Joins on ACP facades need not have silicone sealant anymore
At the recently concluded Acetech at Delhi, Aludecor launched a path breaking technology by the name of Aludecor Systems which can redefine the aluminium composite panel facades in India. Silicone sealant which is used to fill the grooves of a typical ACP façade in India and which has been one of the major pain points for architects, goes out of the picture with the help of this technology.
Aludecor Systems is a framework and accessories set-up that ensures low or zero maintenance. With silicone thrown out of the window there exist zero worries about leaks and stains. A couple of Systems provide ventilated façades which ensures comfort of the residents and brings down electricity bills too. Systems also enhance and take the aesthetics of buildings several notches higher.
The Systems facilitate rainscreen cladding. Rainscreen cladding provides an exterior surface – a cladding layer –that reduces the force of wind-driven water movement, preventing it from getting into small breaches in the surface of a building. There are three systems: the Pressure-Equalised Rainscreen System (PER), Hanging Rainscreen Systems (HR) and Male Female Rainscreen System (MFR).
“Although the initial cost of installing ACP with the help of these Systems is a little higher, it is cost effective in the long run since it requires negligible maintenance.”, asserts Aludecor CMD Ashok Kumar Bhaiya. Many Architects and builders are discouraged to use ACPs only due to the sealants used as they often leak and bleed, thus killing the look of the façade. Beaming with pride Bhaiya adds, “The young Design & Application team of Aludecor has developed something that’s in vogue in the West, and now our country too can have equally marvelous ACP facades,”
In the Pressure Equalized System (PER) ACP strips are used in the grooves of the façade thus enabling to achieve the same colour across the grooves through the façade. Hanging and Male Female Rainscreen systems provide thermal insulation thus leading to conservation of energy.
The technology has earned rave reviews from the industry experts. VS Ravi, President of Façade India Test Inc. (FITI) feels that Aludecor Systems is a wonderful step that’s beneficial for the whole industry. “I strongly believe that facades should be clean and remain shiny and sparkling for years and rainscreen principle helps achieving that goal,” says Ravi.
According to Ashok Narayan Pandit, Chief Architect of ACPL, Systems is one of the most innovative products that he has come across at Acetech. Kapil Bhatia, Managing Director of Space Wings Pvt. Ltd was all praise for Systems too. “Previously we have been apprehensive about using ACPs especially because of the silicone involved but Aludecor Systems is a welcome relief and I am going to use it in my upcoming projects”, says Mr. Bhatia.
Besides Systems and the myriads of innovative product finishes, architects have also been wowed by the eye opening 3D displays at the stall of Aludecor in Acetech, Delhi.
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