|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
|Supervisor:||Arch. Tibon Haim|
The possibilities of integrating lightweight facade components with heavy concrete, either prefabricated or conventional, in residential buildings are analyzed.
A survey carried out on the Israeli building industry showed its potential to produce light facade components. Thermal performance evaluated by the T.A.R.P., demonstrated to be better than other external envelopes, specially in winter, despite the lack of thermal mass of the light components. Acoustical, fire-safety, structural and jointing system aspects are considered, based on knowledge and experience from Northern, Central and Western European countries.
According to an economical standpoint the integration of lightweight facade components showed to be a convenient solution for envelopes of residential buildings when considering the facade’s lifespan (Life Cycle Cost Analysis). Recommendations in order to overcome the problem originated by the jointing between industrially produced light components and concrete are presented.
The last part of the thesis deals with architectural aspects, showing applications of the proposed integration abroad and design options for facades of typical Israeli residential buildings. Possibilities of achieving variety in the design of facades are presented, with the consequent contribution to the improvement of the built environment.