ALUCOBOND PLUS aluminum composite material and ALUCOBOND FaceFastened have successfully passed third-party NFPA 285 testing on a wood-framed assembly, commonly used in low-rise, multifamily and mixed-use market segments. What’s more, the positive result expands the opportunity to utilize the systems on steel stud construction and mass wall assemblies.

NFPA 285 is a fire test method that evaluates how fire is expected to spread on an exterior multi-story wall. This outcome positively confirms that ALUCOBOND PLUS panels, installed utilizing ALUCOBOND FaceFastened, are compliant with standards set by the International Building Codes, paving the way for its use in future projects.

“The NFPA 285 approval for the FaceFastened system further proves that ALUCOBOND PLUS meets and exceeds the ICC-IBC standards for fire performance, positively contributing to the safety of future occupants,” said Thomas Rogers, technical lead at 3A Composites Americas.

The recent test confirms the fire-resistant characteristics of ALUCOBOND PLUS and supports its use in non-combustible construction. In summary, ALUCOBOND PLUS ACM and the ALUCOBOND FaceFastened attachment system supports various NFPA 285-compliant assemblies.

Designed for use in a wide range of applications, ALUCOBOND FaceFastened is a straightforward, screwed ACM system that utilizes its own proprietary rails and attachment screws to create a seamless, flush-mounted appearance that is both visually striking and highly functional. The system — used in tandem with ALUCOBOND PLUS, which is available in 91 trend-forward stock colors and finishes, as well as a plethora of custom colors — effortlessly supports the creative vision of any architect or designer.

“These test results demonstrate our commitment to 3A Composites’ core values of continuous improvement, drive and customer focus,” stated Nick Scheib, general manager of the architectural division at 3A Composites Americas. “We are dedicated to providing industry-leading innovations that perform to the highest safety standards, while also enabling architects and builders to deliver eye-catching, on-trend designs.”