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How Ventilated Façade Innovation is Helping to Improve Building Sustainability and Energy Consumption Outcomes

In today’s fast-paced world of construction and architectural design, one constant remains: the need for practical, sustainable solutions that effectively address today’s challenges. Modern architecture firms are tasked with providing optimal thermal comfort in buildings in a way that is aesthetically appealing, thermally efficient, and offers excellent fire protection. A crucial part of the solution to this issue is the implementation of ventilated façades.

Ventilated façade systems, otherwise known as double-skin façades or rain-screens, are a potent defence against the elements. Made of two layers of different facades that are separated by an air cavity, the external cladding of ventilated façade systems provides primary protection against rain and wind, with the ventilated air corridor simultaneously working to eliminate residual moisture, safeguarding the building’s integrity.

The same design that provides moisture protection also offers substantial thermal benefits. Ventilated façades help to reduce the amount of heat buildings absorb in hot weather and retain warmth during cold weather, resulting in lower reliance on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

The pursuit of sustainable construction practices is an ever-evolving journey. This has paved the way for innovative insulation solutions that further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of ventilated façades.

One innovation is the new Smart Facade system, developed by leading sustainable glasswool manufacturer Knauf Insulation. Smart Facade is part of a robust solution that offers improved energy efficiency, protection from external weather elements, noise reduction, and increased comfort.

Featuring an innovative Wind-Wash barrier, Smart Facade mitigates the impact of windy conditions while acting as the first line of defence against moisture. In addition, Knauf Insulation’s advanced DriTherm Technology provides a high level of water repellence, extending durability and enhancing moisture resistance.

Importantly, Smart Facade’s manufacturing process demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability. The glasswool product contains up to 80% recycled glass and is made with Knauf Insulation’s patented ECOSE Technology, a bio-based binder that contains no added formaldehyde. This state-of-the-art glasswool binder also has 70% less upfront embodied carbon than traditional mineral wool products and has also received a Global GreenTag Green Rate Level A certification, making it an environmentally friendly option for architects and designers looking for sustainable materials.

Steve Smith, Products & Systems Manager for Knauf Insulation Asia Pacific Knauf Insulation comments, “We are thrilled to offer Smart Facade, an innovative solution that delivers both functional and aesthetically pleasing façades for buildings. Smart Facade is the most cost-effective non-combustible thermal insulation for ventilated façade systems and delivers superior thermal performance for equivalent thickness when compared to traditional rock mineral wool solutions available in the market. The product also incorporates compression technology to maximise the amount of square metres per pack, resulting in significant cost savings for customers.”

As the construction industry continues to evolve, Smart Facade is one more step towards a future where buildings are not only aesthetically pleasing but also play a crucial role in contributing to a more sustainable planet.

For more detailed information about the Smart Facade and its implications in the context of ventilated façades, visit the Knauf Insulation website, and consider downloading the Smart Facade guide.

Smart Facade is currently available in 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm batts, lined with a black woven veil that protects the product during installation and enhances performance. For more information, download a copy of the Smart Facade guide, or visit the Knauf Insulation website.

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