Developments in technology and production continue to push the envelope and advance the speed at which buildings are constructed. When properly designed, specified, and executed, details and materials can assist the construction team by significantly reducing the installation time. Even if it is well-intentioned, the use of incompatible materials to increase productivity when installing cladding elements can result in disastrous situations.
Used in Europe since the 1800s, zinc exterior wall cladding has gained popularity in the united states during the last few decades. As a proven and dependable material, architectural rolled zinc products complement both contemporary and traditional designs. As buildings weather and age, their zinc façades develop a recognizable patina that are unique to the projects’ sites.
Aluminum wall cladding systems provide a modern aesthetic to commercial buildings. Specifying factory-applied, durable finishes to meet a project’s climate and performance needs allows the property to maintain its intended look with minimal maintenance of its cladding.
The Marriott Edition hotel at 701 Seventh Avenue in New York City enhances the Times Square entertainment and business district with new amenities, features, and a modern silhouette. The structure’s distinct design is achieved with custom metal assemblies and glass windows.
Rainscreen systems, like most of today’s wall assemblies, have become more complex as designers strive for greater energy efficiency and building sustainability. This article will provide an overview of the two types of rainscreen wall systems and typical design characteristics, and offers some direction on how to design highly effective and sustainable rainscreens.