Designers, owners, and occupants all value the appeal of natural brick and wood for exterior cladding and interior surfaces. But these natural materials come with drawbacks. Wood can split, warp, cup, mold, and attract insects. Brick is heavy and susceptible to efflorescence. Quality control is not assured. The fresh alternative is resin cast shapes that mimic wood and brick, delivering the benefits of biophilia and a sense of connection with the natural world, but without the problems. This course examines the wood and brick aesthetic of resin cast shapes and demonstrates their sustainability and performance qualities. They are durable, lightweight, easy to install, and contribute to a continuous building envelope. Case studies of noteworthy projects illustrate the superior form and function of this next-level cladding alternative.
- Describe resin cast shapes and their uses for sustainable architectural cladding.
- Define the benefits and performance characteristics of resin cast shapes.
- Explain how resin cast shapes' lower embodied carbon footprint significantly contributes to sustainable building design and occupant safety.
- Describe the lower operational carbon footprint of resin cast shapes, especially regarding energy efficiency and the continuity of the building envelope.
- Identify the design and aesthetic versatility of resin cast shapes.