Welcome to Theme-Park by GPD. This is a series of online activities where GPD is recognizing and appreciating the work done by speakers who submitted material for publication in GPD Finland 2021 proceedings book.
A façade in general, refers to the side of a building that that shows its ‘character and personality’. In most cases, it is found on the front side of a building. In addition to the overall aesthetics of the building, facades are also designed to contribute to the technical performance of the building.
In the past, facades were mainly expected to be durable and attractive. Today, they must also address issues such as, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, carbon footprint etc. To achieve these performance objectives, the art and science known as façade engineering, is applied.
On the artistic side, facades provide architects the opportunity to expression their skills by bringing a building into life aesthetically. Façade engineers, on the other hand, mainly contribute to the technical performance of the building by looking at, among others, the performance and structural behavior of building materials.
However, successful façade engineering teams must involve architects and engineers working together – from design stage to implementation.
Below, we highlight some of the presentations submitted for GPD Finland 2021 Façade Engineering session. The presenters will be available to answer any of your questions via an informal online meeting on Thursday this week, June the 16th starting at 17:00 CEST
The name of the meeting is ‘After Work Huddle’. To join, please register, for free, via the registration form provided at the bottom of this page.
Speaker topics this week:
- Bruno Kassnel-Henneberg, Translating university research for structural silicones into new product ideas.
- Jon Kimberlain represented by Adrienne Bowman-Grittini & Andrew Dunlap , Structural Silicone Glazing at 50 years.
- Javier Sanchez-Gil represented by Yago Martinez, Curved Glass: Modernizing Form and Function in Convex and Concave Applications.
- Brian Koons & Glenn Johnson, Simplified Method to Evaluate Shadow Box Pressure-Temperature Relationships.
A short chat with our industry experts about market trends.
Speakers of the week
“Structural silicones can be safely used without any geometry restrictions or width to height limitations as given in ETAG 002. Using the design method shown in the paper it is possible to re-think the use of structural silicones in respect to gluing geometry and also in respect to possible load transfer. The design concept we developed in addition to the “Nelder-Drass” material law was verified an accepted by the German building authority DIBt. This allows the use of structural silicones in a wide variety of new applications.”
“This technology contributed to restarting of the useful service life of a 60-year-old building, which is now nearly twice that age!”
“Coatings on the same surface regardless of whether the glass is concave or convex.”
“The impact of pressure rise within a sealed shadow box or spandrel box assembly is often overlooked and can lead to underperformance and failure of one or more components.”
Brian Koons & Glenn Johnson
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Meet and chat with the speakers. Registration is free of charge.