The issue of fire safety in buildings has gained significant attention in recent years, leading the government to implement regulation that stipulates the kind of materials used in facades.
Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, the government has established the Building Safety Fund to provide financial support for the recladding of buildings that have unsafe external wall systems. A crucial aspect of the recladding process is the selection and installation of the correct membranes, as they play a vital role in enhancing the fire safety of the building envelope.
Using the correct membranes in reclad projects is critical for mitigating the risk of fire incidents and provides additional protection for the building and its occupants. These membranes need to meet strict regulations and industry standards to ensure their effectiveness in preventing the spread of flames and smoke in the event of a fire.
Design & Specification
At OBEX, we understand the critical part that through-wall membranes play in reclad projects. The membranes in our through-wall solution meet stringent fire safety standards and comply with the latest regulations.
By collaborating with architects and contractors, we can ensure that the membranes used in re-clad projects are compliant, compatible and high-performing.
In addition to providing membranes that are compliant with the relevant regulations, OBEX also offers on-site through-wall installation training. This equips contractors and installers with the necessary knowledge and skills to correctly install the membranes, including the sealing of details such as window corners and façade penetrations such as ducts and vents.
This minimizes the risk of errors that could compromise the effectiveness of the whole building envelope.
We offer this training free of charge.
Quality checking is very important throughout the recladding process and the membrane installation is an essential part of this.
Our team will carry out site visits as the project progresses, to ensure that the membrane installation meets the required standards, and then produce QA reports as required.
Another free of charge service.
At OBEX, we always maintain excellent stock levels, holding several months of stock of our key products.
Along with our free next-day delivery service, this provides real support to help contractors deliver their reclad projects on time.
Building Safety Fund
The government announced the Building Safety Fund in March 2020 to fund the remediation of cladding on high-rise residential buildings (buildings over 18 metres). The fund opened for new applications, and with adaptions, on 28 July 2022 for eligible buildings without a funding solution in place.
The fund is open for new applications that meet the following criteria:
• buildings that are 18 metres or above
• buildings have at least one qualifying residential leaseholder
• the building must have cladding, as defined in the PAS 9980:2022 code of practice,
• buildings have a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Wall construction (FRAEW) following the PAS 9980:2022 methodology
The government has so far committed over £5 billion to the fund.
Contact the OBEX Re-clad Team
Our Accreditations - Your Peace Of Mind
BBA British Board of Agrément
OBEX products have third-party approval from BBA (British Board of Agrément), to ensure that their CORTEX Interface Sealing Solutions comply with all relevant performance standards.
KIWA BDA Agrément
OBEX utilises KIWA BDA Agrément, an accredited global third-party testing organisation, to ensure that their products comply with industry regulations and performance standards.
OBEX has achieved ISO 9001 certification, the standard that provides a framework for organizations to maintain and continuously improve their quality management systems and processes.