uPVC Doors & Windows: Current & Evolving Market Scenario

Windows and doors play an important role in design aesthetics and energy performance of buildings, be it commercial, institutional or residential. They provide physical and visual connection between the inside and outside and enhance the overall appeal of the building. Enquire Now for Doors Rising demand for well-designed windows has led to innovations in the …

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What is a Ventilated Facade?

A Ventilated façade is an external light weight cladding material which forms the building envelope design. There is a ventilated cavity between the external cladding material and the insulating layer.  This acts as a barrier in preventing the rain water from entering the interiors and the condensation of water vapour happens without hampering the building …

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Façade Compliancy and Vitracore G2: The market’s DtS Solution

The subject of façade compliancy within the industry has certainly been a contentious subject over the past year and a half. Whilst traditional ACP will continue to have its place within the industry, the concerns resulting from the 2014 Lacrosse fire highlighted not only the need for technical clarity around what circumstances in which combustible …

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ASTM Standards Aim to Help with Building Facade Inspections, Including Drone Use

A newly published ASTM International guide provides standard notation, syntax and symbols for facade inspections while a second guide has been proposed to standardize how drones are used for facade inspections. (ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around …

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MVRDV Designs Shopping Center with Pearlescent Façade in Beijing

Exterior construction has almost wrapped up on MVRDV’s Chongwenmen M-Cube shopping center in Beijing, featuring a shimmering façade that changes colour from grey to pearlescent. The 44,000 square meter center sits in the central Chongwenmen district, just moments from the Forbidden City, and will serve as a centralized hub for retail, cuisine and leisure. The project is …

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Quality Checks for Building Façade

Introduction The word Quality is overused to an extent that it has become a cliché. Most of what we see around us is claimed to be of ‘good’ quality or of ‘high’ standards. This article relates the author’s perspective on how quality can be defined in Building & Construction focusing on Façade & Fenestration Elements. …

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Wind Tunnel Testing for Design of Building Façades

Buildings are obstructing the motion of air called wind, and as a result the wind is exerting force on buildings. Wind force can be classified into two: the first one represents the overall wind action on the building inducing overall integrated loads called structural loads on the structural systems. The second one refers to the …

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Façades in India are Getting Better

Concept design for the structural glazing facade with a different opening option – Vertical detail One of the foremost talents in the realm of Indian architecture, Reza Kabul’s foray into the industry was a random experience of viewing books on architecture that proved catalyst enough for a switch from engineering to architecture. After a brief …

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FIRE SAFETY IN FACADES – Myths & Realities

Fire at Kalina building, short circuit suspected April 08, 2011 Location: Diamond Square, Mumbai Number of Casualties: None Time to Extinguish Fire: Over Two Hours Fire at Kalina building, short circuit suspected A major fire broke out in a six-storey commercial building in Kalina area of Santacruz on Friday afternoon. No casualties or injuries were …

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Facade Design & Technology for Fire Safety in Buildings

Innovative facade design has improved greatly in the recent past. However, facade design does not cater for active fie protection except for the recent inclusion of the automatic smoke vent for all glass buildings. Appropriate testing of facade materials and the fie stopping systems are critical to ensure adequate performance of the façade system of …

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