The ventilated and glued facades programme proposed by Century allows meeting many design requirements. The wide range of colours, sizes, surfaces and thicknesses allow the designer to express himself with great creativity.
The aesthetic richness and the high technological content that have always marked out the Century products are combined with a full comprehensive support service to the designers and the customers.
The advantages of the ventilated wall
The installation of a ventilated wall allows at the same time to obtain high styling performance and a great living comfort. The porcelain stoneware tiles, fixed to an aluminium alloy frame, in turn anchored to the main structure of the building, protects all the underlying layers from adverse weather conditions, contributing actively to the achievement of the energy and acoustic performance.
The cavity that is created between the porcelain slabs and the insulating layer fixed to the outside of the wall, thanks to the contribution of the latter, increases greatly the energy efficiency of the building. The possibility of applying the insulating layer continuously outside of the face allows eliminating the thermal bridges and prevents the formation of condensation and mould, thus greatly increasing the thermal-hygrometric comfort. The movement of the ascending air, called “chimney effect”, which develops in the cavity thanks to the thermal gradient between the external and internal temperature, is able to attenuate the thermal flow and allows the evacuation of the steam present in the internal rooms. Selection of installing a ventilated wall is environmentally friendly and sustainable, allowing a significant reduction in energy consumption.
Furthermore, the cavity of the ventilated wall can be used to house installations and ducting, with the advantage of easy access for inspection and maintenance. This aspect can be very useful in the case of existing buildings to be restored. In Italy, the installation of ventilated walls in existing buildings is considered among the interventions of energy redevelopment (Law No. 147, 27 December 2013,), thus able to achieve a significant tax deduction on the cost of the intervention.
Fields of application
Each fixing system proposed by Century is thought for fitting with the different needs in terms of performance and budget. The fixing systems are divided mainly into two types: in full view and hidden. They consist of aluminium alloy systems, made up of brackets for fixing to the building structure, vertical posts, horizontal currents (in some cases) and anchoring systems to fasten the porcelain stoneware tile to the bearing elements. Each slab can be assembled and disassembled individually ensuring lower production times and lower maintenance costs. For greater security Century recommends application of a wire net at the rear of the porcelain stoneware tile. The optimal solution, and therefore also the type of fixing system, will be selected at the design stage from the facade taking into consideration all the characteristics of the building and in agreement with the customer’s needs.
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