Aluminium panels are most widely used for building cladding and forms the building envelope for architectural and functional design requirements. There are numerous products in the market, however not all these products are comparable and in many instances these are not equivalent in performances and quality. For various commercial reasons products are often compromise on several parameters however suppliers claim superior or equivalent to prominent trusted brands.
Bonding failure on ACP
Bonding failure on ACP
Finishes failure on ACP
Finishes failure on ACP
Those products not time tested shows its real performances and defects within very short time, quite often within 1-2 years upon completions. BES team regularly investigate existing buildings having defective cladding materials and owners wish to replace.
Rajan Govind of BES was one of advisory and delivered speech on “Construction Future Technologies”. As the advisory of the technology session, Rajan has finalised various topics of this segment. He has managed to bring interesting technology trends with interesting topics which has been presented by several renowned speakers of tech world.
Distortions or visually disruptive building facades continue to be most challenging issues, although the glazing technologies and processing techniques are improving it is quite often designers and architects face the challenges of achieving flawless looking building glazing.
Visual distortions perceived as a defective or low quality facades as seen from the layman point of view, although this has no major direct relation with design flaws. Hence from the building owner perspective, greater awareness is becoming evident to address this issue.
Laminated glass edges are sensitive at the edges with the exposure and joint / sealing materials in contact. It is common that irrespective of quality materials and right applications, significant risks associated with long term performances, degrading or defects cropping out during the services.
BES team has recently investigated similar defects on an existing glazing, pictures above clearly shows the incompatibility of sealant with PVB material results white dots due to sealant migrating and incompatible.
Material selection or use of right materials for building envelopes often complex but yet a key decision
There are several materials available are either in appropriate or having poor performances on several key safety factors. Often Its been used without reviewing in details or advertently to cut cost and other reasons. However designers holds key responsibility in enforcing good design practice and safe design approach in educating the users /owners.
We talk about cladding materials; often we could see several regions use highy flammable and dangerous materials. In these cases the building envelpe suppose to provide long lasting maintenance free facades, becomes risks to occupants.
There are several regions do not have adequate local regulations to control inappropriate materials. Hence local regulations alone can’t be relied upon for safe designs. The failures in checking and enforcing right materials, lead to severe consequences to precious lives and properties.
Image : Cladding Fire, Image source : Gulf News
We bring the recent instance, Tall Residential Building at UAE, showing video shocking evidences of how quickly fire and smoke propagating on the ACP (Alum composite Cladding) that uses Non Fire Resistant cladding panels.
BES team continue to invest significant time in knowledge sharing to benefit wider design community and clients. With our strong site specialist team, brings valuable practical experiences and infused to our wider design team, this help BES team to deliver highly practical and flawless designs.
A recent article sharing a real time project details illustrating the impact of design misses on the building facades.
Glass is one among widely used architectural building material and most facinating construction material ever invented, but often very difficult to find right information on a layman level.
As our continued efforts in sharing valuable technical knowledge to a wider community, following is the latest write up we have shared.
This technical article has focused on basic architectural glass selection and applications. Appropriate glass selection is often complex and challenging due to various aspects and functional requirements. However the basic article illustrates and provide guidance for the basic requirements of glass in buildings.