Farrat is first to market with an A2 Fire Rated Structural Thermal Break material

Farrat has unveiled the markets first A2 Fire Rated Structural Thermal Break ‘Farrat TBF’ this week, following 12 months of research and development in consultation with Salford and Manchester Universities, material scientists and specialist raw material producers.

Farrat TBF is a very limited combustibility Structural Thermal Break material designed to maintain full structural integrity in the event of fire.

Alongside its limited combustibility, the new Farrat TBF material stands alongside the markets best performing thermal insulators, with very high compressive strength and low thermal conductivity – preventing thermal bridges from forming between structural connections and mitigating against the risk of condensation, mould or corrosion.

Farrat TBF

Farrat TBF has been independently tested and verified to the latest industry standards, with a limited combustible calorific rating achieved to EN 1716.

Farrat TBF is verified to maintain its very high structural performance and compressive strength to 500° under EN ISO 604 and is consequently compliant for use under Document B Building Regulations for buildings above 18m.

Chris Lister, Commercial Manager at Farrat

“The addition of Farrat TBF to our Structural Thermal break range is in response to several enquiries from our clients regarding a fire-safe thermal break product,” explains Chris Lister, Commercial Manager for Thermal Products.

“The intention is that Farrat TBF acts as a reliable, effective and readily-available material for fabricators and designers that are looking to meet multiple building regulations relating to fire, heat loss and energy performance with the one Structural Thermal Break product. We expected Farrat TBF to be favoured and especially suitable for thermally insulating structural connections on high-rise developments and buildings above 18m.”

Farrat TBF is available for procurement worldwide from November 1st 2019 and is already set to be used in products around the UK.

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Passive House Certification for Farrat TBK Structural Thermal Break Plates

Farrat TBK Structural Thermal Break Plates have been granted a ‘Certified Passive House Component’ by the Passive House Institute.

Passive House is the standard for energy efficiency, granting certification to structures, components and professionals who have achieved the very best in quality, efficiency and sustainability.

The criteria to gain the title of ‘Certified Passive House Component’ is based on two categories:

  • Living health and comfort (‘Comfort criteria’) and
  • Energy balance during practical application (‘Energy criteria’)

Components that carry this certification have been tested according to these aforementioned criteria and are of a high standard regarding energy efficiency. This ensures that the specific use of the component meets the essential needs and functions of the professionals that require it (architects, structural engineers, technicians).

Farrat Structural Thermal Break Plates have received multiple certifications in the past. However, this is the first Farrat solution that has received Passive House Certification, cementing Farrat’s committed to developing innovative high-performance building materials with proven performance.

Passive House certification also fits closely into Farrat’s core values of Customer Service Excellence, Responsibility, Ambition and Quality, by ensuring quality assurance, performance and trust in manufacturing excellence.

“Farrat are very proud to have achieved certification to such a highly regarded standard as Passive House. Achieving exemplar level performance with our TBK material confirms our belief in the merits of solid state structural thermal breaks and the benefits of their use throughout general construction detailing.”

Chris Lister, Commercial Manager, Thermal Products


Farrat’s Passive House certificated Structural Thermal Break materials provide building design professionals with a robust solution to minimise energy loss. Suitable to mitigate against planar, linear and point load thermal bridging, Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks can be used anywhere a penetration or transition exists in a building envelope to help achieve building performance standards. Performance characteristics include low thermal conductivity, high compressive strength and very limited creep under load.

Full specifications are available for import from NBS Plus.

To contact us click here or get in touch on +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

Production & Operations working together at Farrat to achieve great things!

Over the last few weeks, Farrat Production & Operations Teams have been busy working round the clock to manufacture and deliver a diverse range of high-performance isolation systems to some incredible projects located around the world.

Below we have highlighted just a few examples of the solutions that have been manufactured and dispatched in the last few weeks, by our hardworking and passionate team.

200x Farrat Isoblocs for installation under Presses in Taiwan

200x Farrat Isoblocs for installation under Presses in Taiwan to provide high-load shock isolation.

68x Farrat Laminated Natural Rubber (LNR) Structural Bearings to isolate London Hotel

68x Laminated Natural Rubber (LNR) Bearings for a London Hotel being built next to a music venue.

14x pallets of Anti-Vibration Materials to configure Isolated Foundations for a Canning factory in France

14x pallets of Anti-Vibration Materials to configure Isolated Foundations for a Canning factory in France.

30x CineSTEEL MAX acoustic isolators for steelwork at the new Cineworld 4DX in Cheltenham...

30x CineSTEEL MAX acoustic isolators for the raked seating in the new Cineworld 4DX in Cheltenham.

These particular isolation systems required Farrat resources across Engineering & Design, Rubber Moulding, Waterjet, Assembly and Dispatch to work together to produce a fit-for-purpose solution that met the client brief and could be delivered on time.

As with all Farrat products and solutions, they were manufactured under an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Assurance System and the international ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard.

These latest projects making their way out the door demonstrate a great effort by all involved and are a prime example of how teams at Farrat work together to flow customer value through the organisation and achieve great things.

Reflecting our ongoing, shared commitment to provide our customers – wherever they are in the world – with the best technical solutions to their engineering challenges.

For more information on our Manufacturing capabilities click here.

The ultimate acoustic isolation grade for a new generation of 4DX Cinemas

CineFLOOR MAX-teal

We are pleased to bring to market our highest-performance and most advanced grade of commercial floating floor yet: CineFLOOR MAX.

Engineered to meet the specific and rigorous acoustic demands of 4DX auditoria, the new CineFLOOR MAX system incorporates high damping isolators to control and constrain vibration, while still providing exceptionally high levels of sound insulation performance.

Development of the CineFLOOR MAX system began following Farrat’s role in the design, supply and installation of the new Cineworld Bracknell – one of the first purpose built 4DX Cinemas in the UK – as well as several years of research into cinema motion technology. 

CineFLOOR MAX - 3D section render with labels

MAX System Features:

CineFLOOR MAX is future-proofed using the most extreme calibration routines from 4DX suppliers.

The MAX system not only isolates the vibration from adjacent auditoria, but also controls the slab response that the 4DX seats are mounted to, offering superior motion feedback and a more immersive 4D experience.

CineFLOOR MAX floating slabs can be designed with a fully fibre reinforced concrete to allow easy seat installation without the risk of hitting the rebar and self-compacting concrete can also be used to ensure high flatness tolerance is achieved, to allow vinyl or carpet to be laid directly on top of it.

 

MAX Design Details:

 

MAX Grade Suitability:

CineFLOOR MAX sits at the top end of the CineFLOOR range, engineered to provide the highest levels of acoustic isolation performance for the most demanding cinema applications – predominantly 4DX and multiplex cinemas. Our ultimate aim for CineFLOOR MAX is to enhance movie-goers’ 4DX experience and maximise value/impact for cinema developers.

To identify which grade of CineFLOOR is right for your auditorium, use our suitability table here.


Farrat has designed and delivered acoustic isolation solutions for many of the world’s largest and most striking multiplex cinema projects and the Building Acoustics team at Farrat has decades of experience creating state-of-the-art acoustic environments within cinemas.

For further information on CineFLOOR MAX, or to discuss a project, Contact Farrat Building Acoustics Team.

NEW Launch: CineFLOOR Range

CineFLOOR is the new range of acoustic floating floors designed for Cinemas, from Farrat

CineFLOOR is the construction markets first range of high-performance acoustic floating floors designed specifically for cinemas.

The new CineFLOOR range from Farrat offers designers, buyers and clients a ‘simple-to-select’ acoustic isolation solution for auditoriums of all shapes and sizes. From multiplex cinemas to boutique auditorium and private viewing rooms, CineFLOOR acoustic floating floors will keep sound constrained to its source so that you can create truly immersive auditory experiences.

All CineFLOOR systems are designed with ease of installation and follow-on trades in mind. They do not require any ongoing maintenance and will last for the entire lifetime of a building. We are so confident of this that we offer performance warranties up to 25 years – the longest in the industry.

Our engineers have also taken special care to consider build-ability, reliability and robustness in each design to ensure that the operator’s key interests are always upheld.

There are four grades in the range to reflect the most common design variables, ranging from minimum to maximum acoustic isolation performance: NEO, LITE, PRO & MAX.

To identify which CineFLOOR grade of acoustic floating floor is right for your auditorium, use our suitability table:

CINE FLOOR Grade Music Practice Rooms Recording Studios TV Studios Home Cinemas Commercial Cinema 4DX Existing Structures
X Not Often X
X X
Not Often Not Often Check with SE
X X X X Check with SE

To view CineFLOOR key features, technical details and specifications, click here.

CineFLOOR is a Farrat Isolevel Ltd owned brand. © Copyright 2019.

 

RIBA NBS Plus Partnership – Instant Specification for Farrat Products

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Farrat has partnered with NBS Plus to provide architects and designers using the NBS (National Building Specification) system with a ‘one-click’ specification function for Farrat products.

Managing multiple suppliers and contractors can be time-consuming and costly, especially for projects requiring specialist solutions where there is a need for bespoke products or a combination of bespoke and standard products. That’s why thousands of architects, architectural designers, engineers and consultants use the RIBA NBS system across the country, when preparing specifications for construction projects both large and small.

These users can now access technical information for the following products engineered and by manufactured by Farrat, streamlining their specification process and reducing project lead times;

We recognise the importance of understanding our client’s requirements, which is why we continue to invest in ensuring our products, services and training seminars are accessible and technically sound. Thanks to our recent listing on RIBA NBS Plus, our products can now be instantly added into project specifications by our clients and more products will be added to the Farrat profile over the coming months.

To specify a Farrat product, visit our Riba Product Selector profile or submit an enquiry to our Technical Team.
Alternatively, contact us to discuss a specific project by calling: +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

Farrat Specification advice in June edition of Passive House+

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This month, Farrat have been featured in Passive House+ Sustainable Building Magazine, advising structural engineers and designers on how to specify carefully to eliminate thermal bridges in buildings and structures.

Energy efficiency is an increasingly important parameter in building design. Building components that penetrate the insulated envelope will produce a thermal bridge, resulting in significant energy loss if not addressed. Whilst energy loss is important there is also a higher chance that this could lead to condensation with resulting damage to the building’s fabric and mould growth.

Farrat have been bridging the gap with specialist Structural Thermal Break Plates for decades, therefore we know that appropriate analysis, detailing and specification are key to achieving good building performance.

There are few standard construction details where thermal breaks are incorporated because of the large variety of construction materials and systems forming the building envelope. The trick is to choose a thermal break plate solution that is both simple and effective. Structural connections incorporating thermal break plates need to perform well both thermally and structurally and of course there will be a compromise to satisfy both requirements. It is absolutely vital that the thermal break material is fit for purpose.


 

You can read the full article online at passivehouseplu.ie

Or for more in-depth advice, you can request a copy of our Technical Guide for Structural Thermal Break Connections here.

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Anthology Deptford Foundry – Shear Keys

Progress at the Anthology Deptford Foundry site drives forward as Farrat Shear Keys are installed by OHOB on Block E. The third of four building blocks in the scheme integrating a Full Building Vibration Isolation system developed by Farrat, Block E will follow suit with construction on Block’s C & D and include;

Farrat Shear Keys provide lateral movement restraint together with vertical acoustic isolation. They have been designed to provide high vertical load capacity, which facilitates an efficient design that usually eradicates tension in the walls, and high shear loads to minimise the number of assemblies required, which is vital on this project due to the proximity of railway tracks on the north and South-West of sides of the site. To read more about high capacity vibration isolation systems for buildings, visit our Building Vibration Isolation page. To discuss a project with one of our structural or acoustic engineers, please submit a Technical Enquiry or Call +44 (0) 161 924 1600 and ask to speak to our Technical Team.

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Westfield White City (Phase 2)

Structural bearings for the next stage of the Westfield White City project were dispatched yesterday from the Farrat factory, as progress on the site swiftly moves forwards.

For more information on this project or for enquiries regarding Farrat Structural Bearings, head over to our new Building Vibration Isolation page or contact us.



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