Working with Infinity slabs
Infinity offers various ventilated façade systems. The professionals of the Project Division offer an in-house service of planning aimed at optimising the aesthetic choices in relation to the technical performance required.
This combination comes from studying the architectural design and is developed through an analysis of various façade system components:
- Infinity cladding panel
- ventilated cavity
- thermal-insulating layer
- façade structure
- building structure
A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION
Ventilated façades are a highly sustainable system, aimed to increase the energy performance of buildings.
The ventilated system works with the thermal insulation layers to minimise consumption linked to the cooling of interior areas, to improve indoor comfort, to disperse moisture from the walls behind and to protect them from bad weather.
The Project Division of Infinity specialises in the design and consultancy for any type of architectural project. “Tailor-made” applications are fitted to the needs of customers, architects and industry professionals.
Complete competency and in-depth experience is ensured by our experts who will always find concrete and punctual solutions for the project requirements and after-sales assistance.
HOW IT WORKS
The UNI 11018 standards define the ventilated façade as a type of rain screen barrier where the cavity between the siding and the wall is designed in such a way that the air within it can flow naturally thanks to the principal called “chimney effect”, which notably improves the overall thermal-energy performance of the building.
The advantages of the infinity ventilated façade
Types of ventilated façade
Infinity offers two categories of Ventilated Façade based on the thickness of the slab used:
Hybrid chemical/mechanical anchorage system
Purely mechanical anchorage system
Ventilated Façade with 6mm Infinity slabs
The 1600x3200mm Infinity slabs with 6mm thickness allow for the creation of ventilated façades with a huge reduction in the weight of the system. The reduced thickness of the slab is not suited to purely mechanical fixing, therefore the proposed systems use chemical adhesives to improve the wind resistance of the façade.
Furthermore, mechanical safety brackets are always used in combination with this kind of anchorage. The chemical adhesives require a great deal of care in the application phase and, for this reason, the Infinity systems prefabricate this bonding phase at the manufacturing plant, checking that it meets all the application protocol standards.
This stage can be done in three different ways:
Prefabrication on aluminium vertical profile
Using specific chemical adhesives, the Infinity slabs are pre-assembled onto aluminium profiles that have been specifically shaped to house concealed mechanical brackets and vertical supports that guarantee the safety of the system in all environmental conditions.
Prefabrication onto panel
The stoneware slab is pre-assembled by gluing and pressing it onto a panel made up with a modified polymer “core” and by a steel sheet. The final thickness of 18mm makes it suited to the construction of angular elements and monoliths for stunning architectural and aesthetic impact.
Prefabrication on an aluminium frame: closed-joint system
The system is notable for its appealing aesthetics, achieved thanks to the ability of closing all the spaces between the Infinity slabs. The cladding panels are pre-assembled at the manufacturing plant onto an aluminium framework that increases their resistance and allows them to be fixed to the wall.
Ventilated Façade with 12mm Infinity slabs
Purely mechanical hanging systems can be adopted when using the Infinity slabs with a 12 mm thickness. These offer the best performance in terms of safety and durability of the façade.
Conical undercut anchorage
Infinity slabs are designed and drilled at the manufacturing plant using special cutters that generate slots on the back of the slabs, with conical section. The anchorage to the structure on site is done using inserts that expand within the slots but don’t generate any tension and stress within the body of the slab. This system is completely mechanical, which makes it easy to package and transport and, furthermore, guarantees the usual Infinity installation in any environmental situation.
The use of ceramic materials directly onto the wall, both inside and outside is particularly common worldwide.
Infinity slabs are suitable for this use and offer
significant benefits and added value to the building