Fiber Cement

Fiber Cement Panels
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Material Overview:

Architects, installers and owners now have the premier fiber cement panel from Swisspearl®, combined with a fully engineered rainscreen system of ECO Cladding.  As a perferred partner, Swisspearl's ® quality fiber cement panels set the industry standard in unique, natural and timeless beauty.  ECO Cladding engineered systems give architects and installers the needed resources to design intelligent rainscreen walls that address deep cavity systems, continuous insulation and other code and industry standards.  ECO Cladding systems are also designed to give architects aesthetic freedom to incorporate concealed, lap-siding or visible attachments.

Design Considerations:

Fiber Cement is produced in sheets and fabricated into finished panels.  The designer has the ability to create varying degrees of patterns and panel shapes on the building - often using numerous colors to create intrigue and acheive a particular design aesthetic.  Most fiber cement panels are consistent in color range from panel to panel.  Air cured fiber cement is preferred for rainscreen applications and auto-claved panels are not recommedended for rainscreen wall conditions.  Off–fall of material is a key fabrication consideration, so as to maximize the panel’s yield.  Swisspearl® is the leading fiber cement manufacturer for architectural grade panels and offers a variety of large sheet sizes and a full range of medium and shingle panels.  Both concealed and exposed, color-matched rivet systems are available.

DC International School - Washington, DC

An academic renovation and addition project, the DC International School design was envisioned by renowned Perkins-Eastman.

ECO Cladding provided a high-performing, engineered sub-framing for the Swisspearl® fiber cement cladding on this renovation. This school's contemporary addition boasts a pristine facade clad with the subtle tones of Swisspearl® REFLEX Champagne fiber cement rainscreen cladding.

Varina Area Library - Richmond, VA

The design team at Quinn Evans Architects (formerly BCWH) was tasked with creating a modern, energy-efficient rainscreen design that still reflected this Virginia community’s vernacular architectural heritage. The final design, vaguely reminiscent of a collection of tobacco barns, utilized a varied palette of building materials on the exterior to reinforces the concept of the library's connection to the land and the community's heritage.

Available Systems

Alpha Vci.10 System

Alpha Vci.10 System

Panel Sub-framing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL or fiber concrete panels. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Vci.40 System

Alpha Vci.40 System

Panel Sub-framing system that offers fixing using concealed, undercut anchors for cement composite, ceramic, stone, HPL and fiber concrete panels. The back of each panel is pre-drilled using undercut drill bit to receive the hanger clip and expanding bolt anchor.

Alpha Vci.44 System

Alpha Vci.44 System

Panel Sub-framing system that offers a versatile horizontal rail with concealed clip. Designed specifically for fiber cement, ceramic, stone, and fiber concrete rainscreen applications. Allows maximum flexibility in panel layout with running-bond patterns possible.

Alpha Hci.10 System

Alpha Hci.10 System

Panel Sub-framing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL or fiber concrete panels. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Hci.11 System

Alpha Hci.11 System

Panel Sub-framing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL or fiber concrete panels. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Eci.11 System

Alpha Eci.11 System

Panel Sub-framing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL or fiber concrete panels using our Alpha E edge to edge wall bracket. Large spans can be achieved due to a solid supporting beam recess. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Eci.40 System

Alpha Eci.40 System

Panel Sub-framing system that offers fixing using concealed, undercut anchors for cement composite, ceramic, stone, HPL and fiber concrete panels using our Alpha E edge to edge wall bracket. Large spans can be achieved due to a solid supporting beam recess.