DuPont™ Corian® becomes the solid surface with the broadest range of certifications for exterior facade applications

DuPont™ Corian®, the high-tech surface material, has revolutionised interior design and is bringing a new wave of innovation to architecture. Now, it has become the solid surface with the broadest range of certification for applications for facades and the exterior cladding of buildings.

The certifications currently held by DuPont™ Corian® in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are:
- Certification "Avis Technique" ATEC 2/11-1472, including ISO 4892-2 accelerated ageing), EN 14509 (humidity test), ISO 10545-12 (freeze-thaw resistance) tests;
- Seismic certification according to new 2013 protocol NF P 06-013 by French institute CSTB;
- UK certificate CWCT 2012/050 August 2012, including water tightness, wind resistance, soft and hard body impact tests;
- European Technical Approval ETA-13/0377
- Aprobata Technizna ITB AT-15-2465/2012 for Poland (buildings up to a height of 25 metres by Ministry of Infrastructure Regulation).

In the USA, DuPont™ Corian® has passed a series of fundamental tests for its application for facades and the exterior cladding of buildings. These include freeze/thaw cycling resistance, ASTM standards proving the material’s resistance to exterior environmental substances, and NFPA fire performance tests, in addition to tests for abuse resistance. Information about these tests and certifications can be requested from DuPont.

DuPont has pioneered the use of solid surfaces for the exterior cladding of buildings. After years of comprehensive research and development, and intensive testing conducted at its facilities, 2007 saw the debut of the material’s first significant commercial application for an exterior facade, at the world famous Seeko’o Hotel in Bordeaux, France. This was followed by the gigantic Congress Centre and Apartment tower in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast, and a number of other projects around Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. External cladding in DuPont™ Corian® is now being used in other regions such as India, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Australia and China.

Offering superior aesthetics combined with extraordinary design flexibility, durability and reliability, DuPont™ Corian® External Cladding (EC) is a smart choice for panelised façade systems. Solid, homogenous and coloured all the way through, DuPont™ Corian® EC consists of custom-made panels which can be used to create large, sleek vertical surfaces with inconspicuous seams. It is also possible to create an inspiring range of decorative options, from 3D-textured effects and CNC pattern cutting, to curves, inlays and dramatic lighting effects. Through a combination of innovative design and technological advances, over 70 buildings around the globe have been able to exploit the considerable benefits of panelised wall systems with DuPont™ Corian®. These range from façades for public buildings to private villas, and from commercial institutions to hospitality and healthcare environments - each unique in its presentation and purpose.

Distributor CD (UK) Ltd displays example of façade systems using Corian® in a permanent exhibition at The Building Centre. Also in the UK, DuPont™ Corian® sponsors a RIBA approved CPD seminar on Solid Surfaces for Rainscreen Facades. (To book this CPD seminar please call: 0800 962 116 or email: sales@corian.co.uk)

DuPont™ Corian® also leads the way in gaining certifications for interior design applications. DuPont™ Corian® (whether the whole range or a specific product) has received important independent certifications for its environmental performance, such as GreenGuard®, NAHB North American Builders Association, US Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System, Scientific Certification Systems and Ecospecifier. Its hygienic performance has also been certified by prestigious independent institutions, for example, by NSF International in the USA, The Royal Institute of Public Health in the UK and LGA QualiTest in Germany.

Furthermore, The environmental management systems of all the plants of DuPont that produce DuPont™ Corian® have been certified according to ISO 14001.  Moreover, as a result of a multi-year improvement program, all the plants of DuPont that manufacture DuPont™ Corian® have brought down to zero their impact on landfills by reducing, reusing and recycling manufacturing by-products and waste

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