Terracotta – the exemplary façade material

Introduction: Terracotta is a glazed or unglazed ceramic resulting from the fired clay and has a porous body. It is being used in architecture since early 1800s when a church, designed by Sir Edmund Sharpe, was built almost exclusively of terracotta in Germany in 1824. It, in its unglazed form, eventually became fashionable as a …

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Quality Checks for Building Façade

Introduction The word Quality is overused to an extent that it has become a cliché. Most of what we see around us is claimed to be of ‘good’ quality or of ‘high’ standards. This article relates the author’s perspective on how quality can be defined in Building & Construction focusing on Façade & Fenestration Elements. …

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Cutting Edge Façades and Cladding

Facades are perceived as an important element in a building because it showcases aesthetic and architectural elements in the building and controls technical performance of a building to an extent. Facades showcase importance of a building and architecture of any city. Over the period, the importance given to the facades has reached to such an …

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“There is No Substitute for Hard Work, Especially in This Industry.”

Style and Charisma personified, suave and enterprising to the core, Pankaj Keswani is the founder Managing Director of the 300 Crore worth Indian Façade conglomerate – Alufit which is either admired or envied by the contemporaries and the competitors alike. One of the founder members of Indian Façade and Fenestration Association, Pankaj charges up the …

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Facade Consultants – Their role in design, procurement and execution

ABSTRACT Façade consulting in India has, over a relatively short period of time, grown from an almost non-existent specialisation into a potential growth area within the construction industry. Whilst such developments are generally welcomed, some building owners remain suspicious, fearful of yet another addition to the already bulky ‘consultant team’. This article examines the changing …

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Acoustics in the Built Environment Horizontal Treatment of the Slab Edge in Curtain Wall Buildings

Mike Carrick AMIOA, SIDERISE Technical Officer – Construction Acoustics, SIDERISE Mike Carrick AMIOA Introduction Acoustics is an area of design that is often neglected and equally often approached as some form of ‘black art’. We rarely describe architecture in terms of sound. It is as if this sense has no bearing on our experience of …

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Cladding Materials – Innovative Facade Solution for Building Exteriors

Cladding of buildings is one of the most expressive, inspiring and complex aspects of building design. The basic function of an envelope or enclosure of a building or structure is to protect the covered or otherwise conditioned interior spaces from the surrounding environment. Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide skin …

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Schueco

Rajiv Antony Rajiv Antony Taking over the reins of Schueco India in 2011, Mr. Antony runs the show like an ace leader in sync with fellow board members nominated from Schueco KG Germany and is helping build the Indian business unit together with the New Markets Steering Committee based at Schueco’s HQ in Bielefeld, Germany.Having …

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Cornell is Building the World’s Tallest Passive-House Building on Roosevelt Island

The world’s largest and tallest high-rise building built to Passive House standards is coming to Roosevelt Island. Commissioned by Cornell University for their new Cornell Tech Campus, the sustainability-focused residential tower designed by Handel Architects will be a model of energy efficiency and could even save 882 tons of CO2 per year—the equivalent of planting 5,300 new trees. The airtight …

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Dip-Tech Releases Energy Saving Assessment Tool for Digitally Printed Glass

Dip-Tech announced the release of Dip-Energy printed glass performance calculator, its new energy saving assessment tool that quickly evaluates the energy performance of Dip-Tech printed glass. With Dip-Energy, architects, glass processors and glazing consultants can easily measure the impact that specific designs will have on the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and the percentage of …

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