Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility, a Curvaceous Colosus

Imposing in size but well-integrated in its environment, the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility on quite a difficult terrain, along the Ouse river, wedged between heterogeneous industrial buildings and residential areas, along a regional park.

The building is partially buried and emerges from the ground only 27 m high out of the 45 m required for the waste treatment process that is carried out over 200 m in length.

All that can be seen has been softened, rounded, curved to visually blur the building and reduce the impact on the environment. The building exterior is designed in three parts, which correspond to different stages of waste treatment.

On one side, the waste is received under a steel cladding, whereas at the other end an apse in porous textile covers the cooling elements. Between the two, a huge Danpalon® hall covers the processing pit and the heart of the system. During the day, light enters and lights up the installations. At night, the continuous activity of the building is gently enhanced with minimal light pollution.

In slightly cloudy weather, the milky appearance of the cladding allows it to almost merge with the sky, thus minimizing the visual impact of the imposing building. It was a difficult architectural choice to have made transparent what is usually opaque, and curve what is usually square. A choice that has had a positive effect as this treatment center has not been subject to the usual controversies that these kinds of projects are generally known to face.

 

Newhaven Energy Recovery FacilityDETAILS OF THE PROJECT:
Name of the Project:  Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility, UK
Applications: Facade + Skylight
Systems: Danpal Facade System + Danpal Roofing System
Thickness: 16mm, 1040mm
Colors: Clear Softlite
Company: Soprema
Architects : Jean Robert MAZAUD, S’pace
Installer: Lakesmere (UK)
Copyright: © S’PACE SA

 

Skylight Roofing Lets Daylight In But Keeps Weather Out

We want it all! We want the beauty of the outdoors but we don’t want to give up the comfort of our indoor dwellings. We yearn for the bright light outside, but our work is conducted within four walls and it seems as if there’s no way to combine the vitality of the outdoors with the practical efficiency of our inside lives. But don’t give up, because there is a way to welcome the sunshine and daylight of the outside world without trying to convince your boss that you’d be more productive if you worked from a treehouse. Skylight roofing is the answer. It’s easy to work with and easy to install and once you have it, you’ll never want to go back to the old-style roofing that keeps the daylight out of sight.

WEATHER AND SKYLIGHT ROOFING WORKING TOGETHER

The treehouse idea really wouldn’t work at all so before you start measuring the height of the branches where you live or work, give skylight roofing some consideration. Weather is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year presence in our lives. The plentiful daylight of summer gives way to the early darkness of fall and winter. Hot, sunny days share equal time, in season, with bitterly cold ones. You might stroll from your car to the office on a bright spring day, but when the rain is pouring down, you’re sprinting as fast as you can to get inside where it’s dry. Skylight roofing lets the weather be the weather and keeps you comfortable inside. You enjoy the way that the light transforms the illumination in your working and living spaces with skylight roofing, and you’re not inconvenienced when the weather is inclement, because you’re inside.

HOW SKYLIGHT ROOFING KEEPS WEATHER IN BALANCE

Once again, it’s Danpal innovation that has developed the means to satisfy everyone who wants it all. Skylight roofing allows sunshine to enter the building, but it blocks snow, rain, wind, and hail from coming inside. That’s because of microcell technology, which has been perfected so that it provides 100% watertight protection against wet weather. You know it’s raining or snowing outside, but it doesn’t interfere with your activities. You’ll reap the benefits of weather—more exposure to sunlight which will improve your Vitamin D levels, without having to wear sunscreen in order to prevent sunburn; you’ll see better because natural light is so beneficial to vision, but you’re not without access to the familiar features of the workplace and living space. The panel ribs of the roofing are spaced tightly together in order to enhance the effect of the light.

WORKING WITH SKYLIGHT ROOFING IS EASY

Another favorite aspect of skylight roofing is the ease of installation. Danpal offers varying lengths and sizes of roofing, all of which slot into designated spots effortlessly and easily without a lot of work. So, not only is skylight roofing please you, but it’s also a pleasure for the crew that’s installing it.

If you want the best of weather without its drawbacks, skylight roofing is the solution.

Clear Roofing Sheets: More Daylight, More Protection

At Danpal, we know our limits. We can manufacture roofing systems that are strong enough to keep out the worst that the weather sends us. We can design cladding systems that protect your insulation from the ill effects caused by moisture invading the interior spaces of a structure. We can build customized products that enable an architect to create imaginative and exciting designs. But natural light, well, that’s not something that even Danpal innovation can recreate. So we’ve opted for the next best thing. We can’t make sunlight, but what we can do is develop products that make sunlight more accessible for indoor spaces. If you’ve been in a structure which features our clear roofing sheets, you’ve noticed the remarkable effect of having natural light from outside illuminate the enclosed spaces inside. It’s an ideal way to benefit from the advantages of natural daylight while enjoying the comforts of the inside. Our clear roofing sheets are made of polycarbonate, a building material that’s so strong and versatile that it has transformed the industry.

Clear Roofing SheetsDANPAL’S CLEAR ROOFING SHEETS BRING DAYLIGHT INDOORS

Natural light doesn’t just feel good. It is good for you! Daylight is part of the holistic pattern that nature has designed to keep us healthy. Deprived of natural light, we may become moody, depressed, and lethargic. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is an actual condition that has been documented in people who feel ill because of the lack of sunlight; it’s a condition particularly noticeable in cold climates, where the dark, overcast days of winter seem to hide the sun from view. Dr. Danpal knows just how to ease the symptoms of sunlight-deprivation: bring in the daylight with clear roofing sheets! Polycarbonate sheets keep out the inclement weather and let the sunshine in!

CLEAR ROOFING IS STRONG ENOUGH TO KEEP WEATHER AWAY

If you’re wondering how something that looks like glass can possibly be durable enough to let the sunshine in while keeping rain and snow away, you might not know about the properties of polycarbonate. This innovative building material is 200 times stronger than glass, yet only half as heavy! That’s why it can keep you warm and snug inside while, all around you, the snow might be falling, the rain pouring, the wind blowing and the hail pounding. Clear roofing sheets don’t give way to weather.

CLEAR ROOFING SHEETS SUPPORT ENERGY EFFICIENCY

As the weather seems to become more and more extreme and unpredictable, our society is redoubling our efforts to take better care of our planet. One of the ways that we serve our planet better is by keeping a close eye on the energy that we use. Cities, which are made up of buildings with enormous energy demands, are at the forefront of using daylighting architecture to develop structures that leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. Facilitating the amount of daylight that enters our buildings is one of the many ways that we can help to support a more sustainable lifestyle. Natural light enhances illumination, making it possible for building occupants to see better as they work inside with the bounty of light above them. Being more productive while consuming less energy is better for us, and better for the environment.