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Fibre cement board: European-inspired cladding

Fibre cement board: European-inspired cladding

Fibre cement products have been used for decades as a durable, fire retardant cladding solution.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Fibre cement products have been used for decades as a durable, fire retardant cladding solution. We had a chat to Fibre Cement Solutions about the growing demand for this versatile, asbestos-free construction material.


For some years, fibre cement panels were tainted with the asbestos brush, with many people confused between asbestos-based products and fibre cement boards - two very different construction materials. 

“There remains some confusion in the market about fibre cement. It is still commonly confused with products that contain asbestos, however our products have never been manufactured with asbestos,” Fibre Cement Solutions’ Rachel Osborn says.

“It’s a confusion that remains, despite asbestos not ever being used in these products. However, it is understandable that a misconception exists due to the use of it some years ago in similar products.”


Made with Portland cement, Fibre Cement Solutions’ fibre cement boards - known as Eterpan - incorporate mineral fillers and organic fibres for reinforcement.


Why fibre cement?

Fibre cement boards are used most commonly for external cladding and internal linings, but are suitable for many applications including as a rigid air barrier, for soffits, ceilings, flooring and tile and slate underlay.


Eterpan is environmentally sustainable as it is manufactured with renewable resources. It is strong, versatile and durable due to the manufacturing process.  Dimensionally stable and easily recyclable. 


In comparison to other fibre cement boards, Eterpan board is unique due primarily to the way it’s manufactured - with the flow on technology, rather than the traditional ‘hatschek’. “Flow on technology is superior as it has high impact and delamination resistance.


“The use of flow on technology stops delamination occurring over time, as well as ensuring superior impact resistance, fire retardancy and mould resistance.”


Eterpan boards are available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses depending on the required use, and in sanded and unsanded finishes. Currently being used in a number of commercial and residential projects across New Zealand as tile and slate underlay in conjunction with an acoustic underlay system to enhance acoustic values. Other current projects include internal linings for wet areas and backing board for schist and brick slips and as chimney and fire linings.

“Eterpan boards have high dimensional stability, are environmentally friendly, and are very versatile and easy to install,” Rachel says.  They are mould and water resistant and also resistant to insects and most vermin. We like the fact that the board is also fully recyclable.    


Fibre Cement Solutions was established in late 2018 and is now the exclusive distributor of Eterpan fibre cement boards in New Zealand.


Visit Fibre Cement Solutions on ArchiPro here to view the latest in fibre cement technology and browse the latest projects where it has been specified.

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