SMART BUILDING SKIN TECHNOLOGY
High performance begins with the source
As a base commodity, steel is the most optimum material to create large scale robust products into. The material is relatively inexpensive to source compared to other materials and is recyclable. The manufacturing process to make usable materials uses less energy and waste than others. New robotic manufacturing technology has opened the possibility to innovate with these materials, which was not possible 30 years ago.
Advanced development into polymer science has given us the practical use of combining incredible attributes of polymers to manage thermal energy, novel attachment design, and commonly, water or moisture management.
The myriad of membranes in the world is extensive. Lynx Systems has handpicked a technology based on woven fiberglass for the barrier between the cladding and the building substrate wall. This material outperforms in cost, functionality, versatility, and future development for smart membranes in the printing of new nano technology.
These above create the base recipe for integrating the critical technologies for a smart building skin.
Designed with thin high tensile steel, two sheets are folded into one cassette. Frameless with a secure perimeter clip lock. Clean and modern.
The panels have been designed with small perforation venting for a breathable façade. Mitigating moisture and dewpoint condensation, as well as cooling the facade passively.
Solar PV veneer
Solar PV integrates as a clip on third skin veneer creating an active building skin. The objective being coloured solar panels and standard steel panels in one system design.
The sub-frame is pre-installed to the building substrate with engineered fasteners.
The novel robotic steel folded cassettes clip onto the sub-frame and into each other without screws or fasteners. This aspect of the design mitigates the risk of potential rusting where traditional steel cladding has a challenge with. Given a longer life to the building envelop.
The cassettes are prefabricated in a manufacturing and fabrication warehouse to manage quality control. Saving time on a building site installing the system rather than fabricating on site. The panels are quick to install without the hassle of fasteners.
In a fire event these perforations have a hidden intumescent material which expands and blocks any fire attempting to enter the façade.
The system is designed with a fire mitigating membrane behind the cladding which acts as an extreme fire protective barrier in a fire event and a thermal protective barrier during normal use.
Pressure equalizing rain screen façade. The Steel cladding system weight is approximately 12kg/m2, and is categorized as a lightweight rain screen system.
As a complete system the cladding is engineered for thermal expansion and contraction allowing for a certain tolerance of movement. Even the perimeter flashing components are designed to clip into the panels and lock in place. These may also be fastened with screws for termination.
Design options for the fundamental cladding is based on exterior painted sheet steel. Configured into a custom design for each building project. The Lynx designer team works alongside project architects and engineers to optimize the system for their space.
We are on the path to further innovation with the development of triple cavity technology soon to be released by Lynx.