Architectural Record’s annual competition presents the best new facade components of the year.
Click-in Cladding System
This new rainscreen system from Kebony features a cladding profile designed to lock into place using the company’s Grad Mini Rail system. The modified pine boards can be installed vertically or horizontally and are available with a choice of two gap sizes. Pre-mounted rail clips speed installation time by up to 50% as compared to other hidden fastening methods.
8010 Series Sunshade
The blades of the adjustable shades from CRL can be set by tiny increments—from 0º to 35º—to suit a building’s geographical location and sun exposure. Two different blade profiles are available and can be attached horizontally or vertically, allowing for flexible options.
Mojave Thermally Modified Wood
Delta Millwork’s Mojave is a thermally modified wood created by placing it in a chamber devoid of oxygen and gradually heating it to between 410°F and 450°F. This non-chemical process caramelizes the sugars in the wood to make it as resistant to decay as pressure-treated lumber.
VacuMax Vacuum Insulating Glass
These vacuum insulating-glass units from Vitro deliver a thermal performance that is two to four times better than conventional insulating glass. Each consists of two 4mm lites separated by a proprietary nonleaded metal seal and vacuum space. The unit works with virtually any traditional glazing system, window frame, or curtain wall.
Made of organic raw materials, Rieder Facade’s fibreC glass-fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels are 13mm-thick, noncombustible, and offered in a variety of colors, textures, and formable shapes designed to modulate light and shadow, and create a more dynamic facade. GFRC offers Class A1 thermal properties and a service life of more than 50 years.