For quite some time now we Sydney-siders have noticed a rise in the amount of cranes popping up around our city , closely followed by the opening of impressive high rise apartments. However, it seems projects are shifting within the construction industry with the amount of residential projects experiencing a slow period. To counteract this decline, the industry is now experiencing an increase in commercial projects which has allowed the sector to continue to thrive.
In such a populated city such as Sydney there was a constant demand for more accommodation which prompted the creation of a mass amount of high rise apartments. However, this demand has shifted and is now for commercial spaces such as offices, retail properties and hotels. Now more than ever individuals and companies alike have the financial stability and entrepreneurial drive to invest into infrastructure and structural upgrades to further their business ventures, which not only reflects the strength of our economy at the moment, but creates a bright and stable future for the construction sector as a whole.
Whether it be a demand for residential or commercial projects, the construction sector is booming, meaning your friendly neighbourhood cranes are not going anywhere soon.
With the word façade meaning face in French, it makes absolute sense that this component of a building is one of great importance. The façade of a building, if designed correctly can, generate business for commercial buildings, create a great first impression and leave a lasting one, serve a practical security purpose, create a point of differentiation and has the power to be environmentally effective.
The first thing that usually convinces a client to enter a store to potentially purchase items, is its store front. Unusual or beautifully designed facades have the same effect, capturing the attention of onlookers who are intrigued by the façade of the building. For a business, a great façade has the power to intrigue and lure consumers in, which can generate not only interest in the innovative business, but generate business.
A Great First Impression:
As mentioned before the word ‘façade’ is a French word for ‘face’. Now, when you meet a person for the first time the first thing you see is their face and whether they make a good or bad impression , the thing you remember , in most cases, is their face or look. This is the same for a building. A successful façade allows onlookers to develop a great and lasting impression of a business or residential structure, without even knowing the buildings purpose or contents.
When it comes to both residential and commercial buildings, façades have the power to not only look interesting, but offer an element of practicality. Structures with solid marble, stained or mirrored glass facades allow their occupants to maintain a sense of security, as no one can see in, while also looking aesthetically pleasing.
Create a Point of Differentiation:
A great façade has the power to grab attention and keep it. Unique facades offer their occupants the opportunity to express their personality, unique style and stand out from the surrounding buildings, thus creating a point of differentiation. For occupants of residential buildings this is a major plus, for commercial complexes, it’s an effective marketing strategy.
If you would like to upgrade your buildings’ façade, you’ve come to the right place. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help give your building new life!
It seems timber may become the go to material for builders of multi storey structures, with the number of modern buildings constructed with engineered timber begins to rise. Although the use of this material for multi storey buildings has been documented as early as the thirteenth century, builders and architects alike are looking to the past for inspiration on how to build these towering structures, with a modern twist.
So what's all the fuss about?
In short this material is economical and effective. Unlike its concrete competitors, engineered timber is lightweight and easier to work with. Opting for engineered timber also allows contractors to save money, time and offers a safer work environment for their team, as the material requires less labour requirements which means smaller teams of tradesmen and less high risk tasks such as welding and cutting.
However, there is a downside. Builders who wish to use to cross laminated timber on buildings have to outsource overseas, as the material is not readily available in bulk locally, this will unfortunately add time and cost to the project.
So here's a fun fact (ok perhaps I am using the word "Fun" a little loosely"): There are approximately 40 different types of engineering degrees which you can earn at University. However, truth is, this list of 40 types includes Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and many other non building related disciplines.
However, the fact stands, there are many different types of engineering professions, so if you have not heard of a Façade engineer, or know little about the specialty, it is not too surprising.
It is for this reason that we've decided to shed some light on our profession and provide a list of Q&As to help you better understand Façade engineering and why it may be valuable to you.
What is the difference between a Façade Engineer and other Engineering disciplines?
Simply put, Façade Engineers earn their stripes - most usually - in the fields of structural or building mechanics with a focus on diagnostics and remediation techniques to rectify a broad range of problems.
Then, they hone a wider understanding and skill set in the science of cladding and specific repair methodologies.
Do Façade Engineers work on new or old buildings?
Whilst at Bellmont our speciality lies in the diagnostic and remediation to existing structures, Façade Engineers are qualified to provide advice on both existing (including heritage recognised buildings) and new buildings and may be involved in design, working alongside the architect, QS and structural and mechanical engineers.
Alternatively, they may be involved in surveying or diagnostic and remedial work. Some façade engineers are involved in research and testing.
What do Façade Engineers focus on?
The primary focus a Façade Engineer has the building’s external "envelope" and those elements which are above ground level. The elements which we focus on mostly include:
What value do Façade Engineers add?
Depending on the specific engineer or company you speak to the answer can vary greatly. However, in broad terms, a good façade engineer will offer you the following advantages:
What do we look for?
At the end of the day, our job is to ensure that your building is in optimal health. We look to analyse, diagnose and improve the external elements of a building. This covers a very broad remit:
If you would like any further information on Facade Engineering, you can read more about the profession at the Society of Facade Engineering site.