What is most noticeable, perhaps, is that Infinite Facade panels are significantly lighter. While traditional precast cladding typically requires around 7” of concrete, Infinite Facade requires only 2 ½”. Additionally, the product contains a lightweight tube-steel frame and incorporates a high-performance spray foam insulation in lieu of rigid board insulation.
It can be manufactured in a variety of architectural finishes creatively using mixes, finishes, textures and formliners to create 3D shapes and building articulation, cast-in materials such as thin-brick, stone, and terra cotta, and pre-applied materials such as metal panel.
As part of the integrated Infinite Facade system, windows are pre-installed before they ship to the jobsite. That makes it ideal for multi-story structures. It allows for floor height flexibility and a much larger window-to-wall ratio, providing multiple glazing options, uniquely designed to achieve a project’s daylighting needs.
The benefits of prefabrication.
Of course, Infinite Facade from Wells comes with the same benefits common to all prefabricated products – accelerated schedule, single-source scope, reduced on-site trades and lower risk. There are also significantly enhanced quality controls since the entirety of the product is created at an offsite-controlled manufacturing environment.
It’s breaking down other barriers as well. By being fully prefabricated and lightweight, Infinite Facade panels can be shipped to greater distances. To date, this product has shipped as far as 500 miles from the manufacturing facility.
The future of building envelope design and construction.
Ultimately, this all-in-one solution is helping designers realize their visions with hundreds of design options, allowing owners and developers to get buildings up faster, with fewer on-site resources and providing a single-source partner to reduce risks. The final solution is a high-performing, energy efficient and resilient building envelope that is changing the way we design and construct.
1 Infinite Facade LCA Report, December 2020