Trends in façade design

Increased energy efficiency, streamlined aesthetics, and healthier indoor environments are three of the trends driving office and multifamily design. Here’s a look at how they translate to exterior façade elements.

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Shading systems

Sun shades reduce solar heat gain to help maximize energy savings and reduce glare. These include single-blade systems for horizontal and vertical applications and mix-and-match outrigger-style systems.

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Efficient systems

Kawneer’s unitized curtain wall system offers many of the performance benefits and high efficiency ratings of a traditional curtain wall, but in a modular format that maximizes construction efficiencies.

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Energy efficiency

For designs with large expanses of glass, insulating double- and triple-pane glass for windows and curtain walls increasingly offer higher performance while preserving aesthetic vision and views.

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Single or dual finishes

An aluminum framing system offers access to endless finish options. Products employing a polyamide thermal break, or whose profiles include a snap cover, have additional flexibility to differ finish between the interior and exterior of the building.

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Maximized vision areas

Floor-to-floor glass can be supported by a curtain wall system or slab-to-slab window wall systems.

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Narrow sightlines

Kawneer’s 1600 Wall System 1 and 2 feature concealed fastener joinery for a smooth, monolithic appearance; fillers produce uninterrupted seam lines by snapping onto optional open-back mullions.

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Daylighting

Studies show that natural light in office spaces increases productivity and work-related performance, while access to outside views can have stress-reducing effects. In multifamily, buyers and renters are seeking open floor plans, daylight infiltration, and indoor-outdoor connections.

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Ventilation

Fresh air enters the building through operable doors and windows. Seamless integration of window walls and sliding glass doors allows for large expanses of glass and ample daylight, while a vent and frame design provides the option for natural ventilation upon opening.

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Accessibility

Create façades that can be easily accessed by all. One of the most common accessibility features is the ability to easily operate façade vents and doors.

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Sound control

Improved acoustical performance can be achieved though combinations of glass infill make-up, including acoustical interlayers for laminated glass, and air-tight façade products or the addition of dual-skinned façades such as double-skin curtain walls made from Kawneer 1600UT System1 and 1600 Wall System1 Curtain Wall with acoustical glazing.

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