Security issues represent one aspect of the increasing demands being placed upon the building skin. Burglary, bullets, bombs, and Mother Nature’s missiles (windborne debris resulting from hurricane winds) all represent an escalating threat to the building envelope.
MATERIA designs anti-hurricane facades and provides the types of tests certified in the USA to be able to apply to exposed dates to these natural events. Our team of engineers are trained to design glazed facades and other materials that will be exposed to important wind pressures such as hurricanes or wind caused by aircraft turbines.
In addition to this, we take care of protecting the envelope of the building with the care and selection of correct materials that can withstand bandic intrusions to the building.
MATERIA can support in the design of ballistic facades resistant to different levels of penetration by explosive missile, these facades can be of different types of monolithic or laminated glass, steel, carbon fiber or kevlar.
Mandatory pass / fail testing requirements include small and large missile impact testing, and cyclic positive and negative pressure testing. Three specimens must survive the test with no crack longer than five inches and hole through which a three-inch sphere can pass. MATERIA now provides different facade solutions that Miami has certified as meeting its stringent codes. These wall types include curtainwall, strip and punched window wall systems with various mullion widths and depths.
Currently there are many regulations and international tests for facades. We can help design sections of facades to be shipped and tested in the United States. Mexico does not currently have standards or certified laboratories that validate or apply tests to glazed facades or other materials.