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Dekton® by Cosentino, the new ultracompact surface from Cosentino for the world of architecture and design, has obtained the European Technical Assessment (ETA) 14/0413 evaluation and the 1220-CPR-1459 certificate for CE marking as an external wall cladding for ventilated façades.
Dekton® by Cosentino is an ultracompact surface manufactured by means of a dry pressing process, with the largest press in the world created exclusively for Dekton® (25,000 tonnes), enabling the production of a large format slab (3.20 m x 1.44 m) and with extraordinary technical properties, such as high mechanical resistance, low water absorption, very good colour stability and very good dimensional stability, and high resistance to UV rays, stains, freezing and thawing. Owing these properties, the Dekton® surface can be perfectly incorporated onto façades by means of different types of concealed stainless steel or aluminium fixings.
The Dekton® surface also comes in a wide variety of sizes, designs, colours and textures that allow buildings to be given a natural and customised aesthetic, and offering great versatility to their exterior design.
Cladding systems for ventilated façades allow thermal insulation to be incorporated via the exterior, which is a highly suitable alternative for improving the energy efficiency of new or retrofitted buildings. Additionally, the sustainable use of natural resources and respect for the environment are two aspects that Cosentino holds very present in the manufacture of Dekton®. These environmental aspects may be assessed in the future, when laws and harmonised European methods for their evaluation will be introduced, a field in which the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) and the Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC) are currently working.
Assessement issued for Dekton®
The ETA makes it possible to issue a Declaration of Performance and the CE marking for products that are uncovered or partially covered by a harmonised standard. The ETA is issued by ITeC in its capacity as a Technical Assessment Body (TAB) and is approved in the context of the EOTA. ITeC is a body that has been authorised to assess unregulated and innovative products as a member of EOTA since 1996 and has been designated as a TAB under the new regulation EU/305/2011 since March 2013 for all product categories covered by it.
The ETA issued for Cosentino includes the characterisation and experimental evaluation of the Dekton® surface for use as external wall cladding for façades: wind load resistance, impact resistance and reaction to fire, durability, and the characterisation of the fixing components necessary for the surface to be conveniently incorporated onto façades.
External cladding for ventilated façades with the CE marking offer performance that has been assessed by a third party and performance characteristics that have been confirmed and contrasted according to European methodologies.
The full text of the ETA 14/0413 can be viewed here.