October 10, 2022 | Updated: June 8, 2023
This type of enclosure has many advantages that make it a very popular solution in today's construction model. On an environmental level, they help to save up to 30% of energy consumption. In addition, the technical characteristics of this system improve the habitability and resistance of buildings to atmospheric agents.
Wide variety of materials
Ceramic tiles with a high level of resistance, porcelain slabs or the latest generation of solid surfaces, such as KRION®, are the different materials that can be used in the decoration of façades, developed by Butech. The different concealed anchoring systems and their almost zero maintenance make these façades an excellent choice. The main qualities of each of the available models that can be used are detailed below:
Alta LIC Towers apartment building in Queens, New York, USA. Photo by IMAGEN SUBLIMINAL.
Porcelain tiles: This type of façade is characterised by its wide range of finishes and formats (45 cm x 90 cm, 59.6 cm x 120 cm and 59.6 cm x 180 cm) and the STONKER®, SOLIDKER® and PAR-KER® collections from Porcelanosa can be used. The pieces can be cut in the factory, adapting them to the needs of each project. The result: a design with aligned or offset joints and the possibility of using concealed fixing systems, which requires little or no maintenance.
XTONE® and Large Format. The façades using this material are defined by their lightness and large format pieces (120 cm x 150 cm and 150 cm x 300 cm). Thanks to the innovative fastening system, large-format porcelain tiles are more firmly and securely fixed to the façade, with 2 mm joints. This generates a sense of absolute visual continuity, as if they were a single slab. The use of XTONE® material adds a touch of elegance and art to the façades.
Bueno home in Algemesí, Spain. Photo by EVA PÉREZ.
Waterways House in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by DARAGH MULDOWNEY & ROGER O’SULLIVAN.
KRION®. The façades which incorporate this material are characterised by the large dimensions of the panels, which can reach up to 14 m2 each. The thermoforming, the warmth to the touch and the natural stone-like appearance of this revolutionary material, allows for curved shapes and volumes, and the creation of backlit façades and 3D effects. The KRION® concealed anchoring system has a type of profile that gives the system greater inertia, making it optimal for projects where a stronger structure is required. In short, it is a solution that allows for great freedom in shapes and designs.