Thereâ€™s a common misconception in the construction industry that cement-bonded particle boards are, by and large, interchangeable and that, given the current economic climate, the only thing up for discussion is price.Nothing could be further from the truth.
â€œThis is not negotiable.â€
When an architectural specification calls for a particular cement-bonded particle board such as Versapanel â€œor equal approvedâ€, it doesnâ€™t mean that the specification can be changed to any cement-bonded particle board. The board must meet the specification of the named product in all respects. This is not negotiable. If the specification says â€œVersapanel or equal approvedâ€ then the architect is specifying Versapanel or a board that is approved to the same standards as Versapanel.
â€œIf you have knowingly specified an inferior productâ€¦â€
If you use a board that doesnâ€™t comply with the architectâ€™s original specification, in other words is not â€œequal approvedâ€ to Versapanel, you could run into trouble. What if the board you use is not â€œequal approvedâ€ and it fails? What if that failure results in an injury or, worse, a fatality? If you have knowingly specified an inferior product to the one requested by the architect and someone is killed, you could be exposing your business to corporate manslaughter charges. The damage to your companyâ€™s finances may well be recoverable, but the damage to its reputation almost certainly wouldnâ€™t.
â€œâ€¦a respected badge of qualityâ€¦â€
There are several very good reasons why an architect might specify Versapanel, but chief amongst them is the fact that itâ€™s manufactured to BS (British Standards) EN 634 1 and 2. British Standards are, according to the British Standards Institute, a â€œpowerful toolâ€ that â€œallows a company toâ€¦ develop and maintain best practiceâ€ and acts â€œas a respected badge of quality, safety and performanceâ€. BS EN 634 1 and 2 are the British Standards governing particle boardsâ€™ and wood-based panelsâ€™ tensile strength, mechanical properties, density, load factors and resistance to humidity, frost and hard body impact.
â€œâ€¦a legal requirement in the UKâ€¦â€
These standards arenâ€™t simply a â€˜nice to haveâ€™. According to the BRE Digest on Cement-Bonded Particle Boards:
The BRE Digest goes on to say, â€œIt is prudent for UK users to specify and request CE marking which will be proof of compliance with the Harmonised Standard thereby complying with the Construction Products Directive.â€ In fact, from 1st July 2013, according to the guidance note prepared by the Construction Products Association, the British Board of AgrÃƒÂ©ment, British Standards Institution and FBE Management Limited in consultation with the Trading Standards Institute, â€œit will become mandatory for manufacturers to apply CE marking to any of their products which are covered by a harmonised European standard or European Technical Assessment.”
â€œâ€¦the only cement-bonded particle boardâ€¦â€
As well as meeting the standards outlined above and being future-proof in relation to the CE-marking directive, Versapanel is one of the most comprehensively tested cement-bonded particle boards on the market. In fact, it is the only cement-bonded particle board in the UK with Concentrated/UDL Load Testing to EN 1195. It is the only cement-bonded particle board in the UK with BS EN 594: 2011 Racking Test approval. Plus itâ€™s the only cement-bonded particle board with its own range of approved fixings and it is the only cement-bonded particle board in the UK available in bespoke sizes.
â€œâ€¦a cement-bonded particle board that architects want to specifyâ€¦â€
Over the last 17 years, Euroform have invested their experience, expertise and commitment to excellence in creating a cement-bonded particle board that architects want to specify for its quality, performance and reliability. In short, architects know that Versapanel protects the people who work and live in the buildings of which it is a component, as well as protecting the reputations of the people and companies that construct them.