VIVA's Fire-Resistant ACP Sheets: Here's Everything You Need To Know
There is an ancient saying that “A storm can arise from a clear sky”, which implies that risk is a part of our lives. However, another expression says that it is “Better to be safe than sorry.” which implies that being prepared for the worst in advance does not harm.
While aesthetics are important, the real question is how well-equipped is your architecture to stand tall and strong in times of adversity?
With high-rise buildings clustering the city skylines and new infrastructures sprawling across cities, fire safety has become an issue of utmost concern worldwide. This is owing to the fact that fire mishaps can occur out of a clear sky, endangering the existence of the building and those residing within it.
Thus, using certified fire retardant construction material has become the need of the hour for every modern infrastructure.
To combat the dangers of a fire outbreak, VIVA is the first to come up with FR-grade Aluminium Corrugated Composite Panels in India.
VIVA’s fire retardant ACP sheets are offered in three grades – Class B, Class A2+, and Class A2. The FR class B comprises 70% Mineral & 30 % Polyethylene recycled Core, whereas the FR class A2 includes 90% Mineral & 10 % Polyethylene recycled Core.
What is a Fire-Resistant Aluminum Composite Panel’s working principle?
What empowers fire-retardant ACP sheets with self-extinguishing property is the ultra-modern technology used to build the Core that comprises minerals like AluminiumTrihydroxide& Magnesium Dihydroxide. It is this inorganic mineral-filled, polymer-bonded halogen-free core that is responsible for preventing combustion and ignition from taking place.
Viva has introduced FR class A2+, also known as ACCP (Aluminum core corrugated panel), which was the first of its kind in India. It has honeycomb core sandwiched between two aluminium coils. It does not contain any polyethylene core, the fire triangle is broken by eliminating the fuel element.
What are the benefits of using Fire-Resistant ACP sheets?
Statistics unveil that about 80% of fire-related casualties are linked to the emission of toxic smoke, which is a dreadful combination of CO and CO2. Thick black smoke emitted from combustible materials like furniture acts as a choking hazard for the victims. Moreover, the dense smoke distorts the vision and makes it even more difficult for them to flee from the escape routes.
Fire-retardant ACP sheets do not release any threatening thermal irritants or toxic fumes that can be detrimental to the health of the respiratory system. Rather, a small amount of water is emitted, causing harmless water vapor and non-toxic smoke to be released.
The poor thermal conductivity of FR aluminium composite panels leads to a negligible spread of fire for up to 2 hours. Since they do not participate actively in combustion, FR-grade ACP sheets do not release excessive heat onto other materials that can cause a fire.
Instead of melting into flaming droplets, fire retardant ACP sheets transform into harmless dust particles. Moreover, they do not come off the façade when the building is doused with water through a fire hose by the firefighters.
All these factors facilitate hassle-free evacuations of the occupants from the fire-engulfed building and minimize the damage to your dream project.
Why choose VIVA’s Fire-Retardant ACP panels?
Viva’s smoke-free FR-grade ACP sheets are designed to effectively protect high rises beyond 15 meters.
Our FR-grade aluminum composite panels emit negligible heat, so the temperature of the building is kept to an acceptable level.
Lastly, VIVA’s FR Class B ACP sheets are certified by international consultants Thomas Bell-Wright and accredited with NFPA 285, EN 13501, ASTM D1929, and ASTM E84. Our FR Class A2+ and Class A2 comply with EN 13501 and ASTM D1929
There is no such thing as too much safety, especially against the wrath of fire.
It would not be wise to completely exclude the possibility of a fire accident in a building, no matter how much we hope it never happens. Therefore, installing an FR-grade ACP sheet is a necessity (not an option) for modern structures if you want to enhance the fire security rating of the same.