Thursday, February 14, 2019

#BeatTheFire by Aludecor sets the tone to address fire safety norms in Mumbai



With burgeoning fire incidences in our country and the associated damage of properties and human loss, it is high time that the stakeholders of the industry congregate aiming at deciding preventive strategies, align to Fire Safety norms and offer their concerted opinions towards finding solutions to minimize such catastrophes. India, over the years has been witness to several fire related mishaps. Time has come to imbibe the best construction practices within the intricate relationship between life safety codes, fire risk, and combustible materials used in design of facades of high rises that make the skyline of Mumbai. Addressing this issue, Aludecor, a pioneer in the world of Metal Composite Panels, offering fire safety solutions, held a discussion session between key industry thought leaders and stakeholders to exchange ideas and share knowledge about the best construction practices. Titled #BeatTheFire, the discussion was attended by Dr. Prabhat S. Rahangdale, Director - Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services and Chief Fire Officer, Ar. Kshitij Limaye, Executive Director – Sankalpan Architecture, Mr. Binoy Das, Group Managing Director – Fa├žade Concept Design Group, Mr. Rahul Gupta, General Manager – Element Materials Technology, Mr. Ashok Kumar Bhaiya, Chairman & Managing Director, Aludecor and Ar. Rahul Mehta, Senior Associate – P G Patki Architects who was the moderator of the panel discussion.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Prabhat S. Rahangdale, Director - Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services and Chief Fire Officer, said, “The Fire Department over the last few years are working towards improving the infrastructure, capacity building, superior communication, mitigation and importantly active citizen interference. Fire Safety norms for buildings are our highest priority. Because of negligence or lack of knowledge people tend to lose their valuable lives. Buildings and market places needs to be fire proof and it is a good platform like this to communicate with the stakeholders and make the citizens aware and educate them about right building materials with fire proof properties. Such initiatives are always welcome by the State Fire department.”

Elaborating on the need of superior fire safety norms, Mr. Ashok Kumar Bhaiya, Chairman and Managing Director, Aludecor, said, “In India, awareness about fire safety and security needs to grow exponentially to safeguard the high stakes in terms of human lives, assets, investments and resources. We at Aludecor have been striving to contribute in the best way possible for us towards fire safety in buildings, be it through developing the best fire-safe product or by sensitizing the industry on the importance of embracing norms that would make our country fire safe. . We believe such concerted efforts are required by the stakeholders to alleviate the concerns regarding fire safety and also explore the best materials that can be put into use across high-rises which have become a norm for a metropolitan skyline. I am thankful to the stalwarts of the industry and Dr. Prabhat S. Rahangdale who have joined us today to take the first step towards a fire safe society for future. We are happy to showcase our latest indigenously made non-combustible metal composite panel or MCP, Aludecor Firewall A2, which has fireproof properties similar to metals. We believe together we can #BeatTheFire.”

At the panel discussion today, stakeholders congregated to disseminate information, gather knowledge, exchange ideas, debate innovative perspectives, solutions and products for fire safety and security. This measure will empower decision makers with first-hand information, as well as open the stakeholders’ eyes to newer possibilities in building fire-safe residential and commercial complexes.

Fire retardant(FR) materials have become an important ingredient in modern construction. With more skyscrapers towering towards the skies, fire protection has taken center stage across the world. Using genuine FR material is critical to safety in the Fire Rated Construction System. Proving a major step to arrest fire casualties Aludecor showcased their latest range of Firewall A2. Aludecor promotes the mandatory usage of fire retardant ACP in India. All of Aludecor’s exterior products can be fire rated. Firewall A2 is the highest grade core of fire retardant ACP, A2. Firewall A2 has negligible heat release, doesn’t contribute to flame spread, generates no smoke and produces no flaming droplets. Aludecor has also become the only Indian manufacturer to indigenously manufacture A2 core. This gains huge significance in the backdrop of the fact that Indian cities are going to have more and more skyscrapers in the future.

About Aludecor
Aludecor is one of the most renowned Metal Composite Panel manufacturers in India. The company Aludecor Lamination Pvt Ltd was established in 2004 and. It is powered by cutting edge production facilities at Haridwar. Aludecor provides you the opportunity to embellish your building's exterior and interior, and signage. It can be used in the design and development of building facades, fascia, individual signage, , interior cladding, ceiling, modular kitchen, furniture, elevators, escalators, stair sideways, canopy and column cover.
About Aludecor Firewall & Aludecor Firewall A2
Aludecor ACPs can be made fire-retardant (on demand) and can come as an Aludecor Firewall A2 grade or Aludecor Firewall. Aludecor Firewall A2 is certified by the Exova of the UK (ewcl5) for reaction to fire classifications of EN 13501-1 Class A2 s1, d0 and it has fireproof properties similar to metals; Aludecor Firewall is certified for Class B s1, d0 and it passes 2-hour resistance to fire classification of ASTM E119-12 and BS 476 Part 6 & 7 Class O.

Parameters
Aludecor Firewall A2
Aludecor Firewall
Heat release
Negligible <3mj o:p="">
<13mj o:p="">
Resistance to fire
A2 is fireproof and it stops fire from travelling to the top
B is difficult to ignite, and it will resist fire from travelling to the top
Flame spread
No flame spread at all
Won’t contribute to rapid spreading of flames
Smoke
Negligible
Negligible
Molten / Flaming droplets
Zero
Zero

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