Fire rated cladding should be mandatory

Substandard materials affect market and safety

The chairman of Mulk Cladding, Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, has told local media that fire-rated cladding should be made mandatory.

The aluminium panel manufacturer called for unified building codes for all seven emirates and tighter import controls for non-certified and substandard aluminium  panels.

“There is need to create awareness about the usage of certified fire-rated panels and as part of our corporate social responsibility, we are spending a significant amount on advertisement in this regard,” Mulk said.

“There is need to look into the testing procedures and check the standards of certifications to ensure passing of quality products for the safety of buildings in the UAE,” he added.

Commenting further, Mulk said recent fires in Sharjah have raised awareness about the application of certified materials, however more needs to be done to raise awareness.

“We have received number of inquiries from building contractors especially in Sharjah to supply fire-resistant panels for their under development projects,” Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of Mulk Holdings, told Khaleej Times.

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