If someone asks for your opinion of the “Trespa” on a building, would you know what they were talking about? A couple of you might, but I’m guessing the word would be foreign to the majority of you. Since the founding of the company in 1960, Trespa has been producing innovative cladding systems for over 50 years in The Netherlands and throughout the rest of the world. Trespa is known for producing high performance panels for cladding façades, interiors, and scientific furniture. But what exactly makes this material product innovative?
Previous working experiences brought my attention to the usage of Trespa panels on building façades. After browsing through the award winning projects of the Madison firm I interned for, I came across Fire Station No. 12 in Madison and Tri-North Builders corporate office building in Fitchburg. Now I understand most of you, if not all, know nothing about what buildings I am referring to, and that’s all right. The important characteristic to note about both of these buildings is their incorporation of Trespa panels on their exterior, AND they are LEED Platinum and Gold certified, respectively. Over the years, the innovations of Trespa products have become more sustainable in both their applications and during the manufacturing process. Once applied to the exterior, the panels create a ventilated façade system, resulting in numerous sustainable benefits.
Cavities between the panel and wall behind allow for air the pass through vents and naturally ventilate interior spaces. Heat and moisture is essentially removed from the cavity due to a chimney effect. Trespa panels also mimic rain screens to protect the structure and significantly block solar heat gain, reducing the need for air-conditioning in the building. Inhabitant behaviors are therefore positively affected through the contribution of good indoor environmental quality.
Panels come in a variety of textures and appearances, ranging from naturals, wood decors, and metallics. So, not only is this innovative material a substantial sustainable design decision, they also are aesthetically pleasing.