Your building can be so much more than walls and a roof. It can make a statement and leave a lasting impression in the minds of all who see it. A good way to do this is with a distinct building envelope.
A building envelope separates the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building, including its resistance to air, water, heat, light, and noise. Its functions can be separated into three categories: support (to resist and transfer structural and dynamic loads), control (the flow of matter and energy of all types), and finish (to meet desired aesthetics on the inside and outside).
BFG Architecture offers a range of envelope solutions and facades using GRC, UHPC, and FRP. These include structural, decorative, and perforated façades in mesh or lattice style designs; ultra-thin, lightweight panels, and full façades with complex shapes, curvatures, and textures.
These composite materials bring considerable benefits to architecture and are gaining momentum in high-profile commercial and residential building applications. At 20 per cent of the weight of stone or concrete cladding, a composite exterior can significantly reduce building dead load, which translates to a smaller foundation, smaller crane requirements, and more manageable seismic design.
Each material has unique benefits but they all reduce overall project costs, help you achieve quicker construction due to prefabricated parts and parts consolidation, eliminate most secondary aluminium framing and mechanical fasteners, allow architects to create designs that are impossible or impractical with traditional materials, improve thermal performance and energy efficiency, and meet building code requirements.
BFG Architecture’s highly experienced team of experts can help you choose the best material for your project based on your budgetary, aesthetic, and functional requirements.
Contact us today so we can begin discussing your project needs.