“Al Futtaim Element has been supporting the Middle East construction industry for more than 25 years and operates one of the biggest façade testing laboratories in the world. With that expertise, other IAS accreditations, structures in place to demonstrate excellence in this field, and the hard work of the team in Dubai, we now have the additional accreditations in place to support our high-quality, highly technical fire testing services”
Al Futtaim Element achieves IAS accreditation for fire testing
London, UK – October 11TH 2021 – Al Futtaim Element, part of the Element Materials Technology Group, has received ASTM E2307 and NFPA 285 accreditation from the International Accreditation Service (IAS) for the fire testing of exterior wall perimeter and fire barrier assemblies in Dubai, UAE.
The ASTM E2307 accreditation is a test method for determining the fire resistance of a perimeter fire barrier assembly when subjected to standard fire exposure conditions using the intermediate scale, multi-story test apparatus (ISMA).
The NFPA 285 standard provides a test method for determining the fire propagation characteristics of exterior wall assemblies and panels used as components of curtain wall assemblies that are constructed using combustible materials, or that incorporate combustible components.
In addition to ASTM E2307 and NFPA 285, Al Futtaim Element also has one rig for testing to BS 8414 part 1 and two rigs for BS 8414 part 2, which provide a test method for determining the fire performance characteristics of non-loadbearing external cladding systems. The BS 8414 rigs are capable of accommodating cladding systems with larger cavity sizes, allowing customers to test the most onerous conditions of their system, and providing them with a wider range of compliance through certification or assessments.
Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire & Building Products at Element, said: “Extending our scope to include NFPA 285 and ASTM E2307 means that we are even better positioned to serve our firestop, curtain wall and façade customers.
“Al Futtaim Element has been supporting the Middle East construction industry for more than 25 years and operates one of the biggest façade testing laboratories in the world. With that expertise, other IAS accreditations, structures in place to demonstrate excellence in this field, and the hard work of the team in Dubai, we now have the additional accreditations in place to support our high-quality, highly technical fire testing services.”
Al Futtaim Element’s façade testing and advisory services division delivers testing, consultancy and inspection to clients throughout the Middle East. It provides integrated services in design review, failure investigation and third-party QA/QC services, and has been involved in a wide range of prestigious building developments in the Middle East region for many years.
The Element Materials Technology Group is one of the world’s leading global providers of testing, inspection and certification services for a diverse range of products, materials and technologies in advanced industrial supply chains where failure in use is not an option. Headquartered in London, UK, Element’s scientists, engineers and technologists, working in our global network of over 200 laboratories, support customers from early R&D, through complex regulatory approvals and into production ensuring their products are safe, sustainable and achieve market access.
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