Terracotta

NBK™ Terracotta Façade Panels

Terracotta Façade panels blend urban tradition and materials with the latest technology in ventilated façades. Terracotta tiles by NBK (a Hunter Douglas company) offers a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and finishes. We offer a complete standard offering – including Large, Mid, Baguette, Solid, and Shingle systems – and full customization for new construction and reclad applications.

Large Panels

NBK always recommends the application of large-size panels, which not only creates simple yet high-profile façades for buildings, but also saves costs on carriers, components and installation. More important, joints are reduced to optimize the ventilated rainscreen and improve the overall performance of façades.

·High Intensity

NBK building ceramics are strong and stable enough to resist impact, so it is suitable for application on highrises which have to withstand high wind load. NBK has finished many outstanding ceramic projects of highrises globally.

·Varied Shapes

NBK can build bespoke sections with moulds. On curtain wall design, NBK can create stunning façades out of ordinary products. In addition, unique designs can be created though combination of custom products and custom systems.

·Diversified Surface Textures

NBK ceramics feature rich standard natural colors, diversified textures, and are available with custom colors. NBK also processes world top glazing technologies, with diversified textures and glazing effects.

·Excellent & Mature Systems

NBK building ceramics are based on ventilated rainscreen principle and the vertical carrier system is suitable for different structures. While using open joints, NBK ceramic curtain walls can almost prevent all rainwater from entering inside, so as to protect insulation layer and components from corrosion and at the same time help cool down the building.

Ventilated Rainscreen Principle

The ventilated rainscreen technology is a design method for rain protection. It is an open curtain wall other than the closed traditional waterproof walls. Open joints are adopted between panels, which prevents water from entering inside while allowing sufficient air ventilation to drain vapors out. Theoretically, three conditions must be met for water to penetrate cavities in the wall: rainwater, joints and pressure difference that forces rainwater to penetrate. Among them, rainwater and joints are unavoidable, though silica gels may be used. The rainscreen principle prevents rain from entering inside by eliminating pressure difference. The joints between panels are designed to prevent water from penetrating, and at the same time they help achieve pressure balance on both sides of terracotta panels. The ventilated cavity at the back can effectively drain out vapors and protect the supporting and insulating systems at the back.

Advantages

· Dry joint:
The curtain wall system from NBK can effectively prevent rainwater from penetrating cavities in the wall.
· Easy maintenance:
Commonly, cement, silica gel and rubber seals will be vitiated and pollute the surface of curtain wall after exposure to the sun and rain. However, the ventilated rainscreen can protect building from bad weather and keep the surface clean. At the same time, each of the panels can be removed and replaced individually.
· Energy efficient:
By placing the heat-insulating layer out of wind- and water-insulating layers, water will keep evaporating. Air movement in the zero-pressure cavity not only helps dry rainwater, but also cools down the building and relieves the burden of AC system.

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