Versapanel delivers A2 fire performance

Building board specialist, Euroform, has enhanced its range of Versapanel cement particle boards with the addition of A2 Versapanel with Euroclass A2 certification according to BSEN 13501-1, confirming that the high mass, robust exterior lining is of limited combustibility when exposed to fire conditions.

In response to market demand, Euroform has invested in the development of A2 Versapanel to deliver enhanced reaction to fire performance.

Versapanel is said to be proven to perform acoustically and deliver ‘exceptional’ performance in the presence of moisture, as cut edges do not require sealing to prevent degradation. Recognising the need to provide a product which can assist with a simplified route to BR 135 compliance, Euroform has launched the A2 Versapanel.

John Taylor, technical director of Euroform Products, explained: “The all-round performance benefits of Versapanel have made it an extremely popular product for general building envelopes over the past decade and beyond. Recent changes in guidance have moved towards the use of limited combustibility materials, so we have responded by developing A2 Versapanel, making it possible for use in buildings above 18m.”

As compared with standard Versapanel, the new A2 Versapanel is said to deliver superior pull out resistance, with comparative tests demonstrating a ‘marked improvement’ on an ‘already very good’ performance. Offering ‘superior’ mechanical performance as compared with exterior gypsum boards, A2 Versapanel also helps to improve the airtightness of façades when sealed at joints. A range of finishes can be applied over A2 Versapanel, including insulated render systems, terracotta cladding systems, high performance cladding systems and traditional brick coursework.

A2 Versapanel is supplied as standard in 2400mm x 1200mm boards in 10mm and 12mm thicknesses. The product can be cut to size on-site or provided in a pre-fabricated kit to simplify installation processes. CE marked according to BS EN 13986:2004+A1:2015, A2 Versapanel has been independently tested as A2-s1,d0 reaction to fire according to BS EN 13501-1: 2007+A1:2009.