Erecting or renovating façades goes hand in hand with considering what construction material, what type of sub-construction to select, not forgetting heat insulation or the design and colour of the new building. Incorporating value-enhancing sustainability over generations is becoming increasingly important. Issues such as using construction materials that are as natural as possible, a positive energy balance, complying with the green building trend, not to mention safeguarding against weather conditions frequently peak in critical questions about costs. NBK, the German provider of high-quality façade ceramics, now provides a comprehensive answer in the form of the new façade system, TERRART®-CLAD. The TERRART®-CLAD façade system has been approved for use in rear-ventilated outer wall cladding in accordance with DIN 18516-1 on the basis of the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (German Civil Engineering Institute, DIBt) General Construction Type Permit (Allgemeine Bauartgenehmigung, ABG) No. Z-10.3-780. In addition to the CLAD ceramic plates, the sister product LIGHT (total thickness: 28 mm) completes the NBK product range in the cost-conscious product line. This range has also been approved by DIBt General Construction Type Permit (ABG) No. Z-10.3-771.
The new series of ceramic plates belongs in the product range of exclusive ceramic elements of the TERRART® system, with which architects have been giving buildings and properties an individual, unmistakeable façade for decades now. With a width of 1,200 mm, a height of 150 to 300 mm and a total thickness of 18 mm, e.g. for the TERRART®-CLAD product, the result is a relatively thin plate. This is of benefit to statics, as it is considerably lighter than the standard large-format ceramic plates used up to now, which were 30 or 40 mm in thickness. This aspect is particularly advantageous for renovations work as the substrate is not always suitable for a heavy façade bearing load. The innovative façade elements are made of high-quality ceramics and give the architect a never-ending range of design options.
Even though it has been designed as an inexpensive variant of a façade plate, the new façade system is unmistakeably a member of the NBK product family thanks to many points, including its attachment system. There is an impressive range of forms in which the TERRART®-CLAD and TERRART®-LIGHT can find expression. For example, in the “Ceramic nature” version, the entire range of natural colours from warm, earthy hues right up to bright yellow, reddish, grey and anthracite-coloured nuances is available for selection. The haptic impression confirms the particularly successful tendency towards classic terracotta. By engobing the surface – geared towards the effect that will later be created (whatever that is) – natural colours or a decorative colour range can be achieved with very unique effects.
The glazes are testament to the rich variety in both systems. Individual mixes for a wide range of expressions involving colour, light effects and luminosity make it possible to design and create high-quality, safe façades in new and renovated buildings alike. Their honeycomb structure features the special ceramic qualities such as the natural construction material that has proven its value over millennia, in an environmentally-friendly manner and with positive protection and insulation behaviour.
Whatever it is used for, and whether it is used in its entirety or in part, the ease with which the product can be attached forms the basis for a balanced price-performance ratio. Cost-conscious builder and sharp and calculating planners and architects alike will find that both products in the TERRART® series meet their needs. TERRART®-CLAD and TERRART®-LIGHT are thus the right solution for many people who wish to design the façade inexpensively with ceramic plates.