Often considered one of the most important aspects in architectural design, a building’s facade has two key objectives: to protect and impress.
Foremost, the facade should be functional. It must be safe, robust and protective, playing an essential role in the preservation of the building’s interior from the most hazardous of elements.
However, aesthetics should never be an afterthought. Delivered correctly, the exterior can be both protective and aesthetically pleasing.
When it comes to contemporary building design, many architects look no further than aluminium panels for facades to achieve these aims. With its futuristic appeal, ability to be modified for a range of designs, and strength against harsh conditions, aluminium panels have become the go-to material for building projects the world over.
Bringing buildings to life
Elval Colour, a worldwide leader in coated-aluminium manufacturing, has been assisting designers with its vast range of aluminium panels for facades, bringing to life architectural visions across the globe.
Elval Colour commercial manager Spyros Katopodis said: “Nowadays, the need for innovative and sustainable materials is greater than ever before, to realise the creative visions of architects and designers.
“Contemporary buildings not only have to comply with the highest design standards, but also must meet the latest technical requirements in the fields of sustainability, energy efficiency, noise protection, fire protection, and so on.”
Part of Elval Colour’s extensive product offering is etalbond, a self-supporting aluminium composite panel built to facilitate creative architectural design. It can be shaped into both curved and flat surfaces and comes in a wide range of vibrant colours.
Rigid and durable, etalbond boasts good insulating properties, resulting in more energy-efficient buildings. Plus, the light weight of etalbond enables quick assembly, and it can be easily formed into a variety of shapes. With basic technical knowledge required, faster completion of the construction can be achieved when compared to more traditional materials.
Safety in aluminium panels for facades
Meanwhile, etalbond A2 provides the same light weight, malleability, and energy-efficiency, with the benefit of an A2 rating for incombustibility and s1 rating for the lowest possible smoke emissions.
This means the non-combustible product is ideal for skyscrapers, high-traffic buildings, and sensitive buildings such as hospitals, care homes, and schools.
Katopodis continued: “Customers come to us concerned about complex constructions, new colours and new environmental demands. They’re also keen to mitigate any potential fire risks and want a full range of product specifications, certifications and applications.
“Elval Colour’s specialised personnel are capable to assist and guide in identifying and implementing the optimum coating system for any construction project and specific requirements.”