Ruukki panels with mineral wool core and polyisocyanurate X-PIR foam received a global FM Approvals certificate.
Die to the increasingly stringent safety standards in construction, investors require very reliable construction solutions that protect life and property. Therefore, sandwich panel manufacturers are required to conduct more rigorous testing of products and improve its properties.
“Today only a few manufacturers of sandwich panels in the world can guarantee the highest level of security, confirmed by the American organization FM Approvals. And now among these manufacturers is Ruukki, which guarantees the highest quality and safety of sandwich panels, ”said Andriy Ozeychuk, Rauta director. “The FM Approvals compliance certificate allows the building owner to increase its investment attractiveness and reduce insurance premiums.”
Ruukki sandwich panels have been certified in several stages. After the initial audit at Ruukki’s factories, the next step involved comprehensive fire tests and strength of sandwich panels in the United States. Large-scale fire safety tests are carried out in order to assess the flammability of elements of envelope structures in real fire conditions, in contrast to tests carried out in accordance with CE standards, which include only samples of small laboratory dimensions. Tests in FM Global laboratories consist of simulating real-world situations, such as a fire and a hurricane. The purpose of the tests was to verify the actual ability of the sandwich panels to withstand harsh conditions.
The obtained certificate is based on 4880/4881 norms and allows the use of sandwich panels for the construction of walls and internal partitions.
Ruukki sandwich panels received the widest range of applications, including without any restrictions of the permitted building height. Compared to competitive products, Ruukki panels provide longer spans and withstand accompanying high loads coming from wind pressure and suction.
FM Approvals certificates for products and services are issued by the world’s largest American insurance company FM Global. Their use minimizes the risks of losses from the destruction of buildings and suspension of business activity.