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    Encon and Knauf Provide Fire Protection Solution for Luxury Apartments

    3rd October 2016

     

    Encon and Knauf Provide Fire Protection Solution for Luxury Apartments

    Following a recommendation from independent distributor, Encon Insulation, Knauf Vermiplaster was used to achieve necessary fire resistance to the structural steel at the Plymouth Rivage project, a collection of 14 luxury two and three bedroom apartments right on the waterfront.

    The application and installation of a traditional boarding system would have led to a reduction in the finished room size, placing the project in jeopardy. On the advice of Encon, contractors applied Knauf Vermiplaster direct to structure, adding minimal additional thickness and enabling the client to realise their desired floor area.

    Vermiplaster is specially designed to fire protect the load bearing capacity of the construction elements so that they remain intact until the fire has been extinguished or the building evacuated. Vermiplaster offers up to 120 minutes’ fire resistance, is CE marked and carries a full European Technical Approval (ETA).

    The product is being offered as part of a partnership between Knauf and Encon Insulation, enabling it to reach small builders and contractors who do not necessarily require large enough amounts of building materials to warrant an order directly from a manufacturer.

    Chris Barlow, Product Development Director at Encon Insulation said: “This is a new product to the market that can really benefit the fire protection industry. It is easy to apply, quick, and highly versatile. It can be used in places where traditional board systems simply won’t do, and this makes it one of the most convenient products in the market currently.”