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  • The Facade and Energy Codes featured image

    The Facade and Energy Codes

    Ever-increasing performance requirements in the latest version of the energy codes are compelling project teams to consider the thermal performance o…

  • Integrated Energy Analysis

    Energy codes across the country are progressively getting stricter and increasing the threshold for a baseline building’s energy performance. Califor…

  • Fixed Edge Supports

    Model building codes and standards in the United States use a probabilistic model to define glass load resistance (LR). In general, these model build…

  • Pioneering the Structural Terracotta Mullion Façade featured image

    Pioneering the Structural Terracotta Mullion Façade

    Architects today must explore alternative enclosure materials to meet evolving energy codes and embodied carbon regulations. Terra cotta has been mos…

  • Thermal Bridging and Building Facades

    Thermal bridging through building façades have been overlooked by designers and building energy codes and standards in the past, which has led to hig…

  • Environmental Facade Perspective

    Designing a sustainable rainscreen wall assembly has become an essential part of most new construction projects. Industry principles and energy codes…

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    Designing with Photovoltaics

    Photovoltaics (PV) have been utilized in buildings for decades, especially in Europe where legislative support has largely driven the market. With ne…

  • Infinite Panel System

    Today, building facades are expected to do much more than merely provide shelter, which is driving the need for higher performing envelope solutions.…

  • Fire Safety Facade Design

    Nowadays the construction industry is characterised by high multifunctional and complex buildings with innovative facade systems. Unlike a simple pre…

  • The Butterfly

    Providing a unique and integral cladding/envelope solution suited for high-rise buildings has been an inherent challenge for this building typology s…

  • The Passive House Network - Fenestration Focus

    The Passive House Standard has driven a global shift in the performance expectations of what a fenestration system can and should provide, and as demand grows is transforming fenestration manufacturing from Ireland to China.

  • Facade Mock-ups

    Curtain walls and window walls are typically specified to meet a variety of different performance and testing criteria, some of which can be quite st…

  • Rammed Earth & Wildfire

    California is set to be drier and more drought prone with climate change. Wildfire and the subsequent loss of life and housing is a huge challenge. C…

  • Finally

    For over 60 years architects, engineers, and consultants have been specifying stainless steels for use in building skins and in some structural appli…

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    Solid Surface Material for Facades

    Navigating the building code, while challenging in any respect, can be even trickier when considering the use of emerging materials on building facad…

  • Episode 01: Passive House

    The Facade Tectonics Institute is pleased to launch our long-awaited podcast, starting with Episode 01: Passive House, a moderated discussion between Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at Steven Winter Associates and Spencer Culhane, Senior Building Envelope Specialist at Schüco USA.

  • Deconstructing the Window featured image

    Deconstructing the Window

    Over the years, the industry has relied heavily on the increasing performance of low-e coatings to drive window U-factors (thermal transmittance) low…