Building the Ideal Rainscreen: Advantages of Extruded Concrete Panels

The concept of rainscreens is not new. The practice of providing a plane for moisture to drain down and off the exterior is centuries old. But the precise strategy and design of rainscreens have evolved over the years. And the materials used for the purpose of exterior moisture management have improved exponentially. This course reviews, compares, and contrasts the common materials used to produce rainscreens. As demonstrated here, extruded concrete has become an increasingly popular material choice because it is thinner, offers more design options, and is noncombustible. The course examines the manufacturing process and performance benefits of extruded concrete when used as a rainscreen material.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the overall durability and performance benefits of including rainscreens in commercial building
  2. List the common materials used to produce rainscreen
  3. Compare and contrast common rainscreen materials
  4. Describe the manufacturing process and performance benefits of extruded concrete

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1 AIA LU/HSW

 

 

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