Rainscreen and masonry façades are popular building envelope specifications, particularly in high–rise applications. They allow architectural freedom, whilst providing suitable protection against the elements.
However, choosing the best route to compliance, with current fire safety regulatory requirements in Great Britain, requires a clear understanding of the complexities and the common misconceptions that surround the use of insulation in these constructions. The route that best serves the purpose of the building and the needs of stakeholders, whilst producing a well–balanced result, may not always be the most obvious option.
Our technical bulletin on Approved Document B examines the use of insulation in the façades of buildings in England.