Building company Danube is showcasing its new aluminium composite panel (ACP) designed to minimise the risk of fire at the Big 5 event currently underway at Dubai’s World Trade Centre.
The move comes as around 270 construction projects in Dubai have been put on hold as they do not comply with Civil Defence safety standards.
Fire regulations concerning cladding and facades have been circulated to architects and developers by municipality officials in an attempt to clear some of this backlog. However the full regulatory codes have not been formally introduced.
Danube’s material is called Alcopanel. It is non-combustible, emits little smoke and minimises the risk of droplets. It has a central fire resistant core and can be either 4.4mm or 6mm thick. The company says it can produce around 4,000,000m2 each year from its plant in Jebel Ali, Dubai, using machinery imported from the US, South Korea and China and assembled on site.
The product is set to be used on the Riyadh Metro development and the company is in talks with what it described as “seven or eight major projects.”
Speaking at the launch of the product Rizwan Sajan founder and chairman of Danube Group said: “I think it is the best time to market this project as the hazards of fire have been much in the public eye. As well as a materials company we are also a developer and I want people who buy our properties to know that they are safe.
“Being an active participant in the real estate industry in the UAE, the introduction of the new law by the UAE Civil Defence, to use A2 materials is a new light to ensure customer safety and eliminate loss of life due to fire.”
In the face of mounting fire-related accidents, such as The Address Hotel and towers in Dubai Marina earlier this year, Danube Group opened conversations with local government bodies, appealing for the use of non-combustible panels.
Further to which, the UAE government has passed on a mandate to clad Midrise and High-rise building with only Euroclass A2 materials. Almost 90% of the building built in the GCC before the year 2012, are cladded with non-fire-retardant grade aluminium composite panels.
The company is also showcasing water purifiers and heaters at its stand at the Big 5
Anis Sajan, managing director (pictured), said: “We are here to build our brand as well as showcase new projects. This is a great event to meet new people and connect with our existing customer base. So far it has been very positive for us to be here.”