Neolith announced it has received certification from ICC Evaluation Service LLC (ICC-ES) that its StrongFix System for ventilated façades complies with the provisions of the 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2009 International Building Codes (IBC) and International Residential Codes (IRC).
The recognition represents a validation of Neolith as a safe, sustainable and specifiable solution for exterior cladding applications in North America.
To achieve certification from ICC-ES, Neolith’s surfaces had to undergo a number of structural regulatory tests. These measured characteristics such as non-combustibility, wind and water resistance, fastening integrity and resistance performance of the StrongFix system.
Over the last decade, Neolith has become a choice for ventilated façade projects due to its low maintenance, anti-reactivity, inherent strength and relative light weight when compared to other cladding systems.
Its flagship SKYLINE range offers solutions for demanding architectural projects. Its large formats are popular amongst contractors as Neolith slabs enable a high yield per unit and reduce completion time with minimal waste. Furthermore, the surfaces’ 100 percent natural composition and energy efficient manufacturing process also make it a sustainable building product, an important criteria for specifiers.
Neolith has already been used globally for several façade projects, including the 570 Broome in Manhattan, N.Y., and by renowned architect Hadi Teherani for his Flare of Frankfurt apartment complex. Equally suited to commercial application, it has also been used on mixed use development Hudson Lights in New Jersey, and for CHC MontLégia Hospital in Liège, Belgium.
Commenting on the news, Neolith director Mar Esteve Cortes states, “This accreditation represents a landmark for Neolith as a tested and trusted brand of façade solutions. It vindicates the StrongFix system as a hard-wearing and safe method for cladding applications. Our hope is that this confirmation will encourage more architects, technicians, specifiers and contractors to consider Neolith for their next build.”