Sotech Optima TFC+, Through Fix Cassette Rainscreen

The Optima TFC+ Rainscreen has been developed as an economical alternative to a complete secret fix rainscreen cladding.

 

The cost effective rainscreen solution requires discreet colour match wafer head fixings in the vertical panel recesses. Superior manufacturing techniques ensure accuracy of panel’s size and form leaving even recesses and cruciform of pristine appearance.

Why Choose Optima TFC+?

Economical Alternative to Secret Fix

Optima TFC+ 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 vertical 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 Certified

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 Integratation

Optima TFC+ 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.

Tested to BS8414

Fire tested to BS8414, and classified in BR135 for high rise buildings.

Materials Available

BR 135 CLASSIFIED RAINSCREEN CLADDING SYSTEMS

Optima TFC+ has been successfully tested to BS8414 and classified to BR135. Please expand the tabs below for full details and report downloads.

Expand - 3mm Aluminium, PPC Finish on (Optima TFC+)
Optima TFC+

BS 8414 – 2- 2015 + A1 – 2017

Test on Sotech Optima TFC+ cladding solid aluminium panels with PPC finish and Rockwool Insulation

System/Material: 3mm Aluminium, PPC Finish on Optima TFC+
Test Report: 102034.002
Fire Test Performed at: Fire Protection Association, Gloucestershire
Date test performed: December 2019

For compliance specification see fire test report.

Steel framing system (SFS) - 150mm Kingframe SFS

Insulation - Rockwool 180mm DuoSlab insulation

Sheathing board - 12.5mm Siniat Weather Defence Board

Bracket - Hilti MFT-MFI-185-L-6.5 or MFT-MFI-180-L-6.5

Horizontal Cavity Barrier - Siderise RH25G-90/30 Horizontal Fire Barrier

Vertical Cavity Barrier - Siderise RV-90.30 Vertical Fire Barrier

Cassette Insert - Siderise open state cassette insert (OSCI)

Carrier Rails - Sotech Optima FC+ Carrier Rails

Panel - 3mm PPC Aluminium Optima FC+ Panel System

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Expand - 3mm Aluminium Cassette Panels (Optima TFC) - To be considered for buildings over 18m
BR 135 Classified Rainscreen Cladding Systems - Optima TFC Solid Aluminium

To be considered for buildings over 18m.

BS 8414 – 2:2015 + A1:2017

Test on Sotech cladding system with Sotech Optima TFC solid aluminium panels and Rockwool insulation. 

System/Material: 3mm Aluminium Cassette Panels (Optima TFC)
Report Number: P110646-1000 Issue: 2
Test Date: 28th November 2017

For compliance specification see fire test report.

Generic Cladding Type - Rainscreen

Cavity Depth - 85mm

Relevant Test Method - BS 8414 - 2:2015 + A1:2017

Substrate - Structural Steel Test Frame

Insulation - 180mm-thick Rockwool

External Finish - 3mm-thick Sotech Optima aluminium cassette panels

Vertical Cavity Barriers - Siderise Lamatherm RV-90/30 stone wool cavity barrier (75mm-thick x 235mm-deep)

Horizontal Cavity Barriers - Siderise Lamatherm RH25G-90/30 stone wool cavity barrier with intumescent strip (75mm-thick x 200mm-deep)

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Expand - 4mm Alucobond Plus Cassette Panels (Optima TFC)
Optima FC - BR135 Classified Rainscreen Cladding Systems

BS 8414 – 2:2015 + A1:2017

Test on Sotech Optima TFC cladding system with Alucobond Plus aluminium composite material (ACM) panels and Rockwool insulation. 

System/Material: 4mm Alucobond Plus Cassette Panels (Optima TFC)
Report Number: P110649-1000
Test Date: 5th December 2017

For compliance specification see fire test report.

Generic Cladding Type - Rainscreen

Cavity Depth - 85mm

Relevant Test Method - BS 8414 - 2:2015 + A1:2017

Substrate - Structural Steel Test Frame

Insulation - 180mm-thick Rockwool

External Finish - 4mm-thick Alucobond Plus cassette panels

Vertical Cavity Barriers - Siderise Lamatherm RV-90/30 stone wool cavity barrier (75mm-thick x 235mm-deep)

Horizontal Cavity Barriers - Siderise Lamatherm RH25G-90/30 stone wool cavity barrier with intumescent strip (75mm-thick x 200mm-deep)

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Phone

Call +44 (0) 191 587 9213

Featured Project

6500m2 of Optima TFC in 2.0mm Reynolux Pre-Coat & 2.0mm Aluminium Axalta PPC has been used in the completion of the £36 million student accommodation on Norton Street, Liverpool. The Reynolux Pre-Coat was chosen due to its Euroclass A1 Fire Rating.  The material was recommended by Sotech to ensure panel flatness and consistency throughout.  Pre-coat is a tensioned levelled material which is perfect for maintaining a flat facade.

The scheme named ‘Calico’, located in Islington is 400m from both Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool and will house a total of 748 students across three blocks of eight, eleven and fifteen storeys. With a striking eye-catching façade, the project has created a new landmark building on the Liverpool skyline. Optima TFC has been independently tested and accredited to CWCT standards.

Calico, Norton Street, Liverpool

Calico, Norton Street, Liverpool

Benefits

Optima TFC+

Can be fixed top down, or bottom up.

Suitable for large and bespoke panel sizes.

Precision fit and finish with 20mm joints in both directions.

Consistency of colour, the cassette recesses are formed from the face of the material.

Simple and speedy to achieve discreet fixings.

Mechanical fixing methods and no use of glue, providing true A1 and A2 cladding systems.

Fire tested to BS8414, and classified in BR135 for high rise buildings.

CWCT tested and certified.

Substructure

BRACKET AND RAIL BUILDUP FOR CONVENTIONAL BACKING WALLS AND 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 160mm above insulation thickness to a maximum of 380mm.

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

Ventilation zone behind panels often must exceed CWCT minimum requirements to accommodate structural rails. Consult Sotech regarding structural restrictions, and constraints relating to panel size, fastener type frequency of fixings.

ECO RAIL BUILDUP FOR SIPS OR COMPOSITE PANEL BACKING WALL WITH NO REQUIREMENT FOR EXTERNAL INSULATION:

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

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 colour matched self-tapping stainless-steel screws.

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

Case Studies

Testing / Warranty

Safety has always been our primary concern. Sotech’s commitment to authentic engineering capability has been witnessed over several years in the testing of products as they are being developed. All Sotech Optima Rainscreen has been witnessed and certified by CWCT for wind serviceability and safety, air permeability and water penetration. We have completed several successful fire tests and welcome and encourage full scale system testing.

 

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Installation Guides for Optima TFC

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Economical discreet fixed panel system, complete with rail and bracket support.a


System fully independently CWCT tested and certified.


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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.

Visit our showrooms

London rainscreen cladding Showroom

London Showroom

Our brand new London showroom in Bloomsbury is free to anyone to visit. If you contact us in advance, we can arrange for a technical representative to meet you there to discuss your unique requirements and demonstrate our systems.

 

26 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BT

 

Opening hours:

 

Mon – Fri: 9.00am – 5.00pm

 

Please note that Sotech’s showroom in the Building Centre is not usually staffed. To be met by one of our Technical Experts at the Building Centre (or at your offices), please call +44 (0) 191 587 9213.

Sotech Rainscreen Cladding Training Centre

North East Showroom

Our North East showroom in Peterlee includes our state of the art manufacturing facility and training centre. Installers are welcome to visit for training on our products or to discuss upcoming projects. Architects are invited to discuss their unique requirements and get advice on specifications.

 

Unit 2 Traynor Way, Peterlee SR8 2RU

 

Opening hours:

 

Mon – Thur: 8.00am – 5.00pm | Fri: 8.00am – 4pm

 

Sotech’s North East showroom is home to its state of the art manufacturing facilities. To arrange a tour, followed by a meeting with one of our Technical Experts, please call +44 (0) 191 587 9213.

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SOTECH: A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS

 

Established in 1982, Sotech is a leading manufacturer of bespoke metal rainscreen cladding and architectural facade systems. When you choose us, you’re choosing a safe pair of hands.

Accreditations

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 38 years’ experience in the construction industry. The team is on hand to provide knowledge and support at every stage of your project.