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

Sotech has completed fire testing on Optima TFC at BRE, Watford. Optima TFC has been tested to BS8414-2 and is compliant to BR135:2013.

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 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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report

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Featured Project

Sotech were engaged by Charles Henshaw to produce over 1600 square meters of rainscreen cladding for Statoil’s (the Norwegian oil and gas major) new 60,000 square foot HQ located on the Prime Four Business Park at Kingswell, just west of Aberdeen. The new Statoil House has been built to Statoil’s specifications by UK building and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine under a contract with park developers Drum Property Group.

The Sotech Optima FC system was selected for the project due to the precise coordination between panel and substructure that presents a pristine appearance without the use of visible fixings. TFC was also selected as accurate installation is both simple and speedy. In addition to the traditional systems, Sotech designed bespoke window and cill panels, which were designed to add depth to the façade.

Statoil in Alucobond Rainscreen Cladding - Natural Copper 412

Benefits

TFC Rainscreen - 3D Model

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.

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

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

NHBC and LPCB accredited including a red book entry.

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

A fully independently tested and accredited system to CWCT standards.

Substructure

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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