Build a better building: The importance of using the right composite material

Build a better building: The importance of using the right composite material

October 6, 2017

MCM, available since the early 1970s, has proven to be one of the most versatile architectural cladding products available. Its adaptability, lightweight nature, ease of fabrication and selection of hundreds of colors and finishes help architects and designers achieve nearly any exterior (or interior) aesthetic.

Yet, as with all building products, specifying MCM comes with compliance responsibilities.

Recent global fire events have shed light on the significance of local code compliance in high-rise construction. Although the current focus on metal composite materials (MCM) doesn’t adequately address the entire building envelope ─ which includes many additional components ─ it does provide an opportunity for architects and general contractors to brush up on their role in helping ensure safety.

In our feature with Building Design + Construction, ALPOLIC Technical Services Manager Jim Moses discusses best practices in researching MCM building codes and how to determine whether or not materials are code compliant.

ALPOLIC®/fr is one of the most advanced fire-resistant materials available and is IBC-listed to ensure compliance with many fire codes worldwide. For more information about this product and fire safety, click here.