05 ACTA Ventilated Facades

  1. Up to which height can a ventilated facade be installed?

    There are no regulations limiting the height of ventilated facades but it is always good practice to check the urban setting where the facade is to be installed and calculate the loads born by the facade and/or reinforce the ceramic slabs with protection nets.

  2. Is it always necessary to protect the back of the tiles with a net? If yes, up to which height?

    It is always recommended to protect the back of the tiles with fibreglass net, at any height.


    This protection is calculated during project-planning depending on the loads born by the facade, the destination of use of the building, etc.


  3. Which size do you recommend for the porcelain stoneware slabs?

    It is recommended to use medium-large size porcelain stoneware tiles (larger than 45×45 cm) for aesthetic and
    technical reasons.


    Atlas Concorde have a broad range of collections and sizes for ventilated facades;

    upon request, it is possible to create special, personalised sizes.


  4. Can slim thickness slabs be used for ventilated facades?

    The use of slim thickness slabs for ventilated facade is still premature.


    Today’s technological development is testing the performance of slim thickness slabs for ventilated facades and Atlas Concorde and Abaco Solutions are currently prototyping a system using metallic structures in which the ceramic slabs can be assembled.


  5. Which is the minimum and maximum distance from the wall?

    The external wall of a ventilated facade must be placed at 55 mm minimum from the external walls of the building.


    There is no maximum distance even though it must be considered that the greater is the distance the greater will be the load born by the structure.

  6. Is there any energy saving in the use of ventilated walls? If yes, can it be calculated?

    Energy saving is one of the most important advantages of ventilated facades. The saving can be calculated using the Finite Element Method, depending on the project to be created.


  7. Is there more than one method of installation of porcelain stoneware slabs to the facade?

    Atlas Concorde ventilated facades foresee the cutting and milling of porcelain stoneware slabs. For sizes up to 45×45 cm, adhesives and mechanical anchorage plugs can be used.


  8. Why is porcelain stoneware more recommended than other materials?

    Atlas Concorde porcelain stoneware is one the most modern and suitable materials to use as a light surface covering (< 30Kg/m²) for ventilated walls.

    Porcelain stoneware combines architectural value and functionality.


    Atlas Concorde porcelain stoneware ensures:


    • Resistance to weather agents (resistant to attack if acid rains; to smog absorption, it does change its colour with light and uv rays; resistant to thermal shock and frost, etc.)
    • High bending strength and resistance to shock
    • Low coeffi cient of thermal expansion
    • Fire resistance

  9. Which are the advantages of the metallic structure compared to the use of adhesives?

    Compared to adhesives, the metallic structure guarantees a perfect adherence of the tiles in any situation of risk (wear, fire and/or other natural phenomena), as well as all advantages of thermal, acoustic inertia and protection of the building.

  10. Which are the most recommended surface finishes for the tiles?

    All the range of Atlas Concorde surface finishes can be used. Atlas Concorde recommends the use of bright colour ceramic coverings.