In the UK and Eire, Shackerley’s Sureclad® ventilated cladding - compliant with all relevant British and European standards, CWCT standards for systemised building envelopes and NHBC technical requirements - has enhanced and protected buildings across the health, education, hotel, leisure, general commercial, retail and large scale residential sectors for over a decade.
Crossville is to offer stateside specifiers the patented Queen’s Award winning Sureclad® Access system which has successfully completed an extensive series of demanding architectural and engineering assessments in the US, proving its suitability for installation in regions prone to earthquakes, hurricanes and other climatic extremes.
This specialist work was carried out at the Philadelphia HQ of Architectural Testing Inc, a leading test house conducting structural performance test methods as established by AAMA, ASTM, SPRI, Miami-Dade, CCMC Technical Guides, and ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for building code compliance.
In tests to simulate earthquake conditions, a 3m high Sureclad® Access ceramic granite ventilated façade remained intact after enduring a ‘seismic drift’ of twice the distance required to meet AAMA 501.6-09. These results were described as “extraordinary” and “unique” in test reports prepared by PROCON, Crossville’s technical consultancy appointed to oversee the testing. Accordingly, Sureclad® was deemed “a proven and safe system for exterior walls in active US seismic zones such as Florida.”
Static air pressure testing (in accordance with ASTM E 330-02), showed that the Sureclad® façade could withstand a force of up to 610kg/m², equivalent to the wind pressures exerted on a 150m high building in a maximum high wind velocity zone of 150mph. The integrity of the system was also maintained when subjected to impact testing, simulating the force of high velocity windborne debris (following ASTM E1886-05 and ASTM E 1996-05 test methodologies), and to a series of extreme heating and cooling cycles (to AAMA 505.501-07).
Crossville Executive Vice President of Sales Mark Shannon commented: “Shackerley has 50 years of success in this industry, including two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The superior range of products combined with our 27 years of leading the domestic porcelain tile industry makes for an excellent partnership that will take the application of ventilated façade systems to a new level in the US.”