Rain Screen

Application / Environment

High-performance, energy-efficient Rain Screen panel.  This architectural Rain Screen panel fastens to a building façade to protect and finish a high-rise building. FRP Composite Rain Screens can be custom molded into a wide variety of shapes, are far lighter than alternatives, and may have a lower environmental impact than traditional materials.

Location:  San Francisco, California – Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Composite Design & Fabrication:  Kreysler & Associates, American Canyon, CA


This panel is manufactured using a proprietary combination of advanced materials specifically engineered to meet IBC  (International Building Code) requirements, including the rigorous NFPA-285 fire test.

Technical Data

This panel is approximately 1M high by 10M long and is shaped using large scale CNC milling of a “one-use” mold.  The proprietary finish, proven over 25 years of exterior architectural applications, is a durable synthetic stone available with a wide variety of color and aggregate sizes.

Average weight of this panel, including integral frame, is 8 pounds/ft.  The distiance between connection along the top and bottom edges in this configuration is 8 feet.

Why This Solution?

Higher strength and therefore lower weight composites result in fewer and smaller connections, and a far lower environmental “footprint” than similarly performing alternatives.  This composite panel is inherently durable, and will require virtually no maintenance.

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