Danpalon vs Traditional Glazing

The built environment tells a story of human progress, it is the fingerprint of our civilization and an ode to our endeavors. Our collective history is a compilation of discoveries and achievements, most notably in architecture, this progress is clear for all to appreciate. When we consider this, then we understand that it is the architect, who plays the role of the painter and the construction materials are the palette of colors on hand.

It was the dawn of the industrial revolution, which brought on our ability, to produce construction materials such as steel and glass on a large-scale. Fundamentally, this ability altered our skylines forever and evolved our concepts of architecture to this day. With these new production technologies and access to higher-quality uniform materials, architects took their visions to new heights. For the first time, buildings could be designed to embrace the use of natural daylight, as glass became the glazing material of choice.

It’s been 200 years since this revolutionary step forward in our architectural progress, and yet today, in an age of renewed space travel – we still rely so heavily on glass? What happened, why does the building industry still turn to glass as their primary source of glazing, when advanced material technologies, have moved far beyond? This is a question that can be turned on its head, when we consider, what alternatives are there available to us, which can take our architecture forward in the 21st century.

The race to produce advanced building materials that can outperform their traditional counterparts has brought us a variety of light-weight thermoplastic polymers, often adopted within high-tech industries. Pioneered by Bayer, Makrolon is a high-end polycarbonate thermoplastic material, which delivers on the promise for future-proofed glazing. So what exactly is a polycarbonate polymer and why do we believe it to step forward from glass? To delve into this, we must consider the metrics we use to evaluate glass used within the construction industry, in the first place.

For modern glazing to be effective and of useful purpose, the material of choice needs to provide us with the following 11 attributes:

  • Translucency
  • Weatherproof
  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Adaptability
  • Aesthetics
  • Safety
  • Lightweight
  • Thermal Efficiency
  • Solar Performance
  • Green Rating

How does a polycarbonate thermoplastic stack-up against the old glazing standard of glass, when compared along with these attributes? Let’s have a look…

Polycarbonate panels can be extruded, clear as glass or completely opaque and every shade of translucency between.

Polycarbonate panels when provided within a complete façade, roofing or cladding system is a proven weather barrier as tested by ASTM E-331 and ASTM E-283 standards.

A polycarbonate panel, pound for pound, is 200 times stronger than tempered glass, which provides immense resistance to environmental impact.

Durability is a combination of several factors that determine the material’s lifespan, and when polycarbonate is co-extruded with advanced inhibitors, the material will last a building’s lifecycle.

How does a panel adapt to the environment and to the demands of the project? How about the ability to be curved organically and take the shape of the building. Fortunately, polycarbonate polymers achieve this flexibility without compromise.

Polycarbonate panels are offered in a spectrum of color, finishes, profiles, and shapes that are unmatched by any other form of glazing.

Why are polycarbonate thermoplastics used for bullet-proofing solutions, because, of its inherent strength and resistance to shattering? Used for safety glasses, riot gear and in sports equipment, again because polycarbonates are non-combustible and safe.

Even though polycarbonates are inherently much stronger than glass, they are also less than half of the weight of the traditional option.

Thermal efficiency is becoming more important in our modern-day buildings, and when a polycarbonate thermoplastic is extruded into a multicell structured panel, superior U-values below 1.0 Ug (W/m2.K) are achievable.

For a building, keeping the sun at bay translates into lower HVAC costs and a leads directly to a H.Q.E (high-quality environment). When a polycarbonate building panel is co-extruded with a Low-E or reflective finish, SHGC figures below 0.2 are possible.

A green rating is one of the new Gold standards that a 21st-century glazing system must achieve. When compared to glass, the production of polycarbonate panels creates a much smaller carbon footprint. This extends itself right from the factory floor, all the way to transportation and delivery on site.

So we are able to clearly establish that when comparing an advanced polycarbonate thermoplastic panel, directly against its old-world glass counterpart, building material science – has moved us much further ahead. This thermoplastic polymer provides us with a glazing option that is stronger, lighter, more efficient, more durable, has more variety and that is ‘greener’ for the environment. This brings us back to the concept of architects playing the role of a painter, as it becomes obvious that polycarbonates bring to life, a whole new spectrum of vivid colors to our palette.

DANPALON vs TRADITIONAL GLAZING

 

By Dayne Scrowther
Dayne Scrowther, is an architectural consultant, who represents Danpal in their business development efforts.

Danpal brings this same technology to the global market, providing a unique system based solutions for roofing, cladding, facades, interiors and outdoor shading.

Celebrate the Uniqueness of Each Individual Building

A Key Element in Presenting Your Architectural Vision

The internationally renowned architect, Diego Garteiz Mina, recently collaborated with Pal Plastic’s, very own Marketing and Sales Manager, Gorka Goikoextea Retana. Together, they attended technical conferences on architecture, organized by Danpal Mexico, and hosted in the Torre Mayor building, Mexico City.

The Vizcayan architect began his speech explaining some of the most relevant projects developed throughout his extensive professional career. In addition, he exemplified with images, his particular vision during the construction process of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The complexity of the project modified his initial concept during the development of architectural design.

DanpalFrom his professional experience, his main idea has always been to represent the uniqueness of each building. He does this via new concepts, such as capturing the simplicity and essence of each space, and integrating the structures with their surroundings. He can then use this as a differentiating element, the effects being produced by the interplay of sunlight on each surface.

Unique Spaces

This is how he came up with the concepts that would later become another of his main projects; the Bullring of Illescas, in Toledo, whose structure stood out at the time as the largest mobile roof in Spain. Another feature that makes this space unique, is the incorporation of elements, usually only found during the production process. Although they may not be functional, they become a differentiating element of design, as observed in images of the bullring in Illescas.

In this concrete architectural project, Diego Garteiz, chose to use the Danpalon® based system, combining it with metallic structures. He managed, not only to create a dynamic exterior effect and color, according to the solar incidence but a special interior transmission created by light at different times of the day.

The solar transmission which characterizes the architectural works of Garteiz, can also be observed in the building of warehouses, constructed in Alaves Lanciego. Here, he incorporated one of the very elements used during the process of winemaking. Other elements are also integrated into the structure of the facade. These materials, combined with the Danpal® system, manage to create a unique effect, both on the outside and inside of each surface, by generating unique light effects.

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Danpal, Trust and Long-Term Guarantee

I have been collaborating with Danpal for over 20 years, a company that has my complete and total confidence. In this sense, Garteiz explained, “We have been working a lot with Danpal products throughout Spain. The material, not only guarantees durability over the passage of time but also, an extreme lightness that encourages speed of construction during assembly on site. In addition to cost savings, the construction of unique structures in which energy efficiency and the transmission of sunlight are spectacular. The definition of spaces created by natural daylight, allow us to achieve unique areas of high quality for everyday use.” – the architect concluded.

 

Gaining Heat in a Windy City

For a large swimming pool complex, high winds and cool temperatures outside make thermal efficiency targets that little bit harder to attain. Add in the need to maximize the amount of natural light poolside, and achieving required heat gains presents a challenge. Translucent Danpalon® façade systems are providing building designers with an elegant solution.

Pachuca in Central Mexico is a very windy city and by Mexican standards is also quite cold, with an average temperature of 16ºC throughout the year. When Alberca Universidad Politécnica Metropolitana came to rebuild its swimming pool complex the building’s thermal efficiency was a key design criteria.

FACADE SYSTEMAt the same time, the project needed to reuse as much existing infrastructure as was possible. With the swimming pool then largely determining the building’s orientation, façade design played a vital role in maximizing natural light and heat gain on the inside while handling the high winds on the outside.

The architects, Instituto Hidalguense de la Infraestructura Fisica Educativa (INHIFE) also had to face the challenge of building in sandy soil conditions that offered a relatively low weight resistance. With the weight and movement of the swimming pool being a significant part of the structure’s overall loading, the use of lightweight façade materials was vital. Turning to translucent Danpalon® polycarbonate façade systems, the INHIFE architects found an aesthetically pleasing and technically robust solution capable of meeting the project’s competing demands for light diffusion, thermal insulation, physical strength and low material weight.

A full-height Danpalon® façade constructed using 16mm Ice panels runs the complete length of one side of the swimming pool on a steel frame, while a further Danpalon® façade using a combination of 22mm 3DLite metallic grey and red panels sits at one end of the pool.

INHIFE architect Edgar Baca said, “The fantastic level of light diffusion that these two complementary façades achieve creates a truly unique ambience, with high quality daylight for the interior and a wonderful luminosity for the exterior at night.”

He continued, “Danpalon® has added a huge amount of character to the building thanks to the interaction of material, light and surroundings. At no point does it ever look the same. The hue, texture and appearance depends on where it’s viewed from and the weather conditions. It has given the project real life and personality.”

The new swimming pool complex is a unique wedge-like form composed of gentle slopes, elegant curves and striking lines. A heightened façade wall to increase the natural light diffusion and enable optimization of roof span and pitch was aided by the use of extra long Danpalon® panels, which also avoided the need for horizontal jointing. Panel installation was rapid, taking just a few days from delivery to completion.

Baca added, “Considering the enhanced thermal efficiency the new swimming pool building has attained, and the tremendous functionality it is now providing, this is a project that to date has not once caused us to think that any kind of design adjustment was merited – it really is working to perfection.”

Polycarbonate Sheets: Today’s Building Material Choice For Strength and Flexibility

Fifty years as leaders in the building industry have provided Danpal with a reputation for innovation and expertise. We operate on five continents so, in addition to our decades of experience, we have a global presence that enhances our ability to live up to our motto, Global Vision, Local Focus. As the market’s expectations change to include materials that are stronger, lighter, more energy efficient and easier to work with, Danpal has been in the forefront of the transformation in the industry. Our reputation as leaders in the manufacturing of building materials has been solidified by our commitment to cutting-edge products that meet customer expectations.

Not all companies have been able to keep up the pace of change that has resulted from technological advances, and not all of the products that were once popular in the industry have been able to maintain their edge. Polycarbonate sheets are one of the new products on the market; they are so strong, flexible and attractive that they are replacing more traditional building materials such as glass.

Polycarbonate Sheets Don’t Surrender To Weather

No matter what weather pattern we’re in, we can be sure that weather will continue to be a force with which to be reckoned. Snow, rain, wind, and hail haven’t changed. Fortunately, technology and efficiency have changed. Polycarbonate sheets, which are available in two different forms, are part of the technological innovation that is redefining how buildings are designed and built. You may choose multiwall polycarbonate, which is a structured sheet with hollow air chambers, or solid polycarbonate, which is a clear, flat sheeting that resembles glass in looks but is much stronger and lighter.

polycarbonate sheetsPolycarbonate Sheets Are Flexible

If a product is lightweight and easy to work with, as polycarbonate sheets are, it’s going to be popular with architects and clients. That’s because installation is going to be smoother as well, causing less disruption for the client and the workplace. When time is saved, money is saved. The flexibility of polycarbonate sheets has already won over clients who manufacture farming machinery, windshields, security screens, and moving machinery parts. Polycarbonate sheets actually bend, making them so much more versatile than glass. If you have an arching roof, a larger polycarbonate sheet is particularly well suited. The larger the size of the sheet, the greater is the bend’s radius.

Polycarbonate is hardened so that its strength is 200 times that of glass but only half as heavy. And yet, polycarbonate sheets are virtually unbreakable. It’s plain to see why architects choose polycarbonate sheets to work with.

The Danpal Ventilated Rain System (VRS) Uses Polycarbonate Sheets

Danpal’s Ventilated Rain System’s polycarbonate sheets keep insulation dry thanks to the air gap that provides natural ventilation. Keeping insulation dry is a vital consideration in the life span of a building because once insulation is compromised, so is the building, even if problems don’t show up immediately.

By using polycarbonate sheets, you’re giving your building all the protection that it needs in order to be able to fight off weather and prevent moisture from penetrating. You’re benefitting as well, because polycarbonate is one of the most popular materials in the industry.

Polycarbonate Sheets are Today’s Choice in Building Materials

If a company is going to make its mark in the competitive building industry, it must be innovative. The changes that technology has made in the twenty-first century have altered virtually every aspect of our life, and that’s as true in the building industry as it has been in other areas. Danpal, with its 50 years as a leader in developing building materials that are designed to meet both the immediate needs of the client as well as the broader needs of a sustainable world, knows how to deliver satisfaction on a multitude of levels. First, never skimp on quality. The customer must be confident that the products used in a building are superior so that they will perform their function to the utmost. Second, the products must be able to do their job. In order to last, a building must maintain its strength and integrity. Third, a product must support the energy efficiency standards that are cost-effective for the consumer and environmentally friendly for the planet. And last, but not least, a product that is part of the visual appearance of a building should enhance its esthetics. We’re proud to say that polycarbonate sheets meet all of these requirements.

Polycarbonate SheetsPolycarbonate Sheets Deliver Superior Strength

Innovation and advances and technology mean that building materials that were popular in a previous generation are no longer capable of matching today’s products. Polycarbonate sheets are half as heavy as glass, but 200 times stronger. In addition, polycarbonate sheets are more flexible than glass. You can see the advantages of this trait; flexibility means that polycarbonate sheets are easier to install and customize.

If a building’s components are functioning as they were designed, energy efficiency is assured. When insulation remains dry, energy isn’t going to waste. Your building is using just the amount that’s needed to keep the inside comfortable and free from moisture. That represents a financial savings for you, a structural savings for your building, and an environmental savings for our world.

Whether you choose multiwall polycarbonate, which is a structured sheet made of hollow air chambers, or solid polycarbonate, which is clear, flat sheeting that resembles glass in appearance, you’re choosing a product that offers superior performance. Both multiwall and solid polycarbonate are equal in performance, so in the end, you’re going to choose the polycarbonate that suits the appearance you’re looking for.

Speaking of Appearance . . .

Earlier, we told you that appearance is an important component of the Danpal products that are visible. We’re known for the way that we’ve incorporated light into the architecture of a building, and polycarbonate sheets are included in the Danpal daylight options. We can’t take credit for using daylight as a building material, but we can take credit for creating systems and products that make it easier to include natural light as part of the interior design of a building. With the natural light that comes from Mother Nature, and the color options that Danpal provides, buildings don’t just offer a structural presence; they provide a creative one as well.

Polycarbonate Sheets for Superior Performance

People aren’t always aware of how much the construction industry has changed in the last 50 years but at Danpal, we’ve had the opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative trend that has transformed the buildings in which we work and live. No innovation has been more dynamic than the arrival of polycarbonate, a material that offers superior strength and resistance to weather, yet is flexible and easy to work with. In order for a building to perform  an optimum level, it needs to be weather resistant, well-insulated, and esthetically pleasing. If you haven’t considered polycarbonate sheets for your next building project, we’re happy to make the introduction!

Meet Polycarbonate Sheets
Polycarbonate sheets are available in two different forms. There’s multiwall polycarbonate, a structured sheet with hollow air chambers; and solid polycarbonate, a clear, flat sheeting that looks like glass.  There’s no difference in the quality of either version. Each has its own distinct advantage, so the final decision on which one to choose depends on your project and its esthetics. We should alert you, however, that if you’re a fan of glass, you need to know that polycarbonate has advantages that traditional glass can’t duplicate. But more on that later!

What Can Polycarbonate Sheets Do That Other Building Materials Can’t Do?
It’s not just what polycarbonate can do, it’s how well it can do it. Polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable, yet that phenomenal strength doesn’t get in the way of flexibility which makes it so easy to work with and customize for personal tastes.

Polycarbonate, which is 200 times stronger than glass, is a material that has been hardened to withstand high levels of resistance. Glass doesn’t have the same nimble ability to adapt to conditions and protect a structure in the same way that polycarbonate sheets can. Both glass and plastic paneling are susceptible to scratching. It’s true that if a piece of glass is scratched, the scratch isn’t readily visible to the human eye. But polycarbonate strength makes it much harder to crack or break.

If you’re wondering what difference flexibility makes, consider this: Polycarbonate sheets are used in security screens, moving machinery parts, farming machinery, and windshields, all items that need to be sturdy, but also need to be flexible.

The Polycarbonate Sheet Advantage Shows in the Danpal Ventilated Rainscreen System
We’re not going to say that weather has met its match in polycarbonate sheets, because Mother Nature likes to run the show. But what we can say is that the polycarbonate sheets in our ventilated rainscreen system do a spectacular job of insulating the interior of a building from the damage that harmful weather can cause. A weather –resistant exterior combined with an air gap that allows for natural ventilation keeps insulation dry and effective. When you’re paying your heating bills, you’ll be glad to know that Danpal is looking out for you. Did you know that 40% of primary energy consumption is from buildings? Now you understand why Danpal pays so much attention to protecting a building’s insulation. You can trust your next project to polycarbonate sheets.

Skylight Roofing that Suits Your Personal Taste

The more light the better! That’s how most of us feel and Danpal is in complete agreement on that point. That’s why the company, which has been in the business of building for 50 years, has devoted considerable research into developing skylight roofing that satisfies the customer, withstands weather, and maintains environmental sustainability. Danpal’s dry-glaze, translucent systems are available in different designs to suit the dimensions of your building as well as your own personal tastes. The Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System is the ultimate in skylight roofing, delivering the perfect balance of light that works best in the workplace and living spaces.

Danpal Skylight Roofing: The Best that Technology Offers

Skylight RoofingBecause Danpal skylight roofing has to be light enough to be flexible but strong enough to handle different weather conditions, the product is naturally versatile. The system’s Microcell technology is what delivers the resistance to weather damage; it’s even resistant to the impact of hail! It’s compatible with all roofing types, so whether skylight roof is intended for metal or concrete, it’s going to be easy to install. Danpal roofing can be customized to suit your preference, so it comes in a wide range of sizes and lengths, another feature that makes installation easier. Another popular feature is the way that the panels slot onto place. With the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System’s ability to e beither self-supporting or placed over a metal structure with aluminum framing options, installation over varyingly sized spans is no problem.

Skylight Roofing and Weather

Weather and the forces of nature are a building’s natural enemy. But with the 100% watertight security of Danpal skylight roofing, buildings stay dry inside because rain and snow aren’t able to penetrate the exterior. The Danpavault System’s extended UV protection and thermal insulation save money for the customer by increasing the life span of the building because it has extra protection. The security of the panels also assures those inside that energy isn’t escaping from within.

Skylight Roofing and Appearance

Danpal knows that when a customer decides to install skylight roofing, the beauty of its appearance is a major reason for the decision. And why not? Who doesn’t like the advantages that natural light brings to the internal environment? Not only does skylight roofing bring the daylight indoors, but it creates an atmosphere of wellness that artificial lighting just can’t duplicate. The tight spacing between the ribs of the panels partners with the light for a look that’s as beautiful as it is comfortable. If you thought glass was transparent, wait until you see the skylight roofing panels, which, in addition to transparency, give you light and flexibility that glass can’t match.

Glass also can’t offer the range of colors that Danpal offers in its skylight roofing. Some people like the subtlety of shades of white, others prefer metallic or bold colors. Your roof will reflect your own preference and the result will be a building that’s unique, energy efficient, and durable. You’ll be very pleased with the results!

Polycarbonate Panels Are Today’s Choice in Building Material

The Danpal Difference in Building Quality

Fifty years is a long time for any company to remain a leader in its field. But for Danpal, the ability to maintain a cutting-edge reputation in the building industry reflects a tireless commitment to research, a profound respect for the needs of our customers, and an awareness of the manner in which the products that we manufacture and sell affect our environment. We must be doing something right because with a half-century of experience in delivering customer satisfaction over five continents, we’ve been able to stay at the head of the pack. One of the ways that we’ve stayed in the lead is by making use of innovative materials like polycarbonate panels, which are redefining the way buildings are designed.

Polycarbonate Panels are Stronger

Stronger than what, you ask? Well, polycarbonate panels are 200 times stronger than glass. But they’re only half as heavy! What this means is that when you choose to use polycarbonate panels for your design, you’re selecting a material that delivers more than glass but isn’t as cumbersome to work with. Because of its phenomenal strength, as well as its flexibility, polycarbonate is the panel of choice in guard materials used to move machinery parts, for farming machinery, windshields, and security screens.

Polycarbonate PanelsTypes of Polycarbonate Panels

Polycarbonate comes in two forms. There’s multiwall polycarbonate, a structured sheet with hollow air chambers; and solid polycarbonate, a flat, clear sheeting that looks like glass. Because both forms are popular as well as functionally superior, the final choice may depend on the visual appearance that is sought.

Polycarbonate Panels are Energy Efficient

Our modern world knows that the buildings that are constructed today have the potential to do great harm if they’re not made of materials that are environmentally friendly. But for customers, the product must still deliver in performance. You’ll love the energy efficiency that polycarbonate delivers: the panels in a ventilated rain system employ a special function that keeps the insulation dry and functioning to maximum effectiveness. That’s because of the gap in the system which provides natural ventilation. Dry insulation is insulation that can do its job without impediment. The panels last longer and the building benefits from the protection against damage.

Polycarbonate isn’t just energy efficient, it’s efficient, period! Light of weight and easy to install, the product is a favorite with architects and their clients because of the flexibility it offers. Less time to install means lower costs and less time needed for the job, a result that pleases everyone.

Polycarbonate is Daylight’s Partner

Danpal has become renowned for the remarkable way in which its products enhance the use of natural light. Polycarbonate is part of this daylight delivery service, especially as architects have fallen in love with its capabilities. An architect who recognizes the superior versatility of polycarbonate is one who knows how to match the prowess of the products he or she uses with the power of creativity. And with plenty of colors to choose from, you’ll be amazed at the options that are yours when you choose polycarbonate panels.

Your Skylight Roof Lets the Sunshine in

Light is what a skylight is all about and Danpal understands that a skylight roof adds so much to the appeal of a home or building. A skylight roof is a wonderful way to invite the daylight inside a structure so that everyone benefits from the way natural light makes us feel. Some people hesitate when deciding whether or not to add a skylight roof because they worry about its ability to withstand adverse weather. But rest assured that a Danpal skylight roof is designed with durability in mind, something for which our company, which has been creating and installing innovative roofing systems for the last 50 years, can be counted on. Built to last, built to perform, that’s what Danpal products add to construction.

Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight Systems

At Danpal, we’re proud of the way we’ve been able to engineer a skylight roof that is compatible with all kinds of roofing, including profiled metal or concrete. Our Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System combine Danpal’s decades of roofing expertise with easy integration, UV protection and a seamless, even diffusion of natural light that delivers optimum insulation for your building.

Skylight RoofSkylight Roofs Deliver the Sun and Strength

A skylight roof is the architectural way to have the best of both worlds: the comfort of the inside with the natural illumination from outside. There are economic benefits to this blend as well; Danpal skylight roofs offer both thermal and solar comfort, and they do so without cutting corners on structural endurance. Danpal skylight roofs are made with microcell technology to enhance their ability to withstand damage from rough weather, even from hail. Thanks to a 100% watertight composition, rain isn’t going to compromise the integrity of your skylight roof. The rain can’t get inside. Knowing that your skylight roof provides the ultimate in protection from the rough weather conditions makes it easier for you to enjoy the wonderful abundance of natural light that a skylight roof gives you. Imagine spending quality time in a building that invites just the right amount of illumination, under the most ideal of conditions, into your day. In addition, the skylight roof delivers extended UV protection for added defense from the powerful rays of the sun. That’s what the Danpavault system promises.

Skylight Roofs Bring Versatility

If you’re skeptical about a skylight roof and you think it might make the construction process too complicated, think again. Our Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight Roof System is tailored for versatility. Because our panels come in unlimited lengths, they’re easily integrated into position. The flexibility of the panels makes them easy to install without needing extra effort or labor. The versatility of Danpal engineering connects the unbounded creativity of the architect with the built-in flexibility of the product. Not needing extra effort or work to make the perfect building is liberating for an architect, allowing him to focus on what the building will look like at completion rather than on what reductions he needs to make in order to meet a budget. Budgets love Danpal products because so much more is offered for the money.

Curtain Wall Systems Provide Protection and Individuality for Your Building

What You Need to Know About Curtain Wall Systems

Danpal’s reputation has been so firmly established on the strength of our structural products that some people might not realize that we also produce curtain wall systems, which although not structural, have a lot to do with keeping your building in good condition. Like our other Danpal products, curtain wall systems have both a protective and an esthetic purpose. That’s because curtain wall systems are placed over your building exterior for that added layer of protection against weather damage. Installing a curtain wall system is a good idea, and we’ll tell you why.

Curtain Wall SystemsCurtain Wall Systems: A Building’s First Line of Defense

In order for a building to last, it has to be able to withstand the damaging effects of weather, which, day by day, inflicts heat, rain, wind, and snow upon the structure. When designing a building, architects pay a lot of attention to the best products that offer the most protection against the outdoor elements. We’re very proud to say that Danpal, because our curtain wall systems utilize microcell technology for its extremely high impact resistance, consistently comes out at the top of the list for delivering the protection that buildings need. So, while you’re inside, don’t worry when the rain pours, the wind howls, the snow falls, and the hail strikes, because your building is protected.

Installing Curtain Wall Systems for Added Security

Danpal’s curtain wall systems come with a double click locking seam, so that everything is secure and capable of handling a high-load resistance. It’s a simple but effective process that not only ensures the security of the curtain wall system, but also makes installations much quicker and much less cumbersome.

Lightweight Materials Make Curtain Wall Systems Easy to Work With

Danpal engineering has developed a material that is lightweight, flexible, and strong. The lightweight aspect of the curtain wall systems makes it easy to transport and work with, making the building process easier for everyone. The strength of the system is an inherent feature of Danpal products. Because the joints are concealed, the exterior remains flush so that it can be shaped to conform to the design.

Danpal Curtain Wall Systems Deliver Versatility of Appearance

Customization takes on an entirely new level of personalization when we’re talking about Danpal curtain wall systems. That’s because we offer so many different color options, along with finishes and special effects, that your curtain wall system will create exactly the image that you have in mind. The nature of construction requires a building to conform to certain codes, specifications and functions, but when it comes to color, the only limitation is your own imagination. We have options to keep it simple, if that’s what you prefer. Or, if your building design is intended to reflect a certain attitude, color is a wonderful way to be noticed. At Danpal, we regard color choices as an adventure. We have soothing, muted shades that will easily blend into the location of your building, along with bright, bold colors that will get noticed. We’ll work with whatever choice you make so that, in the end, the building communicates through its appearance and we want to help you deliver your message.

Polycarbonate Panels by Danpal – 50 years of innovation

At Danpal®, we’ve spent 50 years perfecting walls, and we’ve found a formula for doing it that combines energy efficiency, environmental safety, financial feasibility and esthetic appeal, all key components for any client assessing the best building model. A relatively new innovation in the building market is the development of polycarbonate panels, which are now replacing traditional building materials.

In the past, polycarbonate panels cost too much and weren’t very energy efficient. Not much of a bargain, right? Fortunately, that has changed, making the polycarbonate panels a tremendously popular arrival in the building community. In the old days, builders relied upon toughened glass and polyethylene membrane. But polycarbonate panels are a perfect blend of high-impact strength, frame resistance, UV protection, light transmission, and anti-drop. All that, and beautiful too!

Polycarbonate PanelsWhy Polycarbonate Panels are So Popular?

Half as heavy as glass but just as translucent, clear polycarbonate is much easier to transport and to install. According to studies, the strength of polycarbonate sheeting and paneling is approximately 200 times that of standard glass, and up to 20 times the strength of tempered glass. Is it any wonder that polycarbonate panels have become the preferred option for buildings that face significant exposure to the toughest conditions that weather can dish out?

How Danpal® Uses Polycarbonate Panels?

Polycarbonate panels thrive in the Danpal® setting because we have top-of-the-line systems that use the panels to optimum effect. Check out our specially designed rainscreen system that preserves the integrity of the insulation for a long time because it’s entirely, reliably, waterproof. Architects love polycarbonate panels because their flexibility means that they can be used in so many different forms. Professionals in the building field can devise innovative, highly functional designs that transform the structures they’re creating.. It’s easy to cut, for one thing, which saves effort. Anything that saves effort ends up saving on cost as well.

Your energy bills already tell you how important it is to keep the costs down. Well, polycarbonate panels are high-quality insulators, something that means a lot both in terms of budgets and also the environment. In a world where carbon footprints take up a lot of space, everyone is going for a trim tread on the planet.

How Polycarbonate Panels Work with Ventilation?

When you think about it, it’s really obvious. The Danpal® sysem actually protects the insulation from the external threats by capitalizing on the natural ventilation in the façade that results from the air gap. Behind the panels, there’s a constant convective motion going on. That keeps the insulation dry and efficient, even as time goes on.

Lookin’ Good with Danpalon® Panels

We tend to focus on the efficiency and cost-savings features of our panels, but we can’t ignore the beauty that they create. That beauty comes in a lot of options. With our company’s translucent range, the appearance of the building alters with the light and the reflections that project onto the façade at different times during the day. If you have bright colors accompanied by a metallic, lacquered look, you’ll want to choose the opaque panels that are available in an amazing range of tints. With our bicolor option, you can adapt your facades to the desired effect, inside and out. You choose the colors you want, and we make it happen.

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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Essential Information on Skylight Roof Systems

We’re experts in roofing techniques and solutions here at Danpal, and that’s why many people turn to us when they need new roofing products. We offer numerous different roofing system styles that cover various size and length requirements, so you are guaranteed to find something to suit you.

One of our most popular products is our skylight roof system range, which offers solutions that combine all the benefits of skylight roofing with the many different benefits of our regular Danpal roofing system.

Skylight RoofWhy Should You Choose Skylight Roof Systems?

There are many advantages that come with one of our skylight roof systems. As they can come in an unlimited length, they can easily be fitted onto almost any building type. Once you have found the length of roof that will fit your requirements, it can be easily integrated and installed without too many problems or issues cropping up. One thing is for sure, you certainly won’t be constrained by our range of skylight roof systems!

Our skylight roofs are also highly compatible with many other different kinds of roofing. It’s easy to install our roofs, even next to concrete or metal ones, and there is no chance that they will look out of place. And the other roof won’t even affect the performance of your new skylight.

For most of our customers, lighting is one of the biggest things they have on their minds when they buy a Danpal skylight roof system. We have the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight roof system that is perfect for ensuring the maximum amount of light gets through the roof, as it is extremely effective at diffusing light through your space. Not only that, though, but it also comes with extended UV protection and brilliant thermal insulation.

Something that all types of Skylight Roof Systems have to deal with on a day to day basis is the weather. Excessive wind, snow, and hail can all damage roofs over time but, thanks to our microcell technology in our skylights, each of our roofing systems come with a very high resistance. Plus, they are also 100% watertight, meaning you won’t need to worry about any leaks or insulation issues.

Why Choose Danpal For Your Skylight Roofing?

Here at Danpal, we know a lot about roofing. In fact, we have over thirty years experience in the industry, so there is no wonder why so many customers keep on returning to us. We are constantly creating solutions for many different architectural creations and installing innovative roofing onto unique buildings and structures.

Our skylight roofing is just one of our tailor-made daylight solutions that can help open up and brighten homes and other buildings. When we create our skylights, we pay particular attention to the engineering, design, and aesthetics of each roof to make sure it looks great and can perform well.

There is plenty more information on Skylight roofing options on our website. To speak to one of our dedicated customer advisors, you can find our contact details right here. All of our team will be happy to help!

Plastic roofing solutions by Danpal

At Danpal, we provide clients with a wide range of plastic roofing solutions. Our roofing solutions can be installed above and below all kinds of building structures. The roofing systems we offer use snap-on interlocking dry-glazed connectors. These are made from either polycarbonate or aluminium. The strong overall design quality and the quality of the materials used to create our roofing systems mean that they can be relied on to offer high impact resistance. And they’ll also handle all kinds of weather conditions.

You’ll be sure to find something that suits your needs. We have a vast range of options when it comes to colors, finishes, aspects and spectacular effects, meaning we can find a solution that’s as creative as you want it to be.

System Benefits

plastic roofingOur plastic roofing solutions offer a superior visual appearance and a unique structure that allows plenty of light into the space below. The overall look and finish of the roofing once it’s in place are aesthetically pleasing. A large part of this is down to the transparent materials we use to get that perfect balance of light that everyone is looking for but few people actually manage to find. You don’t need to look any longer, though. The light balance and thermal dynamics offered by our roofing solutions is second to none. The materials we use also offer fantastic flexibility.

Every space needs to be light for it to feel appropriate and functional. No matter what your space is going to be used for in the end, it can benefit massively from one of our plastic roofing solutions. Light will flood the space and be managed in a tonally balanced way by our top of the range materials. On top of all that, our roofing solutions are always light weight, so no undue pressure will be placed on your structure, and the installation process will be as smooth and as simple as it possibly can be. That design flexibility doesn’t mean that either strength or impact resistance have to be sacrificed, though.

Air and water tightness are also offered by our plastic roofing solutions. When you’re relying on your roof, these things are essential. Our panels also offer you UV protection, which means your roof will stay in great condition and last longer. If you’re concerned about environmental issues, be assured that our products and methods take these things into account. Our company is run and functions in an efficient and clean way, and we make indoor air quality a top priority when designing and manufacturing our plastic roofing solutions as well. So, you can buy from us with confidence, knowing that what you buy is created in an environmentally-friendly way.

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.

All about Danpals Skylight roof systems

We design Skylight roof systems of unlimited length and sizes. The great thing about our Skylight systems is that they offer solutions that combine all the advantages of using a regular Danpal Roofing System with the specific benefits that come with our Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System. They offer easy integration, and the way they’re designed allows them to transmit an even diffusion of natural light, which offers ideal insulation and UV protection.

Our Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System can be used as a self-supporting skylight for your roof. Alternatively, it can be placed over a mental structure. Aluminium framing options can be added, allowing it to be installed over spans of different sizes.

The Advantages of Using Danapavault Skylight Roof Systems

Skylight roofThe unlimited length of our Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight Roof Systems makes them perfect for all kinds of needs and roofing types. They can be integrating incredibly easily, meaning there will be no headaches or problems for you to deal with. The length that’s right for you can be found and installed simply and quickly. You don’t need to feel constrained because our unlimited length skylights offer you the flexibility you need, and that can only be a good thing for your building.

Light is what it’s all about when you purchase a skylight and have it installed. Our Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight roof Systems provide the perfect diffusion of light for your space. Along with that comes thermal insulation and extended UV protection. The greater amounts of light you get from our systems compared to other skylight options make them an obvious choice for anyone wanting to add more natural light to their space, no matter how large or small it is.

Our skylights are compatible with all kinds of roofing types. Whether you have a profiled metal or concrete roof, our skylights are easy to install and put in place. The flexibility they offer comes from their unique design, allowing them to slot in place and get to work right away. It doesn’t matter what your existing roof is made from or looks like; the skylight roof you buy from us will fit right in and perform how you want and need it to.

The skylight you purchase needs to be able to handle all kinds of weather conditions once it’s in place. We can guarantee that all of our skylight roof systems are 100% watertight, so you won’t need to worry about rain causing you any indoor problems. Our skylights also use microcell technology, which offers very high resistance to hail damage or other extreme weather effects. If the skylight ever takes an impact, the microcell technology will help it to stay strong too.

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.

Main Benefits Of Danpal’s Roofing System

Danpal roofing system is a translucent, dry-glazed system that’s used in many engineering products throughout the world. Its flexible design is built using the latest microcell technology to provide increased translucency and strength. The roofing system is incredibly popular thanks to its array of features including its high impact resistance and excellent thermal performance. You will find four variations of this system, with each one being perfect for a specific environment and project. While the installation may differ between these systems, they still all provide the same exceptional benefits.

roofing systemThere are numerous benefits to using our roofing system for your architectural projects. It’s built using incredibly flexible and transparent materials that mean it can be formed into different designs while being far more lightweight than glass. A full list of the major benefits of this roofing system can be seen in the points below:

  • 100% Leakproof: The Danpal roofing system passes all the necessary tests to ensure that no water makes it through the roof. It has superior water and air tightness which means it’s ideal for all weather conditions.
  • Lightweight: The panels are incredibly lightweight which makes installation much easier and less time-consuming.
  • Multiple Colors: Danpal’s roofing system is available in various color combinations meaning you get to customize your roof to follow a specific design mission.
  • High thermal insulation: Each panel is designed with a specific cell structure that helps provide industry leading thermal insulation. Heat is kept inside, and this greatly improves the energy efficiency of your roofing system.
  • Unrivaled UV Protection: Thanks to the revolutionary technology in the Danpalon roof panels, fewer UV rays get passed through this roofing system. As a consequence, there is excellent UV protection, which extends the system’s life.
  • High impact resistance & strength: The roof panels are designed with strength in mind and are impervious to high impacts. The cell structure of each panel combined with the unique double tooth grip-lock connection helps strengthen the roofing system and prevent weather damage from occurring.
  • Cold bending of panels on-site: Unlike a lot of other roofing systems, the panels can be bent on-site without the introduction of heat. This allows you to bend and manoeuvre each panel to your own design based on the structure you’re building.

 

Danpal’s roofing system is a work of architectural art. It allows you to provide a building or structure with a lightweight roof that works in all weather conditions, lasts much longer than traditional glass roofs, and has exceptional thermal and UV performance.

We pride ourself on being able to create phenomenal architectural systems that are perfect for transforming light into a powerful tool. Our systems provide architects with the tools to create environments that harness the power of natural daylight. Danpal operates all over the world and has been in operation for over three decades. Innovation is key, and every Danpal system is built to push boundaries and open opportunities for architects and interior designers throughout the globe.

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.

How are polycarbonate panels so much stronger than other alternatives?

The market for polycarbonate and polycarbonate panels has developed in recent years. Largely down to the fact that people are looking for more environmentally friendly and energy efficient materials to be used on their structures.

If people solely wanted to protect the environment, but the panels were expensive and not energy efficient, these polycarbonate panels would be nowhere near as popular as they are today.

polycarbonate panels All across the world polycarbonate has been replacing the traditional building materials like toughened glass and polyethylene membrane across a wide variety of industries. This is largely down to the fact that they strike the best balance between high impact strength, being lightweight, frame resistance, anti-drop, light transmission and UV protection, all while still looking great from an aesthetic perspective.

Clear polycarbonate is just as translucent as glass, but it is only half the weight which makes it a whole lot easier to transport and to install. Test studies have shown that polycarbonate sheeting and panelling strength is approximately 200 times that of your usual glass and up to 20 times of tempering glass. This is why they are such a great solution for structures that are exposed to a lot of tough weather conditions like storm rain and strong winds.

At Danpal, we have created a top of the line translucent façade system utilising polycarbonate panels to great effect. We have a specially designed rain screen system that is completely waterproof, which helps to preserve the integrity of a surface long into the future.

As polycarbonate is so easy to cut and you have the flexibility to utilise it in many different forms, more and more architects are using it to come up with innovative and highly functional designs for the structures they are working on.

The main area of benefit for many people is that they are top quality insulators. In this day and age, buildings make up about 40% of the primary energy consumption for most developed nations. This is why insulation is so important in terms of managing energy costs.

Our system protects the insulation from external forces thanks largely to the natural ventilation in the facade as a result of the air gap. This means that there is a constant convective motion occurring behind these panels, which keeps the insulation nice and dry, as well as efficient in the long run.

What does the future hold for polycarbonate panels?

In the past few years, polycarbonate panels have transformed the construction industry. This is thanks to the wide range of features that they brought to the table including ease of installation, energy efficiency and increased design options.

This has made the lives of developers and architects a whole lot easier, as there are more choices to choose from and the overall finish of the structure is closer to what was idealized. While polycarbonate panels may initially be a bit more than the traditional materials that were used when constructing the facade of a building, in the long term they are going to save you money.

polycarbonate panelsThis is why the use of these panels is going to grow and grow into the future. We are moving into a time where energy efficient materials are going to trump everything. Energy costs are set to rise into the future, so having a structure that is as energy efficient as possible is going to be a top priority of all developers and hence designers. This will save you money in the form of energy costs into the future.

With climate change becoming more of an issue, more extreme weather conditions will very likely be experienced across the globe. This means that structures may not be ready to withstand the effects that these conditions will have on them.

Excess rain and wind can cause damage to the facade if subpar materials are used, leading to leaks, structural damage as well as a whole host of other issues. Polycarbonate panels can be easily installed onto a structure, so they are a quick yet effective solution to changing climates. They are resistant to extreme weather conditions and you will not have to be spending heaps of money repairing them.

Currently China is the biggest market when it comes to polycarbonate and this looks set to grow even further into the future. As the Chinese economy develops, more complex designs will be implemented on structures as there will be more money to throw at the construction of buildings, rather than only worrying about the cost of them. This is a trend that will exist throughout the Asia-Pacific region, especially as the wealth of the population increases.

Our range of polycarbonate panels at Danpal have been carefully designed and are constantly being tweaked in order to stay up to date with the latest trends and research. You can’t go wrong with using our products to ensure energy efficiency in your structure.

How can translucent facades improve further into the future?

One of the biggest developments in the world of facades in recent years has been the sustained implementation of top quality translucent facade systems.

Translucent facades combine a number of great qualities to always leave you with a top quality end product. You have a lot of flexibility in design thanks to the flexibility of the polycarbonate that is used in the construction of them. The joints are concealed and the visual appearance is appealing. It is very durable against external stimuli like poor weather conditions and it is energy efficient thanks to special Microcell technology and structural design that has been implemented.

However at Danpal we are always trying to push the boundaries and improve on existing products, as well as constantly innovating with new products.

translucent facadeThere is still room for growth when it comes to the translucent facades. Research is constantly being undertaken on ways in which even thinner panels can be achieved without compromising on any of the qualities that make this product so great.

To get even more transparency, there needs to be no secondary supporting frames whatsoever. This leads to complex mathematics and calculations that have to be done to ensure that the integrity of the building is not compromised simply for aesthetic reasons.

There is now an arms race when it comes to the energy efficiency of a structure. In the past, the carbon emissions and energy costs of a structure were not really thought about at all during the design process, but these days it is one of the first things on the agenda.

Each designer, manufacturer of building materials and developers are trying to have an end structure that is as energy efficient as possible. While our translucent facade system at Danpal has great thermal regulation and insulation effects, there is more room for improvement.

While we can cut energy costs when using our products, until energy cost reach zero, then there will always be room for improvement and innovation.

By experimenting with different materials, structural changes and designs, the energy efficiency of the translucent facades will continually get lower and lower.

Another area that will be massive for translucent facades is the use of them for advertising. These surfaces will very likely be able to be programmed and changed in terms of imagery and advertisements are played on them externally by the owner of the structure.

It is certainly an exciting time for the industry.

What does the future hold for roofing materials?

In the last few decades, the types of roofing materials chosen by designers and architects for different projects have changed drastically. As technology has now become so far advanced, there are many more options available to choose from. These include materials like polycarbonate, as well as your more traditional options.

The other big change was the shift in focus towards more energy efficient options to minimize the carbon footprint that is extracted from Mother Nature. Developers want to have environmentally friendly materials, as well as saving money on energy costs in the long run.

Roof insulation has seen its R values almost triple in the last couple of decades and this looks set to continue into the future. With advanced VOC regulations being enacted, there are a lot stricter rules when it comes to coatings, sealants and adhesives that are being used.

roofing materialsOne of the big buzzwords in today’s world is “The Internet of Things.” It seems logical that this phenomenon will move its way to the rooftop, making it a lot easier and effective when integrating rooftop energy into the energy system of the structure as a whole. This means that the roofing materials themselves will play a larger role in how efficient the transfer of thermal energy may be.

Roofs will also become even more durable and resilient. As weather is becoming more volatile and stronger weather conditions have been hitting many buildings, something that has been put down in large part to climate change, there is a growing demand for more resilient roofs. This could mean being more resistant to fires, winds, hail and other adverse conditions. Roof ratings are set to explode even further in the coming years.

Finally, the removal of roofs will become very important, as people will start wanting to reuse these roofing materials when putting on the new roof. This is more environmentally friendly, as well as cost effective if it can be done in the correct manner.

At Danpal, we are always on the cutting edge of new developments and are constantly tweaking and improving existing products to meet with these growing demands. We pride ourselves on having a roofing system that is aesthetically pleasing, as well as being fundamentally sound and energy efficient. Daylight is maximised in the winter, while solar heat will be blocked in the summer, making it a win-win.

How retrofit facade systems can help your ailing structures

In the past, there were a lot of shoddily constructed buildings erected that used poor materials. A lot of the times these materials were sub optimal for the type of structure they were being used on or the region in which it was situated. This would lead to a host of problems down the line, such as dampness, loss of heat, structural stresses and even collapse in extreme cases.

The ability to retrofit certain facade systems has been seen as somewhat of a game changer, as they can be a measure taken which will extend the longevity of a structure before major work has to be completed on it. Danpal has a number of top quality facade systems that are flexible enough that they can be used in this way.

Energy performance is a massive thing these days, both in terms of helping the environment and having people being able to save on their energy costs. If you have one of these poorly built homes or buildings, the heat will be sucked out of the walls and you will have to use tons of expensive heating to get the building somewhat warm.

facade systemsBy having a proper facade system in place, you can benefit from their natural thermal effect, which will create a layer of protection around the structure. This means that cold air will not be able to permeate internally, while internal heating or air conditioning will be able to be retained in an optimal manner inside of the structure. You are getting the best of both worlds.

These retrofit systems will work better in cooler climates than warmer ones, as there are more benefits to be reaped. If you are concerned with the state of one of your structures, this could very well be the most cost effective and efficient route for you.

There are two main types of facade systems that are commonly used today. The more conventional facade systems will be brick cavity walls, rainscreen facade, rainscreen facade that has terracotta cladding, conventional curtain walls and glass fiber reinforced rainscreen facades to name a few.

The other main type is thermally improved and optimised, such as those seen with Danpal. These will be rainscreen facades that have thermal spaces built into them, those that have thermal isolators and curtain walls that have framing which is thermally broken.

The more advanced building facades will have to consider significant deflections and concentrated forces. By knowing and being aware of these structural behaviours, you can better aid the design of the structure as a whole. This also allows you to choose a facade system that is optimal for the case at hand.

By intertwining all of the different variables and factors, you will be able to have an end product that will be aesthetically pleasing while yield results that are efficient and coordinated with one another.

Why Danpal’s Polycarbonate Panels Are the Premier Choice for So Many Architects

There are so many different suppliers of polycarbonate panels around, which makes it hard to narrow down your selection, especially if you are not sure what you to look for.

You want to ensure that the polycarbonate panels been melted at the correct temperature. Depending on the manufacturer, different additives will be use to give it specific properties.

The first thing you should do is list all of your requirements for what you want to achieve with the panels. This includes your budget, functional features – you need and the right aesthetic look for your structure. This is a quick way to narrow down your options.

You will then need to do your research and look both online and in local stores, as well as getting recommendations of trusted peers.

It’s really important to choose a supplier that has put the product through a rigorous quality assurance tests, and holds International standards certificates, such as ISO 9001.

Polycarbonate PanelsDanpal range of polycarbonate panels

As the leading provider of polycarbonate panels our product range ticks all of the boxes that you could ever wish for. You know you are getting the upmost of quality when you are dealing with a firm that has provided the polycarbonate panels for magnificent structures like the Batiment Air France or the Blackburn Youth Zone Centre.

Look at the unique features of Danpal VRS system- It is 100% waterproof, lightweight, easy and cost effective to install, has a wide range of designs and colours to choose from, and more importantly, it is environmentally friendly.

Learn more about Danpal VRS system here.

A monumental works that brings the best together

To build a football stadium with a design with forms in the vanguard, allowing for the comfort of its occupants in a safe and sustainable manner, with the best materials, while incorporating the newest in technology for the television broadcasting of matches, is a real architectural challenge.

For Juan Andrés Vergara and Luis Fernández de Ortega, of the VFO Arquitectos office, experienced in this type of monumental building, the BBVA Bancomer Monterrey stadium is their latest achievement in sports architecture.

In a joint venture with the international firm Populous (formerly HOK Sports) and other companies and national and international institutions, they started the design of this project in 2007 with the idea of building a new stadium for the Rayados team and to create a landmark building for the “regiomontana” city, as Monterrey is known.

“The site is right next to the slopes of the Cerro de la Silla, the most important icon of the northern region of the country. We proposed that the stadium roof have an inclination to the south and that a big window open it to the mountain. This way, you’re joining the functional part with the aesthetic and thematic parts, anchoring to its site, so that for people going to a football game, the first thing they’ll say is ‘we are in Monterrey, we are in our stadium, this is our team and we will win’ “, says Juan Andrés Vergara, CEO.

VFO uses in its projects technology that allow them to create more advanced and complex forms, representing major challenges in terms of construction.

“We wanted that this building be a very radical change in the quality of design in Mexico, so that the materials had to stand up to various situations. Due to the origins of the stadium’s company owner, we thought of metal pots and pans; these curved shapes could be achieved with metallic materials while achieving a brightness that reflected the sun, the colors of the vegetation and the hill”, adds Andrés.

The metal structure surrounds the stadium, leaving spaces for air to enter and cool the public in a natural way, and continues over the stands with an overhang of up to 50 meters. To build it, they used Building Information Modeling, BIM, a modeling technology which allows for design the structure and allowing to know exactly the materials, locations and virtually exact amounts needed for construction.

danpalon The last twelve meters of this overhang are covered by a special polycarbonate material, called Danpalon System, which allows a visual transition between parts in light and those in shadow. “It is an extremely important effect because this way people do not strain their vision as the transition is smooth, and the television cameras also benefit as well”.

This material, in the opinion of Andrés Vergara, offers “great resistance and also the level of translucency we need to apply it with this function. It is very easy to install and contributes to protect the environment”. This is the only polycarbonate in Mexico that can guarantee quality and durability over 25 years and more, which is the best choice for this kind of works that represent a large investment and that must maintain their functionality for several decades.

“When choosing materials, we always say that when an investment of 200 million dollars or more is on the line, one cannot give it to someone who is not experienced; we like to experiment, but safely, we like to bet when we’re going to win. And we know we will win because we have all the tools to make things succeed, the limit is always the imagination, but that imagination has to go with a knowledge of which things are achievable and that is what we apply”, asserts Vergara.

In this regard, Luis Fernandez de Ortega adds: “We seek materials that we know will have the expected performance in a particular building, not delude ourselves with the issue of cost. We rely more on an already proven track record and that is why we put our trust in products we are confident will meet those expectations. One thing I always tell our team when they are doing their job, ‘keep in mind that not only you are putting your name on this, we all are, when you place your name out in front it means you’re putting forward a reputation, that forces us to be very careful with the selection of materials and systems, which is why we study those things so much”.

After eight years of work, the stadium was inaugurated a few weeks ago. The result is a building that “will generate a lot of history for sport in Mexico, and will be the trigger of a higher level of design that will elevate the level of dignity of the people”, in the words of Andrés Vergara.

The construction process would have been impossible without the application of the most cutting-edge technologies, using the most advanced materials and the talent and work of human hands and minds.

“Now that we’ve been at the opening of the stadium, we realized that all attendees became one. This is a phenomenon that football does: it coalesces a large group of people into one that moves in one direction, and I believe that’s what a building like this really brings to a city. A building is nothing if it does not have people within it and that’s the great opportunity that this stadium represents, not only for the public, for the team or for the owner, but also for us”, concludes Luis Fernández de Ortega.

Advice to keep in mind when working with polycarbonate panels

When it comes to choosing the right plastic material for your task at hand, look no further than polycarbonate panels. This material is pretty much unbreakable and usually come in two different iterations; as a

  • multiwall polycarbonate which is a structured sheet that has air chambers which are hollow

Or

  •  solid polycarbonate which is clear, flat sheeting that has the appearance of glass

Both of these polycarbonate panels have their own distinct advantages and it often comes down to which is more aesthetically pleasing for the project at hand rather than the functionality of the panels coming into play.

Does this type of panelling scratch?

While plastic and glass panelling is liable to scratching, the polycarbonate surface is a material that has been hardened to withstand high levels of resistant.

If a piece of glass is scratched, the glass breaks away in tiny shards and the scratch is not very visible to the human eye. Alternatively, when plastic panelling is scratched, the fragments don’t break away, they move to another location which leaves a visible indentation that is raised on the surface.

This sort of effect needs to be taken into consideration when you are deciding to use plastic sheeting.

On the other hand, it is a lot harder to cause cracks or breaks in the polycarbonate panels as even though it is half the weight of glass, it is actually more than 200 times stronger than glass.

It is also flexible while maintaining strength levels and rigidity. This is why polycarbonate panels are often used as a guard in moving machinery parts, farming machinery wind shields and in security screens.

Does polycarbonate panelling bend?

This type of panelling does bend, which gives you a lot more flexibility when it comes to the design of the project at hand. Larger sheets will have a bend with a greater radius and are well fitted for arching rooves. The greater the thickness and the smaller in size a panel are, the harder it will be to bend.

The advantages of Danpal polycarbonate panels

polycarbonate-panel2At Danpal, there are a number of different systems that utilise polycarbonate panels.

One such example is the ventilated rain system which gives a structure an aesthetically pleasing exterior while also efficiently insulating the structure from any damage that may be caused by adverse weather conditions.

Thanks to the air gap, there is a lot of natural ventilation which will allow the insulation to stay dry and perform effectively long into the future.

It is said that approximately 40% of the primary energy consumption comes from the building itself, which is why the Danpal system is so effective when it comes to saving on energy costs.

This extra form of protection is the perfect type of insulation for the task at hand. Best of all, it is quick and easy to install, as well as there being so much choice when it comes to design and the colour of the panelling.