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Cosentino and Saint-Gobain Weber Combine External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems With Dekton® Surfaces to Create New Façade Design

With the ultra-compact Dekton®, Cosentino offers builders and architects weather-resistant and low-maintenance ceramic façade panels in a variety of designs and large formats. It can now also be used to clad External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS). This is made possible by the weber.therm style system from Saint-Gobain Weber – free of thermal bridges and invisible from the outside.

Warngau/Düsseldorf/Frankfurt am Main (Germany), 7. February 2022 – There are many good reasons to insulate buildings better. It pays off for the wallet and the environment to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Also aesthetically, the façade can set individual and value-enhancing accents. Besides different finishing plaster variations in various colors, ETICS can now also be equipped with bonded surfaces to create new façade designs.

“Creative design options make External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems even more attractive – both in new buildings and in the energy-efficient refurbishment of existing buildings,” Alexander Schirra, Object Manager at Saint-Gobain Weber, is convinced. “The structural engineering tests for all system components of weber.therm style with Dekton have been completed, we expect the general approval of the DIBT and the ETA in 2022, and reference projects have also been completed.” The system already won the German Design Award with glass surfaces in 2016. Now, the scope for design in planning has been extended by yet another fascinating material.

Slim insulation with 0.4 cm and 0.8 cm thin Dekton® surfaces

“We are thrilled that Dekton is now also being used on ETIC systems,” says Ingo Riewenherm, Business Development Façade, Cosentino Germany. “There are a lot of great applications for the ultra-compact surface in ventilated curtain wall systems. The 0.4 cm thin version Dekton Slim also enjoys great popularity in interior design. Now it also offers innovative design possibilities in exterior applications.”

Dekton® consists of up to 20 natural minerals that sinter in a climate-neutral process under high pressure and heat to form an ultra-compact surface. The panels are manufactured in five thicknesses (0.4 cm, 0.8 cm, 1.2 cm, 2 cm and 3 cm) in large dimensions of 320 cm x 144 cm and cut to customer specifications. More than 50 different colors and textures are available. There are no limits in terms of creativity, individual designs are also possible.

Great design possibilities for ETICS

External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems have been proving their value in optimizing the energy efficiency of the building envelope since the 1960s. In this process, insulation boards are bonded to the wall former, then a reinforcement layer and a plaster system are applied. ETIC systems provide continuous insulation of the building envelope – without thermal bridges caused by fixation elements. The most common surface finish is formed by finishing plasters in various colors and structures. weber.therm style expands the possibilities of façade design to include all sheet materials, such as glass, natural stone or ceramic panels like Dekton®.

During installation, a laser scanner is used to ensure that the building envelope is even and plumb and a detailed survey is taken. The façade panels are then cut to size according to the works list and bonded to the ETICS on site using the buttering-floating method. To facilitate handling, formats of up to 1 m x 2.25 m are generally used. The weight per unit area may be up to 75 kg/sqm.

Weber.therm style with Dekton® was presented for the first time on November 25,  2021 at the 1st Cosentino Façade Day in the NEXT Studio Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Click here for the recording of the webinar (in German).

Im Next Studio zeigt Cosentino das Mockup eines Wärmedämm-Verbundsystems (WDVS) mit einer keramischen Außenverkleidung aus Dekton®. Foto: Cosentino

In the Villa NRW project, the External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS) was given a different façade surface on each floor: the first floor was clad with natural stone clinkers, the façade on the 1st floor was plastered, and on the 2nd floor, glass panels were bonded to the mineral wool insulation layer. Photo: Saint-Gobain Weber/ Olaf Rohl

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Beim Projekt Villa NRW erhielt das Wärmedämm-Verbundsystem (WDVS) auf jeder Etage eine andere Fassadenoberfläche: Das Erdgeschoss wurde mit Naturstein-Klinkern verkleidet, die Fassade im 1. Obergeschoss wurde verputzt, im 2. Obergeschoss wurden Glasplatten auf der Mineralwoll-Dämmschicht verklebt. Foto: Saint-Gobain Weber/ Olaf Rohl

In the Villa NRW project, the External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS) was given a different façade surface on each floor: the first floor was clad with natural stone clinkers, the façade on the 1st floor was plastered, and on the 2nd floor, glass panels were bonded to the mineral wool insulation layer. Photo: Saint-Gobain Weber/ Olaf Rohl

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Beim Projekt Villa NRW erhielt das Wärmedämm-Verbundsystem (WDVS) auf jeder Etage eine andere Fassadenoberfläche: Das Erdgeschoss wurde mit Naturstein-Klinkern verkleidet, die Fassade im 1. Obergeschoss wurde verputzt, im 2. Obergeschoss wurden Glasplatten auf der Mineralwoll-Dämmschicht verklebt. Foto: Saint-Gobain Weber/ Olaf Rohl

In the Villa NRW project, the External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS) was given a different façade surface on each floor: the first floor was clad with natural stone clinkers, the façade on the 1st floor was plastered, and on the 2nd floor, glass panels were bonded to the mineral wool insulation layer. Photo: Saint-Gobain Weber/ Olaf Rohl

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Beim Projekt Villa NRW erhielt das Wärmedämm-Verbundsystem (WDVS) auf jeder Etage eine andere Fassadenoberfläche: Das Erdgeschoss wurde mit Naturstein-Klinkern verkleidet, die Fassade im 1. Obergeschoss wurde verputzt, im 2. Obergeschoss wurden Glasplatten auf der Mineralwoll-Dämmschicht verklebt. Foto: Saint-Gobain Weber/ Olaf Rohl

In the Next Studio in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Cosentino shows a mockup of an External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS) with a ceramic exterior cladding made of Dekton®. Photo: Cosentino

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About Dekton®

Dekton® by Cosentino is an ultra-compact surface for the world of architecture and design. The material consists of up to 20 natural minerals, the chemical composition is completely inorganic. During the manufacturing process, Cosentino uses an exclusive technology that sinters mineral particles under high pressure to make them bond. This innovative process virtually controls and accelerates the metamorphic processes involved in the formation of natural stone.

Dekton® is characterized by outstanding technical properties: The material is fireproof, scratch- and stain-resistant. It absorbs very little water and is therefore not only particularly dimensionally stable, but also resistant to cold, heat and thermal shock. In addition, Dekton® is characterized by outstanding UV and color stability – the material is available in more than 50 different designs and textures, customized designs can also be realized.

Dekton® is able to reproduce any type of material at a high quality level. It is produced in large-format slabs (up to 320 cm x 144 cm) in five different thicknesses (0.4 cm, 0.8 cm, 1.2 cm, 2 cm and 3 cm) and is suitable as a surface for a wide range of interior and exterior applications (façades, floors, paneling, worktops, sinks, etc.)

As part of the commitment to sustainability and a circular economy, various Dekton® colors are produced with recycled materials from the product’s manufacturing process. In 2016, Cosentino received an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Dekton®. www.dekton.com

About Cosentino

The Cosentino Group is a family-owned company from Spain that operates worldwide, producing and distributing high-quality and innovative surfaces for the world of design and architecture. In close cooperation with clients and partners, design solutions of high added value are created, which are an inspiration in the lives of many people. This goal is achieved thanks to pioneering and leading brands in their respective segments such as Silestone®, Dekton® or Sensa by Cosentino® – technologically advanced surfaces that enable the creation of unique environments and designs for private and public spaces. www.cosentino.com


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