Stone can provide great performance with a rainscreen design, yet design teams have many questions about, how to incorporate it. Is granite too heavy for a rainscreen system? What kind of anchoring details are required? Will the stone panels remain secure? Will the rainscreen with granite remain low maintenance for years to come?
By contract, rainscreen systems, such as open-joint and ventilated systems, are increasingly popular in North America. While the gaps may allow water to get behind the cladding, the increased airflow improves the assembly’s drying ability. These systems also have the added benefit of giving architects the design flexibility they seek—varying textures and depth that come with selecting different materials and assemblies.
High-performance wall systems and rainscreens have become increasingly popular for their ability to protect the façades of commercial buildings from the elements, optimize energy performance levels, and enhance the structure’s safety and comfort.
Everything from residential flats to commercial high-rises is being specified with sustainability in mind. Channel glass is one building material with which architects can enhance a building’s energy efficiency.
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