Danube gains safety approval for Alucopanels
Dubai Civil Defence approves composite aluminium panels for use on building exteriors in the UAE
Dubai-based building materials group Danube has announced that it has gained approval from the Dubai Civil Defence for fire safety ratings of its Alucopanel USA range of composite cladding panels.
The firm said that its 4mm aluminum composite panels sandwiched with a 3mm fire-retardant core is now acceptable for use on building exterior wall cladding applications throughout the UAE.
The Dubai Civil Defence Authorities updated its Fire and Life Safety Code in 2013 and made it a requirement that all exterior cladding is fire-retardant on all new buildings over 15 meters tall. This followed on from a fire at Tamweel Tower in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, which remains empty more than two years after external cladding caught fire right up the building's exterior in November 2012. In February this year, cladding panels also caught fire at Dubai's Torch Tower.
Danube said that updates to the code are more stringent that before, with the core materials used in cladding panels now tested separately by exposing it to fire without the aluminium skin.
It said the Alucopanel USA panels, for which it secured UAE manufacturing rights last year, have been proved to be safe with the inner layer designed so that it doesn't melt or drip but instead becomes a powder to prevent fire from spreading.
Danube currently produces Alucopanel USA panels from a factory in Dubai Technopark.