One of the major talking points in the sustainability conversation is the importance of using timber from sustainable sources.
According to the Forestry Commission, deforestation is the world’s second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. To help contribute to reducing environmental impact, architects, landscape architects, developers and contractors are encouraged to source materials from sustainably managed forests where trees are replanted as they are felled.
There are over 50 certification programmes worldwide that address the different types of forests. The two most well-known certifications are PEFC and FSC.
The kraft pulp sourced for our ecoDURA product meets the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification PEFC
PEFC is an international organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management (SFM) through independent third party certification. PEFC is not a standards agency but a mutual recognition scheme. It not only focuses on the ethical aspects of SFM but also the processing of timber, resulting in a larger emphasis on the supply chain than FSC.
Both schemes are recognised by the Forestry Commission in the sourcing of sustainable wood products.
Being fully recyclable with these environmental & technical accreditations, it scores significantly over ACM/Dibond or GRP products.
Our ecoDURA High Pressure Laminate product finds its way into numerous way-finding and interpretive projects in the heritage market. Despite being essentially a ‘pulp’ product, the resin impregnation and thermoforming gives it full impermeability to water and the outside elements – there will be no ingress through the edges and can be used in wet areas. One of our projects sits on a reef in the Mediterranean to provide flora & fauna information to divers.
ecoDURA is also used in various other items or street furniture; benches, planters etc. and with its ability to be CNC cut, our 10mm or 13mm panels can be routed out to a depth of around 4mm to incorporate ‘brass rubbings’ or a magnetically held 3mm ecoDURA panel that may be required as an interchangeable sign conveying variable messages such as ‘seasonal opening times’.
Bespoke ‘interactive exhibition piece constructions’, like the children’s learning panels in Image 1 below, is also a very creative use of HPL that we have been involved with.
‘With Design’ Cladding and HPL Locker doors are also uses for both internal and external grades of the product.
European Standard EN 438 (European HPL regulations) and ISO 4586 set out the performance characteristics and minimum requirements for HPL.
Furthermore, the products physical properties such as accelerated ageing are tested, where ecoDURA offers a 10 year warranty according to ISO 4892 parts 1 & 2.
EN 438 is the most complete and recent standard where ecoDURA meets the requirements of Parts 1 & 2.
Fire resistance is also key, by nature laminates are organic materials which do not ignite easily when exposed to flame or contribute relatively little in the event of a fire so are widely used in the construction and transport industries.
ecoDURA comes with a fire resistance of M2 as standard or as M1 by specification. With respect to ‘Reaction to Fire’ BS EN 13501-2:2007 + A1:2009 – ecoDURA complies with the requirements Classes B, d0, and passes BS 476-6 + A1:1999, (Class 0) plus BS 476-7:1997 (Class 1) for Surface Spread of Flame and Fire Propagation.
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