Sotech Optima XPC, Aluminium Extrusion

 

A complete secretly fixed aluminium extruded plank rainscreen systems has set flat face modules of 150mm, 200mm, 225mm, and 250mm as well as a 150mm module castellated extruded aluminium plank rainscreen.

 

As the longitudinal joint is not ventilated this product can be used as a weathered screen introducing ventilation at the base of a wall and at the top or some ventilation can be introduced at the cross plank joints by leaving a gap with the support structure behind creating a baffle.

Why Choose Optima XPC?

Recessed or Hairline Appearance.

The metal planks are connected by a simple interlocking male/female joint, which offers either a recessed or hairline appearance.

Horizontal, Vertical or Diagonal

Optima IPC Extruded Plank is secretly fixed onto extruded aluminium support framework horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

Weather Shield

This drained and ventilated system creates a weather shield in front of a primary structure.

Seamless Integration

Optima IPC Extruded Plank is engineered to seamlessly integrate with all other building façade elements such as windows, doors and louvres.

CWCT Certified

The system has been independently tested and certified to meet CWCT rigorous specification for rainscreen cladding. All fixings used in the system should be stainless steel.

Materials Available

Featured Project

Apex Phase 2, University of Liverpool

Sotech were engaged by McMullen Facades to produce over 4000 square meters of rainscreen for the University of Liverpool’s Apex project, which forms part of the university’s new Bio-Science facility. Optima XPC has the additional benefit of providing a complete secretly fixed extruded aluminium plank rainscreen systems that has set flat face modules. Plus, due to the inherent strength of extruded aluminium, this product only needs to be 15mm thick, which makes it ideal for refurbishments where space is limited due to adjacent boundary restrictions.

Three-colour anodised finish was selected forming a traditional ‘stick-build’ façade for the facility’s large atrium, louvres and parapet copings. As the longitudinal joint is not ventilated this product can also be used as a weathered screen introducing ventilation at the base of a wall and at the top or some ventilation can be introduced at the cross plank joints by leaving a gap with the support structure behind creating a baffle.

APEX XPC Rainscreen Cladding - Anodised Finish

APEX XPC Rainscreen Cladding - Anodised Finish

APEX XPC Rainscreen Cladding - Anodised Finish

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Call +44 (0) 191 587 9213

Benefits of Aluminium Extrusion

Optima XPC

The XPC is secretly fixed onto extruded aluminium support framework horizontally, vertically or diagonally. All planks can interlock with each other.

Optima XPC lends itself to use in all areas including low-level vulnerable areas through superior deflection and impact resistance.

All commercial finishes may be incorporated on one elevation to create an almost limitless effect of colours and shapes.

Due to the inherent strength of extruded aluminium, this product only needs to be 15mm thick, which makes it ideal for refurbishments where space is limited due to adjacent boundary restrictions.

The aluminium planks are connected by a simple interlocking male/female joint, which offers either a recessed or hairline appearance.

Components meet the requirements of Class 0 fire performance in accordance with building regulations and is fully independently tested and accredited to CWCT standards.

Substructure

BRACKET AND RAIL BUILDUP FOR CONVENTIONAL BACKING WALLS AND EXTERNAL INSULATION:

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.

Secret fix interlocking system.

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.

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 140mm above insulation thickness to a maximum of 350mm.

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.

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 XPC

Download the full system details:

Secret fix extruded plank 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.

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.

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.

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