At Architectural Panel Solutions, we’re constantly looking at ways to enhance and improve our stone cladding panel recipes in order to offer premium quality underpinned by strong sustainability values. Our reconstituted stone claddings is manufactured predominantly from crushed stone and marble – by-product material from marble mining which would otherwise go to landfill.
Reconstituted stone cladding – Petrarch the perfect re-clad facade material
‘“Sustainability” is the strongest trend in the construction industry. Environmental responsibility is becoming increasingly important, bringing to the fore the minimum impact on the environment. “Green” technologies have touched both the construction process itself and the life cycle of the entire building.’ Etechnology Trends (https://etechnologytrends.com/trends-in-construction-2024-top-10-most-demanded/)
As sustainability and ‘green building’ quite rightly gathers pace, it’s important that as an industry we look to improve both facade materials themselves, as well as our manufacturing processes. This is something we are continually doing, diligent in our approach to more environmentally conscious methodologies.
As a reclad material for education sector builds, Petrarch is an excellent choice, for numerous reasons, not least the sustainability value – repurposing a building saves on cost, waste, energy, and in many instances when it is purely the exterior facade being developed, the day-to-day learning can still take place. (Depending on the site of course and extent of renovation.)
The advantages of using Petrarch reconstituted stone cladding for Education Sector Builds
Petrarch is an engineered stone rainscreen, carefully designed to be extremely weather resistant and withstand the most severe environmental conditions, and just like natural stone, it matures over time, giving character and depth to any architectural scheme.
An aesthetically striking panel with incredible strength, boasting an A2-s1,d0 reaction to fire rating (EN 13501). Highly durable and impact resistant, Petrarch is considerably lighter than natural stone systems.
• Highly durable, impact and weather resistant
• Considerably lighter than natural stone and cement based systems
• Natural textures and hues – Petrarch engineered stone rainscreen panels mature over time, giving character and depth to any architectural scheme
• Graffiti and scratch resistant
• Fire resistant A2-s1,d0 reaction to fire rating (EN 13501)
• Available in 1500 colours and four finishes
• Colours and textures emulate natural stone
• Colour matching service available
• Installation by mechanical secret fix, site adhesive and face fixing
• Durable surface, easy to clean and maintain
• ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited
• Proven performance and life expectancy in excess of 50 years
• BBA approved for added peace of mind
• Fully CWCT tested
• Made in Britain
• Worldwide distribution network
Recent insights from Glenigan indicate the market is buoyant when it comes to the education sector, with capital funding rising by 26% in 2023 with further growth previewed for 2024. This is clearly an encouraging indicator for the rainscreen cladding industry and a reassuring reference in what has been a volatile market. As a sustainability conscious cladding manufacturer we will continue to strive to develop recipes with higher percentage of by-product material. At the moment we can confidently say that our reconstituted stone panels are created from on average 80% crushed marble and stone. All of which helps ensures Petrarch is the choice of leading architects, specifiers and contractors when seeking out facade materials with these fundamental values.