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Ventilated faades
Innovation and expertise
Principles
Structure and functionality
Building physics
Cost effciency
Design
Sustainability, embodied grey energy
Building physics
Worldwide
Wind effects, high-rise building, seismic
Combination of materials, decorative fasteners
Radar and radio, maritime environment
The joints
Metal and wooden sub-framing
Fastening on metal or woorden sub-framing
Details
The Swiss Collection
The Swiss Collection, a fascinating range
CARAT, REFLEX
XPRESSIV, custom colours
Colour stability
Solutions for faades
Solutions for interiors
Product features
Features for creativity and quality
Secret fxing, curved faades
Inclined faades, decorative elements
Panels coated on both sides, perforations
3-D ornaments
Service range
Life cycle
Dos and donts
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ITALY Residence Via Senigallia, Milan
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Thanks to consistently expanded expertise-
regarding the core and colouration of faade
panels and revolutionary production techno-
logies, SWISSPEARL has launched several
worldwide innovations. First, it was the NATURA
range with its unique aspect of cement structure
shining through in subtle shades. Launched
onto the market as early as the mid-eighties,
millions of m
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have been delivered since then
throughout Europe. They are the foundation
of the international reputation of reliable long
time proven Swiss quality for high-end architec-
ture. In the mid-nineties, designers wanted to
] Innovation and expertise [
At all times, exacting architects have been in search of something
new or different to express their architectural vision while still
satisfying their customers wishes in line with the function
and expression of the building and its setting. More and more
frequently, aesthetic changes and new expectations are calling
for different, innovative solutions.
For the past 30 years, SWISSPEARL has been developing the
innovative products and systems that architects want for their
faade visions, and bringing new answers to meet the designers
evolving wishes onto the market at exactly the right time.
In this, the focus is on authentic cement composite materials
that possess a distinctive character while ensuring the good
behaviour of the panels for decades.
express their architectural message with integrally coloured materials and
original surface aspects. Thus three appealing new ranges were developed
in reliable premium quality: the natural elegance and fascinating expres-
siveness of CARAT, the exciting high-tech REFLEX fnish, and the unique
vivid texture of XPRESSIV are ideally suited to contemporary architecture.
Available in many coloured through shades, these ultimate faade and
interior panels rapidly spread all over the world. Of course, the Research
& Development experts are working on the next Swisspearl product gene-
rations and the new technological challenges for the next innovative steps:
to serve the designers future needs and creativity.
The technological competence is matched
by the most advanced know-how regarding
ventilated faades, the most reliable system
from the viewpoint of building physics. The
SWISSPEARL cladding system follows the
ultimate technology of uninterrupted rear ven-
tilation. This provides the key to energy con-
serving solutions both for winter and summer
and effectively protects the building structure
from the elements for a very long time. The
outstanding, reliable quality of the panels, the
energy- and cost-effciency of the system have
been proven over the past 30 years both in new
and refurbishment projects. The detailing of joints and fxations, as well as
a virtually unlimited choice of panel sizes allow for endless possibilities in
creating uniquely attractive faades with a lifespan of at least 40 years.
Nearly without maintenance.
Let the variety of ideas and suggestions in the following pages inspire
architects to bring creative and durable beauty into our lives.
With Swisspearl.
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ITALY Kindergarten, Bolzano
CROATIA University, Rijeka
] Principles and philosophy of ventilated faades [
Considering the areas in which ventilated faa-
des are prevalent, i.e. the Alpine regions and
Scandinavia, it is quite evident that they were
initially developed to protect buildings and their
outer walls from atmospheric exposure, namely
the combined action of wind and rain.
The undisputed advantages of ventilated faades
in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation are,
however, not limited to cold weather regions
but apply to hot and humid climates as well.
The core concept of ventilated faades utilizes
naturally occurring phenomena. The application
of a ventilated gap between the support structure
and the external cladding mobilizes the pressure
effects of temperature differences to create
natural ventilation, thus preventing any kind of
moisture from entering the building structure.
Thus ventilated faades are now being widely
adopted in other regions of Europe and through-
out the world.
As a consequence of ever increasing energy
prices, there is a growing demand for thermally
effcient construction systems. Many studies
have determined that ventilated faades are
unbeatable in terms of building physics and
longevity.
While relatively new and widely unknown in other regions
of the world, ventilated faade systems have a long tradition
of usage in central and northern Europe.
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Seismic
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USA Thomas Berkley Squarre Housing, Oakland CA
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SERBIA Kindergarten Blue Bird, Belgrade
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USA Brandeis University, Waltham
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Support structure
The non-requirement for a special
surface, together with the minimal
load caused by the cladding,
enable ventilated faade systems
to be used with various structural
types, whether mono-layered
or multi-layered, i.e. formed by
a number of different materials.
It is evident, however, that the
materials selected for the support
structure will refect on the perfor-
mance of the system as a whole.
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Cladding
The main functions of the outer
cladding are both aesthetic and
protective. It defects the majority
of rainfall and protects the insula-
tion against climatic stresses and
mechanical impact.
The cladding panels, statically
independent of each other, are
anchored to the exterior wall by
a light and stable sub-structure.
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Air gap and sub-
structure
The air gap (approx. 20-30 mm)
is placed between the insulating
layer and the cladding panels,
thereby allowing the temperature
differences between the outside
air and the air inside the gap
to maintain a constant vertical
air current. To ensure proper
air circulation and achieve this
"chimney effect", the inlet and
outlet openings, as well as the
cross-section of the air gap, must
be of sustainable width.
Thus the air gap serves two
main purposes. On the one hand
it drains off atmospheric and
internal humidity, as well as any
moisture present in the mason-
ry; while on the other hand, it
regulates the thermal exchange
between the building and the
environment in terms of natural
ventilation.
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Insulation
The insulation, applied directly to
the support structure, regulates
the thermal conditions of the
building, i.e. it prevents heat
loss in winter and heat build-up
in summer.
The insulation usually consists of
self-supporting, water-repellent
panels, the thickness of which
can be selected according to cli-
matic conditions and the specifc
requirements of the building.

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] Structure and Functionality [
Ventilated type faades consist of multi-layered
structures characterized by a distinct functional
separation of the individual component layers.
Multi-layered structures by functional separation
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Residual humidity brought in during
construction or any rainwater pe-
netration is eliminated again by the
air circulation. Functionality of the
various material layers is maintained.
Heat protection during summer
Functional ventilation between the
thermal insulation and the cladding
prevents heat accumulation. Fur-
thermore, it assists in making tempe-
rature changes (e.g. day and night)
less noticeable.
] Building physics [
Living comfort
In hot climates, ventilated faade systems
provide natural air-conditioning and guarantee
optimal interior climate conditions.
The cladding functions as a heat shield and
the air circulation between the cladding and
the insulation layer prevents heat accumulation.
The ventilation layer has a storage effect that dimi-
nishes temperature changes, thereby maintain-
ing a more constant inside temperature a
factor highly appreciated in equatorial and very
cold areas.
In addition, owing to their structure of mutually
separated layers, ventilated faades absorb
a signifcant amount of noise. Depending on
the materials used, soundproofng is thereby
improved by at least 10 dB, thus providing
a high quality of living comfort, especially in
urban areas.
Humidity protection
Most faade damages result from moisture
penetrating the insulation and the support struc-
ture a problem unknown to ventilated faades.
The cladding defects most of the rainwater,
whilst the remainder evaporates as a result of
the "chimney effect" created by the air circulation
inside the ventilation gap. In this same way, any
residual moisture still present after the construc-
tion phase, and the vapour generated by the
occupants, is removed. As a consequence of
this, the insulating material remains dry and in
excellent condition.
Condensation caused by thermal bridges or the
steam impermeability in non-ventilated faade
structures can have a deteriorating effect on its
insulation performance. However, in ventilated
faades, diffusion is not affected by any mate-
rial layers, thus eliminating all risks regarding
condensation and reduced insulation effciency.
Thermal insulation
In particular, ventilated faades offer the ad-
vantage of structural separation of the different
functional layers, i.e. cladding, thermal insulation
and support structure. Thus under the aspect
of building physics, ventilated faades are
unsurpassed.
During colder weather, thermal losses can be
minimized owing to the uninterrupted insulation
of the support structure, which prevents thermal
bridges and eliminates critical areas such as
foor slabs and separating walls.
The ventilated gap enhances this effect by re-
taining the heat inside the building and delaying
its dissipation.
During the warmer season, ventilated faades
reduce heat transmission towards the interior of
the building. While the outer cladding refects
most of the solar radiation, the cooler air circu-
lation in the ventilated gap reduces the amount
of heat that is absorbed by the building.
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Protection of heat of room
The heat of the room is retained in the
wall structure.
Outer cladding dilatation
The outer cladding can dilate without
obstruction and change in ap-
pearance. Expensive maintenance
work is thus dispensed with.
Fire protection
Cement composite panels do not
burn.
Fire regulations can be met if a fre-
proof thermal insulation is chosen
such as mineral or glass wool.
Humidity protection
Under the aspect of building phy-
sics, the ventilated faade is ideal.
Generation of diffusion condensation
is excluded, diffusion not being
impaired by any material layers.
Installation of vapour barriers can be
dispensed with.
Heat protection during winter
Thermal insulation applied to the
outside of the structural support wall
permits continuous insulation without
thermal bridges (e.g. ceiling face
sides, separating walls).
Protection of support walls
The support structure is protected
against outside temperature changes
by the thermal insulation layer.
The risk of crack formation is much
reduced. The thermal insulation
applied on the outside improves the
security and long life span of the
structural support wall.
Sound proofng
Depending on the type of structural
support wall and on the cladding
type chosen, and with a mineral type
thermal insulation, soundproofing
is improved by at least 10 dB. This
advantage is appreciated particularly
along busy roads.
Protection of the thermal insulation
The cladding protects the thermal
insulation against the weather and
mechanical infuences.
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GREENLAND Jagtvej Housing Development, Nuuk
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Energy
In terms of insulation, ventilated faade systems
enable high adaptability with respect to the
individual buildings climatic requirements. The
ventilated gap ensures that the insulation is kept
dry, thereby maintaining its effectiveness and
diminishing energy costs in the long term a
factor of growing signifcance in the light of
increasing energy prices.
Ventilated faades retain heat during colder
weather due to the storage abilities of the air
gap, thus reducing thermal losses and offering
signifcant savings in terms of heating expense.
During the warmer season, ventilated faades
reduce the heat absorption of the building. The
cladding refects most of the solar radiation, and
the "chimney effect" provides natural ventilation,
thus reducing the costs of air-conditioning.
] Cost effciency [
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SWEDEN Metro Station, Malm

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Durability and maintenance
The combined action of the cladding and the
ventilated gap balances out the impact of tem-
perature changes, thereby reducing the risk of
crack formation within the support structure.
Each faade panel is individually attached to
the sub-structure and is therefore statically
autonomous of the supporting wall.
The cladding can dilate without restraint in
spite of thermal expansion of sub-framing and
panels. Moreover, the elasticity of the cladding
system absorbs any movement of the support
structure and maintains its functionality, even
in instances of light earth tremors. If necessary,
faade panels can be replaced individually,
without affecting the other structural compo-
nents.
Despite higher construction costs, ventilated fa-
ades have proved to be very cost-effective over
the long term, given the benefts of the systems
longevity, structural separation of materials,
energy effciency and low-cost maintenance.
Construction and installation
Independent anchoring of the individual faade
panels relieves the bottom elements from the
pressure of all top elements and solves the
problem of critical height. The system therefore
allows for the construction of thinner walls, irre-
spective of their height. Thus the lightness of the
structure not only diminishes the fundamental
loading but, given its thinness, also provides for
increased rentable space. The cladding covers
the support walls, hence there is no requirement
for any special preparation. Moreover, the ven-
tilation gap keeps the insulation dry without ad-
ditional measures such as grouting or caulking.
Ventilated faades facilitate "dry" installation,
regardless of the season or weather conditions.
Faade panels can be installed quickly and
easily, thus decreasing construction time and
guaranteeing adherence to project schedules.
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ITALY Social Housing Via Senigallia, Milan
LITHUANIA Balsai School, Vilnius
AUSTRALIA National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
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SWEDEN Ramlsagrden, Helsingborg
] Design [
Conceptualization
Architecture is the result of precise conceptual
considerations that eventually evolve into actual
structures. The structural separation of the
different material layers corresponds with the
conceptual mindset of architects. In ventilated
faades the various functional layers are clearly
separated and separable, and the ventilated
gap between the cladding and the insulation
layer reinforces the structural concept.
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HUNGARY Hotel President, Budapest
BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA Importanne Centre, Sarajevo
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Variety of options
On a creative level, the strict functional sepa-
ration of weather protection, thermal insulation
and support structure offers a wide range of
possibilities. Due to its fragmentation and the
thinness of the panels, the cladding is easily
recognizable as a sheer protective layer. Given
its detachment from the remaining structure,
this feature allows for more fexibility in design
without being bound to the dimensions and the
functionality of the support walls.
The claddings independence of the support
structure provides unlimited options for the ar-
chitectural design of the faade, offering a wide
selection of materials, shapes, dimensions,
panel joints and colours. In warmer regions,
ventilated faades allow for greater fexibility
in the application of dark coloured materials
without the risk of heat build-up.
In the case of cement composite, there is an
additional advantage: the variety of colours and
surfaces utilized allows it to meet the conditions
of the surrounding area. At the same time,
being an industrially manufactured product, its
uniform and standardized technical features are
not tied to any regional context. High quality
cement composite panels can be easily com-
bined with other materials and can be used for
the cladding as well as for the interior design.
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Embodied energy of cladding material [panels without fastener and sub-frame]
Utilization
The work of architects has a long lasting impact
on the environment; therefore, not only do they
have a responsibility to their clientele, but to
society as a whole. From this viewpoint, the
reduction of energy consumption ensured by
ventilated faades is not only a cost factor, it is
also benefcial to the environment. Ventilated
faades provide a considerate appropriation
of resources and help to diminish the CO
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output; in some instances they even allow for
the integration of photovoltaic panels.
] Sustainability [
Recycling
Overall consideration regarding the life cycle of
a building must also include its renaturation.
The layered structure of ventilated faades
allows for the easy substitution of different build-
ing parts, according to their life expectancies.
Moreover, in the case of a complete demoli-
tion, SWISSPEARL faades facilitate easy
separation of the materials for recycling and
disposal.
Sustainable development as defned by the
Brundtlandt Commission is "development that
meets the needs of the present without compro-
mising the ability of future generations to meet
their own needs". Architects meet these require-
ments by providing highly adaptable structural
dispositions, thus guaranteeing fexibility over
the long term. Owing to the independence of
the cladding of the support structure, ventilated
faades offer the unique possibility of altering
the outward appearance of a building in keeping
with the interior modifcations.
Also, due to the lightness of their structure,
ventilated faades can be applied to existing
buildings, enhancing them aesthetically and en-
ergetically, while also providing an elegant solu-
tion for the establishment of a connection
between new and existing structures.
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USA Reclad Offce Pacifc Plaza, Tacoma, WA
Green labels and certifcates
Nowadays, many organisations declare that
particular products or buildings are benefcial to
the environment. Unfortunately, the assessment
methods of these various labels or certifcates
are not yet consistent and cannot be compared.
In addition, expectations and environmental
awareness vary from one country to another.
Thus, a reliable certifcation process accepted
both in Europe and overseas will need more
time. Europe is favouring the life cycle assess-
ment approach, but so far has not managed to
defne the standards and testing methods to be
accepted by the entire Community. In the USA,
the LEED certifcation assesses the concept and
implementation of a building.
USA
The Pacifc Plaza is a $35 million
innovative design solution to the
once deteriorating garage building.
It incorporates multiple energy
effcient and environmentally
sustainable features. In particular,
the annual energy use has been
reduced by approximately 35%.
This building received the LEED
Gold certifcation from the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC).
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Cladding
Metal sub-frames for ventilated faades must
be bending-resistant and fxed to the buildings
load-bearing construction.
The following guidelines are to be adhered to:
n
Anchorage only in parts of the building that can
take up and transmit additional loads
n
No anchorage to be applied to non-load-bearing
walls.
Wall design depending on local traditions and buil-
ding codes. Construction methods for external walls
as bearing elements for ventilated faades
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External
wall design
requirements
Structural engineer/
contractor shall assume
overall responsibility for
the faade engineering,
including choice of
material and type of sub-
framing, defnition of
sizes of all structural
members as well as of
all fastening details to
sub-framing and panels
all in accordance with
local building regulations
and practice.
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All components of external cladding must be designed/calculated
with a safety factor for a design load pursuant to the local standards
and building regulations.
The structural engineer/ contrac-
tor shall assume overall respon-
sibility for the faade engineering
including
n
choice of material and type of
sub-framing
n
determination of the size of all
structural members
n
determination of all fastening
details to sub-framing
Impacts on faades are
n
Dead load of the construction
n
Sun, rain
n
Ice, snow
n
Sand [abrasion]
n
Wind as a compressive force
or suction
n
Resistance to seismic
Consequences/effects on the
faade are
n
Deformation/displacement
n
Static and dynamic load on the
faade, the fastening points and
the sub-framing
] Wind effects [
Responsibility
Structural engineer/
contractor shall as-
sume overall respon-
sibility for the faade
engineering.
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Normal and fringe wind pressure and suction area
Wind suction
The edges of the
building are particlarly
affected by wind
suction.
Thus shorter spaces
between the fxin points
are indicated in these
areas.
Two different wind zones have
to be taken into account on the
faade surface of a building, one
with a normal wind suction area,
and a fringe area near the edges
as shown on the right.
Defnition of normal wind pres-
sure and suction area and fringe
area near the edges, as shown
below.
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ITALY Fiera Milano, Milan
The wind load caused by the wind velocity is
the main impact for the designing of external
cladding. It depends on
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the height
n
the shape
of the building
The relation between wind velocity and wind
load is shown on the right.
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SWISSPEARL panels are engineered/desi-
gned for high-rise buildings without any defect/
lack using a relevant stiff sub-framing.
For a correctly engineered faade, SWISS-
PEARL panels may be used for wind loads up
to 3 kN/m
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and more when fastened with rivets
on the relevant sub-framing.
Wind velocity and wind loads
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REUNIONISLAND Offce Building Thiriet, Saint-Pierre
Hurricane test live
Cyclone Gamde raged over Reunion island from 24th to 28th
February, 2007 with wind speeds above 250 km/h and torrential
rains. SWISSPEARL faade of the building on the right, located
in St. Pierre, had not changed its appearance after this natural
catastrophe: the Carat Coral panels were neither displaced nor
showed any alteration in surface aspect or colour.
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height (such as villages, subur-
ban terrain, permanent forest)
Roughness a = 0.28
Category II
Area with low vegetation such
as grass and isolated obstacles
(trees, building) with separations
of at least 20 obstacles heights.
Roughness a = 0.16
Category IV
Area in which at least 15%
of surface is covered with
buildings and their average
height exceeds 15 m
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LITHUANIA Tower "IYT Kausta"
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High-rise buildings
In Europe there are many of buildings up to
around 25 stories with classical rear ventilated
faades. This is standard design has been used
in many countries since several decades.
Various taller buildings have also been clad with
rear ventilated SWISSPEARL faade systems
in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Many such projects are in planning all around
the world.
There are no technical reasons, not to use
classical rain screen claddings on high-rise
buildings.
SWISSPEARLpanels are suitable as cladding
panels for high-rise buildings. Subject to an ade-
quate quantity of fasteners and sub-framings,
SWISSPEARLpanels do withstand to any wind
load and there is no limit to the building height.
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This table is applicable for 8 mm panels fastened with rivets onto metal sub-framing
Vertical panels Horizontal panels
Windload Windload Wind velocity Spacings Spacings
[kPa = kN/m
2
] [psf] [km/h] [mm] [mm] [mm] [mm]
horizontally vertically horizontally vertically
x y x y
0.9 19 138 570 720 720 530
1.0 21 145 570 720 720 530
1.1 23 152 570 580 720 530
1.2 25 159 570 580 590 530
1.3 27 166 570 580 590 530
1.4 29 172 380 580 490 530
1.5 31 178 380 580 490 530
1.6 33 184 380 580 490 530
1.7 36 190 380 480 490 530
1.8 38 196 380 480 490 350
1.9 40 201 380 480 490 350
2.0 42 206 380 480 490 350
2.5 52 230 380 480 420 350
3.0 63 252 380 410 420 350
3.5 73 280 280 410 420 260
4.0 84 300 280 360 370 260
4.5 94 > 300 280 320 370 240
Windload
The value means the
actual wind load occuring
on the cladding.
Spacings
Maximumdistance
between panel fasteners.
Interpolation
Intermediate values for
wind load/spacing may be
interpolated.
Safety factor
A safety factor of 3.0 is
taken into account for the
admissible systemload
(rivet and panel).
Engineering respon-
sibility
Structural Engineer/
contractor shall assume
overall responsibility for
the faade engineering.
Maximum distances between panel fasteners
Video sequencies wind load testing
y
x
Spacing between fasteners
On high rise buildings the wind loads are
generally higher than on low buildings. Local
engineer to determine applicable loads for all
building zones.
Spacing between panel fasteners to be determi-
ned in accordance with the SWISSPEARL table
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ITALY Torre Via Adriano, Milan
BULGARIA Varan Towers, Varan Towers
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Ventilation cavity
Minimum thickness for uninterrupted cavities
shall be 75 mm for buildings up to a height of
100 m, and 100 mm cavity for higher buildings.
For high rise buildings it can be considered
to use waterproof horizontal joint flashing
profiles instead of standard SWISSPEARL
L-fashings that are not completely watertight.
When dividing the cavity height wise into sec-
tions, the cavity thickness can be decreased
to 50 mm.
The major criterion for the design of the venti-
lation cavity is certainly the use of non infam-
mable material for insulation, sub-framing and
cladding. Besides adequate sizing of cavity and
ventilation openings there are no specifc further
SWISSPEARLrecommendations regarding the
design of the ventilation cavity.
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SWISSPEARL ESSENTIALS I 23
www.seismo.ethz.ch/gshap/
ATI Summary of Results
" The SWISSPEARL exterior wall cladding system has
been proven for an interstory drift of 6" /152 mm for the
vertical layout and horizontal layout confgurations
when confgured with the components, assembly and
spans documented in this report." (cf 70780.01-120-32)
Interstory drift for horizontal layout confguration [ATI] Flexural displacement capacity
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USA Swedisch Medical Center, Issaquah, WA
BULGARIA Sofa Outlet Center, Sofa
SWITZERLAND Technopark, Zurich
Combination of materials
Rear ventilated curtain faades are ideal for the
combination of different faade materials, since
the protective weather skin is both functionally
and structurally separate from the rest of the
wall construction.It is possible to change not
only the cladding materials but also the faade
system itself. The use of different material
thicknesses also permits a more or less "topo-
graphical" structuring of the faade surface. In
fact, there are hardly any limits to the design
possibilities; however, the transition details
naturally demand a high degree of technical
competence and knowledge of the system.
Decorative fasteners
Faade claddings protect the underlying
heat insulation layer and are anchored to a
sub-construction in the load bearing wall. The
dimensioning of special anchoring elements
must be statically proved, and the panels
equipped with fxed and sliding points in order
to take up the unavoidable movement of the
cladding panels and the sub-construction at the
connecting points.
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USA Satellite Operations Facility NOAA, Suitland MA
DENMARK Residential Building, Korsr
Maritime environment
Maritime environment has been proven to be
detrimental to many materials and surfaces due
to corrosion of metals or metallic ingredients in
contact with chlorides from sea water. A similar
situation exists in winter where road salt is used.
SWISSPEARL faade panels do not contain
any metallic materials, neither in the panel nor
in the surface coating, whatever the fnishing
is. The pure acrylic fnish and the use of highly
chemical resistant pigments and fllers assure
best durability.
For fastening of SWISSPEARL faade panels in
maritime environment (i. e.distance to the ocean
less than 1 km) it is necessary to use stainless
steel fasteners and appropriate sub-framing. Any
accessories must be corrosion proof.
Radar and radio neutral
Cement composite panels react neutrally to
electromagnetic waves and radiation so that
radio waves, staff calling systems and radar
are not affected.
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Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3


The architectural, design-
orientated function of the joint
Joints are an important element of design for the
optical structuring of faade areas. The proporti-
on of the single faade areas to one another has
a considerable infuence on whether the faade
makes an elegant and composed impression.
There are so-called minimized joints and empha-
sized joints. Minimized joints reinforce the planar
effect of a faade; they are usually protected from
rain water by superimposed profles. Emphasized
joints result in graphic effects that vary according
to the width of the joints and reinforce the struc-
turing of the faade.
In the case of multi-layered faades, we distinguish between
two basically different functional groups: the technical, constructive
function and the architectural, design-orientated function.
In the case of rear ventilated curtain walls in particular,
considerations relating to design and construction are
inseparably connected.
The technical, constructive
function of the joints
The joints form the visible connection between
two faade panels. These can either overlap
or be set fush with one another. Furthermore,
the joint can be effected by a usually metal
connecting profle. These are the classic op-
tions for joints in curtain walls.
[Fig. 1]
Temperature- and moisture-dependent ex-
pansion of the panels requires appropriate
fexibility in the joints. According to the situation,
construction and height of the building, large
amounts of rain water arise which drain away
over the faade. The special design of both the
horizontal and vertical joints conforms with the
drainage concept and considerably reduces
pollution of the faade surfaces.
[Fig. 2]
Rear ventilated curtain faades require adequa-
te air circulation. This is ensured by openings
on the top and bottom ends of the faade
area. In the case of open joints, these provide
additional ventilation. A perforated profle or a
grid is usually used for the air intake and exit
openings in order to protect the hollow spaces
from insects and pests.
[Fig. 3]
] The joints [
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Panel joints
To be min. 5 mm wide for vertical joints and
min. 6 mm wide for horizontal joints. The wider
the joint, the less noticeable are inaccuracies in
width. Therefore, a typical joint width is 8 mm.
If joints are left open to the weather, increase
thickness of cavity (min. 40 mm).
The additional exposure to rain water, UV radia-
tion, etc. is to be taken into account.
Surface should be coloured dark, as it is visible
through the open joints.
Fastener 1
Sub-framing 2
Bracket 3
Air gap 4
Insulation 5
Vapour barrier 6
Supporting wall 7
The bending resistant sub-frame has the func-
tion of joining the exterior cladding with the load
bearing structure and transmitting the wind load
and the weight of the cladding safely to the load
bearing structure.
Design, installation and structural calculations
as per engineers or suppliers specifcations.
Material expansion and retraction due to tem-
perature change must be duly allowed for with
regard to sub-frame fastening details.
The profles must be interrupted every approx.
3 m (10'), i.e. for installation from foor to foor.
The joints of the load bearing profles must
coincide with the horizontal joints of the panels.
They may not be set in the middle of the panel.
Vertical and horizontal joints
The vertical support profles close off the vertical
panel joints and make them almost waterproof.
For horizontal joints > 6 mm, stainless steel
L-fashings can be used to prevent water from
penetrating into horizontal joints.
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SWISSPEARL ESSENTIALS I 29
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Fastening of sub-framing
Contractor to ascertain that the load bearing
timber sub-frame members are fastened to
the building structure according to the require-
ments as set out in the applicable local build-
ing standards and regulations.
Panel joints
To be min. 5 mm wide for vertical joints and
min. 6 mm wide for horizontal joints. The wider
the joint, the less noticeable are inaccuracies
in width.
Therefore typical joint width is 8 mm.
Fastener 1
EPDM strip 2
Batten 3
Air gap 4
Insulation 5
Vapour barrier 6
Supporting wall 7
] Construction and installation with wooden sub-framing [
Timber battens
Dry (max. 16 % moisture content), straight
grown pine. If pressure treated with water
soluble protective salts, it will not wash out.
Horizontal support battens
Support battens should be spaced at 995 mm
to suit width of thermal insulation mats and to
reduce vertical defection.
Vertical panel support battens
Minimum batten sizes
at panel joints:
27 x 120 mm, gauged
intermediate battens:
27 x 60 mm, gauged
All faces of the panel support battens must lie
in the same plane (to be shimmed as required).
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F F
F F
F F
F F
F F
] Fastening on metal sub-framing [
Compatibility of material
SWISSPEARL rivets
Use aluminum rivets for aluminum sub-framing.
Use stainless steel rivets for steel sub-framing.
Maritime environment (i. e. distance to ocean of
less than 1 km) or other aggressive environment
calls for the use of stainless steel rivets.
Fastening points
The fastening of SWISSPEARL panels to me-
tal sub-framing requires two fxed points per
panel. This ensures that the panel is free from
strain caused by the metal sub-framing. The 2
fxed points [F] must never be set on the same
support profle.
All other fastening points are expansion points.
The max. spacing of fxing points depends on
building height and wind load area.
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Warranty conditions
SWISSPEARL warranty only applies if
n
panels are fastened mechanically onto metal
sub-framing with genuine SWISSPEARL rivets.
In particular, screwing on metal sub-framing is
not permitted.
n
compatibility of material is respected
n
stainless steel rivets are used in coastal areas
(distance to ocean less than 1 km).
] Fastening on metal sub-framing [
Rivets head
Aluminium or stainless steel, saucer head
15 mm/0.6", blank or colour matched.
Holes
All holes must be drilled with a diameter of
9.5 mm/0.37". Fixed points to be provided with
a so-called fxed point sleeve.
Distances to the panel edge
lateral
40 mm/1.57" to max. 100 mm/3.39"
top and bottom
80 mm/3.15" to max. 100 mm /3.39"
Spacing
between fastening
points may not exceed
722 mm/28"
Holediameter
All holes in panels for
both fxed and expan-
sion points to be
of diameter
9.5 mm / 0.37"
All holes in metal sub-
framing for fastening
the panels to be of
diameter
4.1 mm/ 0.16"
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] Fastening on wooden sub-framing [
Vertical panel joints
All battens at vertical joints and all intermediate
battens must be fully covered by EPDM joint
backing strips (see illustration). EPDM strips
to be in one single piece from top to bottom
(no overlaps).
Horizontal panel joints
Use stainless steel L-fashings to prevent water
from penetrating horizontal joints. Cut fash-
ing 2 mm shorter than panel length so as to
avoid the flashings showing in the vertical
joints. Where fashings need to be joined to-
gether, butt the ends within a vertical batten to
support both ends.
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Spacing
between fastening
points may
not exceed
722 mm/28"
Holediameter
All drilled
holes to panels
5.5 mm/0.22"
] Fastening on wooden sub-framing [
External building corner-
battens
The timber battens are to be joined together
as per scheme above (same orientation as
panels), in order to avoid the panel fastener
falling between the two joined battens.
Screws
Stainless steel saucer-head screws
4,8 mm x 38 mm (head blank or colour coated),
drive T20.
Holes
All drilled holes to panels
5.5 mm / 0.22".
Distances to the panel edge
lateral
40 mm/1.57" to max. 100 mm/3.39"
top and bottom
80 mm/3.15" to max. 100 mm/3.39"
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Corners and windows, Termination top and bottom
] Details Metal sub-framing [
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Corners and windows, Termination top and bottom
] Details Wooden sub-framing [
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1977
1982
1985
1987
1997
2002
2005
2006
2007
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
5 %
12 %
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30 %
2 %
SWISSPEARLpanels are produced in
very modern state of the art facilities in
Niederurnen (Switzerland) and Vcklabrugg
(Austria) operated with low energy and high
environment consciousness.
They are manufactured from high quality
Portland cement, synthetic fbres, cellulose
materials and stable pigments.
The proprietary processes pioneered by
Switzerland with special surface finish,
sealed edges and back coating ensure
optimal behaviour and durability of the fully
compressed panels. Millions of panels in-
stalled since 1985 throughout the world prove
the outstanding, reliable long term quality of
the SWISSPEARL cement core and coating.
For more than 30 years the Swiss Research & Development
teams have continuously expanded their unique expertise
regarding core, coloration and application of high-end
cement composite faade systems.
These huge technological advances are the backbone of the
Swiss quality.
R&D Project: new reinforce-
ment technology for cement
composite core
From 1982 onwards until
1990, all product lines gradu-
ally shifted to new procution
technology
Start of development of
colouration technology with
translucent coating
NATURA range with trans-
lucent surface coating
launched as worldwide new
product generation
Start of development of
through coloured production
technology and additional
exclusive surface fnishing
First pilot projects in 1998.
Several through coloured
shades CARAT available
Through coloured ranges
CARAT SL and REFLEX
available in 42 shades
Start of development of
next product generation.
Panels perforated according
to architect's design
Market introduction of
- Panels with 3D-ornaments
- Faade systemwith
secret fxing for panels in
thickness 8 mm
Product Range XPRESSIV
launched onto the market
Market introduction of
additional fnishing and high-
resistance coating
Millions of m
2
installed throughout
Europe with new core technology
and translucent coating
More than 5.6 millions m
of SWISSPEARL
exported worldwide
Portland Cement
Pulverized limestone
Reinforcement fbres
Process fbres
Water
Air
] The swiss collection competence, excellence, innovation [
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SWISSPEARL ESSENTIALS I 37
] A fascinating range [
The unique monolithic material aspect available
in different textures provides an appealing
and noble expression for the skin and the
interior surfaces of high profle buildings. A fas-
cinating feature for an architectural message!
Available in more than 70 nature-inspired sha-
des, CARAT, REFLEX and XPRESSIV faade
panels offer tremendous design potential for
creating contrasts and spectacular effects or
blending harmoniously into the surrounding
settings. In all parts of the world.
Therefore, the natural elegance of the authentic and sober material
in various fnishes offers much fexibility and tremendous design
potential, all the more as the seductive colours and textures can be
easily combined and also blend harmoniously with other materials.
When developing new products,
SWISSPEARL focuses only on
the architects creative needs to
enable them to plan and realize
their vision of the faade while
making sure that the clients
expectations are also met. SWISSPEARL is the only manufacturer in
the world that masters the highly demanding
production processes for integrally coloured
cement composite panels in such a wide colour
range and different surface aspects.
Today, SWISSPEARL is the unparalleled pa-
ragon standard for cement composite panels
with core and top fnishing integrally coloured,
shade in shade. Combining outstanding product
characteristics, unique surface aspects and
proven reliable long term quality.
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SLOVENIA Business Building, Nova Gorica
SLOVENIA Hotel Bellevue, Pohorje
PORTUGAL Residential and Business Building, Estoril
SWISSPEARL CARAT SL
CARAT SL panels with translucent or pigmen-
ted top fnishing and core coloured through,
shade in shade, play the lead role. The unique
natural look and the timeless beauty of the
material with its delicate vein texture provide
an exciting and noble expression for build-
ings with special character.
Available in a wide spectrum of complementary
shades.
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SWISSPEARL ESSENTIALS I 39
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USA Gilmartin School, Waterbury
CROATIA Golf Hotel Spa, Sveti Martin
SWISSPEARL REFLEX
Also with an integrally coloured core, these
high tech panels bear an iridescent surface fn-
ishing on a pure acrylic base.
Changing lighting and angle of vision produce
interesting nuances in the colours.These di-
rectional panels come in 15 shades; they are
particularly suited for contemporary buildings
of any size and scope with very modern archi-
tecture.
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SWISSPEARL XPRESSIV
NEW in 2007: panels with a very vivid ce-
ment composite structure designed to give
a particular touch to special buildings. Soon
available in 8 colours. Shades Light Grey,
Dark Grey, Brown and Red are provided as
coloured through panels, the other 4 colours
bear a pigmented translucent surface fnish-
ing.
] Swisspearl: The original [
CARAT F-Color
This coating consists in a fne texture with
spherical hollow glass particles. This thicker
opaque pigmentation of the coating provides
a very strong protection against UV radiation.
Available in all standard CARAT colours and
as custom shades.
CARAT HR
This range with special surface treatment
provides a very high resistance to tagging and
surfaces damages whilst material authentic
expression is fully maintained. Therefore,
these panels can be combined with standard
CARAT panels on the same faade provided
some separation exists by design between the
two surfaces. Available in all standard CARAT
colours.
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CHILE Metro Station, Santiago di Chile
Just contact the local authorized SWISSPEARL
distributor to defne surface aspect and target
colour. Switzerland will very rapidly check the
possibility of meeting this wish and if positive
provide a real cement composite sample within
short time for approval.
Width 950 and
1250 mm are manu-
factured as different
production batches
so that the shade may
deviate.
The two widths
should therefore not be
mixed on the same part
of the faade.
CARAT
CARAT-F-COLOR
CARAT-HR
All shades
Black Opal
Sapphire
Coral , Topaz,
Azurite, Jade,
Onyx, Amber,
Agate
CARAT
CARAT-F-COLOR
CARAT-HR
Shades
Black Opal
Sapphire
Coral , Topaz,
Azurite, Jade
REFLEX
All colours

REFLEX
Colours
except
Champagne
9290
White Satin
9291
XPRESSIV
All shades
XPRESSIV
Light Grey
Width
Length
Thickness
mm ft/inches
1220 48-1/32
2500 98-7/16
3040 119-11/16
8
12 *

mm ft/inches
920 * 36-7/32
2500 98-7/16
3040 119-11/16
8

Overwiew of the Panel Range
* Attention: longer lead times. Please check with local authorized distributor
SWISSPEARL

has unmatched competence and know-how
regarding special colours supplied in various textures.
In the past 10 years, more than 2000 customized shades
were supplied according to architects specifcations.
] Custom colours [
Standard colours do not exactly
meet your wishes? No problem!
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Amber 7083 Original Exposed 3000 hours
Autumn Leaves 9270 Original
Exposed 2500 hours
Swisspearl panels have excellent colour stability and
homogeneous ageing.
The Delta E value measured for 2000 hours corresponds to
approximately 5 years of normal exposure, the Delta E value
for 5000 hours to approximately a 12 years use of the panels.
In countries with higher solar exposure, for
instance between ~40 latitude North and ~30
latitude South or due to particular local condi-
tions, the ageing process may be accelerated.
According to general knowledge, colours are
for instance anticipated to fade twice as fast
in tropical areas as in temperate Continental/
European regions.
For faades in such sunny countries preference
should therefore be given to the shades and
textures with the best Delta E performance,
such as the Onyx, Coral, Topaz series or the
the REFLEX or the CARAT F-Color ranges.
On request, custom colours with even more
UV-resistant top fnishing may be proposed.
Weathering installation in Switzerland to test
colour fastness of pigments.
] Colours stability [
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SWISSPEARL ESSENTIALS I 43
Valori Delta E defscono le differenze di colore di due campioni (prima/dopo l'esposizione al sole).
Delta E valore partendo da un campione prima dell'esposizione zero.
Cambiamenti di colore possono dare valori Delta E che vanno a pi di 100
Il test con arco xenon che simula la luce solare un metodo di laboratorio standardizzato per riprodurre l'invecchiamento all'aria aperta.
Il risultato del test indica generalmente il cambiamento di colore (Delta E).
Partiamo dal presupposto che per una durata di 2000 ore corrisponde ad una esposizione di cinque anni.
Delta E il risultato di tre modifche
il livello di luminosit (L) dal nero al bianco
in termini di tonalit (H) blu-verde-rosso-giallo
a saturazione (C) pallido a intenso
Delta E 0- 1 Non visibile o appena visibile ad occhio nudo in un
confronto diretto dei due campioni
Delta E 1,5- 2,5 Visibile a occhio nudo direttamente a confronto due
campioni affancati
Delta E 3- 4 Minime variazioni di colore visibili senza campione
di riferimento
Tutti i colori cambiano nel tempo.
Ma importante che il cambiamento avvenga uniformemente su tutta la facciata
Se un Delta E di 3 o pi, il colore della consegna nuova deve essere adattata a quella della
facciata esistente se i pannelli sono installati nelle parti adiacenti a quelli gi installati sulla superfcie.
Onyx
Champagne
White
Amber
Topaz
Brown
Coral
Sunset
Red
Jade
Green
Azurite Blue
Blue
Black
Black Velvet
CARAT
REFLEX
XPRESSIV
CARAT
CARAT
XPRESSIV
CARAT
REFLEX
XPRESSIV
CARAT
XPRESSIV
CARAT
XPRESSIV
XPRESSIV
REFLEX
7099
9290
8090
7083
7073
8270
7030 R
9230
8230
7050
8050
7040
8040
8220
9221
Weathering
1000 hours
D E
0.36
1.94
0.35
0.38
0.26
0.64
0.29
0.63
0.59
0.76
1.26
0.76
0.13
Weathering
2000 hours
D E
0.42
1.80
0.28
0.34
0.31
0.72
0.21
0.69

0.53
0.87
1.45
0.98
0.24
Weathering
3000 hours
D E
0.30
1.26
0.30
0.45

0.92
0.37


1.05
1.40
0.83
0.37
Weathering
4000 hours
D E
0.28
1.66
0.38
1.30
0.38


1.20
2.03
1.05
1.06
Weathering
5000 hours
D E
0.30
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0.48


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0.50

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0.95
1.30
1.19
Explanation of Delta E Values
UV Xenon Arc Light Accelerated Weathering ATI York USA, CARAT Panels - Average values
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FINLAND Kannisto School, Vantaa
JORDAN Kilani Offce Building, Amman

LATVIA Primary School, Valmiera
DENMARK Vocational College EUC Syd, Aabenraa
AUSTRIA Renovation and Extension Europahaus,
Mayrhofen
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USA Lane Community College, Eugene
VENEZUELA Shopping Center Parque Costazul, Isla Margarita
CHILE Estadio Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzn Arenas, Chilln
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SLOVENIA Aquarium "Humna Fish", Postojna Cave
CHILE Metro Station, Santiago de Chile
URUGUAY Airport Carrasco
SPAIN WAF World Architecture Festival, Barcelona
CHINA Giant Interactive Group Headquarters, Shanghai
ISRAL Archaeology Wing Exhibition, Jerusalem
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SWISSPEARL ESSENTIALS I 47
SWISSPEARL CARAT altitude 3111 m
] Outstanding product features [
n
Cement composite panels with
top fnishing and core coloured
through shade in shade. Special-
ly designed for the rear ventilated
rainscreen cladding system,
the panels combine beauty and
durability.
n
Unmatched physical properties.
THE ONLY cement composite
faade panel to receive the
highest class rating 5A according
to European CE conformity (EN
12467) -for various shades.
n
High quality reinforcement fbers
(< 6 % of cellulose fbers).
n
Low water absorption.
n
Very weather resistant. Tempera-
ture resistance guaranteed up to
+80C and down to -40C (176F
to -40F).
n
Not affected by coastal environ-
ment and normal atmospheric
pollutants.
n
Sun, rain (even acid rain), hu-
midity and frost have nearly no
infuence on surface aspect.
n
Fire rating: A2-s1, d0 according
to EN Standard 13501-1/UBC
Class I, NFPA Class A according
to ASTM E 84-99.
n
Mostly factory fabricated for
consistent high cutting/drilling/
sealing quality.
n
Excellent long term colour fast-
ness and consistency: depen-
ding on shades, Delta E-values
range between 1 and 3 on the
CIELAB scale after 2000 hours
of exposure (Xenon Arc Light
acc. Weathering Test). Ensures
a natural and homogeneous
ageing of the whole surface of
the panel / faade.
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Minimal maintenance thanks to
the smooth surface fnish of an
inert material.
- Mainly made of mineral raw
materials, 100 % recyclable
- Swiss Construction Authorities
testify 40 years as standard life
expectancy for the faade appli-
cation of the panels.
SWISSPEARL

faade and interior panels are supplied by
the only manufacturer in the world with 20 years experi-
ence in cement composite faade panels with real colou-
red through technology.
The legendary Swiss quality rests
especially on the following features:
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USA Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK
system SIGMA 8
The faade SWISSPEARL panels are availa-
ble in all the aesthetically unique colour ranges
CARAT, REFLEX, XPRESSIV and F-color, up
to a maximum effective panel size of 3048x
1220 mm/10 0"x 4-0" to suit any job-specifc
requirements. They are supplied ex factory
accurately and cleanly cut to size, with predrilled
backside holes, all executed under strict quality
control. The system includes the special an-
chors and three ingeniously designed hanging
elements to be installed on the job site. This
clever and rational system can be used with any
standard vertical supporting metal or wooden
sub-frame (carried out by others).
Curved faades
SWISSPEARL panels are slightly fexible. Thus
they can be bent on the building site during
installation.
] Creativity [
Approximate
minimal
bending radii
min. r = 16 m
panel bent lengthwise

min. r = 20 m
panel bent crosswise
The faade system SIGMA 8 is designed for
applications with the highest standards
regarding sophisticated presentation.
The specially engineered system combines the
large size SWISSPEARL panels in thickness of
8 mm (5/16") and a patented, secret fxing
concept, which allows a wide scope for
individual expression.
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SLOVENIA Commercial Centre Tu, Idrija
SLOVENIA Cultural and Administration Centre, Sveti Jurij ob avnici
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Inclined faades
For roof shaped faades inclined more than
5 from the vertical, CARAT and XPRESSIV
panels require a special surface treatment to
cater for increased exposure to the climate.
Such surface coating modifies the surface
aspect, which deviates from a standard panel.
Faades inclined inwards and REFLEX panels
as well as F-color panels do not need such
treatment.
Decorative elements
Visible, emphasized fasteners are an interesting
way to give an additional dimension to the
faade design.
The subtle interplay of texture and shade of the
panels, of colour and geometry of the exposed
fasteners and the resulting shadows opens up
appealing design possibilities for contemporary
expression.
Decorative fasteners are available in galva-
nized plain aluminium and partly in stainless
steel for screws and rivets.
] Creativity [
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Any panel may be fnished on both sides, either in
the same or a different colour, with the same or a
different type of coating.
Typical applications are panels for balconies
(minimum thickness: 12 mm, 15/32"), perfo-
rated partition walls partly visible from both
sides, windbreaker panels, sliding shutters, sun
shading elements, louvers, etc.
Additional customised treatment such as
perforations, etc. are, of course, also possible.
Panel coated on both sides
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Creativity solutions are provided with an
outstanding fnishing quality. They may be
used individually or in combination together
with plain SWISSPEARL panels in the same
or different shades or with other materials.
Limitations
in design
possibilities
for perforations
n
Required thickness de-
pends on static, function,
number, size and repartiti-
on of the perforations
n
Static of each intended
perforation design is to
check, depending on
type, size, repartition
and position of wished
perforations.
As guidelines:
Surface of perforations:
maximum 18-20 %
depending on panel
thickness
n
Space between holes
should correspond to
2 x the size of the per-
foration
n
Approximately 90 mm
border without perfo-
rations.
Also allow for non perfo-
rated surfaces at position
of the fasteners
n
Spacing of fastening
points may have to be
adjusted depending on
pattern/statics.
Perforations
These different appealing
solutions are SWISSPEARL
specialities based on the
integrally coloured panel
platform and Swiss expertise.
They offer huge exclusive
additional designing
possibilities and are thus
fantastic options for giving
a unique, special touch to
every high profle building.
] Creativity [
Holes, slots and other shaped perforations
allow very unusual effects. Perforated panels
may have a function (lighting, sliding shutters,
wind-screens, separation, sound absorption,
etc.) or be purely decorative.
Perforations are normally chamfered, which
provides a high quality fnishing aspect.
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Limitations
in design
possibilities for
3-D ornaments
n
Required thickness de-
pends on static, number,
size and repartition of the
ornaments.
n
Static / feasibility of each
intended pattern have to
be checked.
As guidelines:
Depth of ornaments
maximum 1.5 mm if
thickness 8 mm
maximum4 mmif
thickness 12 mm
Surface of ornaments
maximum 18%
if thickness 8 mm
maximum 20%
if thickness 12 mm
n
Minimumwidth of grooved
lines, whatever shape and
position: 3 mm
n
No sharp angles, mini-
mumradius 4 mm
n
Space between 2 ele-
ments of the pattern
should correspond to
at least 100 mm
n
Approximately 90 mm
border without ornaments
around fxing points.
n
Spacing of fastening
points may have to be
adjusted depending on
pattern/statics.
] Creativity [
Also, colour possibilities are huge depending on
the colour of surface fnishing and core: same
shade, slight or big difference in shades, elegant
contrasts, etc. that can even be increased with
custom colours.
All ornaments are chamfered to approx. 45
with high fabricating quality and fully surface
fnished with a transparent or tinted coating.
Depending on the number of surface fnishings,
shades may be slightly different from plain
panels within same colour reference.
3-D ornaments
Geometric designs, custom patterns at random,
company logo, etc. the creative possibilities
are unlimited. Ornaments may be within a pa-
nel, change from one panel to the other or run
over several panels to create a bigger pattern
or be combined with plain panels.
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SWISSPEARL ESSENTIALS I 53
CARAT ranges SL, F-Color and HR, REFLEX
and XPRESSIV panels are provided for high-end
projects coached by the local authorized SWISS-
PEARL distributor. Our dedicated partners are
committed to our high standards regarding the
professional support of the designers and our
quality concept until the faade is installed.
Together with the Swiss technical service, they
are always available to answer promptly any
questions relating to the SWISSPEARL systems
and details or custom tailored solutions and/
or colours.
Assisting designers and contractors at every
stage of their faade project, providing the spe-
cifers with job site mock ups, etc., training the
installers and a comprehensive warranty also
belong to the scope of the high level SWISS-
PEARL service package aiming at added value
and customer satisfaction.
Thanks to a very elaborate logistics concept,
all orders - although only manufactured project
specifically are delivered with fairly short
lead times. Mostly factory cut and predrilled,
the panels ready to be installed arrive usually
directly at the job site where installation will then
progress rapidly.
] Unpaired service range [
SWISSPEARL: Not just a manufacturer a performing partner with
selected distributors to support and help satisfy the specifers
most exacting standards.
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Reinforcement fbres
High quality polivinylalcohol syn-
thetic organic fibres serve as
reinforcement and ensure the
required solidity and longevity of
the product.
Cellulose
This additional natural fbre ensu-
res a smooth production process.
Share is lower than 6% to ensure
an optimal panel stability.
90% of the raw material
originates fromsources in
the vicinity of the produc-
tion plant (10 60 km).
60% of the electrical
energy consists of rene-
wable energy.
The CO
2
emission was
reduced by 20% by chan-
ging the energy carrier
fromoil to natural gas in
the past 3 years, at the
same time eliminating the
emission of colloid dust.
Colouration in the
cement mass
The cement mass is usual-
ly coloured with anorganic
colour pigments.
Cement production
20% of the energy required for
production consists of alternative
fuels (waste material). Since mid-
2007 the chrome (IV) content of
our cement conforms with the EU
regulations 2003/53/EG.
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Curing
The panels are temporarily stored
in conditioning premises for 4
weeks for hardening and drying.
This slow, natural curing of the
base sheets contributes to the
high quality of the cement core.
Coating
The coating material consists
of high quality pure acrylate. It
contains neither solvents nor any
metallic components.
With the use of the curtain tech-
nology, the waste of coating ma-
terial is reduced from 30 to 2 % as
compared to spraying technology.
The panels are also coated on
the back in order to minimize
deformation.
Primary production
The raw material processing
cycle is closed, i.e. edge cuttings
and imperfect sheets return to the
material cycle immediately after
dissolving in water.
Within the factory, panels are
only transported by electric lifting
trucks, - i.e. no colloid dust.
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Palletising
The company specifc optimisa-
tion programme determines the
best possible yield of the base
sheets to avoid waste of material.
If requested, the panels are pal-
letised in the order needed for
assembly to avoid waste of time
on the job site.
The cut and drilled panels are
dispatched ready for assembly,
which allows quick and precise
installation without any waste of
material on the building site, en-
suring economical and ecological
conditions.
Installation
The different layers of the ven-
tilated faade are installed suc-
cessively. Depending on job site
organization, several teams can
work at the same time on the as-
sembly of the different elements
of the system.
The SWISSPEARL panels sup-
plied ready-to-install allow easy
and straightforward progress on
the job site.
Transport
The panels are stacked on spe-
cial robust pallets, and various
safety measures are taken to
protect them against all possi-
ble danger during transport in
order to ensure that they arrive
at the building site just as they
left the factory.

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Photo 2005
of building installed 2005
Photo 2006
of building installed 1978
Dismantling
Since no elements of the system
are stuck together, effcient dis-
mantling and appropriate sorting
are problem-free. Faades are
"deconstructed", and the various
parts are recycled or dumped.

Maintenance
Over 40 years life.
The surface of the panels is not
prone to electrostatic charging
and resulting soiling.
Recycling, depository
The manufacturer uses a tried-
and-tested process for the uti-
lization of composite cement in
cement kilns. Cement composite
is a high value raw material for
the cement production.
Should reutilization in cement
kilns not be possible, composite
cement can be stored on a inert
material depository (according to
the European waste catalogue-
waste cipher 170101 [concrete]).
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Generalities
n
All local, state, federal and other applicable sa-
fety regulations must always be complied with.
n
Purchase SWISSPEARL faade panels/
systems only from appointed authorised
distributors.
n
Use SWISSPEARLfaade panels/systems
only for applications recommended by ma-
nufacturer.
n
All manufacturers recommendations regard-
ing design, storage, fabrication, installation
and cleaning of SWISSPEARLfaade panels/
systems must be fully complied with in order
for the warranty to apply.
n
Do not install SWISSPEARL faade panels/
systems directly onto wall surfaces of any
kind.
n
Do not use any EPDM backing strips on metal
sub-framing.
n
Use screws to timber sub-frame, use rivets to
metal sub-frame, do not use screws to metal
sub-frame.
n
Adhesive fxing is not warrented.
n
For further information such as product data
sheets, etc. please refer to web site www.
swisspearl.com.
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Rear ventilated faade
The design principle involves defection of
almost all rain water, but allows minimal
penetration through the panel joints into an
inner zone (ventilated cavity), where drain-
age and evaporation can occur.
The inner wall surface towards the ventilated
cavity should be of non water absorbing or
water repellent characteristics.
The external wall system does not call for any
water or vapour proofng layers, thus minimi-
sing risk of condensation in both directions
(outwards and inwards).
External wall design
Architect/consultant/contractor are to assu-
me responsibility for the correct design and
execution of the external wall and its cladding
- including all thermal, water, vapour and wind
insulation layers all in accordance with good
building practice.
Faade engineering
Numbers and spacing of fastening points
as set out in the Design and Installation
Manual correspond to Swiss building stan-
dards, i. e. wind speed up to 140 km/h and
moderate seismic exposure. If for any project
higher standards are applicable - architect/
consultant/contractor must ensure that all
required adaptations shall be made in order
to achieve compliance with local standards
and regulations.
Structural engineer/contractor shall assume
overall responsibility for the faade enginee-
ring, including:
n
choice of material and type of sub- framing.
n
determine sizes of all structural
members.
n
determine all fastening details to
sub-framing and panels.
Interior applications
SWISSPEARL standard panels are sui-
table for interior applications for walls and
ceilings, but with the following exclusions:
n
High traffic areas subjecting the panel
surface to wear and tear. Such areas call
for CARAT HR fnishing.
n
Areas where frequent cleaning has to occur
such as in toilets, change rooms, etc.
n
Flooring and fre place surroundings.
n
Kitchen top, sills for window or doors.
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Fastening details in the Design and Instal-
lation Manual relate to building height and
distinguish between normal wind load areas
and fringe zones (faade top and building
corners).
Seismic loads
Local standards/regulations to be considered.
Thermal insulation
The insulation layers must be stable and well
fastened to the installation base so that they
cannot detach themselves and obstruct the
ventilation in the cavity.
Ventilation cavity
Building tolerances must be allowed for. The
cavity may not be reduced by horizontal pro-
fles or any stray objects such as loose wind
proofng layers, etc. Thickness of ventilation
cavity depending on height of building, see
Design and Installation Manual.
Air intake and exit openings
They must have a clear cross section of at
least half the cross section of the ventilation
cavity. Reductions, e. g. by insect screens,
must be compensated for.
Scope of application sub-
framing
SWISSPEARLpanels have been designed for
installation on timber, timber/metal or metal
sub-frame systems. Architect, consultant,
contractor to choose appropriate system in
accordance with local building standards/
regulations.
Sub-framing - general
remarks
Sub-frames are to be designed by structural
engineer/contractor. Thermal expansion/
retraction is to be accounted for by providing
fxed/expansion point brackets
Allowable defection ratio is 1/300 between
panel support profles and has to be res-
pected for the whole faade area.
The sub-framing expansion joints must corres-
pond to the SWISSPEARL panel joints. Build-
ing tolerances are to be taken up within the
sub-framing by shimming.
Sub-framing members made out of timber are
to be protected from rain water by EPDM strips
covering the whole batten surface, EPDM strip
to be in 1 piece from top to bottom.
Wind loads
All details regarding the fastening of panels as
set out in the Design and Installation Manual
correspond to Swiss building standards. If
other standards are applicable, architect/
consultant/contractor must ensure that all
required adaptations be made in order to
achieve compliance with local standards and
regulations.
SWISSPEARL rivets
Use aluminum rivets for aluminum sub-
framing. Use stainless steel rivets for steel
sub-framing. Maritime environment (i.e.
distance to ocean of less than 1 km) or other
aggressive environment calls for the use of
stainless steel rivets.
Building expansion joints
Structural expansion joints must be applied
to sub-framing and cladding in the identical
position and to the same extent.
Panel joints
To be min. 5 mm wide for vertical joints and
min. 6 mm wide for horizontal joints
The wider the joint, the less noticeable are
inaccuracies in width. Therefore typical joint
width 8 mm.
Sealant
The use of joint sealing compounds must be
avoided by careful detailing.
Silicone, polysulphide and Thiokol sealant
may not be used, as they could cause
permanent staining to SWISSPEARLpanel.
Where the use of sealant is unavoidable,
compatibility (incl. primer) with SWISS-
PEARLpanel to be verifed, best suitable
would be hybrid polymer, polyurethane or
acrylic sealant.
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Bending SWISSPEARL

panels
Panels can be bent on building site, whereas
the age of the panel and fxing distances are
determining factors regarding minimal bending
radii. Approximately
min. r = 16 m panel bent lengthwise
min. r = 20 m panel bent crosswise.
Inclined faades special
coating
For roof shaped faades inclined more than
5 from the vertical, CARAT and XPRESSIV
panels require a special surface treatment to
cater for increased exposure to the climate.
Such surface coating modifes the surface
aspect, which deviates from a standard
panel. Faades inclined inwards, CARAT
F-Color and REFLEX panels do not need
such treatment.
Shrinkage
SWISSPEARLpanels, like any other product
containing Portland cement, shrink evenly
to reach after 10 years a fnal shrinkage of
1.8 mm per linear meter of panel. Therefore
panels should not be butted tightly, thus al-
lowing panel joints to become unnoticeably
wider over the years.
Graffti resistant coating
Use CARAT-HR panels for areas prone to
tagging.
Project specifc ordering
n
The characteristics of the raw materials deter-
mine properties and appearance of SWISS-
PEARL panels. Subtle visual differences may
occur between production batches. Orders
should make allowance for this by itemising
quantities accordingly, so that panels for
adjacent surfaces on the same job can be
supplied from identical production batches.
n
Approval of drawings
Detail drawings showing sub-frame scheme,
panel dimensions, distances to panel edges,
ventilation openings at top, bottom and win-
dows, building corners, etc. shall be submit-
ted for checking prior to ordering material.
n
Cutting panels - optimising yield
Based upon list of panels, an optimising com-
puter programme is run in order to minimise
cut off waste. The programme defnes the
number of full panels required and counts the
length of cutting needed for the job.
SWISSPEARL
Product guarantee
SWISSPEARLproducts are covered by a
10 year functional guarantee for details
of conditions please refer to Design and
Installation Manual.
SWISSPEARL warranty only applies if
panels are fastened mechanically with the
supplied screws and rivets. SWISSPEARL
panels may not be fixed by adhesive
methods.
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