Laminators Inc. has announced that its Omega-Lite aluminum composite panel installed in its Rout and Return installation system was recently tested and passed the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 Standard. Laminators’ 1-Piece, Tight-Fit and Dry Seal installation systems have also passed the NFPA 285 test, making this the company’s third installation system that meets this approval.
Architectural Testing Inc. conducted a fire performance evaluation on Omega-Lite installed with Laminators’ Rout and Return installation system using type “X” gypsum and steel construction and concluded the wall assembly utilizing Omega-Lite met the acceptance criteria stated in the NFPA 285 standard.
The NFPA 285 test provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies/panels. The test is intended to evaluate the inclusion of combustible components within the wall assembly and simulate the tested wall assembly’s fire performance. Omega-Lite successfully passed the test without altering the product or standard installation method.
“Most often, a special fire-rated version of the product is needed to meet the NFPA 285 criteria,” says Shawn Crouthamel, national sales manager at Laminators. “Having passed the NFPA 285 test with our Rout and Return installation method provides more design and installation options for our Omega-Lite panels to be included in multi-story and high-rise construction applications and opens up new markets for Laminators Incorporated.”