Today we will be talking about non-combustible materials specifically our Alumitex® Plate product. Aluminum Plate is a high strength, low weight aluminum alloy sheet that is durable and has excellent formability. The solid aluminum plate panels are non-combustible and therefore have no installation limitations.

The International Building Code (IBC) requires that external wall assemblies (cladding, insulation, and walls) on high-rise buildings with combustible components must pass a rigorous real-world test made known by the National Fire Protection Association under the name NFPA 285. In the United States, the use of PE core ACM on high rise buildings has been heavily regulated for decades. In Canada we have done the CAN/ULCS-114 test for non-combustibility. Our panels meet and exceed these test standards allowing you to use our panels in any capacity on the building facade.

There were several issues worldwide with combustible material cladding being used, specifically non fire-rated Aluminum Composite Material (PE – or polyethylene) instead of FR (Fire Rated) core which doesn’t comply with the building code. This can have devastating consequences as we have seen over the years with major fires due to improper cladding.

At Elemex®, we are manufacturing facade panels rather than just supplying sheets so we know the details of the building in advance and therefore which products should be used as per the regulations. We have seen a trend of using Aluminum Plate rather than ACM for many buildings now, as it is solid and won’t burn like some composites. The advantage of plate is that there is the versatility of creating crisp lines or curves and there is endless possibility of color choices as it is post painted.

For more information about Alumitex® Plate, contact us at info@elemex.com.

Today we want to feature a building in Ottawa, Canada that we think you will find interesting. NORR was tasked with completing renovations for the Canada Science and Technology Museum for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

The project required: envelope upgrades, new mechanical and electrical systems, new entrance facilities and overall aesthetic enhancements to the museum. The 80,000 sq. ft. exhibition space and over 2,900 artifacts needed an impressive exterior to represent the world-class experience contained within. As you approach the building, the use of Ceramitex® provides a beautiful white facade that amalgamates with the intricate angles of the building elevations and roof.

Something that is quite exciting and impressive is that it doubles as a 250-foot long projection screen with an integrated lighting system. The National Film Board of Canada created an astonishing video, and using 4 large projectors, it is cast across the length of the building. You can see that at times it lines up the various visual elements with the vertical lights integrated into the wall and the lights are timed for movement with the video. Here you can see that example with the wind turbine towers. The images relate to some of the exhibits inside including: locomotives, artifacts, mining, space, medicine, microscopes, telescopes and more. Not only is it an educational tool using images and animations to tell the story of science and technology through the ages – it is truly an amazing sight! This well-known Ottawa institution has certainly achieved the appearance of a national museum and is worth seeing inside and out!

In part one of this two part series, we are going to explore things you need to plan for to avoid some common mistakes made in the facade industry, and we will look at how Elemex can help alleviate some of these issues with our 50+ years experience.

Mistake #1: Insufficient or lack of shop drawings. Detailed shop drawings are required for preplanning of installation and fabrication details for each specific project. An ideal shop drawing package will include detailed notes itemizing all the components that go into the facade assembly; they should include information such as plans, elevations, section and details; and a comprehensive panel layout used to determine a successful path for installation. Shop drawings allow for preplanning which can help to identify and avoid future site issues. It is extremely important to be set up for success with proper shop drawings that you can quickly reference at any time during a facade installation.

Mistake #2: Importance of adequate substructure. Some facade materials, such as Ceramitex sintered ceramic panels, assure great performance and longevity when designed and installed correctly, which rely on a good substructure. When a substructure has out-of-plane conditions, the additional deflection will place unnecessary stress on panels and the fastening systems, resulting in panel damage and distortion. At Elemex, considerations are made to ensure the structural integrity of each product supplied. Designing and installing a substructure that suits the various products fastened to it and one that is engineered to confront the dynamic conditions surrounding it, will give the frontline systems the advantage they require to deliver on performance. All sub framing should be approved by a local licensed professional engineer.

Mistake #3: Engineering errors and installation flaws. A common error in substructure design and installation occurs at slab edges where vertical sub framing is extended over traditional points of deflection. The result is the substructure buckles, and the facade will crack or bow. The Elemex framed panel systems are mounted onto a specially designed framing system in either a vertical or horizontal position. Precise site measurements and the use of trained installers ensures accurate fabrication and a successfully completed project. Please tune in next time for part two, where we discuss the final two common mistakes made in the facade industry. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe.

Welcome back to part two of our series focusing on common mistakes made in the facade industry. Today we are going to begin with
Mistake #4: Expansion and contraction issues. All facade materials will expand and contract, and some design failures happen when the fluctuations in facades and their substructures are ignored. Because of extreme temperatures and humidity, facades can crack, spall, warp or have an oil canning effect. Not only are cracks in the facade unattractive, they are exposed paths for moisture penetration into the building enclosure. The Ceramitex system by Elemex, at maximum length of 12’0”, has a movement capacity within the structural silicone to accommodate the difference in coefficient of thermal expansion between the aluminum frame and the sintered ceramic veneer from -30°C to +70°C. Accurate design should accommodate the materials tendency for expansion and contraction and allow for movement of adjoining facade materials.

Mistake #5: Incorrect ventilation. Using direct bond or other non-ventilated applications can result in moisture retention and water damage. Elemex facade systems are designed with a pressure equalized rear ventilated rainscreen in mind. Pressure-equalization reduces the pressure difference across the cladding using compartmentalization and back venting. Ingress of incidental water is reduced, and residual moisture is returned to the exterior at the drainage plane. The infill strips will protect against exposure to insulation and interior components from moisture and harmful UV rays.

Contact us today to see how our team of experts can assist in avoiding these common mistakes and let us be a part of your next project from concept to completion!

Mallory: Today we are sitting down with Dan Boyd, General Manager & Vice President, to learn more about his role here at Elemex. Thank you for joining us today Dan.

Dan: Thank you – thanks for having me.

Mallory: Please explain in your own words what you do here at Elemex.

Dan: Yes, I am the Vice President and General Manager at Elemex and I oversee the operations of this company. We supply exterior wall products all over North America and we go from the sales, estimating, design, to delivery of panels on site.

Mallory: Perfect. How long have you been with the company?

Dan: Seventeen years now.

Mallory: Amazing! What is the most fulfilling part of your job?

Dan: I think just seeing the projects that are being erected and seeing the final photos of these projects. And getting a sense of the good feeling you see with these projects going up. And just enjoying the day to day operations with the employees.

Mallory: What does a typical day for you look like?

Dan: I have a lot of standup meetings just to make sure the operations and everything is just going well. We go through each one of the projects, pretty much on a daily basis just to make sure everything is going fine. And then if there are any issues, then I sometimes I have to deal with it – depending on, you know, the size of the issue or whatever. So, basically just overseeing everything, making sure everything is going properly.

Mallory: Do you have a favorite project or building that you have worked on?

Dan: Yes I do. I would say that the CSTM project in Ottawa would be the biggest and best project that I have ever been involved with. It is over 120,000 sq ft of exterior wall. So, I was involved in that and enjoyed every minute of that.

Mallory: Beautiful. What would be three words you would use to describe your role?

Dan: Rewarding, tough and satisfying.

Mallory: Awesome. What is your biggest achievement to date – Personal or professional?

Dan: I think maybe growing the company would be my business achievement. When I first started here 17 years ago – there were 4 of us. And now I am up to 40 plus. So I think that is my biggest achievement is growing the company over the last so many years and enjoying every part of that.

Mallory: What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Dan: Play a lot of sports. Golf, hockey and, you know, I work out a few times a week. And that is basically what I do.

Mallory: Well, thanks for your time today Dan – and thank you for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!

Thank you for joining us! Here at Elemex, we educate contractors to increase our ever-growing team of preferred installers who have attended a specialized training program and who continuously install the systems per product specifications and installation guides. This one-and-a-half-day training class is offered to select contractors by invitation and consists of two mandatory components: attend the Elemex training class at our head office and job site assistance.

Curriculum covers the application of relevant Elemex panel systems and installation methods. For the contractors first project using Elemex façade systems, an installation expert from Elemex will assist the contractor with the project mock-up. The approval of a mock-up is required on all Elemex projects per product specifications. Supplementary Elemex support is available for assistance with the installation of the Elemex façade systems for an additional fee. Upon completion of the program, all Elemex Certified Installers will receive a binder including:

  • An Elemex training certificate
  • Various product & Installation guides
  • Training & Foreman support agreement
  • Installation & instructional videos list
  • And Elemex certified installer hard hat stickers

We are the future of architectural façade systems and we want you to be a part of our success. Reach out today to info@elemex.com

Thanks for watching.

Earlier this year we looked at some new color releases for Ceramitex. We are excited to share with you that our collection is continuously growing and today we are going to look at new color’s that have just been released.

New to our 8mm Ceramitex collection are: Bromo, Kreta, Milar, Sasea, Uyuni and Vera. With veining and a cement background, Vera is a fusion between natural and industrial, highlighting the most elegant elements of both.

New to our 6mm collection are: Summer Dala, Winter Dala, Amazonico, Abu Dhabi White, Layla, and Himalaya Crystal. Dala comes in two styles, Summer and Winter. One representing freshly cut timber, the other a weathered dramatic look of the trees on a windswept coast.

All of these visually captivating colors are available for your next facade project so please reach out to us today and we would be happy to send you samples. Check out the full collection of Ceramitex colors.

Whether you are an Architect or a Designer, we can help get you and your client a variety of samples.

First off, we have our small mock up panels which is a scaled down representation of our Unity® system. First, we offer it in different materials such as Ceramitex®, Alumitex® Plate and a mixed board.

It’s showing off that our attachment system, regardless of the materials on the front, is exactly the same for each product. With the plexi backing, it gives you the ability to see behind the system and see the attachment clips.

For Ceramitex, we offer small samples of the face material to help with color selection. We also have full color charts available so you can select the colors that will work best for your projects.

Sometimes you may need a larger sample for product approval and we can work with you to arrange those as well.

A color chart is available for our Alumitex ACM samples to assist you in narrowing down your search prior to sending hard samples. Our Alumitex Plate, since it is a post painted product, is supplied in a Silver (2 coat – Mica) but we will provide paint chips for the color you are looking for.

Also available is our Stonitex samples which are small pieces of natural granite.

Don’t forget we have a full library of brochures, and spec sheets, etc. for all our products in digital and print versions.

We can ship directly to you or the client – whatever works best for you.

You can see our full range of colors and products on the website at Elemex.com

Harness the power of the sun! Today we are on site at EllisDon, a major contractor’s local office to introduce you to Solstex – Solar Facade System. As you know, Solstex is a revolutionary facade system that enables designers and architects to incorporate lightweight, large-format photovoltaic panels into a building’s facade instead of on its roof. The best part is Solar panels are ideal for both new construction and retrofits. What I love most is that the surface, which resembles black glass, is ideal in combination with other surfaces such as Aluminum Plate, ACM, sintered ceramic, and natural stone. Along with Stonitex natural granite, Solstex was selected on this project to highlight the capability and ingenuity of the façade company. Solstex is a renewable energy product offering that generates clean energy for use within any building.

This project utilizes thin-film CdTe solar technology to generate electricity from solar irradiance. Over 1200 sq. ft. of Solstex was installed, representing a DC wattage of 18.4 kilowatts. The AC output of the project is 15 kilowatts. Fun fact! In its first year, this facade will generate approximately 17,500 kilowatt-hours, enough to power 100 60 watt light bulbs for a full year. This visually stunning product allows you to receive the energy benefits from the PV as well as the discount on the cost of the system against traditional cladding materials. That brings us to how along with the financial benefits of Solstex come the environmental benefits. Photovoltaics generate clean energy which reduce carbon emissions when compared to oil-based energy sources. This can be measured in a variety of ways, primarily either by the weight of the CO2 displaced or the equivalent trees that would need to be planted to have the same carbon displacement. This project displaces 8.75 tons of carbon in its first year, which is equivalent to planting a whopping 225 medium growth coniferous trees. This means that over the lifetime of the project (25 years), almost 200 tons of carbon will be displaced. Solstex by Elemex is a product that promotes corporate responsibility and sustainable building design. Thank you so much for joining us on site today!