We follow a holistic approach to designing, engineering, and monitoring façades. For us, holistic is not just a meaningless phrase between constantly increasing energy requirements and technical innovations.
Our responsibility towards our environment and clients lets us strive to conform to our projects' aesthetic, functional, ecological and economic aspects. We ensure the technical feasibility and excellence of our façade developments.
For us, a circular façade economy is not just a question of certification but, as modern engineers, a matter of course.
We work during all phases of value creation and life cycles of façades: From sketching first ideas for architects to tender documentation for clients, from shop and assembly drawings for façade contractors to concepts for dismantling and re-using existing façades.
In addition to complying with standards, laws and certification systems, we have committed ourselves to performing life cycle assessments (LCA) of all our façade projects. This includes evaluating and optimising the potential global warming impact as well as the recyclability and reusability of materials, components and systems.
Furthermore, we consider the impact of different façade options on the operational energy consumption of buildings. We plan systems for decentralised, renewable energy generation in façades and advise on the efficiency and technical feasibility of façade greening.
As façade engineers, we see ourselves in a central role within multi-disciplinary planning teams. We consider and integrate requirements from all specialist disciplines, such as energy concepts, building physics, structural engineering, fire engineering, cleaning/maintenance, and eco-construction.
The collaboration with our in-house façade expert teams enables us to not only consider these requirements but also to mediate, question and optimise them with our other experts.
Our vast experience with three-dimensional and custom-made parametric planning tools facilitates our daily work. Advanced applications, some of which are in-house developments, allow us the efficient optimisation of contradictory project requirements.
Moreover, they ensure the continuous mass and cost reliability of our solutions. Good collaboration and native digital data exchange within planning teams and contractors in all necessary standards is a matter of course for us.
We provide entire tender documents for any award procedure. We optimise and organise procurement and award processes for our clients to ensure the efficient involvement of construction companies such as façade or general contractors. In our completed projects, transparency, fairness, and independence have ensured compliance with schedules and cost plans for our clients.
With decades of experience and knowledge of the market, we ensure the optimal application of existing materials, products and systems. Moreover, we assess innovations and emerging technologies in terms of technical applicability, necessary verification and approval procedures, and cost-effectiveness for the individual project. Unique non-standard solutions, e.g., in the field of load-bearing all-glass structures, can already be evaluated during the planning phase to guarantee the technical implementation on site.
We participate in expert committees and research projects to improve our building envelopes. This is a necessity for us to improve our knowledge and continuously reflect on our design decisions.
Moreover, it allows us to cope with our responsibility to help shape the future of the built environment and to push on resource-efficient construction methods and design strategies. We invest in our future and our next generation of façade engineers by educating our junior staff in our in-house B+G Façade Academy.