Architect in the spotlight: ISO•Façade

ISO•Façade = freedom of design + perfect insulated shell

Some architects share their tips & tricks about this insulating facade brick System.

Creative brickwork is often reaching its wide range of limitations: gravity, constraints of craftsmanship, thick insulation packages, etc. The insulating facade system ISO•Façade diminishes these restrictions and opens a world of possibilities with bricks.

The race to more compact and better insulated new or renovated buildings makes the facade an increasingly complex issue in a home design. The complete facade structure must be as compact as possible, must insulate well and must preferably have a strong appearance. ISO•Façade fills this gap. This insulating facade system by Nelissen Bricks is a total solution consisting of prefabricated and moulded XPS insulation boards, a finishing layer in brick slips and all the necessary tools (glue, screw plugs, aluminium profile guide). The facade slips can be processed on the insulation boards in all conceivable directions and formats. In addition, the designer for the brick slips has a choice from the full Nelissen range. Some well-known designers are testifying this guarantee of unbridled brick creativity.

Frank Jaspers – Architectuur Depot
“Makes free design possible”

Designer Frank Jaspers saw in ISO•Façade the ideal solution to combine a brick facade with an industrial construction technique for the construction of a new branch of the well-known retail chain “Free Time” in Geel. “The client wanted a more appealing appearance than steel sandwich panels. But the structure would be a skeleton construction. A plastered outer leaf and prefab sandwich panels with a concrete inner shell were dropped for several reasons. ISO-Façade proved to be the best solution because it would allow the structure to be provided with single-shell concrete facade elements. The finishing of the structure and the exterior facade could be carried out independently of each other. In addition, the insulation of the facade system continues over the joints of the underlying concrete elements.” The designer chose a non-ordinary connection with upright joints to emphasize that it is a glued facade. "This also allowed for a more easy camouflage of the vertical extension joints near the columns. In a classical context, those are accentuated as a vertical joint”, says the architect. "Actually, by using ISO•Façade, one can work with bricks in a completely different way. The designer is a lot more free in his work because the bearing aspect of the masonry is lost."

Sus Lathouwers - Architectenburo Sus Lathouwers
“Gaining square meters”

Architect Sus Lathouwers undertook a thorough extension and renovation of an apartment. Finishing the exterior facade to improve the insulation degree and to get a uniform look was easy. The architect went for an exciting play of lines by playing with horizontally and vertically placed brick planes. “The bricks were glued seamlessly to the insulation boards to reinforce the “drama of lines”. The ISO•Façade offered two major advantages: the space saving and the small impact on the stability of the building. Due to this slim facade solution, you will gain internal square meters.”

Walter Van Erum – V2S
“A blessing for stability”

As a stability engineer, Walter Van Erum was requested to provide an appropriate solution for a facade renovation of an apartment building in the city of Genk. "The challenge was to reduce the impact on the foundation by keeping the new facade structure as slim as possible. With its low weight and compact construction, ISO•Façade was the perfect answer for this problem. In traditional masonry, we not only would have got less inner space, but in this specific situation construction work would have been more difficult than installing the insulation plates with the facade slips. "

The system often provides a clever solution to challenging architecture. "The brick slips, for example, provide a solution for finishing large protrusions. Thanks to its light weight, it is much easier to finish off these building parts, certainly when aspects such as door emblems and thermal bridges are of great importance."

Lien Moens – Burobill
“Bricks utilised in all facets”

Burobill sought maximum limits for masonry work for a new building in Hoboken. "The white Rodruza has been applied in all possible formats, directions and views. The result is a fascinating patchwork of bricks both horizontally and vertically."
The complex patterns in the brickwork were not the only reason for choosing ISO•Façade. "We aimed for a slim facade construction with a good insulation level. Given the location along a busy road with a tram line on the front door, we needed mass. Therefore, the choice fell on an inner wall of concrete blocks with a finish by the insulating facade system."

Hubert Bijnens – Arogroup
“Seamless horizontal, vertical or oblique work”

ISO•Façade is easy to work with. During the completion of the Residentie Vijverplein in Zutendaal and the new studios in Sint-Oda in Overpelt, both commissioned by Stijn, it was found that every contractor who works with care - subject to limited training by the manufacturer - can do the work. Indeed, the system is similar to the prior well-known insulation facade systems with plastering. However, ISO•Façade allows more freedom to play with brickwork design. Moreover, because air gaps, open joints and brick foundation are not necessary, any horizontal, vertical or oblique surface can be smoothly coated. For example, in Overpelt we have processed 5,000 m² of horizontal and vertical brick slips. The U-shaped terraces with a width of 10m and a 5m extension were fully covered with ISO•Façade in an irregular bond, including the underside."

In short: ISOFaçade offers you a whole universe of possibilities to create a unique and distinctive design.

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