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The Rainscreen Group, formed from companies within MCRMA membership, includes the principal companies who supply metal based systems and component parts used within the fabrication and construction of rainscreen cladding systems.

Members of the group have been involved in the development of rainscreen systems over many years and have an extensive knowledge of their use and application on all types of buildings. In addition, the rainscreen group provides a technical focus for specifiers who wish to use these highly aesthetic systems on prestigious new build developments or refurbishment projects.

MCRMA has published an Advice Note relating to the first of six fire tests which are currently being conducted at the Building Research Establishment. The test conducted at the BRE, comprising PIR (polyisocyanurate) insulation with polyethylene (PE) core ACM, failed a BR 135 assessment and the combination of these materials is therefore, deemed non-compliant with building regulations. MCRMA has set out guidance relating to removal of the cladding/insulation and identifying a solution for the replacement of the facade. The advice note can be downloaded here.

The technology used within modern rainscreen systems provides a weather skin which can be attached to an existing wall or new sub-structure and allows the incorporation of insulation systems which comply with the latest energy efficiency standards and building regulations. Rainscreen systems also offer specifiers and building owners the opportunity to explore the use of colour and scale to provide a visually exciting or contrasting fa├žade.

Members of the Rainscreen Group speak with authority on the subject, provide support based on years of knowledge and give reliability in the systems they supply and manufacture. Information about member companies can be obtained by clicking on the individual company links opposite.