Alpha Vci System

Alpha Vci System

The Alpha Vci System serves as the Vertical C.I. Subframing system designed to address fire safety, engineering and thermal performance. Based on panel layout, the Alpha Vci System creates an attachment plane for vertical panel layout.  

Alpha Vci provides the engineered building blocks components for vertically-oriented C.I. Subframing. Fully-engineered and designed to incorporate intermittent Alpha brackets with continuous outer aluminum rails to create the “C.I. Subframing” layer. The exterior “Panel Subframing” is attached to this rail to create a complete rainscreen system.

Morrison Hershfield, an industry leader in thermal modeling, has analyzed the Alpha Vci configuration on steel stud walls with “C.I. Subframing” on two wall types: split insulation and exterior only cavity insulation. Using the ECO Calculator, the Alpha Bracket and Subframing layout can be determined and the corresponding wall’s U Value can be provided.


Aluminum Advantage

Non Corrosive Material

A drained and back-ventilated rainscreen is a damp and dynamic environment that requires the highest quality materials. Our aluminum is a 6063 T6 architectural grade product that provides a level of corrosion resistance that is superior to other rainscreen attachment metals such as galvanized steel or galvalume. This is especially important for open-jointed systems that allow moisture to flow into the ventilated cavity. 

The use of 6063-T6 aluminum meets or exceeds ASTM B221, AMS 4156, and ASME SB-221 standards. Our finishes meet or exceed AAMA 2604 and AAMA 2605 specifications.


Lifetime Material Consistency

Aluminum does not become brittle over time like fiberglass or plastic products.  For the life of the building, Alpha wall brackets have an aluminum advantage.


Better Spanning Distances

ECO Cladding’s engineered cladding support solutions allow maximum spanning capability, while simultaneously addressing dead load, wind load, seismic concerns, thermal requirements, and material deflection.

Recycled Content

Alpha aluminum wall brackets use 75% post-consumer recycled content, making the the environmental choice.

Bracket Design Benefits

Fixed and Sliding Points

The wall bracket fixed point carries the dead loads and windloads to the load-bearing wall. The connection between the wall bracket and profile is fastened immovable in the “round hole”.  The connection between the wall bracket sliding point and the profile is designed for thermal linear expansion and contraction. For a sliding point, only wind pressure loads are carried to the load-bearing wall.

Thumb Hold Feature - Built In Adjustability 

Two advantages in one!  Our wall brackets give installers an “extra hand” while they get the wall level and plumb and the “thumb-hold” feature of our brackets allows the system to have a +/- 3/4” adjustment without the need for external shims. The thumb hold design feature creates huge labor savings.

Bracket Sizes

Shallow or deep, ECO wall brackets can accommodate your building’s cavity depth.  Alpha V brackets are available in 12 sizes to accommodate depths of 1.38” to 10.04”.  Alpha H brackets are available in 8 sizes to accommodate depths of 1.38” to 9.25”. Sigma U brackets are available in 11 sizes to accommodate 2.50" - 13.75". 

Engineered System

ECO Cladding is committed to providing a fully engineered system (both C.I. Subframing and Panel Subframing) in which the entire wall is engineered to accommodate project wind loads, seismic loads, building slab-to-slab deflections, and thermal movements of materials.

Cost Effective

Fewer Holes in Air Vapor Barrier

ECO Cladding wall brackets maximize the distance between attachment points on the walls, creating fewer penetrations through the continuous insulation (c.i.) plane and into the weather-protective membrane, thereby reducing air and water leakage opportunities. In addition, our wall brackets are detailed to create a seal between the bracket and membrane. 

The Cost-Effective SubFraming!

ECO wall brackets are easy to install and are more cost-effective in labor man-hours, allowing materials to be rapidly set even when backup walls are not plumb or true. Since our wall brackets have better-spanning distances than competitors, labor time can be cut in half.

In Stock / Short Lead Times!

Time is money.  ECO Cladding stocks our wall brackets, profiles, and accessories ready to ship for your project.  Our in-house technical team can get your project moving forward quickly.

25 Years of Rainscreen Experience

The team at ECO Cladding has over 25 years of USA-based technical expertise, industry relationships, and real-life experience.  With the completion of hundreds of rainscreen installations across the USA, and with a variety of products, we are here to serve you. 

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