VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate® Non-Combustible Aluminum Façade Materials

Offering choices so you can use the RIGHT product for the RIGHT application

Fairview Architectural North America has earned the reputation of being the innovator in the façade industry, even from manufacturers of competing façade products. Inventors and creators of unique materials and concepts come to Fairview when they have an innovation that could be introduced to the Building Facades market.

We hear from these visionaries that Fairview NA stands out as the partner of choice, a trustworthy partner to integrate their concept into the building façade industry in a safe and responsible way, creating realistic solutions.

By having many product offerings within the building façade industry, Fairview Architectural North America is in the unique position of having a much wider understanding of the industry than many of the manufacturers who have just a single product range. It is natural then that we get many questions relating to the results of our product development.

Some of these questions relate to our VitrabondG2 Non-Combustible Metal Composite Material and VitraPlate® Pre-Finished Aluminum façade panels. These products have been confirmed by independent analysis to be rated as Non-Combustible in compliance with current code requirements and definitions.

How can VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate® be considered non-combustible?

The IBC defines in Section 703.4 how to determine if a product is considered non-combustible. The code must have a definition like this, otherwise no manufactured or painted product could be considered non-combustible as defined by the ASTM E-136 non-combustibility test.

Does VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate® pass the ASTM E-136 test to prove that they are non-combustible?
The ASTM E-136 test is for elementary materials only and is therefore not for any painted product. As such, the aluminum used in VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate® have been tested and passed the ASTM E-136 and is therefore rated as non-combustible.

Has VitrabondG2® or VitraPlate® passed an NFPA 285 full scale wall assembly fire test?
The NFPA 285 test does not apply to VitrabondG2 and VitraPlate®. It also does not apply to the non-combustible wall assembly applications where we recommend using VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate®. The NFPA 285 is specifically made for combustible products, to allow their use in wall assemblies that are meant to use products rated as non-combustible according to the building code. Fairview Architectural North America has many products for many applications. Other MCM/ACM manufacturers with a single product range must try to make their product fit where it shouldn’t. By contrast, Fairview promotes VitrabondFR® where wall assemblies are permitted to contain combustible products and promotes VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate® for use in non-combustible wall assemblies.

Why not have VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate® tested in an NFPA285 wall assembly test? Wouldn’t that open up a greater market share?
It is not about market share – we simply develop the RIGHT product for the RIGHT application, and don’t try to promote saving pennies at the cost of life safety. Fairview Architectural North America were the first to discontinue the use of the flammable PE core ACM, and the first to develop two feasible non-combustible façade products: VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate®.

These images show Fairview’s VitrabondFR® ACM and a competitor’s FR ACM product after the NFPA285 test. Both tests passed because it is the wall assembly design that affects the result of the test more than the products used. Yet the burden and responsibility of testing is put on the product manufacturers, rather than those responsible for the wall design. VitrabondFR® is available for use where the code allows.

Is there a full-scale wall assembly fire test for VitrabondG2® and VitraPlate® in North America?
At this time non-combustible products themselves are not required to undergo full-scale wall assembly testing, and there are no full-scale fire tests for non-combustible products in the North American market. Fairview Architectural North America does not test products just to say it meets this or that criteria, but rather develops the RIGHT product for the RIGHT application and performs the RIGHT tests to meet the RIGHT criteria.

We envision a building façade industry free of flammable cladding materials. We all understand that buildings need paint, adhesives, waterproofing, paper backers on drywall, etc… and we are working with conscientious insurers, code consultants, fire marshals, and architects who have embraced our vision and are together leading the change to a safer, yet realistic, building façade industry.


Westchester Medical

Project Details

Location:             Valhalla, NY

Architect:            Perkins Eastman

Finish:                  Custom Adrienne Mist

Material:             Vitrabond 6mm PE Core

Quantity:             11,200sf


Trinity Ashmont

Project Details

Location:          Dorchester, MA

Architect:         Prellwitz Chilinski

Finish:               Silver Metallic VB9601, Dark Grey Metallic VB9137, White VB9902

Material:          Vitrabond 4mm FR Core

Quantity:          29,800sf


Mendenhall Valley Library

Project Details

Location:             Juneau, AK

Architect:            NorthWind Architects

Finish:                  Silver Metallic VB9601

Material:             Vitrabond 4mm PE Core

Quantity:             2,900sf


Ka Makana

Project Details

Location:              Kapolei, HI

Architect:             Architects Hawaii

Finish:                  Bronze Metallic VB9308

Material:              Vitrabond 4mm FR Core

Quantity:              2,900sf


Hartford Hospital CESI

Project Details

Location:

Hartford, CT

Product:

Vitrabond 4mm FR Aluminum Composite Material

Vitraedge 0.040” Flashing

Material:

White VB9902

Quantity:

42,200sf


The Essex at 125 Delancey St.

Project Details

Location:

New York, NY

Product:

Vitrabond 4mm FR Core Metal Composite Material

Finishes:

Custom Bronze Metallic

Quantity:

165,000 sf


Bowery Street Hotel

Project Details

Location:              New York, NY

Architect:             Peter Poon Architects

Finish:                   Custom High Gloss Dark Grey Metallic

Material:              Vitrabond 4mm FR Core

Quantity:              18,200sf


Bellevue Hilton Garden

Project Details

Location:              Bellevue, WA

Architect:             Jensen|Fey Architects

Finish:                   Dark Grey Metallic VB9137

Material:              Vitrabond 4mm FR Core

Quantity:              52,600sf


Autograph Hotel

Project Details

Location:              Somerville, MA

Architect:             ProCon, Inc

Finish:                   Faux Zinc Light VB5790, Faux Zinc Charcoal VB5260

Material:              Vitrabond 4mm FR Core

Quantity:              95,000sf