This rise in popularity is most plain to see in the types of buildings that brick façades are typically used on – high-rise residential and commercial buildings, as well as multi-occupancy dwellings.
The increased popularity can be attributed in some part to the advantages that brickwork facades present. Namely, these are its durable and weatherproof nature. Also, like conventional brickwork, the facades also provide an aesthetically pleasing look whilst remaining relatively maintenance-free compared to other cladding and façade materials.
From a fire-safety perspective, as a non-combustible material, brick does not contribute to either the formation or the spread of fire, which ensures that the facade itself meets the highest standards of fire safety. Generally, brick façades are used in multiple occupancy dwellings over 18 metres high in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or 11 metres in Scotland.
PFC Corofil work closely with both specialist and brickwork contractors, who work exclusively on brick façades, in order to offer a comprehensive product range of passive fire protection, that includes cavity barriers, fire stop service penetration products and linear gap seals. These come backed by extensive test data and certification by 3rd party fire test laboratories.