The ability of building cladding systems to perform successfully depends primarily on their proper design and construction. Current practices in the United States utilize GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) panels. However, new problems are being detected with such systems. The facade and its attachments (using GFRC) are not being adequately implemented to accommodate vertical and horizontal differential movement between the panels and concrete frame which is resulting in failure or cracking of the panels, and chipping off of the supporting concrete. With proper design and construction, steel stud-framed GFRC-skin cladding concept provides a versatile system for freedom of expression in the architectural profile of facades. The system consists of GFRC skin supported by light gage, cold formed, steel studs.
Fact Sheet ID Number
construction, panel, anchor connection, steel stud
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "GFRC Facade Panels with Steel Stud/Flex Anchor Connection" (2007). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 4.