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.
Metal can be formed into several shapes, sizes, colors, and textures to meet almost any aesthetic. If specified correctly, the assembly will last for the life of the building with very few issues. Three broad categories—composites, insulated metal panels (IMPs), and single-skin—of metal rainscreens are widely used.
The term rainscreen refers to a building system fulfilling one of the main functions of an exterior wall—to screen out rain and keep a wall dry. While at one time that system would have encompassed moisture control alone, the complexity of exterior wall assemblies now requires a more integrated approach. Multicladding aesthetics with the benefit of continuous control layers are achievable with new rainscreen system designs.