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Technical and Architectural Advantages of Facade System

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The right building façade or cladding can completely alter the appearance of a seemingly ordinary building to a masterpiece. No wonder facade materials feature in the favorite lists of all Architects. From being conventional, contemporary, to being traditional, artistic, Architects literally play around with the façade to bring about an extraordinary look to the building.

 

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But looks alone cannot be the only functionality of the façade…there are benefits beyond beauty…

Before wall cladding had limited options and was considered more a part of a visual element, today the choices as well as the functions of cladding have upgraded. The wall cladding market in India is still evolving and the future for the same definitely holds much promise with the high demands in the construction industry.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the additional benefits that building facades can provide:

Protection from Elements – High wind speeds associated with severe storms are the most widely recognized threat to the building skin, with damage resulting from high-winds and the impact of airborne debris.

Fresh Air for Occupants – Materials such as perforated metal or expanded metal can provide enough open area to reduce the requirement for artificial mechanical ventilation. When utilized in projects such as parking garages, facades can help to significantly reduce dust & other airborne particles.

Improved Energy Efficiency – By controlling light penetration/filtration & regulating heat, facades can lead to more energy-efficient buildings that achieve solar shading and passive cooling. Building facades can help to create a more comfortable interior by collectively reducing overheating, air conditioning costs and excessive heat loss.

Light Penetration & Filtration – In addition to increased energy savings, studies have show that natural light provides substantial benefits to human health and productivity. Studies have also shown that day lit spaces can lead to increased revenue in retail applications.

By definition, good architecture implies an unending creative quest for new applications. The use of clay for facade cladding is perfectly attuned to this philosophy. Clay facade tiles have already been used for protecting dormer windows, gables ends and blind facades. But they also offer major technical and architectural advantages as facade cladding.

 

 

Facade and curtain wall systems are of paramount importance when considering issues of green building and sustainable design. It becomes imperative for a building construction specialist to understand the importance of improving the performance and sustainability of the building envelope, and commit oneself to support sustainable design efforts.

Many proponents of high-performance, the green design certainly believe that it is high time to move away from the conventional all-glass building…From Shanghai to Las Vegas, Dubai to Frankfurt, highly glazed façades have been in the vanguard of high-rise, high-design buildings for the past half-century. Some of the world’s most prominent “green” skyscrapers are looking at greener options to envelope their buildings. The high environmental cost to ‘all that glitters’ leads to increased energy consumption. Until new glazing technologies make technical solutions more affordable, many experts suggest that we should collectively end our infatuation with heavily glazed, all-glass buildings and look for an environmental friendly materials like “Clay” as façade options.

 

 

A correctly executed facade cladding, with clay façade tiles, is an excellent heat in-sulator. Thanks to its mass, ceramic has a high heat buffering capacity. The effect is as if the house were sheathed in a continuous second skin. This minimizes heat loss in winter and prevents overheating during summer.

A correctly executed facade cladding, with clay façade tiles, is an excellent heat in-sulator. Thanks to its mass, ceramic has a high heat buffering capacity. The effect is as if the house were sheathed in a continuous second skin. This minimizes heat loss in winter and prevents overheating during summer.

In addition, thick layers of insulating material can be inserted between the load-bearing structure and the ceramic facade. This facilitates meeting the strictest U-value requirements for vertical walls.

Also thanks to their mass, clay tiles have good acoustic insulating properties. For example, they ensure excellent sound proofing in the event of hail.

Hence, to sum up, clay can be seen as an ingenious material for building façade development because of the following:

– Excellent heat insulator
– Excellent acoustic properties
– Rain Screen

Wienerberger’s Aspect Clay Facades was developed initially as a back ventilated façade cladding in the beginning of 1980s. The aim was to create timeless modern facades with unmistakable character of clay as a natural product.

 

 

Today, almost 30 years later, the name Aspect stands for quality, aesthetics and creativity…the success story is based on a systematic, product development, service oriented sales and quality assurance by Wienerberger.

Aspect Facades enhances new and modern buildings and lends refurbished properties a very contemporary character. The façade can be comfortably used in combination with Steele, glass or wood, depending on the building’s design and can beautifully weave itself with the overall architectural scheme.

The core element being clay, Aspect’s beauty can be everlasting with minimal environmental impact and nil comprises on aesthetics, retaining the Architect’s original vision for generations…An innovative drainage concept resists staining; the façade plates are colour fast and will not deteriorate even when faced with adverse weather conditions. The cladding system is internationally acknowledged as the pioneer of dual skinned extruded clay technology for rain screens.

For further details:
Wienerberger India Private Limited
88/4, Richmond Road,Bangalore 560 025,
Ph: 080 41491 682 – 11, M: 0991 6373204
Email: marketing@wienerberger.in
Website: www.wienerberger.in

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