The prevention of airbourne sound between adjoining rooms is a key design consideration for educational buildings. Conventional materials such as sound resistant plasterboard can help reduce transmission, but the required specification is often a two layer solution.
As acoustic performance can vary throughout a building, plasterboard specifications also frequently change from room to room, which adds complexity to the building design. With fermacell® partitions however, construction can be standardized to meet performance standards of Building Bulletin 93 (BB 93) from just one board type. Having one board on site simplifies both logistics and construction, which in turn speeds up the build programme.
Ensuring the best level of fire protection is quite rightly a high priority for all designers, particularly in educational buildings housing vulnerable occupants.
With fermacell® partitions, these challenging fire safety requirements can be successfully achieved. fermacell® dry lining is classified as a A2 non-combustible material in accordance with DIN EN 13501-1, and can achieve a fire performance rating between 30-120 minutes based on the given overall construction.
Durable learning environments
Due to the boisterous nature of schools, the internal walls are often exposed to heavy wear and tear especially in areas such as busy corridors, entrances, sports halls and multi-functional rooms. Robust partitions that offer high impact resistance are important to provide a safe learning environment that is not compromised by heavy use.
Unlike plasterboard walls, severe duty partitions can be created from just a single layer of fermacell® dry lining. Our advanced formulation fibre gypsum boards are extremely resilient due to the special manufacturing process in which the recycled paper fibres are completely encased in gypsum. This creates a fibre reinforced homogenous board structure with high stability, which makes our partitions resistant to greater impact and crowd pressure loads.
Specifying fermacell® dry lining reduces ongoing maintenance costs, and we’re so confident about our partitions we give a 20 year impact warranty as standard, for added peace of mind.
Robust learning environments
Not only are our partitions low maintenance, they also offer superior strength and stability. Fibre gypsum offers a significantly superior hanging strength to plasterboard, eliminating costly plywood pattressing completely. This has the added benefit of future proofing the interior building design, as no consideration needs to be made with regards to where pattressing might previously have been installed.
Effectively all walls with fermacell – in just a single layer - have been prepared to take substantive loads.
Sustainable use of raw materials and resources is particularly important to us. fermacell® dry lining contains raw materials that occur in nature, such as gypsum, cellulose and water. In most cases we start our manufacturing process with materials already previously recycled, or use those that are natural by-products of other energy generating activities.
By maximising the use of such materials, we ensure our boards have a consistently high recycled content, to minimise our environmental impact.
When you choose fermacell® boards, you choose a sustainable, durable product that stands the test of time.
Quick & easy to install
Construction on education projects requires careful planning as working around the academic schedule is non-negotiable. Such projects are often densely occupied with live teaching and local residents nearby, therefore building works need to be coordinated to minimise disruption for students and teachers alike.
Using fermacell® dry lining systems can help to keep the building programme on track, as not only is a quick and easy install guaranteed, but the install of internal partitions can begin before the building envelope is watertight. Long drying times are also eliminated as no wet trade is required.
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