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 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.
“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.”