NV3 Rainscreen Subframe System

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NV3 is the NVELOPE® subframe system suitable for concealed fix/mechanically secret fixed applications

NV3 elements – high-pressure laminate (HPL), ceramic, thin stone including fibre cement. Horizontal NVELOPE channel profiles are fixed to the vertical profiles. Rainscreen panels are hung from and secured with hangers.


  • NV3 is the NVELOPE subframe system for concealed fix/mechanically secret fixed applications.
  • Secured using hangers and TUF rivets to enable a concealed fix.
  • Horizontal NVELOPE profiles are fixed to the vertical profiles. Rainscreen panels are supported by and secured to the horizontal profiles with hangers and adjustable hangers.
  • NVELOPE ‘L’ profiles are fixed using NVELOPE support brackets, fixed through a series of fixed and sliding points.
  • NVELOPE fixed point brackets absorb both vertical dead loads.
  • NVELOPE bracket spacing is determined by cladding options such as the dimensions and weight of the façade cladding, local wind loads.
  • NVELOPE flexible point brackets absorb wind loading and allow for expansion and contraction.


The selection of materials to use in the construction of a subframe system within a rain-screen façade is of paramount importance. Material choice can also affect the thermal performance of the overall rain-screen in addition to engineering assurance.


  • Aluminium subframe systems for rain-screen are designed in accordance with BS EN 1090-3:2008 and/or Euro code 9 – Parts 1-4
  • Aluminum is the second most widely used metal after iron and as such has a robust and well-defined UK and international supply chain
  • Its low weight and high strength ratio and simplicity of fabrication either on-site or within a manufacturing setting ensures it is an ideal material with which to create high-performance rainscreen subframe systems for cladding applications.
  • Aluminium is inherently corrosion resistant however this can be complemented and further improved by additional treatment including anodization whilst still maintaining a Euroclass A1 fire rating.
  • NVELOPE systems only use the superior 6005 T6 alloy which provides superior strength and performance over and above other commonly used aluminum.

Stainless Steel

  • Stainless steel  subframe bracket systems for rain-screen are designed in accordance with BS EN 1090-3:2008 and/or Euro code 3 – Table 5.1
  • NVELOPE stainless steel brackets are only manufactured from a superior 316 grade of alloy to provide an outstanding level of resistance to localised corrosion such as maritime and polluted areas.


Sustainability is a key factor in the design of any building. Identifying the right material from a sustainable manufacturer with a credible supply chain and responsible sourcing is crucial. At SFS:

  • The aluminium we manufacture is 100% recyclable
  • The alloy we use is made from 100% re-melted material
  • 6063 alloy as used by many other subframe manufacturers’ can only utilise 40% recycled scrap due to global shortages.
  • CO2 production as a consequence of extrusion alone is currently estimated at 0.35 – 0.5 kg per kg.


  • Utilising our proven technology of Project Builder Thermal you can enable any project to be optimised for performance and budget. Whether a lower or a higher thermal performance is required our Thermal Solutions range offers the ability to fine-tune your project requirements.
  • NVELOPE brackets allow for adjustment between the face of the primary support and to outer face of vertical profiles.
  • Green isolators (hard polypropylene isolators) are assembled as standard, allowing rain-screen installations to benefit from the low thermal conductivity values associated with reduced thermal bridging within the design.


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