Sotech Optima HC, Horizontal Cladding Rainscreen

 

The Optima HC, Horizontal Cladding Rainscreen has been introduced to offer an alternative method to create a stable rainscreen system for landscape applications.

 

The cost effective rainscreen solution requires discreet colour match wafer head fixings in the horizontal panel recesses.

 

Superior manufacturing techniques ensure accuracy of panel’s size and form leaving even recesses and cruciform of pristine appearance.

Why Choose Optima HC?

Economical Alternative to Secret Fix

Optima HC has been developed as an economical alternative to a complete secret fix rainscreen.

No Build-up of Metal Thicknesses

Whilst being the most economical rainscreen solution, requiring discreet fixings in the horizontal panel recess, the engineering of the system retains the benefits of a drained and ventilated façade. Superior manufacturing techniques ensure there will be no build-up of metal thicknesses at the cruciform joint.

CWCT Tested

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

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.

Seamless Integration

Optima HC is engineered to seamlessly integrate with all other building façade elements such as windows, doors and louvres. All fixings used in the systems are stainless steel.

Easy Installation

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

New Build or Refurb

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

Adjustability In All Planes

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.

Panel Fixing

Panels are fixed using wafer head, self-tapping stainless steel screws through pre-punched holes.

Ventilation Zone

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

Materials Available

Featured Project

1300m2 of Optima Horizontal Cladding (HC) was chosen for the brand-new Ayr Academy School, a £25m new build on the town’s Craigie Estate in South Ayrshire. Manufactured in a Copper Patina `Look` ACM, the HC rainscreen cladding system, gives a neat linear panel design, meeting the architects vision and expectations.

As Sotech’s first Optima HC project in Scotland, the team worked closely with the Procladd design team from the start meaning they were able to work together to propose a system which was both cost effective and easily adapted to the Architect’s panel layout.

Ayr-Academy

Benefits

Sotech Optima HC Horizontal Rainscreen Cladding

Accurate installation is both simple and speedy as there is no precise coordination between panel and substructure as there would be with a hook on system.

Inspection or damaged panel removal is possible by loosening adjacent panels.

Fully compliant to NHBC technical requirements.

Shows 20mm standard joint between panels. Joint size can vary but 15mm minimum.

Independently tested, fully compliant and certified by CWCT.

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 are fixed using wafer head, self-tapping stainless steel screws through pre-punched holes.

 

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 top hat or timber baton 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 are fixed using wafer head, self-tapping stanless steel screws through pre-punched holes.

 

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

HC System Details

Download the full system details:

ACM horizontal discreet fix panel system, complete with rail and bracket support.


System fully independently CWCT tested and certified.


Download full PDF for details.

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.