Expanded offerings in cladding panels, veneer products, and rainscreen systems make it easier to accommodate varied uses but also entail limitations. When it comes to cost, performance, and aesthetics—not to mention maintenance and long-term resilience—the evaluation of cladding materials and façade systems is more complex than ever. In this course, veteran enclosure specialists— and some savvy owners and construction experts—offer insights based on experience and best practices.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ LIST seven major types of façade materials and their primary effects on building construction and operating costs, sustainability, and occupant well-being.
+ DISCUSS problems of thermal bridging and techniques for ensuring walls have the desired R-value for optimal energy efficiency.
+ UNDERSTAND the components and thermal characteristics of a double-walled façade.
+ DEFINE the features of a rainscreen, including drainage characteristics.