James Hardie, the world leader in the manufacture of high-performance fibre cement and fibre gypsum building solutions, has launched a new 11mm Hardie® Panel which saves time and money for builders, contractors, and architects. Developed for projects in education, healthcare and the public sector the new panel will deliver a cost effective, robust solution for any project.
The 11mm Hardie® Panel is up to 50% cheaper than directly comparable products and is available in a choice of three textures that can be customised to any standard RAL colour providing ultimate design flexibility. It achieves European Assessment Document (EAD) Category I for impact meaning that only one layer needs to be installed up to 1.5m high from the ground and is A2 fire-rated meeting stringent fire safety requirements.
Building on the success of the existing Hardie® Panel products the 11mm panel delivers all the benefits of the 8mm panel whilst also achieving robust impact requirements. It provides a range of installation options making it an ideal choice for projects where space efficiency and design aesthetics are integral.
Lee Bucknall, UK Country Manager at James Hardie said: “We are already getting great feedback from the market about the release of the 11mm Hardie Panel. This product delivers a robust solution ensuring facades and the people around them are safe and protected.
“As part of the James Hardie commitment our customers receive dedicated project support from our Hardie® Panel Specification Managers, onsite meetings, toolbox talks, technical support, project take offs and a network of fabricator partners.”
Nick Carroll RIBA – Architect and Property Developer added: “The 11mm Hardie® Panel provides a cost-effective solution for architects and builders who need to adhere to the European Assessment Document (EAD) category 1 impact at an affordable cost. I’ve used Hardie® fibre cement products on a number of projects and they always deliver quality and protection at an unmatched price. It’s nice to see a manufacturer listening to the market and responding to requirements.”