In contemporary architecture, the facade is an essential component of an architectural project. This is where the facade engineering makes sense. The challenge is to achieve a 'functional design' which fits both a budget and a schedule.
With several patents, BIFF collaborates with architects from the competition phase in order to bring the innovative ideas necessary to the realisation of the architect’s project. By presenting a comprehensive approach of the envelope, which is specific and optimised right from the start-up phase, the architect’s project has every chance to stand out in the eyes of the project manager of the works.
Image 3D d'une façade rideau
The facade engineering begin at the first phase of a building or renovation project starts, where we assist architects to design facades with optimal technical solutions. Design principles are established according to the architectural intention and depending on the use and maintenance, considering additional parameters such as feasibility and profitability.
Once the basis of the project is established, a thorough study with variants is undertaken. Therefore, BIFF calls upon preparation of the technical details and controls the sizing of systems as the project progresses. In the proposed variants, BIFF provides the choice of materials and optimal solutions with impartiality, thanks to the experience of its collaborators (the most seasoned ones have over 40 years’ experience in facade design) and its knowledge of the market.
BIFF offers many services related to facade design, including static, building physics, planning the logistics and assembling, planning deadlines for project development and implementation, budget estimate of the basic concept and of the offered variants, etc.
The BIFF team develops plans and terms of submission. The content, both clear and precise, allows a good understanding without limiting competition. The BIFF team then carries out technical and economic comparisons before the tendering process takes place, keeping in mind objectivity and independence to advise its clients.
Analyse de pont thermique
Détails de façade avec peau rideau extérieure
Simulation de déformation et résistance d'élément de façade
Schéma de mode opératoire de pose
Budget & Bids
The concrete experience of BIFF in facade measurement is key to prepare precise price estimates very close to those worked out by the plasterer. During the tendering process, our knowledge of prices and of the market history is essential to foresee the reactions of bidders.
The drawing developed by the plasterer is submitted to technical control in order to ensure that the established principles are respected. The facade engineers of the BIFF assists the actors of the project to coordinate the launch of the works.
The mounting control will help detect any disorders regardless of the type of work and help correct them to facilitate the progress of the work and ensure the desired quality.
Our team follows up on the project until delivery of the work. This is essential to know any possible fault of quality and performance. This will allow to anticipate the contractual talking points to be addressed to prepare an accurate works reception record.
Fenêtre + rail de stores
Entretien & maintenance
Point d'ancrage pour l'entretien et maintenance des éléments verriers
A prototype is very useful to clarify the architectural concept (colour, structure, aspect, etc.) and so that all project stakeholders can study the finished product. This way, the person responsible for maintenance can, for example, foresee their schedule.
The good realisation of the prototype is essential to getting an accurate idea of the finished works, in order to study and compare the different alternatives that could bring added value to the project both in terms of pricing or time.
Before the implementation phase of any large and/or highly complex work, it makes sense to ensure that the ordered product will be conform to the expectations of the parties of the project. The facade engineering is a profession whose precision and mastery are keywords.
At various stages of the project, BIFF has the skills to define and provide its clients with real prototypes. This phase may initiate the selection process of the plasterer.
Réalisation d'un prototype de façade
With over 40 years of experience and as a member of the Chamber of Experts UTS (Chambre d’Expert UTS) and SWISS EXPERTS, the BIFF agency and its facade engineers are qualified to act as expert advisers in the field of the envelope, and at whichever stage of the project.
We regularly step in as an adviser for clients in need of a solution to a specific request. To them, we are the trusted partner to address this request with guaranteed technical answers which are both concrete and optimal, as well as to target potential risks of design.
Technical and applications of glass
Glass is the first material observed on the building envelope.It is no longer only used for windows and has become efficient at acoustic, thermal, aesthetic and structural levels.As such, it is necessary to study and master perfectly its design in order to make the most of its capabilities and to avoid disorders due to misuse of the material.
With its experience and knowledge accumulated in the field of glass for many years, BIFF SA facade engineers assist and advise you to:
the choice of glass types
the adaptation and the optimization of glass thickness
the adaptation to the physical characteristics of glass
the choice of the glazing's technical sheets.
The basic information is free.
Service d'ingénierie et de dessins
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