Customers need to be able to trust the declared performance of ceiling manufacturers and that is exactly the purpose of CE marking. The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) introduced the EN 13964 norm for suspended ceilings which has been mandatory since 1st July 2007.
The norm aims to make it easier to compare suspended ceilings. To achieve this, it defines those product characteristics which can or must be declared on product labels and in product documentation. In the interest of maximising the information we provide to our customers, we have selected a considerable number of parameters that are now declared for each of our CE marked products. We not only declares the mandatory properties Reaction to Fire and Emission of Formaldehyde, but also sound Absorption, flexural tensile strength, durability, thermal insulation, as well as informing customers on values for light reflection, impact resistance and sound insulation when relevant.
All of our relevant ceiling tiles have been CE marked since October 2005, across all our factories in Europe. In addition, we have chosen the highest level of attestation of
conformity AVCP1. This means that an independent certification organisation – Belgian Construction Certification Association (BCCA) – has verified our initial type testing program and continuously retains our product documentation and production facilities under surveillance. All declared AVCP1 and 3 values have been tested and verified by independent and accredited laboratories. Furthermore, our continuously audited Factory Production Control will always ensure that customers receive products that live up to the standards of the product performance declared under the CE mark.
All Chicago Metallic™ ceiling grids and substructure components are also CE marked, declaring mandatory values for reaction to fire, durability, and load-bearing capacity. Our certified Quality Assurance System ensures that declared product performance is always reliable and uniform.