Why Your Building Will Benefit From a Ventilated Façade

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What Is A Ventilated Façade?

It’s a cladding system which allocates space for a ventilated chamber between the cladding and the insulation and eliminates thermal bridging and condensation problems. The presence of a ventilated façade system achieves superior thermal behavior and reduced humidity. It’s because of these desired achievements that ventilated façade cladding is regarded as the most effective system when it comes to getting the most from your building’s insulation. The effectiveness of a ventilated wall system makes it a favorite among developers, builders, and architects. Another reason for the ventilated façade’s popularity with people in the building industry is its ability to improve the energy efficiency of the structure. That improvement extends not only to the environmental advantages, but also to the economical benefits, as heating and cooling systems don’t have to work as hard to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the year. Performing like an umbrella, by shielding a building from the outdoor effects of the elements, while simultaneously maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature, is a ventilated façade’s way of offering dual protection from weather.

The Components Of A Ventilated Façades System

The ventilated façade consists of:

  1. The supporting wall, which needs to be made of masonry, blocks, reinforced concrete, or another material that is capable of anchoring the ventilated façade structure.
  2. Thermal insulation, which needs to be a continuous finish in order to avoid thermal bridging. Preferred options include projected or adhesive mortar bonded insulation.
  3. Ventilated façade panels, which must be designed in advance, alleviating the need for significant modifications once the work has gotten underway.

The ventilated façade system is anchored to the walls of the building which provide support. In between the insulation and the facing, the air gap that’s created establishes the natural ventilation with an accompanying removal of heat and moisture

How A Ventilated Wall Works In Conserving Energy

Energy efficient cladding is designed to work upon a simple principle. In between the insulation and the cladding, there’s an air chamber. The slack effect—the heating of that air within the air chamber relative to the ambient air temperature—
generates continuous ventilation within the chamber. Water vapor is continuously discharged from inside as well as outside the building. The insulation stays dry and, thanks to the ventilated façade, the improved energy efficiency directly impacts your finances, resulting in savings on your utility bills.

How A Ventilated Façade Creates A Healthier Environment

Everyone loves saving money, and when that savings is accompanied by improved energy efficiency, satisfaction with the benefits of the ventilated façade increases. But there are also other important benefits to consider. Don’t forget comfort! People spend a lot of time inside buildings, and the time spent inside should be pleasant. Health and hygiene, and the maintaining of basic sanitary conditions, are another byproduct of ventilated façade cladding. One advantage which might be unexpected is that way that a ventilated wall can actually help to provide internal soundproofing. The installation of a Danpal ventilated cladding system offers a defense against moisture which, if it reaches a building’s interior insulation, can compromise the energy efficiency of the structure.
Add in the improved thermal insulation and it’s no wonder that people opt for a ventilated façade system.

How A Ventilated Façade Systems Works In Summer and Winter

A ventilated wall functions differently depending upon the season. During the summer months, sunlight heats up the façade and the chamber. Performing like a chimney, the hot air rises; with room to move in, cooler air enters and cools down the air chamber, keeping the inside temperature comfortable. In the summer, the air inside the chamber stays warmer than the air outside. The effects of the accumulated heat keep the thermal insulation warm.

How A Ventilated Façade Protects Insulation

There’s a reason why keeping weather and moisture from penetrating a building’s exterior walls is so important. The effects of weather are a major cause of the deterioration, over time, that can ruin a building. If insulation is compromised by dampness, it doesn’t take long before the effects show up. Because cooling and heating can escape a building if the insulation is compromised, people inside will discover that it’s harder to keep the rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The heating and cooling systems have to work extra hard because energy is escaping. As a result, utility bills begin to climb. The Danpal Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS) uses the convective action between the ventilated wall panels to keep moisture out. The panels are double-notched and watertight and made of Microcell polycarbonate, which is three times lighter than ordinary rainscreen cladding. They’re easier to work with and they install directly onto the support.

A Ventilated Façade System Protects From Weather

It makes sense that in order for the interior of a building to maintain a comfortable temperature, stay dry, and be energy efficient, the exterior walls must be protected. A Danpal ventilated façade provides that solution by preventing rain from penetrating the building. Weather is a relentless force of nature and buildings must be designed so that they can withstand its punishment. The improvement of thermal efficiency inside the walls of a structure helps to create a comfortable living environment for the occupants.

Contact Danpal to discuss ventilated façade for your next architectural project.

Contact Danpal for your next architectural project.

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