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Zalmhaven Toren – stone cladding case study

By bilda | May 12, 2022

Zalmhaven stone cladding case study At 215m, Zalmhaven is the highest tower of the Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg – and highest precast building in the world. The facade was engineered and installed to prefabricated sandwich exterior elements using the BILDA rainscreen […]

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Slot-and-blade vs. hole and dowel – Rainscreen Envelope Matters

By bilda | February 28, 2022

Why slot-and-blade is better than the widely used hole and dowel? Rainscreen Cladding is the best choice for the opaque part of the building envelope. Among the different side fixing methods available for cladding panels, slot-blade is gaining popularity by winning over […]

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Carbon-neutral buildings – Rainscreen Envelope Matters

By bilda | December 9, 2021

Carbon-neutral buildings As the COP26 once again emphasized once again the importance of carbon neutral buildings, it is vital to embrace sustainable construction technologies in building enclosures as approximately 40% of energy leakage from building is traced back to its envelope. To […]

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Designing the Envelope: Choosing a ventilated facade pattern

By bilda | August 4, 2021

Designing the Envelope: Choosing a ventilated facade pattern The pattern, applied onto the opaque part of the building’s envelope, has a significant impact on the overall building appearance. That is why cladding design requires a comprehensive and systematic approach in terms of […]

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Cavity and joints in rainscreen systems

By bilda | March 4, 2021

Cavity and joints in rainscreen systems The cavity The cavity in rainscreen facades emerged as a practical solution to hardships that Norwegian farmers faced; the double-leaf facades kept moisture out of barns, protecting their grain from molding. This approach they came up […]

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Be safe and save – optimizing the thickness of rainscreen cladding panels

By bilda | October 22, 2020

Be safe and save – optimizing the thickness of rainscreen cladding panels Building great, functional facades starts with optimizing the façade panels. The optimized thickness allows for cost saving on materials, as well as for the fixing system itself. It also makes […]

BILDA Rainscreen System and the 7Rs

BILDA and the 7Rs

By bilda | August 21, 2020

BILDA and the seven R-s The cladding methods realized by The BILDA Team outsail all existing curtain wall methods. Most cladding systems are based on a set of standard aluminum extrusion profiles and basic fixing plates and dowels. Our vision was to […]

What is a rainscreen cladding system and what are its advantages?

By bilda | June 29, 2020

What is a rainscreen cladding system and what are its advantages? The term “rainscreen cladding” refers to an additional outer layer, attached to the original façade of the building. It creates a double-wall construction, thus protecting the wall from water penetration and […]

Main differences between point-fixed facades and profile facade systems

By bilda | June 29, 2020

Main differences between point-fixed facade and profile facade systems Architects, façade contractors, investors and construction supervisors are getting increasingly aware of the advantages that profile façade systems can bring along for their projects. Unfortunately, there is still a significant gap in the […]

Innovative method for building insulation fixing

By bilda | June 22, 2020

Innovative method for building insulation fixing thermal insulation set model Thermal insulation behind the building structure is a must. The standard method nowadays is fixing with plastic dowels to the walls. In case that the insulation is thicker, plastic dowels do not […]