Synopsis: In the architectural field, the building facade is one of the most important exterior elements of a building. Beyond just looks, the facade protects the building from natural elements such as wind, rain and extreme temperatures while providing a layer of insulation, soundproofing and other features. It is crucial to assess facade performance in terms of structural adequacy and durability during the design and construction phases given the growing complexity of modern building envelopes. Early consideration of these factors will help avoid expensive and potentially dangerous flaws during the building’s service life.
Aspects of Facade Design: Assessing the Structural Adequacy and Performance of External Cladding and Facade Systems discusses the structural testing of facade systems and the testing options in AS 4040 “Methods of testing sheet roof and wall cladding”. We explain key terms such as “serviceability limit state” and “ultimate limit state” in the context of facade design. We also consider the importance of deflection criteria. Finally, we discuss the structural testing options in AS 4040 before presenting a range of tried-and-tested facade systems.
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