The exterior architecture of a building, the forms and colours of the facades, the use of aesthetic materials for different structural elements and its integration to the site are different expressions of the architectural work.
The technical team at Bétons Génial works in close collaboration with the architects and other professionals involved in each project in order to ensure that the creativity remains free-flowing to breathe life into your ideas.
Important points to consider when designing a building with Eklips panel coverings.
Number of Moulds
It is important to plan for reusable moulds in order to amortize the cost over the highest square footage possible. That being said, it is possible to create several patterns with the same mould by inserting form liners during the casting of Eklips panels.
Flat or Vertical Mould
The desired final product helps to determine which type of mould will be used to produce Eklips panels. A flat mould may be used for panels with the desired finish on one side, whereas a vertical mould will produce panels with the desired finish on both sides. However, it should be noted that producing a vertical mould, as opposed to a flat mould, is more costly and that it is an essential requirement in the production of curved panels.
The number of moulds required to carry out a project is determined by the delivery time. The shorter the deadline, the greater the number of moulds needed and, conversely, the longer the lead time, the lesser the number of moulds required. The number of moulds needed for each project significantly impacts the production costs of Eklips panels.
The performance of VHPC and UHPC allows us to produce Eklips panels with a high percentage of openings. The void rate is determined according to the form, dimensions and the action-effect of the panel. As a general rule, it’s possible to attain a void rate in the range of 60% per panel by keeping the thickness of the wall at 102 mm.
Eklips panels are available in a wide array of colours and can be solution dyed or surface painted.
Both the self-placing behaviour and the fineness of the grain of VHPC and UHPC contribute to ensuring a finish true to the texture of the mould. Eklips panels are therefore available in a wide range of finishes, ranging from perfectly smooth to a multitude of textures.