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Porcelain Ventilated Facades


A ventilated facade is a cladding system with an air cushion or cavity immediately behind which provides with a drainage, ventilation and thermal solution.

It is usually an external cladding system mechanically fastened or bonded to a framework behind fixed to the external wall of a new or existing building.

This external wall may be built either of masonry (brick or cmu), concrete, or studwork (metal or timber) and a layer of thermal insulation is conveniently either between studs or laid on the outer side of the substrate wall.

The cladding elements are fixed to the substrate wall by means of a lightweight substructure which can be made of different materials, being metal a preferred choice.

The ventilation is produced by openings located at the top and bottom of the cladding or by the open joint pattern The Chimney Effect.

This ventilation allows for an exchange of air between the outside and the cavity behind the cladding panels, providing the solution for venting any moisture away from the facade, improving the thermal conditions inside the building and installing the insulation on the outside so to avoid thermal bridging.

VFS stud walls

  • Omega horizontal profile
  • L-bracket spacer
  • T-shaped & L-shaped vertical profiles
  • Fixing clip
  • Cladding

VFS on solid walls

  • L-bracket spacer
  • T-shaped & L-shaped vertical profile
  • Fixing clip
  • Cladding

Sustainability Advantages

  • Reduced thermal transmission due to chimney effect
  • Exterior insulation = no thermal bridges = no heat loss
  • Use of thermal inertia of building

as a result

  • Down sizing of HVAC = energy saving
  • Reduced heat flow inside the building by 80%
  • Greater comfort/wellbeing inside the building
  • Reduction CO2 emissions by improved e. performance
  • Porcelain tile 100% recyclable natural product
  • Porcelain tile do not emit volatile organic compounds

Other Advantages

  • Rain screen principles protection to heavy moisture load
  • Insulation reduces risk of condensation
  • Reduction of noise by 10-20% (buffer)
  • Increased / high durability
  • Lightweight (6lb/sqft vs 20lb/sqft)
  • Easy to install, repair & no maintenance
  • Environmentally friendly material
  • Wide range of options (formats, finishes, textures, etc)
  • Average 35% energy saving (NASA Report)