- story by MaterialDistrict
Used worldwide for decades, the KerAion facade system offers – besides low weight and special fastening technique – alternatives to the otherwise quite usual board formats. In addition to rectangular panels, square panels in the large formats of 60 x 60 cm, 90 x 90 cm and 120 x 120 cm are available, which are particularly suitable for the facade design of big buildings. All versions and formats have received the general approval of the construction supervisory authority and have also proven themselves in the case of a statically demanding building structure.
A high degree of creative freedom is ensured by the colour range. Based on SpectraView, nine colour families are matched to each other and several contrasting colours. The colour range is completed by the “Design glazed” colours.
KerAion panels can be installed both with visible and invisible fastening. KerAion Quadro, with a weight per unit area of 18.5 kg/m² and a thickness of 8 mm, is mounted either by means of clasps (in case of the standard dimensions of 60 x 60 cm and 60 x 90 cm) or bearing profile (formats 60 x 120 cm, 90 x 90 cm, 90 x 120 cm and 120 x 120 cm). KerAion K8 (standard dimensions of 60 x 60 cm, 60 x 90 cm, 90 x 90 cm) – also 8 mm thin and with a weight of 18 kg/m² – is designed for fastening by means of clamps. Optionally, safety tapes are available for all formats. These safety tapes are applied in-plant to the panel’s reverse side and prevent larger pieces from falling down if a panel is damaged.
Architects attaching importance to a particularly uniform joint pattern MAY decide in favour of KerAion® Quadro, which features invisible fastening by means of clasps or bearing profiles (depending on the panel size). In addition, the system offers the advantage that a weakening of the facade panels by undercut anchors is avoided. KerAion® K8 with visible clamp fastening – with the colour of the clamp lips being matched to the design of the ceramic panel – offers other advantages: above all rapid installation with well thought-out system components, both on metal and wooden substructures.
HT coating – Ceramic facades activated by light.
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is inseparably and durably baked onto the ceramic surface at high temperature. As catalyst, which is not used up, it effects a reaction activated by light (photocatalysis) with oxygen and air humidity practically for the life of a tile. In this way, activated oxygen and a hydrophilic, water-friendly ceramic surface is produced. The activated oxygen now fulfils two decisive functions:
1. Directly on the surface of the ceramics, it decomposes micro-organisms such as fungi, algae, moss or germs and inhibits their growth. Thus, the growth of algae and moss on facades is prevented, and time-consuming and expensive cleaning works are avoided. This saves considerable maintenance costs in the life cycle of a building.
2. Air pollutants such as, for example, nitrogen oxides from traffic or industry are considerably reduced. HT permanently improves the ambient air of the building.