RAINSCREEN CLADDING: A BUILDING’S BEST DEFENSE AGAINST MOISTURE

The next time it rains, take the time to look outside and notice how the raindrops hit your building or home. For us, rain is a temporary inconvenience that’s alleviated as soon as we get inside a building or a car. But for a building, rain is a relentless soaking that lasts as long as the shower or storm. It’s a good idea to provide as much protection as possible for your building, because rain can cause a tremendous amount of damage internally. Rainscreen cladding is one way to provide a structure with that level of protection because it offers a defensive barrier that keeps moisture from penetrating. If you want your building to last last a long time without deterioration caused by weather damage, consider rainscreen cladding.

THE VERSATILITY OF RAINSCREEN CLADDING

In most regions of the globe, temperatures vary considerably from season to season. The balmy heat of a summer day in July might turn into temperatures that are below freezing when January arrives. Architectural designs are drawn with this range in mind, and building products are manufactured to deal with the swings in temperature. Rainscreen cladding can be made of different materials, including aluminum and galvanized steel. It’s also available in plastic, imitation stone, wood and brick.

Rainscreen claddingRAINSCREEN CLADDING BY DANPAL

Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS) is uniquely designed to keep weather from getting inside a building. With double-notched panels, VRS can mount a powerful defense against penetration by rain or snow that could otherwise allow moisture to invade the building’s interior space. VRS also protects the insulation itself with the natural ventilation created by an air gap that enables the system to work efficiently, keeping the insulation dry and moisture-free.

Rainscreen cladding has many advantages and one that clients find especially attractive is the fact that it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance or periodic service. It’s strong and durable. Danpal rainscreen cladding has another popular feature that makes it a favorite for clients: installation is easy. Because the connections can be made directly onto the support, additional structural support isn’t needed during the installation process.

KEEPING YOUR INSULATION DRY IS A PRIORITY FOR RAINSCREEN CLADDING

When we’re thinking about repair projects and getting a house ready for the seasons, we often fail to think about insulation. We pay attention to the obvious tasks that need to be done, like cleaning the gutters or making sure the windows don’t admit drafts, and these are all necessary things to do. But insulation should not be neglected. If you don’t have rainscreen cladding and moisture has been able to get inside your building, serious problems can arise. One problem is energy waste. If your insulation is wet, it can’t keep your heating and cooling systems operating efficiently. Energy that escapes outside is going to cost you money. Once moisture has found a niche within the interior of your home, it soon leads to the growth of mold, which will lead to health risks for the occupants.

RAINSCREEN CLADDING: A BUILDING’S BEST DEFENSE AGAINST MOISTURE

The next time it rains, take the time to look outside and notice how the raindrops hit your building or home. For us, rain is a temporary inconvenience that’s alleviated as soon as we get inside a building or a car. But for a building, rain is a relentless soaking that lasts as long as the shower or storm. It’s a good idea to provide as much protection as possible for your building, because rain can cause a tremendous amount of damage internally. Rainscreen cladding is one way to provide a structure with that level of protection because it offers a defensive barrier that keeps moisture from penetrating. If you want your building to last a long time without deterioration caused by weather damage, consider rainscreen cladding.

THE VERSATILITY OF RAINSCREEN CLADDING

In most regions of the globe, temperatures vary considerably from season to season. The balmy heat of a summer day in July might turn into temperatures that are below freezing when January arrives. Architectural designs are drawn with this range in mind, and building products are manufactured to deal with the swings in temperature. Rainscreen cladding can be made of different materials, including aluminum and galvanized steel. It’s also available in plastic, imitation stone, wood and brick.

Rainscreen CladdingRAINSCREEN CLADDING BY DANPAL

Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS) is uniquely designed to keep weather from getting inside a building. With double-notched panels, VRS can mount a powerful defense against penetration by rain or snow that could otherwise allow moisture to invade the building’s interior space. VRS also protects the insulation itself with the natural ventilation created by an air gap that enables the system to work efficiently, keeping the insulation dry and moisture-free.

Rainscreen cladding has many advantages and one that clients find especially attractive is the fact that it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance or periodic service. It’s strong and durable. Danpal rainscreen cladding has another popular feature that makes it a favorite for clients: installation is easy. Because the connections can be made directly onto the support, additional structural support isn’t needed during the installation process.

KEEPING YOUR INSULATION DRY IS A PRIORITY FOR RAINSCREEN CLADDING

When we’re thinking about repair projects and getting a house ready for the seasons, we often fail to think about insulation. We pay attention to the obvious tasks that need to be done, like cleaning the gutters or making sure the windows don’t admit drafts, and these are all necessary things to do. But insulation should not be neglected. If you don’t have rainscreen cladding and moisture has been able to get inside your building, serious problems can arise. One problem is energy waste. If your insulation is wet, it can’t keep your heating and cooling systems operating efficiently. Energy that escapes outside is going to cost you money. Once moisture has found a niche within the interior of your home, it soon leads to the growth of mold, which will lead to health risks for the occupants.

Rainscreen Cladding Is the Effective, Attractive Option for Weather Protection

We live in a busy world. Wouldn’t it be nice if our buildings could do more than one thing at a time? Danpal develops building materials that can multi-task. Not only do they have a specific function to perform, but in many cases, they also have an esthetic role as well. This versatility is one of the many reasons why Danpal has built such a well-regarded reputation after 50 years of experience in the building industry. Danpal rainscreen cladding is a popular product that protects a building from the harm that weather can cause and, at the same time, shows off a building’s visual beauty.

Rainscreen Cladding Protection Keeps Insulation Dry

Building health depends on keeping insulation dry. Weather is a threat to a building’s life span and every season brings a different danger to a structure. Rain and snow are the obvious perils to a building, but wind, hail and even sunshine all have the ability to jeopardize the health of a structure. But if rain or snow manages to penetrate the interior of a building, the first risk is to the insulation. After the insulation has been compromised, the problems are just beginning. Leakages are one problem, but they can lead to structural issues and ultimately, even building collapse. The problems that begin with the building can extend to the occupants who live or work there as well. Moisture leads to mold and the presence of mold can create problems for people who suffer from respiratory issues.

Rainscreen CladdingHow Rainscreen Cladding Works

Danpal knows that if a product is going to deliver a top performance, it has to be made out of top-quality materials. Danpal’s rainscreen cladding is built to last. The rainscreen cladding, because it’s made with a ventilated cavity and an inner and outer panel, benefits from the steady flow of air that results from the gap in between the exterior of the building and the cladding. This system is designed to keep leakages from developing.

Rainscreen Cladding’s Esthetic Appeal

Not only does Danpal’s rainscreen cladding protect the insulation, but it also improves a building’s visual appearance. The range of colors, along with the customizable options, gives the building an esthetic identity that enhances the neighborhood. Customization, a popular Danpal feature, also offers the opportunity for architects to unleash their creativity with rainscreen cladding. There’s no reason for a building to lack character or originality and Danpal rainscreen cladding plays a dramatic part in nurturing the image of a structure so that it fulfills its purpose and maximizes the appeal of the visual neighborhood.

Another favorite characteristic of Danpal rainscreen cladding is its easy maintenance. How do you keep it looking the way it should? Just wash it with water and it will continue to look like new. Cladding acts like a building’s skin, shielding the inner workings of the structure with an external form of protection. Keeping it clean is the quick, easy way to maintain that attractive appearance that makes such a difference in the way your building can retain its beauty over the passage of time.

Rainscreen Cladding Keeps Your Building Healthy

There’s a good chance that you know someone who suffers from allergies. You might be that someone, or it might be a friend, a co-worker, or a family member. You might know someone who has asthma. These respiratory conditions seem as if they’re becoming ever more common in our society. Medical science is charged with figuring out why these conditions are so prevalent and what we can do about it. But the building industry also plays a role in reducing the risk of asthma, allergies, and the other breathing problems.

All the elements of weather that we associate with the outdoors sometimes, unfortunately, develop an indoor presence. If a building’s insulation is compromised by rain or snow that has managed to penetrate a building’s defenses, moisture results. Moisture, over time, creates a hospitable environment for mold to develop, and after that happens, the next stage is when the occupants of the building are affected by the growth of mold. Allergies and asthma are the most common results of mold, but other breathing problems can also result, particularly in those people who are afflicted with respiratory ailments. The very young and the elderly are often the most vulnerable.

Danpal makes no pretence of being able to treat medical issues, but we do have our own version of a vaccination against mold. Danpal rainscreen cladding is what’s needed to maintain your building’s insulation in a pristine condition so that it’s unaffected by moisture. Let Dr. Danpal tell you what you need to do to keep your building healthy.

Rainscreen CladdingHow Rainscreen Cladding Protects Your Insulation

Day in, day out, weather is hamming at the exterior of your building. Whether it’s the rain or the snow, weather just doesn’t let up. A building that’s not protected is going to surrender to the accumulating effects of weather. We’ve told you about the effects that wet insulation ultimately displays and how it affects the occupants of a building. But the building suffers too. Leaks in a building weaken the structure and can, if not fixed, lead to internal problems. They can even, if ignored, lead to serious structural problems with the building.

With rainscreen cladding, a building has a sturdy defense mechanism against the weather. The cladding is made up of an inner sheet, an outer panel, and a ventilated cavity. Between the exterior of the building and the cladding, there’s a gap that promotes a steady flow of air. The overhands and screens keep the rain from entering. When there’s no moisture invading the inside of a building, the insulation remains dry.

How To Tell If Your Building Is Energy Efficient

Rainscreen cladding plays a very important role in maintaining the energy efficiency of a building. Your heating and cooling systems should maintain a consistent temperature inside so that, no matter what the weather is doing outside, the people who live and work within are comfortable. If you’ve noticed that you’ve been needing to adjust the temperature, it’s possible that moisture has penetrated your building and energy is escaping. Rainscreen cladding does such a superior job of protecting moisture that it also supports your building’s energy efficiency by keeping the insulation dry.

Wall Cladding Protects Insulation From Moisture

Most people would agree that their household budgets have enough to cover and don’t need any extra expenses added to it. But if your insulation isn’t intact, if moisture has penetrated to the interior of your home or business, then you’ve already added a new item to your budget without even realizing it. That’s because the energy that you use to heat and cool the inside of your structure is escaping outside, increasing your energy bills, and you might not have figured out the reason why. Compromised insulation is one of the main reasons why energy consumption increases; it’s also one of the reasons why buildings experience issues that can, if not attended to promptly, lead to real problems later on. The right wall cladding can help provide the protection that your building must have if it’s going to be able to prevent moisture from invading your home or business.

wall claddingHow Wall Cladding Protects Insulation From Moisture

Weather has a lot of weapons at hand to defeat a building. Year after year, there are snowfalls, rainstorms, winds and hail; and don’t forget about the hot sun which beats down upon a building during the warmer months. Danpal wall cladding has a convective motion, with an air gap to provide natural ventilation, that keeps the insulation dry. Rain and snow are prevented from getting inside because of our connector-bound microcell polycarbonate sheets and our double-notching. How can a building hope to withstand such an onslaught from nature? Danpal has put a lot of research into its products and our wall cladding reflects the innovative spirit that marks all of our materials.

Energy Efficiency and Insulation

Buildings have a vital role to play in the goal to maintain a sustainable lifestyle. In most IEA countries, it’s the buildings that consume 40% of primary energy. If your building’s insulation is allowing energy to escape, you’re the one paying the bill but the planet is paying the price for wasted energy. The purpose of insulation is to keep your energy within the structure so that you can maintain a consistent indoor temperature. But once insulation has been damaged by moisture, your heating and cooling systems have to work harder to maintain that consistent temperature. By protecting the insulation of a building, wall cladding is doing its part to help the building occupants support a sustainable lifestyle.

The Benefits Of Working With Danpal Wall Cladding

The main purpose of wall cladding is, as we’ve noted, to protect the insulation of a building. But Danpal wall cladding, because our panels are customizable up to 12.0m standard length, offers a level of creativity and originality in architectural design that you can’t expect to find in other products. Customization is a fantastic benefit for architects because it allows them to indulge in more creativity with their designs. Add in the fact that Danpal wall cladding is available in so many colors and designs and it’s easy to understand how a building’s appearance is enhanced.

Rainscreen Cladding

Maybe someday, technology will advance to the point where a building can alter its construction based upon the weather forecast. Maybe there will come a time when we live and work in genius buildings that don a protective coating that shields it from the effects of a pounding rainstorm. Maybe we’ll see the day when buildings will be immune to the powerful heat of the sun. But before the day comes when buildings have wardrobes that include structural raincoats and sunglasses, Danpal suggests that you look into rainscreen cladding. It’s the closest thing we have to weather protection for buildings and it works! Rainscreen cladding even has an advantage that a wardrobe doesn’t have. It’s much easier to maintain. After it’s been washed with water, it looks like it was just installed. Wouldn’t it be nice if our wardrobes were that easy to maintain?

How Weather Harms Buildings

We tend to think of weather in terms of how it affects us, not our living spaces and working spaces. But if you’ve ever had to put a bucket under a leak in the roof to prevent water from dripping all over the floor, you’ve learned firsthand that weather is a force to be reckoned with. Every aspect of weather, even a light drizzle or a brief snowfall, brings with it a process of deterioration. Weather is inescapable. But the building industry has devised defenses to protect structures from the elements and Danpal, with 50 years of experience, has used its research and innovation to become a leader in the field.

Rainscreen CladdingThe Role Of Rainscreen Cladding

Your building doesn’t make wardrobe changes. But with cladding, a building has a protective layer that’s designed to protect the interior from moisture. Rainscreen cladding is the way that insulation is kept free from leaks which can do so much harm. With our Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS), the building’s weather protection comes from our double-notched wall panels. Natural ventilation provided by an air gap protects the insulation so that moisture from snow and rain can’t affect it. When we’re inside, we want to be spectators, not participants, in the weather activity going on outside. Knowing that your building is dry from the insulation inward gives you a sense of confidence in the protective features that your architect has designed.

The Efficiency of Rainscreen Cladding

Rainscreen cladding connections are fastened right onto the support itself with no need for additional support features. Whether you choose metal cladding that’s made of galvanized steel or aluminum, or you prefer plastic, imitation stone, brick or wood, you’ll find that rainscreen cladding is the economical, efficient way to protect your building. With that efficiency comes enhanced energy usage as well. The heating and cooling that you’re paying for to live and work in comfort are exactly what your building is providing. Energy isn’t escaping from the inside to the outside because the insulation is failing to do its job.

Your rainscreen cladding supports the process of keeping insulation dry in order for the building to maintain a consistent, comfortable temperature no matter the season.

You Can Have Confidence in Danpal Wall Cladding

Whether you’re building a simple cottage or an architectural masterpiece, the lifespan of your structure is going to depend on how effective it is in preventing weather from invading the interior space. That means that a building’s exterior has to be ready to engage in battle so that it can prevent the harmful effects of snow, rain, wind, hail, and sunlight from penetrating the interior. Wall cladding, which helps to protect your building’s insulation in order to keep moisture from causing damage, is a primary means of preventing insulation from being compromised.

That building that, right now, might be just in the design stage, is going to take its place in a physical location. You want that structure to last. So does Danpal, and that’s why we recommend that that you consider our wall cladding for your building. We’ve been leaders in the building industry for 50 years. We operate on five continents and have developed an international reputation that reflects our motto, Global Vision, Local Focus. Your satisfaction and the long life of your building, are our priorities.

Wall CladdingWall Cladding Protects Insulation

Human beings need shelter and so buildings are necessary. We work in them, we live in them, we are entertained in them. But buildings, if not properly constructed and maintained, can threaten the wellbeing of the planet. That’s because, in most IEA countries, buildings are responsible for the consumption of 40% of primary energy. How does that work with today’s standards for sustainability? That depends on whether your building is energy efficient.

If energy is escaping from the inside of a structure, it’s costing you money. Your insulation is designed to keep your energy inside so that the temperatures that you set for heating and cooling are consistent. But if moisture has reached your insulation, energy efficiency cannot be maintained because your insulation can’t do its job properly. In other words, if you want to make sure that your building remains healthy for a long time, take the steps that are needed to provide your insulation with complete protection.

Danpal wall cladding uses a convective motion to keep insulation dry because of the natural ventilation that comes through an air gap. Connector-bound microcell polycarbonate sheets and double-notching are a line of defense to keep out the rain and snow that could allow moisture to seep into your building. If you can keep moisture out—and Danpal wall cladding can—you’re giving your insulation the protection that it needs to maintain your building’s health.

Customizable Wall Cladding

Instead of seeing a building design as something that has to follow a rigid pattern, Danpal likes to see originality. Our wall cladding enhances the appearance of a building because we offer such a variety of colors and designs to enable our clients to create a building, not just build it. Once the interior of your building has been designed so that the insulation is protected from harm, feel free to let loose with your creativity. Our panels are customizable up to 12.0m standard length to offer you plenty of personal choice.

Rainscreen Cladding is Your Insulation’s Best Friend

Buildings are masters of the art of concealment. When you’re inside a building, you don’t see the structural aspects that hold it together. Whether you’re at work or at home, you’re perfectly content to see floors, walls, and ceilings and no more. When people pass by a building, all that’s on view is the exterior. Cladding is for the building what skin is for the body, showing the structure at its best angle and not how it looked when it was under construction. Cladding comes in different materials. If you want metal cladding, you can choose galvanized steel or aluminum. But metal isn’t the only option. You might prefer cladding in brick, wood, plastic, or imitation stone. Cladding has a functional purpose as well as a cosmetic one; the outside elements that could harm a building need to be kept out of the interior. When cladding does its job correctly, no moisture penetrates the protective membrane of the cladding. If your cladding is the Danpal Ventilated Rainscreen System, you already know that your building’s interior is safe from any invasive weather.

Rainscreen CladdingDanpal Ventilated Rainscreen System Is Watertight

By using Danpalon panels with the Ventilated Rainscreen (VRS) System, you are providing your building with superior protection for your insulation. Studies of energy efficiency indicate that in the world’s most developed nations, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of the nation’s energy consumption. When you think of how important our physical location is to our lives, that’s probably not surprising. But if the building’s insulation isn’t dry, the energy that the building uses escapes and goes to waste, costing money and affecting the health of the environment. When the insulation is working the way it should be working, your central heating and air conditioning can also work as they’re supposed to without having to change the settings all the time. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your building’s carbon footprint (and who isn’t?), you can count on Danpal rainscreen cladding to keep your insulation in peak condition.

How Ventilated Rainscreen Systems Work

There are several factors that go into the superior performance of Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System. The panels are made of Microcell polycarbonate, a product that is three times lighter than traditional rainscreen cladding, making them lighter and easier to work with. They’re double notched so that water can’t penetrate. The system employs an air gap whose convective motion behind the panels causes natural ventilation so that the insulation stays dry. Installation is easy because the connectors are made directly on the support itself, alleviating any need for additional framed structure support.

Rainscreen Cladding is the Attractive Option

Danpal VRS is the obvious choice in rainscreen cladding because of its performance. But it’s also the obvious choice because of its visual appeal. Danpal offers so many choices in color, textures, and finishes that choosing a cladding is a lot like selecting a wardrobe for your building. We all like to dress up now and again, but when it’s a building, it needs to look good all the time. With rainscreen cladding from Danpal, it will look great!

Rainscreen Cladding Saves Buildings from Weather Damage

Depend on Rainscreen Cladding for Weather Protection for Your Building

The next time you’re listening to the weather report on the evening news, take a minute to go outside and take a look at your home or office. When we hear that it’s going to rain or that there’s snow in the forecast, our first thought is what we should wear to accommodate the weather. But a building’s wardrobe is a lot different than ours. Rainscreen cladding is a building’s version of an umbrella, designed to protect the structure from the external moisture that could damage the interior if it gets inside. Rain is the number one culprit when there’s exterior damage to a building, and that’s why you need to install rainscreen cladding.

Rainscreen Cladding The Protection of Rainscreen Cladding

Rainscreen cladding is made up of a ventilated cavity, an outer panel, and an internal sheet. There’s a gap between the cladding and the exterior of the building which prevents moisture the moisture caused by rain and snow from seeping into the wall. The double-notched panels keep everything watertight to prevent the rain from invading. Likewise, the overhangs and screens are extremely effective at halting the rainwater from entering at all. The effectiveness of Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System is based upon its connector-bound Microcell polycarbonate panels, which are three times lighter than traditional rainscreen cladding.

Saving Money with Rainscreen Cladding

The rainscreen cladding is a money-saver in a number of ways. The ventilation system, by enhancing the efficiency of the building’s insulation, saves on energy costs. When moisture gets inside a building, it can eventually lead to structural problems lie mold, corrosion, high levels of permeability and weakened insulation that’s much less effective. By the time the problem is detected, the damage may be so pronounced that repair and replacement costs are going to be high. Because rainscreen cladding is so easy to install, there’s less time involved in the process, which means that less of your money is spent on the installation process. And because the process is so efficient, there’s minimal disruption to the people who are working inside the building. Here’s something else that will bring a smile to your wallet. If, for some reason, the building is slated for demolition in the future, the cladding can be reused. You can’t get much more sustainable than that!

Rainscreen Cladding Improves a Building’s Appearance

Rainscreen cladding, by preventing the development of problems that arise when moisture leaks into a building, does a great deal to keep the structure maintaining its appearance. But rainscreen cladding is like a 24/7 spa treatment for a building throughout its existence, keeping it looking new and well maintained. Danpal offers many customizable options to choose from, and the variety of colors, textures, and finishes ensures that the building will possess its own unique look, which is an ideal way to establish your identity in the area.

But there’s another way that your building is going to establish its identity. It’s the building that withstands the elements and the test of time, thanks to the protection of its rain screen cladding.

Cubby House Challenge

Grimshaw is one of five practices selected to design and build a cubby for the Kids Under Cover 2017 Cubby House Challenge. The five cubbies were auctioned at a VIP event at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, raising AUD$162,000 for the Kids Under Cover’s Studio Program, an early intervention strategy which helps to prevent youth homelessness.

MySpace, the cubby designed by Grimshaw, fetched AUD$21,000 and was the recipient of the Kids Choice Award, and the Most Imaginative and Interactive Award. We are honoured to have been a part of the 2017 Cubby House Challenge.

Cubby HouseThrough MySpace, Grimshaw has reconceptualised the traditional cubby, transforming the rigid building form into one that allows children to create their own space by manipulating various sized blocks across four levels. How they enter the cubby and arrange the interior is up to them – it is a non-static space that children can make their own and reinvent as they desire.

The moveable blocks have multiple uses to reinforce this sense of ownership and flexibility. They can be used to fill voids or provide openings, as furniture or storage and to house secret treasures and trinkets.

Two key workshops were held to develop the concept for MySpace. The first invited children to contribute their ideas of what constitutes the ultimate cubby. A space for flexibility, creativity and retreat were recurring themes, with orange a popular choice of colour.

The second workshop was a design charrette which offered Grimshaw’s architects the opportunity to recall their childhood cubby house dreams. The ideas were harnessed into a single concept with a strong connection to one of the architect’s memories of playing with the wooden crates in his father’s fruit and vegetable warehouse; crates were positioned to create voids to hide in or used as stepping stones to create a flexible oasis akin to a human-scale Lego set.

Cubby HouseThis concept was developed through the ethos of Grimshaw’s architectural practice; strong conceptual legibility, innovation and a rigorous approach to detailing, all underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design.
In turn, MySpace has been realized as a bespoke shelter which encourages confidence and creative play while offering a finely crafted installation fit for the most urbane of backyards.

Conceived as an elegant piece of joinery, the cubby’s frame has been built using 75mmx75mm Tasmanian Oak hardwood timber beams. Each member has been machine cut and routed to form a cross profile that integrates horizontal rails, allowing the boxes to be safely and easily maneuvered. With each member dowelled and glue joined to form a rigid connection there are no visible fixings. This ensures that the frame can facilitate safe vertical and horizontal movement and provide railings that may be easily held on to by small hands. Rubber matting is incorporated in the floor as a further safety measure.

The boxes within the cubby are fabricated from pine plywood. Each box is wrapped in high density foam, then covered with an external-grade colored fabric.

With a translucent polycarbonate (Danpal) roof and façade, MySpace provides a shelter which offers children a sense of concealment while providing visibility to the outside. The polycarbonate cladding system provides a clean façade finish by concealing all screw fixings. To complement the notion of a safe hideout, a yellow periscope peaks out from the roof to allow children to keep watch and observe their surroundings. Page 1 of 2 Lighting is another key feature of the cubby. Our design incorporates LED strip lighting into each internal corner of the frame to illuminate the interior and allow the cubby to ‘glow’ at night.

Grimshaw has worked closely and collaboratively with the builder and suppliers to deliver a cubby that is of the highest quality while offering a reconfigurable space to keep children intrigued – a true team effort for the benefit of the children that may make MySpace their own as well as those whom it may prevent youth homelessness for.

Architect’s Statement

Cubby House 6There was always something exciting about creating your own cubby house as a kid. Whether stacking cushions from the family sofa, draping bed sheets over the ironing board or arranging cardboard boxes to form enclosures, it allowed a sense of freedom to create and play, to be the master of one’s own universe.

This freedom of creative play is actively explored with MySpace, a cubby house designed by Grimshaw for Kids Under Cover, a not-for-profit organization which raises funds to help prevent youth homelessness.

Through MySpace we have reconceptualised the cubby, transforming the rigid building form into one that allows children to create their own space by manipulating various sized blocks over three levels. How they enter the space and arrange the interior is up to them – it is a space they can make their own and reinvent as they desire.

The moveable blocks have multiple uses to reinforce this sense of ownership and flexibility. They can be used to fill voids or provide openings, as furniture or storage and to house miniature gardens.

Two key workshops were held to develop the concept for MySpace. The first invited children to contribute their ideas of what constitutes the ultimate cubby. A space for flexibility, creativity and retreat were recurring themes, with orange a popular choice of colour.

The second workshop was an in-house design charrette offering our architects the opportunity to recall their own childhood cubby house dreams. In keeping with Grimshaw’s architectural practice, the cubby was developed from a strong concept, with the final design resulting from a deep interest in adaptable and flexible architecture and craftsmanship.

MySpace encapsulates childhood aspirations as well as a desire to empower children through their own creative play.

Main benefits of Danpal’s Rainscreen Cladding – VRS System

Cladding is the skin of a building, designed to prevent outside weather from coming inside. Human skin conceals the arteries, blood vessels, bone and tissue that do the work of the physical body, and likewise, cladding presents a building’s attractive exterior rather than exposing the construction materials and spaces that are the inner workings of the structure. But there’s a difference: a little bit of rain or wind is okay for the body. That’s not the case for a building, which has to be constructed so that water and air remain outside where they belong. The DANPAL® VRS Ventilated Rainscreen System is our company’s weather protection for your building.

Rainscreen CladdingWhat is the DANPAL® Ventilated Rainscreen System?

DANPAL® VRS provides a full system to incorporate our Danpalon® panels so that you can be confident that your insulation is fully protected from the outside elements. The natural ventilation makes use of an air gap so that convective motion behind the panels keeps your insulation dry while maintaining its efficiency.

What are the Benefits of the DANPAL® Ventilated Rainscreen System?

  • First of all, DANPAL® VRS is 100% waterproof so the people inside don’t have to worry when thunder rumbles and rain pours down because weather’s place is outside, not inside.
  • DANPAL® VRS is lightweight for a smooth exterior look
  • Installation is cost effective, easy, and quick. Once you’ve made the decision to select DANPAL® VRS, the rest is up to us to provide the worry-free installation.
  • We have lots of colors and designs to choose from that will suit your building needs and your business image.
  • Our standard panel length goes up to 12.0m, with longer lengths available upon request so that we can provide exactly what you’re looking for.
  • The DANPAL® commitment to a sustainable environment lets your clients work in a building that seeks harmony with natural resources.
  • There’s no waste with our customer-pleasing products

 

What are the Main Features of the DANPAL® VRS?

  • Insulation Protection
    You know how critically important insulation is for your building. In most International Energy Agency (IEA) countries, buildings account for approximately 40% of the primary energy consumption. That level of usage means that efficiency is of primary concern. With DANPAL® VRS, you can count on our Danpalon®panel’s full protection of your insulation.
  • Maintenance of Insulation Efficiency
    The natural ventilation that’s a result of the air gap keeps insulation dry and efficient even as the years go by.
  • No Leaks
    DANPAL® VRS panels are double notched so that water can’t get in.
  • Solid Cladding
    Our Microcell polycarbonate panels are three times lighter than traditional rainscreen cladding.
  • Easy Installation: Why is our installation so much simpler than what other companies offer? Our connections are made right on the support, so there’s no need for additional supporting framed structures.

You’ve heard it said that beauty is only skin deep. Let’s rephrase that: beauty is only cladding deep. And in the case of cladding with DANPAL® VRS color options and design choices, beauty is a guaranteed feature of your building, thanks to our product’s visual appeal and quality.

Wall cladding and VRS system by Danpal

Wall cladding is the best solution for builders and individuals who want to ensure their property remains in good condition. Many homes and offices are built with cladding these days because it offers countless benefits to the owners. In this article, we will discuss some of the advantages and try to explain the VRS system.

Wall claddingWe hope this information will encourage more people to try our products this year. At the end of the day, if people plan to build a new construct or replace cladding, they need to choose a premium solution.

  • Protection from damp and extreme weather

Adverse weather conditions can damage a property and create the need for expensive repairs. However, our VRS ventilated system can stop that from happening. The cladding sits on the outside of the building and helps to protect the wood or brickwork. It offers ventilation that contributes towards guaranteeing mold doesn’t begin to form. It also provides a barrier between the weather and the house. Our products can withstand the extremes of heat and cold, and they last for many years. Making an investment now could mean property owners and development companies save a fortune in the future.

  • A lightweight and environmentally-friendly solution

Our wall cladding is lightweight, and its use doesn’t harm the environment. That is a big advantage for people who are concerned about their impact on the planet. Indeed, there is no waste at all, and so cladding is better than alternative solutions. Some people choose to tile in the hope of encouraging the same benefits. However, that is the wrong choice because tiles break and require constant replacements. Their production could also cause environmental issues. So, conscientious property owners will always select our VRS system.

  • Fast and easy installation

It’s possible to install wall cladding on an entire property in a matter of days. The product can last for many years, and so owners won’t have to repeat the process for a long time. While it’s an easy procedure, people should always employ the assistance of professionals. It’s a cost-effective job that will pay for itself in no time. On top of that, all our panels come with an unparalleled choice of colors and designs. So, there is something for everyone, regardless of their tastes or requirements. Danpal® VRS is made of connector-bound Microcell polycarbonate panels. They are three times lighter than the traditional rainscreen cladding.

For more than thirty years, we developed state of the art light and thermal systems for architecture. Our team has a broad range of knowledge and expertise. That is why Danpal® has become market leader in this industry. No job is too big, and no job is too small. Clients just have to get in touch to discuss their requirements. Our specialists will then offer advice and recommendations. We’ll also talk clients through each step of the purchasing and installation process. Our firm operates out of five different continents, and we have great global distribution channels.

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External Wall Cladding – What’s important to consider before making any choices?

When you are looking for external wall cladding systems, it is important that your choice complies with all of the relevant building regulations and that it ensures the maintenance of an efficient level of insulation in a building.

Wall CladdingIn the past, wall cladding often did not really have to consider the insulation effects that were seen due to loose regulations, but in recent times this has become a massive issue as people are conferenced about having structures that are energy efficient. If a building is energy efficient, heat can be maximised while energy costs minimised. It’s a win-win situation.

You may want to simply refurbish an existing structure or starting from scratch with the external wall cladding. Whatever the case may be, our ventilated rainscreen system of wall cladding at Danpal can help you achieve all of these goals and then more.

It has been shown that about 40% of energy consumption in most developed countries comes from buildings. This highlights the large scope for savings when it come sot energy costs. Our ventilated rainscreen system at Danpal has been designed specifically with this statistic key in the front of the minds of our designers and engineers.

Our system involves the well-respected Danpalon panel that helps to insure that the insulation is protected at all times no matter the weather or extent of impact.

One of the keys to having effective external wall cladding is having an optimal level of natural ventilation. Thanks to the convective motion seen behind our panels, the insulation will be kept dry and will not lose any of its performance benefits over time. This replaces the costs of having to replace damaged or suboptimal panels in the long run.

The system is light and solid at the same time. It is made up of connector bound microcell polycarbonate panels which are 3 times more lightweight than the usual rain screen cladding that is found on the market.

As it is so easy to install, you will be able to meet your project deadlines and even come in before deadlines as a result than if you were using more traditional options.

If you are building in an environment that receives a lot of rainfall and strong winds during the year, water tightness going to be something you are very concerned with when making your selection. Our system has perfect water tightness so this is not an issue you will have to worry about again.

Learn about Danpals external wall cladding

Our external wall cladding solutions offer protection and a strong aesthetic finish to your building’s exterior. Our designs not only look great, they also do the job of keeping your structure secure very well indeed. Wall cladding has to be able to stand up to the elements and keep out wind, rain and anything else that’s thrown at it. Our ventilated Rainscreen System does exactly that. You can find out more about it and its benefits below.

Danpal external wall cladding complies with the relevant building regulation requirements, maintains insulation efficiency while providing an appealing exterior design to new or refurbished buildings. With connections made directly on the support, the external wall cladding does not need additional supporting framed structures. Up to three times lighter than traditional laminated cladding, Danpal external wall cladding uses the trusted Danpalon® connection system and can be installed on all types of supports.

You can find out more about Danpal external wall cladding and its benefits below.

Ventilated Rainscreen System

external wall claddingThe Ventilated Rainscreen System we use is a complete system that incorporates Danpalon panels that help to protect and secure the building structure’s insulation. Because of an air gap, there is a convective motion behind the panels that keeps the insulation dry and efficient. So, with the aid of the Ventilated Rainscreen System, your building and its insulation can become even more environmentally friendly. The choice of designs and colours on offer mean that you can find a solution that looks great too.

Superior Insulation Protection

Insulation protection is the most important thing offered by our external wall cladding. When your insulation is kept protected, it remains free to do its job properly and keep your building as secure as it needs to be. There will be no wasted energy anymore. That’s something that is often the case with buildings that don’t have the right protection for their insulation. Don’t let this become a problem for your building because it doesn’t need to happen. Wasted energy means wasted money, and no one wants to be wasting money unnecessarily.

Perfectly Watertight

Cladding always needs to offer protection from the elements, and the most problematic of these is the rain. If your building is fitted out with cladding that is not 100% watertight, you will run into problems before. Luckily, we offer external wall cladding solutions that are completely and perfectly watertight, meaning that leaks or even flooding will never have to concern you as you manage your building. This is allowed by the exclusive double notching of our Ventilated Rainscreen System wall panels. They’re designed to keep water out at all times.

Simply Installation

Simple installation is another thing that’s really important. The necessary connections are made directly onto the support. What this means is that there is never any need for extra supporting structures to be put in place when the external wall cladding is being installed. To put it simply, it makes the installation faster than any of the other wall cladding solutions you will find out there on the market at the moment. Before you know it, the job will be done, and the external wall cladding will be in place.

About the Company

For the last 50 years, we’ve been creating and installing innovative roofing systems and solutions for various architectural creations. Our company is the creator of roofing systems that offer optimal thermal and solar comfort. Today, we design, manufacture and distribute roofing solutions, such as skylights, roofs, facades and more, for a variety of applications.

The Headline Benefits of Our Wall Cladding System

At Danpal, we are focused on providing products that meet all of the building regulations that you may be faced with, giving you products that perform higher than industry standards and are also visually appealing. While this may seem like a lofty goal, our track record speaks for itself.

One of the most popular products we have in our range is the ventilated rain screen system of wall cladding. This meets all of the necessary regulations you need to meet when ensuring that the insulation levels are in line with standards and other regulations.

rainscreen cladding 2Our light but solid wall cladding is achieved thanks to it being connector bound and being made up of the best in microcell polycarbonate panels. It has been shown that this configuration is three times lighter than those other options on the market today.

As these connections are made while having the system on the support, they are very easy and quick to install. There does not need to be any additional framed structures needed when installing them. This saves time, energy and money. What architect doesn’t like hearing that phrase?

Our perfect level of water tightness has been achieved thanks to the double notching of our Cladding panels. This means that even in the worst conditions the permeability of the panels will not be compromised.

One of the main draws to this product is that the system is universal, no matter what sort of structure is in question. We have seen this system used on all types of buildings across the world, from skyscrapers, stadium, centres of excellence, galleries, and so on. This is thanks to the way the system easily connects with the structure.

Another great aspect of the VRS system is the availability of a wide variety of hues and options that make the design options endless. As an architect, you will be in love with the many tweaks or changes you can make with your wall cladding thanks to these options.

There are many different shades to choose from. If you want a sparkling effect, opaque, bright, Bicolour, matt or shiny, the options are many. Your building can be enveloped in the type of light and reflections that you have laid out in your mind’s eye and the plans in front of you with little to no heartache.

The power of rainscreen cladding

Our ventilated rainscreen cladding system allows you to achieve an appealing looking exterior to your structure while still achieving some great performance benefits.

In this day and age, there are a lot of regulations that need to be met for new and existing structures. This could be related to the environmental aspects to a building or just your standard building requirements.

rainscreen claddingThis is why it is much easier utilizing an integrated system that combines all of your needs into one thing, rather than trying to piece different aspects of regulations together from multiple sources.

These days it has been shown that approximately 40% of the energy consumption that is primarily consumed in developed countries is from buildings. This means that there is a requirement for buildings to do everything they can to minimize the negative outputs they have on the environment.

The key way in which this can be achieved through rainscreen cladding is by utilizing a system that has a high level of thermal insulation, like our VRS system.

Our rainscreen cladding is based on a process of natural ventilation thanks to an air gap that is designed into our VRS system. This allows there to be a constant connective motion permeating behind the panels. This allows the insulation to stay dry and keep its performance benefits at an optimal level long into the future.

This is thanks to the Danpalon panel that is being used. This system is also nice and lightweight, so you will have no trouble having it installed. Having said this, it is still extremely solid and has a high impact on resistance as it is made up of polycarbonate panels which are bound by connector made out of microcell technology.

This is why we can prove our system is three times lighter than rainscreen cladding without compromising on any of the performance aspects of the system.

As the system does not need any form of additional framing structures when installing it, you can save a lot of time, energy and costs by making the connections directly on the support.

If you are concerned about adverse weather conditions negatively affecting your structure’s integrity, thanks to the double notching found in our VRS panels, there is going to be a perfect level of water tightness in the structure.

Finally, the icing on the cake is all of the different creative features you can add into the system to make it as visually appealing as you like, depending on your tastes and preferences.

Rainscreen cladding – Why more and more people turning to specific?

While it is obvious judging from the name that rainscreen cladding’s main use is to protect the exterior of a structure from damaging weather and to allow for a well-designed path of clearance for any rain water, there are some reasons why you should trump for it over other alternatives.

Rainscreen cladding from market leaders like our team at Danpal have more advanced functions integrated into the design which adds another layer of benefits for the end user.

Rainscreen claddingIf you did not use rainscreen cladding on the exterior of a building, those materials that are porous and have been used in the construction process will be exposed to the negative weather conditions which will greatly accelerate the deterioration process of the structure.

At Danpal, our system also allow for the easy removal of one or more sheets so they can be replaced if any issue occurs, rather than having to strip the entire structure as you may have to do with other materials.

Rainscreen cladding also is very effective at providing strong levels of thermal insulation for the structure while still being cost efficient. You also do not have to sacrifice a lot of valuable floor space in order to have this form of insulation, which is a major negative when you look at alternative options.

These cladding systems are very appealing visually and they give the architect a huge scope for innovation and creativity, as you can be very flexible in the approach taken. The finishes used can be changed and the shapes of the panelling twisted and altered to fit the vision of the chief designer.

With environmental conditions becoming more and more extreme, they have been a large area of focus when it comes to the construction industry. This is why sustainability of wall cladding is vital. While rainscreen cladding helps improve the thermal insulation ad decrease energy costs as a result, rainscreen cladding can also help the sustainability of a structure as it reduces materials wasted and used.

No matter what your budget constraints may be or challenges that you may face with your project, with the flexibility of our rainscreen cladding system at Danpal, no obstacle is too large to overcome. Our team can work closely with you to make your vision to come into reality by providing you with a world class service and top quality products that have been tried and tested on the biggest of stages.

Considerations when it comes to water tightness and wall cladding

It is vital that you select a wall cladding that has sufficient levels of water tightness. While our wall cladding product range at Danpal is one of the market leaders for air and water tightness, a lot of other versions from different companies can be compromised and lack sufficient levels of protection from water infiltration.

Water tightness is the instance of attempting to prevent water or other fluids from getting from one side of the wall through to the other. The main areas of concern when it comes to construction and water tightness is the penetrations and joints, as well as the material itself used for the wall cladding.

wall claddingPorosity is the ratio for the volume of the voids (openings) with the total volume of the material. Basically what this ratio represents is the storage capacity that the material has.

The other key measurement associated with water tightness is permeability. This measure show easy it is for fluids to flow through the porous material.

This is why it is so important during the manufacturing process of wall cladding that it meets the necessary targets to ensure that water tightness is not going to be a concern. Quality manufacturing processes are vital to producing durable and watertight wall cladding. There should also be special attention applies to the joints and other penetrations, as these are often the weak chink in the armour that can become exposed and cause structural damage from this point.

This is why you should also compare the testing of different wall cladding systems by an independent authority. Whether it is in the lab or on a large mock-up, these tests will be able to assess the general strength of the air tightness but it does disregard one key factor which is the impact of site workmanship.

There are going to be different skill levels and workmanship applied depending on the experience of the team putting the wall cladding in place or the budget of the project etc. They have such an important role in the water tightness, because if the components have not been cut straight, the sealants are improperly installed or the gaskets are not properly fitted, this will lead to a lot of issues.

This is why it is always a good idea to have a small test sample of the wall cladding system in an area of the structure to ensure that the proper quality is being developed. This is better than realizing when the entire structure has been cladded that it has been done so incorrectly.

Why You Should Be Using Danpal’s Wall Cladding Systems

wall claddingThe decision on what type of wall cladding you are going to use will make or break the final look of the structure you are working on, as well as the functionality of the structure. With rapidly developing technology, materials are changing at a fast pace and new possibilities are being opened up to architects when it comes to the decision of what type of wall cladding to use.

Durability and longevity are important factors to consider when choosing the right materials for wall cladding, as no matter how beautiful the structure may look, if it is not strong and long lasting, you will need to repair it or replace it, which will be very costly.

This is especially true if you are building in an area, which exposed to severe weather conditions. High winds, rain and snow will give your wall cladding a difficult challenge to deal with.

Danpal’s wall cladding system

You need to pay heed to the structural integrity of the wall cladding and make sure that the bracing values are well suitable to the site. When the concrete has been cured, you should always test the strength of it. You also need to figure out an approximation as to how fast the cladding may deteriorate, then you need to consider cost and figure out what you can fit into your budget.

Thankfully Danpal provides the highest quality of wall cladding applications. All materials go through detailed quality assurance tests, holding ISO 9001 certificates and have top quality R-value, which will reduce your energy costs. For example, look at the Agricultural School in France or the Isaac Newton Academy in the United Kingdom.

Safety parameters involved with rainscreen cladding

One of the most important features that the latest forms of rainscreen cladding have is the ventilated cavity. These days it is buildings that make up to 40% of energy consumption in the main powerhouse countries in the world. This is why insulation is becoming such a big trend and many architects are having to carefully look at the R-rating of the structures they are designing and with what materials and types of products they are using for the building.

It is also important to ensure that gas is properly distributed throughout these cavities to ensure that there is not an excessive build-up that could lead to big problems down the line. This is why there is a lot of research currently being carried out when it comes to rainscreen cladding, as the presence of even a small amount of methane the molar concentration of the cavity is going to be significantly decreased, which is not desirable.

Danpal’s Rainscreen Cladding system

rainscreen claddingSystems like the Danpal VRS Rainscreen Cladding System achieve great energy efficiency thanks to the optimal ventilation and water tightness of the system. Natural ventilation is achieved thanks to an air gap which allows for a connective motion of air to permeate throughout the gap behind the panels. This will insure that the insulation remains dry and that efficiency is maximised over time. Thanks to the system double notching; which achieves a superb level of water tightness.

The rainscreen cladding market has become huge in recent years, with estimations pointing towards it being worth $12.1 billion by 2022. This is due to more and more architects and developer steering towards more environmentally and energy friendly options when it comes to the design and building of their structures.

Learn more on Rainscreen Cladding here.

The importance of effective wall cladding

Wall cladding is a great way to protect a building from adverse weather elements, as well as other types of irritants that could have a negative effect on the building.

Wall cladding is the process of layering one material on top of another material which will create a skin layer over the walls. Cladding is almost exclusively used as a control feature, preventing the walls and the internal workings of a room or building being damaged by water or allowing the leakage of water that could potentially become a hazard for people who are walking around inside of the structure.

Depending on the task at hand, different types of materials can be used for wall cladding, such as wood, brick, metal plastic or imitation stone. Metal cladding is usually in the form of galvanized steel or aluminium.

The main advantage of using wall cladding is to protect a building form external damage while needing little to no maintenance. Once the wall cladding is in place, it will not need to be regularly checked or serviced like other weather protection measures have to be, costing time and money.

If you have external cladding, if you care about aesthetic, it can be quickly washed down with water and it will look as good as new. One of the most common materials used for wall cladding is aluminium, as it is very durable and versatile, as well as lasting long into the future.

One of the key purposes of wall cladding is for the protection and safety of the building and its occupants. It will make sure that the mechanical structure of the building remains sound, as it will be able to adapt to changing weather conditions. This is especially helpful in regions that go from one extreme temperature at one time of the year, to an extreme temperature during the other time of the year.  It will also help to reduce the amount of water that is absorbed and will provide protection against chemical or air pollution.

Danpal and their wall cladding system

wall claddingWhen it comes to Danpal and wall cladding, they are one of the leading providers in the industry. We have already talked about the important protective features that wall cladding provides, but with Danpal’s special system, it will also save you money in the long run, as the Danpal VRS is a system that provides great insulation for the room and building that it is protecting.

Proper insulation in a building is vital, as it will ensure that temperatures internally are at an optimum level without having to change settings on specialised units, such as air conditioning and central heating.

The Danpal VRS also allows for a natural ventilation of the building thanks to a special air gap, while still ensuring that the insulation remains dry and efficient over time.

It is even more lightweight than your traditional wall cladding thanks to the connector-bound Microcell polycarbonate panels, meaning that it is simple and easy to install.

What are the benefits of rainscreen cladding?

When it comes to the longevity of a building, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration.

During the design process, you have to factor in variables like the visually appealing aspect of a design, the efficiency of the design and of course the cost factors associated with how the building is structured, what materials are being used.

There is one thing that should not be overlooked, but often is. That is adding a form of protection onto the structure to ensure that the design and integrity of the building does not deteriorate over time.

Due to different weather elements like wind, rain and snow, buildings can quickly become shabby and develop structural faults, such as poor insulation, mould, corrosion and high levels of permeability. This will lead to a lot of heartache down the road if you do not take appropriate measures to prevent this from happening.

Why use rainscreen cladding?

The idea of rainscreen cladding is to protect a building from excessive moisture. When it comes to exterior damage on a building, rain is the number one culprit. This is why you need to have a form of protection in place in the form of rainscreen cladding.

As well as providing protection from moisture and the long list of subsequent problems associated with it, you can also add to the aesthetic value of the façade of a building.

The way it works is due to its structure, it is made up of a ventilated cavity, an outer panel and an inner sheet. The gap that exists between the building’s exterior and the cladding keeps water from being able to seep into the wall. The ventilated cavity encourages good air flow, with the overhangs and screens stopping rainwater form even entering in the first place.
Benefits of Danpal’s rainscreen cladding
rainscreen claddingDanpal is one of the leading figures when it comes to rainscreen cladding. The Ventilated Rainscreen System is light but extremely solid. This is thanks to the material it is made out of – connector-bound Microcell polycarbonate panels which are as much as three times lighter than the mainstream rainscreen cladding that is found on the market today.

This means that it is also simple and quick to install as the connections are completed on the support directly, which means that there is no need for extra framed structures.

Thanks to the ventilation system, there is great insulation efficiency, saving you when it comes to your energy costs, as well as having perfect water tightness due to the double notching of the panels.

The decision to install rainscreen cladding really is a no-brainer.

It adds much needed protection to the exterior of a building from the terribleness of moisture. It can help to enhance the appearance of a building, giving it an updated and more modern look.

It is very easily installed which means that there will be very little disruption. By improving the insulation of the structure, it is sustainable and you can even reuse the cladding if the building is being demolished. Finally, there are many customisable options to choose from when it comes to design and colour.