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Project1_Layout 1 07/05/2013 CLADDING & SHEETING Energy effi ciency: Combining performance quality and aesthetics Today, buildings are responsible for almost 40% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. Therefore, in every nondomestic building, energy effi ciency is a prevalent issue, and the UK government has targets in place to reduce the levels of carbon emissions. As such, companies are dedicated to achieving their own energy effi ciency targets, thus ensuring every possible cost-saving measure is made to keep businesses profi table and sustainable. For both existing properties and newbuilds, steps should be taken to ensure the optimal performance and the most economical running of a building. The energy rating of a building is a complex calculation based on a combination of factors, including the building’s construction; how different parts of the building are used; which heating, cooling, ventilation and hot water systems are in place; and choice of lighting. Therefore, when looking closer at the construction of external walls – when building from the ground, or retrofi tting to existing properties – we can explore the opportunity for the ultimate energy effi cient envelope. Experience and innovation With energy effi ciency targets in place, the market for related products continues to grow, with established businesses at the forefront of new developments. Ruukki has been supplying technically advanced construction products across Europe, and into the UK market, for decades. With extensive experience, technical expertise and original product designs, we continue to lead the way in energy effi cient construction. With new developments in a rapidly evolving market, there are a wealth of possibilities when creating your dream façade. A vast array of colours, materials and fi nishes ensure a design-led appearance for your building, with energy effi cient, air-tight, recyclable fi nishes. Complete façade systems, such as Ruukki Forma, are therefore ideal for architects and installers alike. Optimal building performance is achieved with steel-faced, insulated sandwich panels providing the energy effi cient base structure, whilst Ruukki’s façade cladding products deliver the polished, external fi nish, allowing you to combine functionality and aesthetics. Composition and components To meet energy effi ciency targets, a wealth of systems are available. The longevity of many, and the success of Ruukki Forma, lies in its composition. A special Ruukki panel base provides highlyeffi cient thermal, fi re and sound insulation, in 042 MARCH 2018 RCIMAG.COM By Steve Darlington, technical manager at Ruukki Construction addition to a range of different technical properties chosen specifi cally for each individual project. Ruukki and its partner’s bespoke design palette includes Liberta rainscreen panels, cladding lamellas, and design profi les. A wide range of powder-coated colours, durable materials and eye-catching profi les deliver a professional, aesthetically-pleasing exterior in the architect’s choice of shapes, colours and materials. Environmental and economic advantages To ensure the highest level of energy effi ciency is achieved, the climate must be considered. Weather-resistant steel, such as that used in Ruukki Forma, gives your building façade protection and longevity. With complete systems such as Ruukki’s, a building’s external façade can be replaced in its entirety, using fully-recyclable materials, with no impact on day-to-day operations. In addition to its reduced environmental impact, an increased building lifespan lowers the cost of potential future refurbishment works. A thoroughly ventilated external façade ensures air-leakage is merely minimal. Energy effi cient panels and external building components award your building with a higher energy class, ensuring low heating costs and therefore representing a long-term fi nancial benefi t. With multiple performance factors to consider, ease of construction is essential. As such, architects are looking increasingly towards complete façade systems designed with speed and fl exibility of installation in mind. With Ruukki Forma, the composition of the sandwich panel Weather-resistant steel, such as that used in the Ruukki Forma system, gives a building’s façade protection and longevity ATTACHM ENT O F LIBERTAS ACCO RDING TO INSTALLATIO N INSTRU CTIO NS RUUKKI ENERGY PANEL SU PPO RT STUD c/c 600 ...900 base fi tting means that internal work can begin while the exterior façade is being completed, allowing for the utmost installation effi ciency. Fewer components are required than for a typical build, with manufactured joints that reduce labour operations on-site and ensure airtightness, and the fastening is pre-designed; therefore, the margin for error is reduced, the risk of misplaced or damaged parts is lowered, and the labour costs are decreased. Ruukki Forma in detail In addition to budget-friendly factors, smooth and effi cient installation represents a decreased construction time that is environmentally focused. The Ruukki Forma system has a water-tight structure, allowing for internal and external building operations to run concurrently. Ruukki Forma and UK projects When buildings need high-performance value, and to be fully sheltered against the elements to protect their valuable contents, their owners increasingly look to systems like Ruukki Forma. To date, the façade system has been used in a number of signifi cant builds here in the UK, including the Porsche Centre at Silverstone, Jaguar Landrover’s site at Gaydon, and Daresbury Science and Technology Park. Ensuring optimal functionality combined with a premium, attractive fi nish, Ruukki Forma is a natural choice for durable, energy effi cient panels with a hardwearing, visually-pleasing, exterior. www.ruukki.com


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