Increasingly stringent sustainability standards have helped push designers to work with more natural materials. This evolution has proved the viability of renewable resources like timber. A revived interest in ancient materials such as terra-cotta and porcelain has permeated the facades industry to a similar effect.
Terreal North America
Designed to work with flush surface textures, the new NeXclad True terra-cotta cladding solution by Terreal North America is a small but durable module. The tile comes in 14- and 16-inch variants and a variety of colors and can be either applied directly to an exterior wall or integrated into a rainscreen system.
Boston Valley Terra Cotta
Boston Valley Terra Cotta’s flagship TerraClad rainscreen system offers a ship-lapped alternative to comparable products. Incorporated open joints help shield internal enclosures from wind-driven rain and snow while allowing an even, filtered airflow. The manufacturer’s adjoining aluminum framing system reduces wind-induced rattling due to thermal expansion.
Ideal for either rainscreen or curtain wall applications, Shildan Group’s Longoton 10-foot-long terra-cotta panels feature custom profiles and are available in an array of glazing options.
Ceramics of Italy
As one of the largest porcelain facade tiles available on the market, ABKSTONE comes in 5-by-10-foot panels. This Ceramics of Italy product is manufactured to withstand extreme weather through the use of a proprietary dry compaction technique and the latest generation of kilns. The slabs are available in a wide variety of styles that resemble marble, stone, concrete, metal, or wood.