Installing Equitone panels on the facade using a rear-ventilated curtain system will ensure long-term durability.
Based on a proven principle that has been tried and tested over many centuries in buildings of all kinds, the basic system remains the same even if the materials have adapted over time; the typical components of the structure include anchoring base (brickwork/reinforced concrete, timber or truss construction), insulation, rear ventilation and cladding.
All weather resistance
The rear-ventilated curtain system offers many advantages:
- Fulfilment of all building energy standards
- Improved sound insulation for the building
- Low susceptibility to damage, thus long service life for the facade
- Easy dismantling in case of panel damage or removal
- Permanent graffiti protection possible with Equitone [natura] PRO and [pictura]
- Can be fully disassembled into its constituent parts during dismantling
The structural separation of the facade cladding (weather protection) and the insulation (heat and cold protection) allows air to circulate in the rear ventilation space. This way, not only is moisture from the building removed but also usable moisture caused by natural vapour diffusion during operation. Mould formation in the interior is prevented, so the insulation and wall construction remain permanently dry, and an optimal indoor climate is ensured.
Rear-ventilated curtain facades Vs. thermal insulation composite systems
The structural separation of the insulation layer and weather protection is the main distinguishing feature in contrast to other facade systems. Especially in comparison to thermal insulation composite (ETICS) systems, where the two components are combined in a single functional layer. This reduction has a positive effect on cost, but not on quality and sustainability. This table compares the criteria of the two systems.
The tendency towards a plaster facade in relation to cost can still be maintained in the construction of single-family homes. However, in commercial properties, individualisation and image play a much more important role. This is the case in commercial properties such as multi-storey residential buildings, office and administrative buildings, shops and retail units as well as in municipal buildings, mainly schools, kindergartens and hospitals.
Image legend: Market evaluation of decision makers based on decisive factors: - negative/disadvantageous // 0 neutral // + positive/advantageous // ++ Unique selling point Source: Prof. Karsten Tichelmann, Testing Institute for Wood and Dry Wall Construction (Versuchsanstalt für Holz- und Trockenbau GmbH) in Darmstadt