Sotech Optima FC, Secret Fix Rainscreen

 

The Optima FC Rainscreen is a versatile carrier and panel secret fixed system suitable for exterior use as rainscreen cladding or interior use as a wall covering.  Its versatility is such that a multitude of materials and thicknesses (from 1.5mm to 4mm)  used on one universal carrier.

Why Choose Optima FC?

Pristine Appearance

Superior manufacturing techniques ensure accuracy of panel sizes and form. Precise coordination between panel and substructure presents the system in pristine appearance without the use of visible fixings.

Uniform Appearance

Regardless of material or thickness used, the superior design and manufacturing techniques employed maintain a cosmetically flat and uniform appearance.

Shallow Cladding Zone

Panels can be fixed to a simple Eco FC Carrier of minimum 38mm depth to create ventilation with a cladding zone as shallow as 90mm.

Weather Shield

This drained and ventilated system consists of a baffle-jointed series of panels that creates a weather shield in front of a primary structure.

Secret Fixing of Panels

Optima FC rainscreen cladding has been developed as a carrier and panel system allowing for secret fixing of panels. Its versatility is such that a multitude of materials and thicknesses (from 1.5mm to 4mm) may be used on one universal carrier.

CWCT Certified

The system has been independently tested and certified to meet CWCT rigorous specification for rainscreen cladding.

Seamless Integratation

Optima FC rainscreen cladding is engineered to seamlessly integrate with all other building façade elements such as windows, doors and louvres.

Materials Available

Featured Project

Sotech worked with Arup Associates, Mace Contracts and Glass Solutions to provide bespoke ACM rainscreen cladding for BskyB’s new Believe in Better Building. The Believe in Better building (or BIBB) required a total of 2500sqm of Optima FC secret fix rainscreen panels in sunrise silver metallic Alucobond ACM, in lengths of up to 5.2 metres, which is well above industry average.

We utilised new manufacturing techniques with our existing machinery to create the longer length ACM panels. A specialised, bespoke carrier rail for the system was developed in order to ensure it worked effectively with the SIPS panels and within an extremely limited cladzone.

bskysmall | ACM Rainscreen Cladding

 

Rain screen cladding for the BSkyB Building

Benefits

Optima FC Panel

Precise coordination between panel and substructure presents the system in pristine appearance without the use of visible fixings.

Its versatility is such that a multitude of materials and thicknesses (from 1.5mm to 4mm) used on one universal carrier.

The substructure carrier rail complete with gasket and locating hooks is fully pre-fabricated prior to going to site. Along with the hands free fixing brackets the system offers a very quick and accurate installation.

A fully independently tested and accredited system to CWCT standards and fully compliant to NHBC requirements.

Aluminium rainscreen with the appearance of patinated copper, zinc look, corten, concrete, timber, stainless steel look.

Superior manufacturing techniques ensure accuracy of panel sizes and form.

Substructure

Substructure for external insulation:

 

Easy installation, refer to installation guide for wall type build up.

 

Suitable for all types of wall constructions either new build or refurbishment.

 

A fully adjustable system.

 

Varying lengths of hands free brackets together with angles and tee profiles allows adjustability in all planes to line and level cladding zones from 110mm above insulation thickness to a maximum of 320mm.

 

Panels have polyethylene anti rattle clips attached to the back retaining flange, these connect with the hooks on the substructure.

 

Ventilation zone behind panels often has to exceed CWCT minimum requirements to accommodate structural rails.

 

Consult Sotech regarding structural restrictions, and constraints relating to panel size, fastener type frequency of fixings.

Substructure for Rainscreen fitted to Sips or Insulated Panels:

 

Easy installation, refer to installation guide for wall type build up.

 

Panels can be fixed to a simple Eco FC Carrier of minimum 38mm depth to create ventilation with a cladding zone as shallow as 90mm.

 

System allows ventilation zone to be minimum stipulated by CWCT.

 

Panels have polyethylene anti rattle clips attached to the back retaining flange, these connect with the hooks on the substructure.

 

Consult Sotech regarding structural restrictions, and constraints relating to panel size, fastener type frequency of fixings.

Case Studies

Testing / Warranty

Sotech’s commitment to authentic engineering capability has been witnessed over several years in the testing of products as they are being developed.

 

From the earliest Optima TFC designs tested at BRE, Garston for wind serviceability and safety, air permeability and water penetration for Erie Basin, Manchester project.

All certificates are available on request.

Downloads

FC Optima

Download the full system details:

Secret fix hook on panel system, complete with rail and bracket support.

System fully independently CWCT tested and certified.

Download PDF for full details.

Bim Objects

Optima Rainscreen is BIM ready

Sotech as a manufacturer within the construction industry is striving to provide our clients with accurate digitised product information to help and support our customers and other stakeholders to drive BIM forward.

Speak to an expert

If you require advice with design detail, assistance with a specification or to discuss your project in detail contact our technical department who have over 35 years experience in the construction industry. The team is on hand to provide knowledge and support at every stage of your project.