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. An already widely specified product for building envelope applications, in response to market demand Euroform has invested in the development of A2 Versapanel® to deliver enhanced reaction to fire performance.

Versapanel® is long established in the market as a product which is proven to perform acoustically and delivers 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, Euroform Products, explains: “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® delivers 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 air tightness of facades when sealed at joints. A wide 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.

For further information on A2 Versapanel® or to learn more about specifying the product on buildings above 18m high, call 01925 860 999.

The Euroform technical team will also be on hand at the Build Show on Stand B876 (NEC, 9th-11th October), to discuss the benefits of A2 Versapanel®.