Unlike traditional solar energy generation panels, Mitrex’s BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaic) materials can be seamlessly incorporated into any building exterior. A solar cell is applied to an aluminum honeycomb base, which is in turn layered with tempered glass with a ceramic facing that can be endlessly customized. Finishing options range from monochrome colours and precast concrete to natural wood or stone and even tailor-made designs; the adaptable cladding system can be incorporated into retrofits as well as new builds.
Glen-Gery has introduced its first ceramic cladding, Terraçade. Prefinished, colourfast, high-impact-resistant and able to withstand extreme weather — from intense UV exposure to freezing temperatures — the material will retain its integrity for years to come. Formats include two tiles (30 by 58.8 and 30 by 118.8 cm) and a baguette (5 by 5 by 100 cm), plus suspension rails, internal and external corner finishes and other accessories. Smooth, glazed, sand-blasted or watermark surfaces are available, each in a range of colourways.
Toronto architect Brenda Izen combined two robust materials — Indiana limestone on top and Neolith’s Skyline, a sintered stone ventilated facade, below — to bring a sense of airiness to a recent project, House 95. Upping the performance of the exterior surface, Neolith’s porcelain panels were finished with Pureti, an environmentally friendly photocatalytic treatment with self-cleaning capabilities. When it comes in contact with sunlight, inorganic contaminating agents (like NOx and SOx) are destroyed, helping to reduce pollution by purifying the air. The finish also extends the lifespan of the material while maintaining its pristine appearance.
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These efficient and durable facade systems – by Mitrex, Glen-Gery and Neolith – boast much more than just good looks.