Non-combustible cladding manufacturer Metalline, has developed a new floor-to-floor framing system, which has been successfully tested to CWCT standards at the Vinci Technology Centre in Leighton Buzzard. The Unity A1 F2F system has been designed to accommodate, flat, discrete-fix, and hook-on rainscreen panels, and is fully compliant with all types of A1 and A2 facade panels, including aluminium, fibre cement and terracotta.
Metalline’s Unity A1 F2F framing spans from floor slab to floor slab, reducing the requirement for multiple helping hand brackets and supporting top hats. This saves time and money on installation costs, simplifies the design process, allows for greater adjustment, and reduces the requirement for fixings and brackets by up to 90 per cent.
The system also features a unique ball and socket design that allows for up to 30 degrees rotation to the front face of the rail. This feature is ideal for high-rise developments and the replacement of non-compliant cladding systems on buildings where the main structure is out of plumb. The extra adjustability and precise alignment of replacement panels allows for a seamless finish and a flat crisp appearance to the building’s new compliant facade.
Metalline’s floor-to-floor framing is part of its new Unity range of A1 fire rated non-combustible cladding systems. The recent testing to CWCT standards adds to the portfolio of assessments, which have been conducted within the last 12 months and include BS8414-2:2020 full scale fire testing and multiple EN13501-1 tests. Metalline has also recently become a registered signatory of the Building a Safer Future Charter.