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Architect's Facade Manual

Architect's Facade Manual

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Published by Laura Gardner
Description of building facades
Description of building facades

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Published by: Laura Gardner on Jan 08, 2013
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Energy-ef cient building

The appendix contains a table presenting the U values of the most common

wall structures and a glossary of key terms from the eld of building physics.

While there is no patent remedy to the greenhouse effect, energy-ef cient building

and renovation play a major role in helping to avert climatic disaster.

In the face of rising energy costs,

diminishing resources and con-

cern about the global climate,

the energy ef ciency of both

planned and existing buildings is

becoming a key focus of architec-

tural debate. And for good rea-

son, as buildings which are care-

fully planned and erected with

due regard to the given building

physical requirements not only

reduce heating costs consider-

ably but also play an important

part in helping to combat global

warming, pollution and CO

2 emis-

sions.

The building physical requirements

relating to the energy ef ciency of

new and existing buildings have risen

enormously in recent years. Although

the energy consumption of new

buildings today is only a third of what

it was 30 years ago, the overall en-

ergy consumption of all German

households has actually risen since

1990. Other European countries have

also seen similar developments.

The main contributory factors are

changes in people‘s ways of life, the

rising amount of living space required

per head of population and the large

volume of inadequately insulated

buildings .

In this brochure, Sto outlines ways

and means of optimising the energy

ef ciency of buildings on a sustain-

able basis. The brochure provides

information on the four key pillars of

building physics – thermal insulation,

moisture protection, sound protec-

tion and re protection. Furthermore,

it presents the latest details on build-

ing physical characteristics of external

wall insulation systems (EWIS) and

offers important tips on how to

create a comfortable ambient interior

climate and prevent mould.

Energy-ef cient thermal insulation | 5

Insulation makes sense in every

climatic zone

Good insulation for buildings is not

just about providing protection from

the cold. In a worldwide context,

protection against heat in the sum-

mer plays a predominant role in the

south, while in the north the focus is

on protection from the cold of win-

ter. Whatever the climatic zone, insu-

lation always makes sense.

Documentation and data for calculations (U values, glaziers' diagrams), for detailed planning and for

preventing thermal bridging… The Sto Planning Service will be pleased to provide you with everything

you need to plan an EWIS.

The aim is a pleasant ambient

interior climate throughout the

year.

Thermal insulation needs to respond

to various climatic in uences. A

number of measures are available in

order to enhance energy ef ciency

and reduce energy costs while

bene ting the environment at the

same time:

• Improved thermal insulation –

particularly on existing buildings

• The use of regenerative sources of

energy, such as photovoltaics (in

some instances as an integral part

of the facade design process)

• The application of all means of

improving energy ef ciency (south-

ward orientation, complete insula-

tion of the building envelope, mod-

ern heating and windows, etc.)

• Sustainable building (EPDs, seals of

approval) – also covering the dis-

posal of materials

Thermal insulation for cooler climatic zones – insulation against heat in warmer climes:

Insulation makes sense in all seasons and every climatic zone.

6 | Advantages and bene ts of Sto facade insulation systems

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