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Rockpanel - Chameleon Boards, United Kingdom 
Friday 06 Nov 2009
 
Chameleon cladding 
 
 
 
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07/12/09 Dirk van Lier, Roermond
Rockwool Rockpanel products are safe during their production, usage and recycling phase (please see http://www.rockpanel.co.uk/documentation/brochures for detailed information. Rockwool Rockpanel board material is as durable as stone and resistant to the effects of moisture, temperature and the weather. Traditionally edges (especially when cutted on site) need to be treated with coatings to prevent moisture getting into panels. By its nature Rockpanel is resistant to the elements and does not delaminate or rot. Swelling is not an issue as the stability of the product is better than concrete! Additional information on the product properties and realised projects can be found on www.rockpanel.com
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07/12/09 Dirk van Lier, Roermond
Rockwool Rockpanel board material is as durable as stone, but as workable as wood. The products are resistant to the effects of moisture, temperature and the weather. It is therefore very low maintenance. The colours remain stable and the board material retains its looks for many years to come. It perfectly combines traditional working methods with innovative products. Traditionally edges (especially when cutted on site) need to be treated with coatings to prevent moisture getting into panels. By its nature Rockpanel is resistant to the elements and does not delaminate or rot. Chamfering can be done easily by using a leftover strip of Rockpanel to lightly rub down the edge. Corners can be treated by using profiles or simply nothing. In the last case the edges can be painted in the same tone as the board for easthetical reasons. Additional information on the product properties and realised projects can be found on www.rockpanel.com
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10/11/09 willem van seumeren, amsterdam
This sounds too good to be true!!!
I wonder how the cutting edges will hold up.
If these don't need extra preserving this is a low-cost and very exciting material!
10/11/09 Patricia Stocca, Melbourne
Has the material been tested for its safety when cut, sanded, sawn on site (i.e. not in a ventilated cutting area). Is the dust given off at all dangerous (carcenogenic)?
What is the approx. cost per sq m installed?
From the photo, it appears direct fixed, how do the penetrations perform over time, given its wood content (eg potential for swelling)?
Product sounds good, but would like more info on its safety.
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Chameleon Colour Characteristics in Rainscreen Cladding 

Rockpanel Chameleon boards are manufactured from the sustainable raw material basalt through a highly efficient production process. The durability of stone and the workability of wood are combined in the products. The panels fit effortlessly into sustainable developments, and in addition accommodate contemporary architectural trends, combined with a strong emphasis on costs and installation time. Usually they are applied in ventilated constructions, where the products contribute to a comfortable indoor climate.

Changing colours
The mineral fibre Chameleon façade boards are combined with a crystal layer underneath a high-gloss coating. Depending on the colour of the base coat, the crystal layers refract light into a range of different colours, from orange to green and brown. The crystal layer also has an interesting impact on how colour is perceived, by changing colour when struck by natural light. This allows its colour to change at different times of day, when viewed from fresh angles, and after different amounts of exposure to sunlight. This iridescence copies the effect refracted light creates in soap bubbles, and in nature, such as on sea shells and butterfly wings.

All the beneficial properties of Wood and Stone
Rockpanel Chameleon is manufactured from mineral wool fibres compressed under high pressure - a process which gives this product unique characteristics. It is as hard-wearing as stone, but flexible enough to be shaped easily. The boards can be sawn with standard woodworking tools, curved in many ways and follow the contours of any design, so that they can be used in a wide variety of different building projects. Rockpanel Chameleon has a protective layer applied on top of the crystals, making the surface more durable, more rigid, and smooth so that it stays clean.

Sustainable
The boards are made from 20 - 30% recycled material. Production processes allow Rockpanel to manufacture over 400m² of cladding from just a single cubed metre of basalt rock, a very sustainable natural resource. The boards are themselves fully reusable/recyclable with no downgrade in any of the recycling or re-using stages. Rockpanel Chameleon is suitable to be used in projects with sustainability targets such as BREEAM and its residential counterpart, the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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