• #41 - Arabian Nights

    Big 5: Buildings that Breathe with Effisus

    Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

    Eliminating interior contamination equates to good air quality in buildings and generates healthy spaces. Sector professionals know that the insulation system can make all the difference.

    Portuguese company Up-Way Systems exhibited the latest products in its Effisus Ecofacade line at this year’s Big 5 event in Dubai. Its integrated solutions for roofs and facades include waterproofing, sealing and thermal and acoustic insulation. They embody the philosophy that “building design can improve wellbeing.”

    The waterproof and breathable qualities of its insulation make it suitable for extreme climates. Up-Way works with two of the largest construction companies in the Middle East, including DAMAC Properties. The company’s strategy and business development director Pedro Carvalho spoke to ArchiExpo e-Magazine.

    The more the building is airtight, the more the building is at risk. Air control becomes crucial in hospitals, malls, highrises and other such structures.

    buri vista tower dubai effisus ecofacade

    The Burj Vista is a twin tower residential development, consisting of a 20 story tower 65 story tower, located in Dubai. Effisus Ecofacade was the chosen solution for waterproofing the buildings’ facade connections, in order to protect the building from water damage and to maximize its energy efficiency. Courtesy of Effisus.

    The company released its new Membrane Effisus Breather+, a breathable membrane with three layers.

    It’s one step ahead in central Europe.

    Effisus continues to bring revolutionary products to the market. Next year, the company will introduce an innovative smart insulation material which reacts to temperature and has sensors that monitor air quality. Stay tuned.

    At the Big 5, visitors discovered its fire-resistant breathable membrane Effisus Breather FR and its Effisus Façade Fire.

    This should prepare the market for the next step of smart membranes.

    Read the article on how building design can improve well being in the online magazine for Big5 (p.22).

    The featured image of this article is a rendering of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Headquarters: The First Positive Energy Building in the Middle East.

    About the Author

    Erin Tallman is a journalist and the Editor in Chief for ArchiExpo e-magazine. She contributes to other online publications and, as an author, has already published her first novel.

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