All the best contemporary architecture projects clearly reveal a desire to optimise buildings’ long-term performance with sustainable design that reduces waste while improving living comfort.
One of the most important things to be done to this end is insulating the building’s cladding, that is, the structure that divides the inside from the outside of a building.
As they are increasingly subject to stress, the outer walls play a key role in the life of a building, in that they represent the part most exposed to the combined action of atmospheric agents, pollution and air quality.
In practical and aesthetic terms, the most durable solution for insulation and protection is application of ventilated façades.
This multi-layer construction solution permits dry installation of cladding elements, guaranteeing maximum aesthetic quality thanks to the performance of high-tech ceramic slabs.
One obvious example is the ventilated façades designed by Granitech
using Iris Ceramica Group
slabs, which offer unmatched resistance
and near-total non-absorbency for guaranteed inalterability and continuity over the years. In addition to this technical performance, the great aesthetic variety of high-tech porcelain
adds further value to buildings and to the landscape around them.
Though tall buildings, which are most isolated and exposed to the elements, stand to benefit the most from use of ventilated façades, Granitech ventilated façades can be used on any kind of construction. They are especially recommended for buildings to be renovated: as the work is not particularly invasive, it can be performed without altering the integrity of the wall structure.
Specifically, Granitech ventilated façades are a system creating an airspace between the wall and the cladding. This produces a "stack effect" in which the façade provides effective natural ventilation, offering significant benefits in terms of removal of heat and humidity at any time of year.
Additional benefits of Granitech ventilated façades include prevention of the risk of cracking and detachment of cladding; elimination of surface condensation; easy laying on site in all weather conditions and the possibility of working on individual slabs made by Iris Ceramica Group brands.
These are, as we have seen, new-generation ceramic slabs which stand out for their limited weight and their outstanding technical features in terms of dilatation, absorption, corrosion and resistance, making them the most suitable material for construction of architectural cladding with ventilated façades.
There are numerous examples
of residential and industrial buildings
that make use of this system.