23-10-2014

Why install a ventilated wall: benefits and cladding solutions

Design,

Porcelain Tile,

Granitech, ventilated façades, Visual Marketing,

Porcelain—covered ventilated walls designed and made by Granitech offer a solution giving buildings expressiveness (through laying of individual slabs) combined with technical practicality, permitting significant savings in terms of costs, time and energy.



Why install a ventilated wall: benefits and cladding solutions

Granitech has always been concerned with the design and manufacture of ventilated walls, also referred to ventilated façades, covered with porcelain tiles.
A building’s outer cladding is the aspect of its construction which most powerfully defines its visual impact and conveys the most characteristics of the project, which is why porcelain is often used, with its technical properties and vast choice of colours and finishes making it the most suitable material for expressing the power of design.
When creating a ventilated wall with porcelain tiles, we have single autonomous elements at our disposal that allow the architect to create combinations, alternations and graphic effects using the wall of the ventilated façade as a surface expressing all the visual power of the architectural construction.
Freedom and independence in the design of individual elements are aspects of primary importance in the appearance of any building, from individual homes to multipurpose constructions for businesses incorporating offices, showrooms and retail spaces.
As noted by contemporary disciplines such as visual marketing, perception of the overall image of an object (in the broadest sense, and therefore including a work of architecture) involves a combination of multiple elements which can no longer be considered individually in relation to their specific functions, but must be viewed in the context of a plurality of sensorial, environmental and subjective considerations: in a word, emotional factors.
This is why the technique used to cover a building is important not only as a covering but for its overall expressive power.
Just think of the aesthetic opportunities offered by this innovative building technique for work on historic buildings or buildings requiring renovation decades into their lives. In our continuously changing cities these buildings can be revitalised, restored to their surroundings or even reinvented entirely with a whole range of new colours.
In the case of ventilated walls with porcelain tiles, the aim of the project is savings (of energy, money and disposal) bringing a whole series of benefits thanks to use of advanced construction techniques.
First of all, there’s thermal insulation: the gap created between the porcelain cladding and the masonry wall provides ventilation and produces significant energy savings. This is made possible by what is known as the “chimney effect”, in which hot air rises, naturally maintaining a constant temperature inside the building. The building’s heat load is in fact reduced in summer thanks to the qualities of the cladding (which reflects the sun’s rays) and the gap (which provides ventilation). Ventilated façades retain heat in winter, guaranteeing ideal temperatures year-round and saving significant amounts of energy. The second aspect to be taken into consideration is the strength and stability of porcelain tiles, which are resistant to various atmospheric agents and capable of reflecting the sun’s rays, retaining heat in winter and keeping the building cool in summer. This is why ventilated façades are particularly recommended for buildings with a lot of windows.
A third very important aspect is the ease of installation of ventilated façades, allowing Granitech technicians to work in all weather conditions.


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