A secure hold for every façade
The word façade refers to the visible shell or external envelope of a building. Modern façades must meet the requirements of building physics because they not only protect against atmospheric influences, but also contribute to the ther
mal insulation of the building. Moreover, as part of the building’s structural system they also have a static role in terms of absorbing wind and vertical loads. In a
ddition, the façade gives a building its ‘face’. With that in mind, it must also satisfy aesthetic requirements. Different materials are available to choose from for the design of the façade, such as glass, concrete, natural stone or brickwork. Special fastenings have been developed for each of these ‘external envelopes’. The members of the ECS provide safe and proven systems for this purpose.
As the external envelope of the building, the façade is exposed to stress from its own weight and wind forces. Therefore, the fixing systems are of great importance to the stability of the façade. The broad range of façade designs require customised fixing solutions – anchors or supporting structures – for the different façade types, such as
• Natural stone
• Precast concrete elements
• Curtain wall
Anchor channels are a good choice for anchoring the different façade systems into concrete because they offer maximum flexibility during assembly.
Façade systems typically represent the connection between the façade and the actual structure. Anchor channels embedded in concrete are the perfect solution for fastening to the structure. In addition, for fastenings near the edge, the programme also includes many solutions that can support heavy loads. Anchor channels embedded in concrete in combination with façade systems facilitate:
• rapid and secure fastening with immediate load-bearing;
• adjustable fastenings;
• high load-carrying capacity;
• small edge distances;
• installation without special tools and access to electricity, and
• a fast assembly sequence.