of Maple’s rainscreen system can also be used as individual components – interconnecting with industry-leading materials, such as cavity barriers, stone wall insulation and breather/weather membranes.
Our panels have been designed to combine commercial and aesthetic benefits with fire-retardancy performance for rainscreen systems.
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