International Facade Community

International Facade Community FACE update

FACE, the International Facade Community, is live! FACE is a community for the façade building industry where all target groups involved share information and promote results in an international playing field. Companies can register as participant, and parties can register for free at to keep up to date on the latest developments in the façade industry.

Research network in FACE
Cost Action: The European Research Network on Structural Glass is participating in FACE since June 2013. The research network was launched in Brussels on the 7th and 8th of April 2010. The research network focuses on the development of improved design methods and novel high performance structural glass products that will lead to a safer and energy efficient use of glass in buildings. The network supports researcher mobility and is developing a glass educational pack  for universities curricula across Europe.

Introducing new participant
Vetrotech (Saint Gobain) is participating since June 2013. Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is a leading producer of fire resistant glass products. Not only do Vetrotech products comply with the strictest impact safety requirements, but they are also suitable for multi-comfort applications and meet the aesthetic demands of modern architecture.

Why is Vetrotech joining FACE? Vetrotech likes to use an international platform where knowledge, innovation, technique and architecture is an central theme and aim. When it comes to fire safety glass, Vetrotech  - with its international expert team - can educate all aspects of this product category to the façade industry. In addition, FACE is a good opportunity to demonstrate products to the international public.

Future Envelope 7 in Delft
The first week of June the 7th edition of the future envelope has been hold on the Technical University of Delft. A few FACE participants where present, inspiriting news about the façade industry was presented this day. The theme of the day was the value of the façade. The conference is holding every year in different universities in Europe in the European Façade Network.

Integral façade constructions
In the beginning of June Tillmann Klein finished his PhD research about integral façade constructions.

Integral Facade Construction focuses on the future development of the curtain wall. While the requirements on facades have slowly increased over the last decades, the curtain wall has evolved from craftsmanship oriented constructions to highly developed facade systems. But its constructional principle is still the same. Simplified, it can be described as a two-dimensional stick system with infill. With the latest requirements of almost energy neutral buildings, faster building processes and increasing technicalisation of the building envelope this constructional principle is reaching its limits. the curtain wall system has reached a state of maturity; and it needs a new approach to guaranty that this successful product will meet the challenges of the future.

This report is available at the FACE website.

FACE, what’s in it for me?
FACE offers façade companies, suppliers, designers, engineers, façade organisations and knowledge institutes the infrastructure needed to share information, promote projects, products and services, and effortlessly establish international contacts. That way, they can keep informed of international studies and developments, while preventing them from having to re-invent the wheel. The community has a fully international organisation. FACE uses a special language: the language of the 3 Ps. From Projects (the end-results) via Products (building components) to the People behind the projects. Interaction is a key concept in the community.

FACE is open for every individual person, registration at FACE is easy using a LinkedIn account, but that is not required. A registered user can keep in touch with other FACE users and keep abreast of the latest developments in the façade industry. For registering check out:

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