What is 'de Vijfde gevel'?

Information platform for roofs

De Vijfde gevel (Dutch for the the fifth facade) is a platform for the exchange of information about roofs between professionals in architecture, building owners, academic organizations and contractors.

Knowledge is shared mainly through the various workshops that are being organized. Each workshop inspires participants to get more value from a roof. A variety of different topics are discussed, such as energy saving, sustainability, insulation, water drainage, BIM, green roofs and roof safety (an essential part of any roof design).


The Belgian Orde van Architecten (Association of Architects) acknowledges the workshops, which means that architects earn accreditation points. This way, building designers stay up to date with the latest innovations in the market.


De Vijfde gevel is an intiative by academics and a selected group of manufacturers, that supply different kinds of solutions for roofs. These suppliers, including XSPlatforms, equip roofs with the most innovative solutions of their kind.


The demo roof is the result of a number of interesting cooperations between the different parties involved. The Partners of de Vijfde gevel have joined hands to build an innovative demo roof, using the knowledge and experience they share.

XSPlatforms has equipped the demo roof with a number of permanent fall protection solutions: guardrails, lifelines and anchor points.

This demo roof gives XSPlatforms the opportunity to offer architects a demonstration about the roofs of the future.


About a demonstration of the demo roof or a workshop by de Vijfde gevel.