Testing & Warranties Page

A history of testing and continuous improvement

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. As an example, Optima FC+ has been successfully fire tested to BS8414. Classified in BR135, Optima FC+ is safe to use on high rise buildings in conjunction with Euroclass A1 and A2 – s1-d0 fire rated materials.

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.  Please visit our full scale testing page for information on how Sotech can work with you to complete a full system fire test.

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Sotech’s testing timeline

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Sotech also conduct in-house testing to check compliant behaviour of specific materials/panel sizes.

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Mar 2020

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Optima TFC+ was designed and developed to align with the latest testing regulations.  Tested and certified by CWCT at Vinci Technology Centre.

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Mar 2020

Optima FC+ Certified by CWCT tested and certified by Vinci Technology. Optima FC+ is an evolution of the FC Rainscreen System.  Optima FC+ includes and innovative slide and lock adjustment mechanism for hooks and are able to fit the panels top down or bottom up.

Optima FC Plus Secret Fix Hook on Rainscreen Cladding
Secret Fix Rainscreen CWCT Tested - Impact

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Mar 2020

Fire test performed at FPA Gloucester in partnership with Siderise and Knauf using Earthwood insulation. Test performed in partnership with Siderise and Knauf using Earthwool Insulation. Optima FC+ 3mm Aluminium PPC 3mm Aluminium PPC.

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Aug 2019

Project specific test carried out for bespoke extrusion for Bath Court, Birmingham, Residential Scheme. Tested and certified by CWCT at Vinci Technology Centre (awaiting certificate)

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Jul 2019

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Project Specific Test performed (Profile 1 concrete profile), Test method: BS8414-2 and is compliant to BR135:2013. Optima FC, 4mm Aluminium Anodised. Test performed at Al Futtaim Exova, Dubia

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Jul 2019

Project Specific Test performed (Profile 2 concrete profile), Test method: BS8414-2 and is compliant to BR135:2013. Optima FC, 4mm Aluminium Anodised. Test performed at Al Futtaim Exova, Dubia

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Feb 2019

DLR 1592

Project Specific Test performed, Test method: BS8414-2 and is compliant to BR135:2013, for compliance specification see testing details. Optima FC, 3mm Aluminium PPC Test Report DLR1592, Classification Number SR1010. Test performed at Al Futtaim Exova, Dubia

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Nov 2018

Project Specific Test performed, Test method: BS8414-2 and is compliant to BR135:2013, for compliance specification see testing details. Optima FC, 3mm Aluminium Anodised Test Report DLR1585, Classification Number SR0988. Test performed at Al Futtaim Exova, Dubai.

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Aug 2018

Project Specific Test performed, Test method: BS8414-2 and is compliant to BR135:2013, for compliance specification see (link to test report). Optima FC, 4mm Larson A2 ACM, Test Report DLR1539, Classification Number SR0936. Test performed at Al Futtaim Exova, Dubai.

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2017

Test method: BS8414. Results show that tests comply with parameters in Annex B BR135:2013.

Optima TFC, 3mm Aluminium Solid Aluminium, Classification Number: P110646-1000
Optima TFC, 4mm Alucobond Plus, Classification Number: P110649-1000
Optima FC, 4mm Alucobond Plus, Classification Number: P110650-1000

BR 135 Classified Rainscreen Cladding Systems - Optima TFC Solid Aluminium

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2016

Sotech Optima HC Horizontal Rainscreen Cladding
Sotech Optima LZ Low Zone Rainscreen Cladding

Due to customer demands, Optima LZ Low Zone & Optima HC Horizontal Cladding Rainscreen was introduced, tested and certified by CWCT this year.

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2016

Project specific test carried out for Optima FC for Wembley NW06 Residential Scheme. Tested and certified by CWCT at Vinci Technology Centre, Leyton Buzzard. Certification number: 2016/68.

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2015

During September, October and November 2015, nine test rigs covering the Optima product ranges were completed at Vinci Technology Centre, Leyton Buzzard all witnessed and being certified by CWCT. New certificates being issued will cover all previous testing.

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2012

Project specific test carried out for Optima FC for Residential Scheme Rathbone Market, Canning Town. Tested and certified by CWCT at Vinci Technology Centre, Leyton Buzzard. Certification number: 2012/049.

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Optima FC Rainscreen - 3D Model

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2010

XPC Extruded Plank Rainscreen

Certified by CWCT, Optima XPC, extruded aluminum planks were tested by Vinci Technology Centre, Leyton Buzzard.

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2010

Certified by CWCT at Vinci Technology Centre, Leyton Buzzard. Optima IPC, certification number: 2010/41 and Optima XPC, certification number: 2010/42.

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2008

Certified by CWCT at Taylor Woodrow Technology Centre, Leyton Buzzard.  Optima TFC, certification number: 2010/40, Optima FC, certification number: 2010/39 and Optima SC4, certification number: 2010/38.

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Wind Turbine - windload tested rainscreen cladding

Extensive independent testing for positive and negative load testing, serviceability and safety, dynamic water test and soft body impact have been completed on our rainscreen systems over several years.

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LPCB fire test carried out in 2008 gaining LPCB Red Book Entry LPS1582 External Cladding fixed to and supported by a SFS wall.

LSP1582-1 Test on Sotech Optima TFC aluminium rainscreen with an additional channel used in conjunction with firebrake locations and Rockwall DuoSlab Insulation. Test report number 23825-1.

Classification of fire performance in accordance with BR 135:2003, Classification Report Number: 228203-1.

The test carried out at BRE is a BS8414 test consisting of a 9m tall tower representing an internal corner of continuous flat wall panels containing horizontal firebreaks at 2.5m centres.

A measured combustible load at the bottom of the wall is ignited, the first fire break has to hold for a minimum of 15 minutes with a second firebreak not being compromised at the 30-minute conclusion of the test when the fire has been put out.

Certificates cover only the exact arrangement as tested.

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2006

Rainscreen Cladding Fire Performance LPCB Redbook Entry
Rainscreen Cladding Fire Performance LPCB Redbook Entry

LPCB fire test carried out in 2006 gaining LPCB Red Book Entry. LPS1581 External Cladding applied to masonry wall.

LPS1581-2 test on Sotech Optima TFC aluminium rainscreen with an additional channel used in conjunction with firebreak locations and Rockwall DuoSlab Insulation. Test Report Number: 228203

Classification of fire performance in accordance with BR 135:2003, Classification Report Number: 228203-1.

The test carried out at BRE is a BS8414 test consisting of a 9m tall tower representing an internal corner of continuous flat wall panels containing horizontal firebreaks at 2.5m centres.

A measured combustible load at the bottom of the wall is ignited, the first fire break has to hold for a minimum of 15 minutes with a second firebreak not being compromised at the 30-minute conclusion of the test when the fire has been put out.

Certificates cover only the exact arrangement as tested.

Rainscreen cladding fire testing and performance

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2006

Project specific test carried out for the Sotech Optima solid aluminium cassette rainscreen system, Optima TFC, for Erie Basin, Manchester.  Tested by BRE for Air Permeability, watertightness and resistance to wind load, test report number 231615.

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TFC Rainscreen - 3D Model

Warranties

For building longevity

Life expectancy of the product can be a minimum of 30 years and could be life expectancy of the building.

Warranty on the product finish will be dependent on location and subject to a questionnaire.

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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