Ventilated facades from Porcelanosa provide high tech building technology for contemporary architecture with an easy to install mechanical fastening system.

Tau’s Mecanotubo ventilated facade system uses two aluminum profiles that are inserted into two horizontal grooves running the entire width of the tile, providing a large supporting surface.
Taking into account the needs of architects and designers to find effective and efficient solutions, Tile of Spain manufacturers continue to develop products on the cutting edge of the ceramic tile industry. One such environmentally conscious and cost efficient product is ceramic tile for ventilated façade systems. Thanks to Spain's newest technologies, such as production of tile in large format, ceramic tiles offer a high-tech appeal that provides excellent performance while being aesthetically pleasing.

Ventilated façades enhance a building's energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and site sustainability. Because the air chamber behind the façade creates thermal insulation, ventilated facades help prevent fluctuations in temperature that normally occur during the change of seasons thus decreasing its heat load. This can result in a 25-35 percent decrease in energy savings. The air chamber also creates a "chimney" effect that provides natural ventilation to help eliminate condensation. Since ventilated facades are relatively easy to install over an original facade, they offer an ideal solution for existing buildings.

Because of its durability and performance, ceramic tile is better suited to ventilated façade applications than other, more traditional materials. It doesn't expand or contract significantly in extreme temperature fluctuations because of its superior dimensional stability and homogeneity. A building's structural integrity and sustainability can be enhanced with Tile of Spain manufactured tile. Ceramic tile ventilated façades are much lighter in weight, therefore, the reduction of load on wall is considerable. Ceramic tile is one of the strongest mechanical finishes available and is resistant to UV rays, corrosion, and acids as well as fire. Since its porosity is low, it requires little or no maintenance, which is a great advantage in urban settings. It is made from chemically inert materials that inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and other organisms. In addition, manufacturers under the Tile of Spain umbrella use flash-coating technology which produces products more resistant to external forces and at the same time affords flexibility in effects and finishes.

Among the leaders of ventilated facade systems, Tau Ceramica offers ceramic tiles that are specifically designed for this purpose, such as the ones used on this building.
The Tile of Spain manufacturers are continually making the effort to be environmentally friendly by maintaining the highest level of recycling and improvements to solid waste treatment among their European counterparts. Research and development in the Spanish tile industry is making progress in reducing air pollutants by decreasing dust particle emissions. As designers continue to try to increase the efficiency of ventilated façades, the financial and environmental benefits of using ceramic tile with these systems are becoming more apparent.

By innovating energy efficient solutions, the Spanish tile industry continues to produce technology that is environmentally friendly. For instance, Tile of Spain manufacturers are developing tiles that detect humidity and human presence and respond by switching on a light or sounding an alarm. Research into antibacterial glazes and tile with photovoltaic systems that transform solar energy into electricity continues. Tile of Spain manufacturers are also researching alternative energy sources such as wind-energy and oxycombustion.

Ceramic Solutions
Apavisa Porcelanico offers porcelain solutions for ventilated facades in two new series called Stonetech and Newstone which offer sizes of 6-by-6, 6-by-12, 12-by-12, 12-by-24, 18-by-18, and 24-by-24 inches. Colors vary in shades of beige, gray, green, copper, and sienna. Both are 4 to 5 times more resistant to water than marble and offer a flush appearance and a practically waterproof system. Their products have been used for interior and exterior applications on offices, hotels, public buildings, commercial areas and car dealerships.

Tau Ceramica offers ventilated facades such as the Tautech Collection which is offered in several color choices and is available in 8-by-8, 12-by-12, 16-by-16, 24-by-24 and 24-by-48 inch formats. TAU materials have been used for ventilated façade systems on several successful structures such as the Humanities building at the University of Castellon, its own headquarters and various hotels.

Ventilated façade systems from Alcalagres offer simple solutions for a new exterior; they can be installed over the original construction.
Alcalagres offers the Lifestone series designed for ventilated facades. Lifestone offers four models: Arenisca in 12-by-24-inch format features a rustic-lappato finish; Nacar, in 18-by-18, 12-by-24 and 18-by-36-inch sizes, is finished in lappato and rustic-lappato. Alcalagres offers visible or hidden fixing systems, both of which are fixed to an aluminum section using stainless steel anchorage devices. Alcalagres has also recently launched its ‘Integraplus' systems for ventilated facades.

"An important advantage of these systems is energy efficiency coupled with the 10-20 percent reduction in exterior noise pollution," said Guillermo Puente, managing director of Alcalagres America in Dallas, TX. Puente also added that the actual installation of the ventilated facade is relatively simple and does not always require changing the original façade.

The Porcelanosa Group, after proven and successful experience installing ventilated systems all over Europe, is now offering them in the United States. A wide range of through-body porcelain tiles, especially designed for this application are available in countless finishes and sizes that go from 17-by-17 inches up to 22-by-44 inches, in polished, matte and stone looks. The newest in their collection is the Ston-ker Facades.

Roca Ceramica offers the Rock & Rock collection with formats up to 46-by-20 inches and has an engineering department to research and apply the best technical solutions for each project. Ventilated facades in ceramic allow for more authentic restoration styles, plus energy efficiency, ease of maintenance, aesthetic uniqueness and durability.

Tile of Spain manufacturers are breaking boundaries with formats and standards. The use of ceramic in ventilated systems has already taken off in Europe and is now becoming more popular in the United States. As the design community embraces this savvy solution for cladding, the benefits of ceramic tile ventilated facades will continue to prove environmentally friendly while saving money.

For more information on ceramic ventilated façade solutions, contact the Tile of Spain Canter, at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Rd., Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit