A walkway canopy is architecture’s way of turning the outdoors into a comfort zone for both commercial and residential settings. Whether your need for a covered walkway canopy is for a home or business environment, you’ll appreciate the benefits that Danpal manufacturing and design bring to canopy architecture. Walkway canopies are often seen in outdoor restaurant seating, where they provide covering for diners but also add to the ambience of the establishment. They are also seen in home landscaping, where they can add a festive touch to the exterior appearance of a house. But a Danpal walkway canopy design is much more than a piece of canvas on a pole. The famed Danpal reputation for innovation and visual appeal makes polycarbonate canopy design an attractive and useful feature for your building.
Of course, we immediately think of the ways that walkway canopy systems offer shelter from the elements, but even the simplest of walkway awnings can transform the visual aspect of the landscape. A street of shops distinguished by the items that are sold within, but connected by an exterior walkway canopy, gives a commercial zone a picturesque appearance. In a domestic setting, a covered walkway canopy at a festive occasion shields guests from rain as they enjoy the fresh air and the company of others. Whether you’re enjoying alfresco dining at your favorite restaurant or chatting with friends at a neighborhood get-together, you can appreciate the ways in which an outdoor walkway canopy enhances the occasion.
A Danpalon Canopy Redefines Outdoor Architectural Canopy Design
Don’t be confused when we talk of daylighting architecture and canopy roof design in the same sentence. The combination of natural light and architecture has brought about a dynamic partnership between what nature can provide and what technology can enhance.
Danpal is a pioneer in daylighting architecture, the process by which natural light becomes one of the building components of a design. Of course, as soon as Danpal is part of the conversation about canopy roof material, the conversation turns to a polycarbonate roof canopy. It’s light in weight and easy to work with, which gives it a versatility that’s especially convenient for an outdoor setting. You’ve seen polycarbonate canopy systems in a variety of locations, and you’re used to seeing polycarbonate used in conservatories, garages, decks, patios and even pool covers. It’s practically unbreakable, which helps to explain how polycarbonate canopy design has captivated the imagination of architects.
Because it’s 250 times stronger than conventional glass, polycarbonate is able to hold up against harsh weather. That means that whether the season features extreme cold or extreme heat, polycarbonate covered walkways are up to the challenge.
The Walkway Canopy Of Hwa Hun
Located near Seoul near Bukhansan Mountain in Korea, Hwa Hun or “Blooming House” is a brilliant example of how Danpal materials and stunning architecture combine to create a design that is both aesthetically impressive and structurally superior. The house not only uses Danpalon® in its Danpal façade system but also in its walkway canopy, where Danpalon® is placed over steel pipes. An architectural canopy is an invigorating element for a residence or a business that also adds to the appeal of the neighborhood.
The Advantages Of Danpalon® For Your Walkway Canopy
The reason why Danpalon® panels are the preferred choice for canopy roof systems is easy to understand. It’s well known in the construction industry that any Danpal product is subjected to rigorous in-house quality control testing so that the final results meet Danpal standards. Because Danpal is an international company with a thriving commercial presence on five continents, its global markets are an important consideration when manufacturing materials for export. Danpal products perform to excel regardless of where they are installed: whether it’s the Alps of France or the Australian Outback, Danpal manufactures materials that will be durable enough to withstand weather conditions all over the world.
Versatility Of Materials And Colors In Walkway Canopies
For business establishments that want to make sure the external features of their setting enhance the overall appearance and don’t detract from the impression that’s made on customers, there are various options to choose from when considering polycarbonate canopy details.
You might choose simple walkway canopies that are utilitarian in function, or you might be aiming for a more elaborate presentation that adds visual appeal. Danpal offers various options in building canopy design that will meet the widest range of customer preferences.
Walkway Canopies Provide Shelter From The Elements
People love being outside, until bad weather makes an appearance. With the arrival of summer, more events are held outside. For restaurants welcoming the return to normal after the constraints imposed by COVID, outdoor seating remains a popular option. An attractive walkway canopy design is a visual way for a business to look inviting.
Diners sitting at a table might have an umbrella to shelter them from harsh sunshine or blustery conditions, but servers bringing menu items to those tables can benefit from a canopy that shields the transit paths from exposure. Danpal flexibility and ease of access are always an important factor when making a decision on the dimensions of the walkway canopy that’s needed.
Optimizing Natural Light With Danpal’s Walkway Canopy Systems
Danpal is a pioneer in daylighting architecture, the process by which natural light becomes one of the building components of a design. Whether you are in the market for a walkway canopy or skylight roofing or any of the Danpal systems, it’s quite likely that you’ll want to check out the options that come with daylighting architecture. Studies have shown that adding more natural light improves productivity and nurtures a sense of wellness. In these stressful times, a little more sunshine can go a long way toward making building structures more holistic for those inside.
What’s the light up to these days? If the question puzzles you, that might mean that you need to give more thought to the performance of your louvre shading system. Controlling the amount of shade that comes into your building is one of the features of the louvre shading system, but there’s a lot that goes on to make sure that you’re completely comfortable. Danpal, a leader in the building industry because we never stop innovating, has come up with a dynamic new technology that’s unique in external fixed louvre systems.
What Is The DanpaShade Louvre System?
When you select the DanpaShade Louvre Shading System, you’re benefitting from a high-quality environment for your interior working and living space. Each DanpaShade louvre system is constructed from the so-strong and so-lightweight Danpalon polycarbonate material. Danpal customers are familiar with the company’s talent for manufacturing products that are incredibly strong and amazingly light. When you get that combination, plus the ability to control how much sunlight and shade can enter your spaces, you know that you’re getting a good deal.
What Is The Aura Louvre System?
The Aura Louvre System lets you partner with architecture, energy conservation, and visual esthetics to select a louvre shading system that offers Danpal’s 2 in 1 color options as you color with shade. You’re protecting the environment and expressing your personal esthetic choices all at the same time, and you’re using the shade that nature offers as an ingredient in the mix. What Are The Features of the Danpal Louvre Shading System Architects and clients all over the world have come to expect dazzling innovation from Danpal, and our louvre shading system does not disappoint. It offers a horizontal or a vertical installation, color-shift technology and dual-color integration, shade-shift properties, Z-frame construction, l/and ightweight design. The spacing between the louvre ribs produces a highly attractive quality of light which adds to the overall attractiveness of the structure.
Performance Matches Esthetics In The Danpal Louvre Shading System
Danpal’s Microcell technology ensures that the louvre shading system will be up to the challenge of any kind of weather, regardless of whether it snows, rains, hails, or whether the intense sun beats down upon it. High-impact resistance keeps the system strong even in the fiercest weather conditions.
Not only are you in charge of the weather when you have a louvre shading system, but you’re also the one who gets to choose the color of the system. Danpal is a pioneer in daylighting architecture and we know how much we benefit when sunlight can be added to our indoors. But we also understand and agree that color does a lot to brighten up a building. That’s why our louvre systems are available in colors, effects, and finishes that impress with esthetic appeal. Even though it’s your building, it also has a place in the community. We want to make sure that your structure makes a good impression among its neighboring buildings.
Imagine if we could bring the outdoors inside. The fresh air, the beautiful sunlight, that wonderful feeling of being invigorated through closer ties to nature. The outdoors is indeed a marvellous environment . . . but what about when it snows and we long to hurry inside where it’s warm? Or when it’s raining and we’re soaking wet and can’t wait to get out of the storm? The out-of-doors has definite attributes, but for most of us, it’s the inside world where we spend the majority of our time, and that means that we have to find a way to bring the outside in. Outdoor louvres are one way to do that: they can be opened all the way or half-way, or closed entirely, depending upon your personal preference and how much of the out-of-doors you want to welcome into your living and working space. The choice is up to you, and isn’t it wonderful to know that, even though we have no control over whether outdoor louvre let us control how much of it affects our comfort zone.
Why Outdoor Louvres Are the Answer for Personal Climate Control
With outdoor louvres, you make the decision on how much light and air you want to bring inside. On a rainy, windy day, you might not want the louvres to be fully open; you might even want them to be closed. If it’s a beautiful day and you don’t want that “stuck-inside” feeling, you can open the outdoor louvre halfway or all the way so that, even though you’re inside, you’re not missing out on the fresh air and sunlight outside. Outdoor louvres are a satisfying and responsible way to minimize your consumption of energy, which make them the environmental choice as well.
Outdoor Louvres and Indoor Daylight
One of the many advantages of outdoor louvre is the way that it lets you determine how much natural light is going to be brought into your spaces. Do you want lots of sunlight, or do you want shade? Outdoor louvres let you decide. When the louvres are open, you not only receive the amount of daylight that you want, but improved ventilation as well. Think of the seasons and how you enjoy them; now think of how much more you’ll enjoy then when you add outdoor louvres.
Danpal® Louvre Translucent Shading System and Outdoor Louvres
Danpal’s pioneering in the field of daylighting architecture is a triumph that matches cutting-edge innovation with natural light. That achievement is exemplified by the properties of outdoor louvres, which are designed to give daylight as much of a presence as you think is appropriate depending upon the weather and your preference. You can’t control the sky or what comes out of it, but with outdoor louvre, you’re the one controlling your own personal climate. You can count on Danpal quality and Danpal’s Microcell technology to bring you the most innovative products designed to ensure your comfort.
Today we hear from Shaul Givoni, a Danpal employee of 50 years, who was instrumental in the company’s initial creation and growth.
Shaul recalls his story for us, as well as several highlights in his career, which remind us that his story is also the story of Danpal.
“This October, I am summarizing my 50 consecutive years of work at Danpal! I think that few people in Israel today, work for so many years, especially in one place!
After being discharged from the army in 1965, I returned to the agricultural industry where I worked as a teenager, during my high school years at Kibbutz Dan. The Director in charge of the Agriculture of the Kibbutz, asked me to join Milk Meiri in establishing a new agricultural sector within the industry, specifically avocados. After about a year, I was asked to go out and help a young Kibbutz, which was then called C.S. (Community Service). We left Kibbutz Dan and we moved to Kibbutz Nachshon, where I had also met my future partner Bilha, and upon finishing my “service” in Nachshon, I returned to the avocado industry. After getting married in 1969, we moved for 10 months to Bilha’s Kibbutz, Gan Shmuel, where I was assigned to work in the Kibbutz’s canning factory where the industrial passion also stuck.
When we returned to Dan in October 1970, I informed Milk that I was moving to work at Danpal, (referring to the historic Danpal that began producing various products for the construction industry from P.V.C.).
I started learning the extrusion profession and after about three months, I was trained as a shift manager, and within three years, I was appointed as a Production Manager, which I held for seven years. Once finished with my role as a production manager, we had just purchased a print line of profiles for folding doors, where I spent the following two years with Ita Dan.
It was then that a “historic” event took place, the late Dov Hanis, a representative of “Sukkit” in Israel, the importer of General Electric’s polycarbonate, brought us two PC bags for testing. Together with Nir Ben Zvi (Development Director from our PVC line), we produced several samples, which I took with me to the plastic exhibition in Düsseldorf (I think in 1978). Dov then arranged a meeting with General Electric, where our product was examined and exclaimed as “VERY GOOD!” but it was not the right product for them.
Following this, Dov introduced us to an Israeli architect, Barry Bezner, who at the time was plying his trade in Italy. Barry, who at the time was well acquainted with the European market, also agreed with the assessment given by General Electric. As a result, Barry decided to help us, by leveraging his considerable experience and design something more “appropriate”.
From there I traveled by train to Varese, Italy to visit the Omipa Factory, which Dov had also recommended. Omipa was considered as a pioneer in the production of certain polycarbonate lines, and I recall being very impressed and left with a positive attitude.
We managed to convince Beny Rosen, Director of Danpal, and Amiram Efrati, Director of Dan Industries, with the idea, and from there, we set off.
After due consideration, we bought two production lines from Omipa, built Hall No. 1, and went on to run the line in Italy. Within a short time, we brought production to Israel, and with the help of Shalom Peled (who had by then joined our team), we installed and ran the line in Dan! At the time, the only product we produced, was a standard panel with “feet” 10m long with a width of 400mm. This was the product designed by Barry Bezner, and for which we received our first international patent, which we then held for twenty years!
Initially, we called the factory U-REX but because of a potential conflict, with another factory that had a similar name, we changed it to “Danpalon”. It soon became clear to us, that the world was not yet ready for our new panel, and from there Nir’s hard work began. Nir’s main efforts were spent convincing potential customers in various countries, that there was indeed a place for our product in the architectural market. Our first customer abroad was Henrik Sokuler, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, who owned a factory called “Everlite” in Denmark. In 1982, the first container packed with our new Danpalon panel left Danpal bound for Everlite. Not long after, Sokoler also managed to convince us, to adjust our panels to a width of 600 mm, and from there we never looked back!
Our first significant project in Israel was the Central Train Station in Arlozorov Tel Aviv designed by Rozov, a well-known architect based in Haifa. Rozov dared to use our new unconventional product on a large project, which until then, would have been completely unheard of and deemed too risky.
Initially, we persevered through several difficult years, which may be considered inevitable for a young start-up, such as ours. In due course as the market responded to our revolutionary product, sales improved, and our turnover increased by many times over. In those early years, shifts were operated by Dan Kibbutz members, and my responsibility was to run production both days and nights! Nir and I both felt a huge commitment to the factory’s success, and in 1983, this responsibility was compounded by the crisis with the banks/Kibbutz. As a result, the initial loan by the Kibbutz for the establishment of the plant weighed heavily on the community.
Our efforts eventually paid off, as sales-driven turnover increased by leaps and bounds until we reached the full utilization of our first production line. We then decided to purchase a second, then third production line, and so on… until the eighth line was installed at our subsidiary in Spain. Looking back, I regard myself as privileged, to have been involved in the design of a large portion of our Danpal products. Beyond this, I am proud to have had positive input on the development of various technologies, such as our various UV protection technology, and improvements in production.
I will spare you the entire history, our Danpal veterans know most of it, but we have added products, customers, and established subsidiaries around the world, up until the global crises of 2008. The crises severely affected our customers, and as a company, we also suffered additional blows that impacted our growth. These include new competitors entering our markets around the world, patents that we had held, which started expiring, and our products being unscrupulously copied!
Currently, we are finding new and innovative ways to enhance our manufacturing practices, develop exciting new products, and improve customer experience.
So, to summarize my 50 consecutive years with Danpal, and 55 years of work in general and if I include work during high school, I have been at it for at least 61 years! I have not yet retired, I am still here, and I continue to provide the factory with valuable input, learned from my long years of service.
It is with great pride that from the early initiative started by both Nir and me, we have reached hundreds of families from around the world, who now make a living from Danpal. We also have supplied thousands of projects from all over the world, and here in Israel, some of them being recognized as prestigious. Our considerable debts to the Kibbutz were all settled and repaid to the very last penny, and today the Kibbutz is in a solid financial condition.
In finishing, I would like to wish all the workers in our Danpal factories, a good future, good health, and most importantly a quick exit from the Corona crisis.”
1. What comes to mind when I say “Danpal”?
For me, it’s the main creation force in my life, a place where I had spent a large part of the day, generated my livelihood, built friendships, through who I saw the world, and our clients’ projects.
2. What do you think of Danpal’s strengths as a company?
The family atmosphere, the dedication of most of the employees, the tremendous experience and knowledge accumulated here and in our subsidiaries.
3. What was the reason for the transition from PVC in the beginning to today’s PC?
As I wrote in my letters, it was a fortunate change that came about, due to our interactions with several key role-players at the time.
This enabled us to move into a new industry, the architectural industry, and away from an already well-established and successful agricultural irrigation industry.
4. Looking back, what was our most significant developments and innovations?
Of course, the most significant development was our first Danpalon panel, using our new connection method (what is called feet or in English standing seam) creating an integrated system.
This meant that the practice of customers needing to cut boards of say 2.1 meters wide (at the time supplied by our competitors), to the desired width, and then connecting them using their own methods, could become a thing of the past.
Using a connector from the same material, which is a hidden connection system that does not require drilling through the board, is a patent we registered for the connection method.
We were the first in the world to produce UV-protected panels using the extrusion line method, in contrast to the method developed by General Electric and used by several manufacturers.
The next significant development was a 16mm panel, with five air spaces on which we also received a patent, and which improved insulation properties significantly.
It is followed by all our industrial Danpalon panels, developed for the Spanish market, which were also unique in the manner in which the panels connected to each other edge to edge.
The next development was the 604 transparent panel, on which Gal was granted a patent using the Danpalon connection method.
Another development was the Controlite concept, which we also patented, but for various reasons, we did not market enough, but which provides a unique solution of variable light control throughout the day.
We have also pioneered the development of panels with colored partitions for decoration and shading purposes.
Finally, I think that our current development of integrated systems using advanced aluminum profiles, and our double-walled solutions (Danpatherm K7 & Danpatherm K12). Systems acting as carriers for fiberglass insulation and LED lighting systems, all supplied with various permits for fire, water and air penetration.
5. What do you wish for the company in the future?
Of course, the continued development of our existing product lines, but also entry into new markets that will remain viable for many years to come.
6. What developments and innovations do you think we need to step up successfully?
We have two options, to delve deeper into developing better solutions in our field of architectural glazing, and to open ourselves to new innovative industries as well. The field of extrusion is fairly limited by the very method of production, but if we apply some creativity and investment, I have full confidence in success!
7. What would you like to say to the new and young employees in the group who are just starting out in Danpal?
I think that the future is not entirely predictable and so depends on us, so new employees should deepen their knowledge, whether by way of formal education or self-study (as I did).
Often young people today, are not exposed to manual labor and shift work, as we might have been in the past. So today, the road to an incentivized career path for future Danpal employees, needs some thinking.
8. What do you think the future for the global polycarbonate industry?
This industry can be said to be in a certain type of crisis, as large amounts of material had been diverted to the disc industry, which has since fallen drastically. In our specific field, the main obstacle to growth, for which we need to find solutions is for fire regulations.
With the ongoing tightening of standards and requirements, finding solutions in this area as well as in others, such as extending the service life of the panels, is critical.
We would like to take this moment to thank Shaul, for his immense input to Danpal, one which should never be undervalued. Shaul has become an icon at Danpal, and has shown us all what is possible when consistency is partnered with belief and effort.
In Paris, the land is rare and expensive. It is on the site previously occupied by the Jules Ladoumègue Sports Stadium that the walls of a new Maintenance and Storage Site (SMR) for the T3 tramway line have just been built.
It was unthinkable that the Jules Ladoumègue would no longer offer its sports facilities to the district – so the stadium was simply rebuilt on the roof of the new building and now faces the ring road. Today, it includes a soccer field, a rugby field, and as a buffer between them and the noise of the traffic, a long building housing tennis courts.
The west wall is Controlite®, with integrated brise soleil to protect from strong light and manage solar gain.
On the Facades east side, the Jules Ladoumègue Sports Complex, which faces the sports fields, the Danpalon® wall is covered by a horizontal wooden lattice filter. Dietmar Feichtinger, the project architect, designed it as “a kind of artificial landscape, evocative of the synthetic grass”.
The covered tennis courts are a nod to the new Paris Philharmonic concert hall, located in the neighboring park of La Villette, with alternating red and transparent Danpalon® panels evocative of piano keys. “Red is a color that also features inside, in various materials, such as the cloth on the ceiling. It’s a theme that runs through the building”, concludes Dietmar Feichtinger making the Jules Ladoumègue Sports Complex an outstanding area for multi-sports.
Monumental! This is the term that comes to mind when you see the new soccer stadium Soong-Eui, in Incheon, Korea. It is integrated into a total of 9-hectare mixing sports facilities, offices, stores and residences, intended to revitalize the economic growth of the city.
Designed by Rossetti, an American architectural firm and Mooyoung, a Korean firm, the master plan of this new neighborhood reflects the marine culture in this port city in making a reference to waves, winds, and ships.
With its dynamic shape and the curve of its roof, the stadium evokes the outlines of a vessel fending the waves. With a capacity of nearly 21,000 seats, it will host the matches in the local club and especially the 17th Asian Games in 2014.
On the upper part, the cover protecting the spectators is executed in Danpalon®.
”I chose this material for its durability, resistance to impact, and because it forms waterproof roofing,” explains Shim Sang-Chul, an architect. Another challenge and a significant one: the length of the required components.
“In some places, the roofing of Stadium Soong-Eui reaches 32 m in length. We needed a material that is available in these dimensions, which is the case with Danpalon®. As itis extremely lightweight, it needs only a thin supporting structure.” The aluminum connectors participate in this clean appearance and delicacy of structure, “while creating a solid whole, made to last a long time,” concludes Shim Sang-Chul.
DETAILS OF THE PROJECT: Name of the Project: Stadium Soong-Eui, Incheon, South Korea Applications: Skylight Systems: Danpal Roofing System Thickness: 16mm, 1040mm Color: Blue Company: STEELLIFE co,.LTD Architects: Shim Sang-Chul
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.
On the edge between urbanity and nature, set up between a ZAC and a hiking trail along a river, the Epernon sports complex finds its personality in the search for harmony with its environment, without issimulation or assimilation.
On the town side, it is illuminated and the mineral concrete of the forecourt welcomes the visitors. On the riverside, the printed Danpalon® facade integrates with the park, without touching it, providing the reflection of trees in the Drouette valley.
“Initially, we had planned to screen-print this facade,” recalls Bernard Ritaly, Architect. “A visit to a trade show, during the design phase, allowed us to discover digital printing. This method enables us to create a facing with more personal development, it opens up a field of possibilities that were not accessible earlier.
With a little imagination and fantasy, this is the solution that we have retained; at less than two meters away, the printed photo cannot be distinguished; only pixels are visible. One needs to move back from the facade to be able to understand what it represents.”
The trees printed on the Danpalon® double skin harmoniously mingle with the vertical wooden shingles, another key material of this Sport complex.
For Bernard Ritaly, “the facades are an allegory of the forest and of the plant world. We have used untreated larch, which will gradually become tinted and in a few years from now, the entire building will be naturally grey. The pattern will not move.”
DETAILS OF THE PROJECT:
Name of the Project: Epernon Sports Complex Applications: Facade + Skylight Systems: Danpal Facade System + Controlite for Roof System Colors: Opal + Clear Company: Soprema Architects: Ligne 7 Architecture
Dedicated to the services of the city, and Intercommunal Technical Center combines a variety of activities, some noisy (workshops of different services, oading areas near the railway line of the Bourget yard), and some quiet (offices, archives, company store in a residential area).
CTI-v5For the Bourget airport Urban Community Centre, the choice was to divide these activities into two parallel buildings, lengthwise.
Between the two, an interior street, 8 meters wide, acts as a link between the two worlds. A part of the street is covered by Danpalon®, creating an inner courtyard that enables the movement from one external space to the other without being exposed to harsh weather.
CTI-v4For workshops and storage areas, in-depth illumination, and good insulation were required (the whole is known as BBC), even if the heating requirements are less important than for offices. The facades blend wooden siding on the bottom part and, on the top, Danpalon® 16 mm clear of 4 m height.
“Aesthetically, it works well with a contrast between smooth, bright and modern material, and the softer, matt, and sober wood,” explains Jonathan Deschamps, Head Architect Project Manager of the Pierre Lombard Agency.
CTI-v7“During the day, Danpalon® brings a quality of natural light inside the workshops. It takes another dimension in the evening when the workshops are lit and make it visible from the outside. Its metallic side highlights woodwork and aluminum finish flaps, creating a material unit on the facades”.
We had the fortunate opportunity to sit-down, and talk with a very busy Mr. Han, about his work, as he guides Danpal Korea to a bright future.
Mr. Han is a multitalented individual, who is not only the president of Danpal Korea, but who is also the V.P of the Korea Institute of Architects, and amongst other titles, is an alternate member of the UNESCO-UIA Co-Committee of World Capital of Architecture.
1. Please tell us a little bit more about you and your background?
I am Young-keun Han, the president of Danpal Korea, a commissioner of Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy Republic of Korea, the vice president of Korea Institute of Architects, an alternative member of UNESCO-UIA Co-Committee of World Capital of Architecture and a commissioner of Architecture Commission of Seoul City. I am also an architect and university professor. I have experience in designing buildings and architecture ever since I finished my study of architect in France. During that time, I was able to experience architect and engineering industry for about 20 years and came across to know about Danpalon and its applications as aesthetically flexible building materials having great potential.
2. How did you originally get involved with DANPAL?
While I was in France, I had a chance to design a house for the Bayer France’s chairman and he was very satisfied with the design and outcome. As a result, I became his architectural consultant. From the Bayer’s raw material annual forum, I came to know of Danpalon which uses the Bayer’s Makrolon as the main ingredient. And after that, I have witnessed the design, application, and maintenance of the Bayer group’s Danpalon project. I was marveled at Danpalon as a building material and led me to start my business with Danpal in Korea.
3. Can you tell us more about how you have developed DANPAL Korea, into a successful supplier of architectural solutions (moving away from simple panels)?
As an architect, I have discussed a lot about building structures and materials with my fellow architects. In the early days in Korea, about 15 years ago, polycarbonate panels were not widely used as building envelopes. But I brought these fantastic materials at the moment when architects were seeking and desire of new materials. And I tried to apply Danpalon to well-designed building projects so that they could perform as my showcase.
Based on the high-quality product as Danpalon, I provided skilled engineering to support better applications. Most of all, I have tended to think that I am contributing to the new culture for architecture in Korea, rather than just selling panels for profits.
4. What challenges in supplying our systems for projects, do you continually face in Korea, and how have you overcome them?
Although Danpalon is known as high-end imported material, it is more expensive than four other competitors. In addition to that, products from China are not only cheaper but quicker to be delivered as they close to Korea.
The next issue is the Korean building regulations. Danpal products are globally used but that doesn’t mean they perfectly meet all Korean regulation. Especially, the standard for fire resistance and insulation is getting more and more intensified, and reducing the gap to meet the requirements is not fast enough.
To solve these issues, we approach each case differently and try to identify the client’s desire in early-stage whether he wants superior products or only cares of price so that we know where to put our efforts. We also try to secure more stock available in order to meet the desired delivery time. We understand well that this is not a perfect solution and Danpal products are order-made, therefore, the production requires more time. But we also hope more support from Danpal to find better and more effective ways to reduce delivery time.
For the regulations, we can hardly imagine how the regulations will be in the future. But now the best we can do is to suggest the applicable design of the products complying with the new regulation to our clients.
5. What sort of strategies have you used to overcome local competitors, especially those, who sell on price?
Danpal Korea offers solutions. With my employees’ knowledge and experience in engineering and architecture, and understanding of the Korean market, Danpal Korea provides not only products but Total Service. This means that from the design stage, Danpal Korea works with our clients until their projects end. And even after the projects we go on and check if our clients are satisfied with their results. I believe this could make clients favour our solution over the price.
6. What do you feel are the key advantages that a DANPAL solution offers, over other more established options in the market?
I think Danpal products are genuinely made by the market-leading company Danpal whereas other similar building material companies imitate and follow the trend created by Danpal. This gives significant differences for product superiority when it comes to application. With the experience and knowledge, Danpal has, Danpal solutions are built for high functioning that actually works. This is because Danpal products are continuously being evolved and get perfected by Danpal’s R&D, which makes other competitors hard to follow.
7. How important is it to provide high-level specification for each project, in order to secure supply, and how do go about this process?
Suggesting on Danpal’s specification is the first step in the process to develop projects. In that, we need to address our solution’s functionality, efficiency, and as well as economic value to people who design, inspect, and manage projects and people who work on sites. Normally they don’t work in a group all together, so even though we convince the designer or architect, that doesn’t mean that we secured the project. We have to go through and met each stakeholder to be satisfied.
Since Danpal Korea is not a big company that has enough manpower, we have difficulties reaching out to every single one and its satisfaction. But we try to use every available resource as possible. For example, in order to get more information and supports, I use my network in architectural associations that I’m affiliated to.
And more importantly, we let our clients correctly understand the traits of our products and performance, so that we can build mutual trust with our clients and be recognized as a credible and healthy partner.
8. What future do you see for DANPAL in Korea, and how are you gearing up for these changes?
Danpal solutions may not be a substitute for all kinds of building materials for sure. And they are not ordinary materials or ubiquitous applied to everywhere, at least, in Korea so that its market is not as big as other ordinary materials like glass. But I believe its uniqueness can find the niche, and when Danpal solutions are required, there can be hardly ever substituted due to strength and durability compared to lightness and variety of color options.
So far, 85% of our projects are Façade and we have only 15% of roofing projects but we are now expanding to roofing and interior projects. For our future, what I want to do is to combine Danpalon and solar panels for clients who want solar energy. This will increase more marketable area. I am sure that Danpal solutions’ original functionality and technology to enhance energy efficiency and environmentally friendly products can be the answer for not only Danpal Korea but also for Global Danpal.
9. Can you tell us about a project that you are most proud of, and which DANPAL system you ended up using?
The most memorable project to me is Soongeui Arena Park Stadium using Danpal Roofing System. The project required 34.4 meter long panels, the longest panels ever used for our projects. In order to install these long panels inclined, the structure became very complicated. With the help of Danpal, we were able to save structural costs from total expenses. This was because Danpal and Danpal Korea are not just panel sellers but we find and provide the solution and service together.
10. What advice can you provide to our other global partners, on the steps you have taken, to grow the DANPAL brand in, your market?
I often say this but because of its importance, I will repeat it. We are not selling just products and panels. Because our products are not consumer products that can be immediately used as they are, just selling cannot be done without putting extra effort to support clients. Therefore, it is very important to have the experts and qualified manpower to provide engineering services and great marketing as well.
Our products are designed, tailored, and installed, and this process takes some time until projects finished. And the notion that I obtained in this business is to remind people that we are offering them solutions to solve their problems. With the high-quality Danpal’s solutions and the efforts to provide service, there will be a bright future and your success.
To lighten the construction, the ground floor is fully glazed and constitutes the foundation of the ring formed by Danpalon® supported by a metal framework. “This makes it possible to lift the translucent ring off the floor to give the impression that it is floating in the air, bringing light and airiness to the complex,” explains Thomas Houot, Architect from the ANAA agency.
Apart from the rounded shape and the considerable height (11m) that it allows, Danpalon® has also been selected for its thermal and lighting properties, essential in this HQE project. “We had to limit energy consumption and we have sought to make maximum use of natural lighting.
The light we get through the structure is gentle and of excellent quality,” explains Thomas Houot.
“Furthermore, at night, we wanted the activity inside to be visible from the outside. In addition to specific lighting for the track, we placed polycarbonate tubes with fluorescent light sources on top of the walking frames and terraces. At night the structure becomes transparent and the building looks like a lantern”.
La Tour Daviel student residence, it is due to a front extension and a complete restructuring of the building that the Daviel university Residence in Paris can now accommodate students in comfortable and spacious rooms replacing the somewhat old narrow ones.
For the facade, the change is total “to give a new positive image of the home and the neighbourhood,” says Jean-André Macchini, project architect. The 1,60 m extensions have earned valuable surface area without weighing down the structure by a lightweight system combining a timber frame and Danpalon® cladding.
Three-panel colours, clear, opal and ice, sometimes gives the perception of the colour of a steel tray in the background, developing into a set of bright and colourful surfaces. Jean-André Macchini says: “The entire building vibrates and responds to the slightest modulation of natural light during the day and night in the Paris sky, with random colour effects and reflections depending on the occupancy and the lighting of the rooms.
The perception of the building is very different depending on where it is viewed from: from a distance, white dominates, based on the Parisian landscape; from up close the iridescent colours vibrate the volume.
This work on the material constituting the skin of the facade is a counterpoint to a set of recesses and projections, recess angles, shadow effects, and sculpturing by refining its size.”
If you’d like your home or office building to be on an equal footing with weather, you need to consider the merits of polycarbonate skylight systems. For most of humankind’s time on the planet, shelter has been at the mercy of weather. As architecture and construction advanced through the centuries, the goal has been to prevent weather—the heat or the cold, the damp, the darkness—from making us uncomfortable or causing damage to our living and working spaces. But as we all know, weather has a benign and enjoyable side as well. With the development of naturalite skylight systems, Danpal has found a way to integrate the more popular aspects of nature into our interior space, while keeping the extreme components safely outside. Coming to terms with weather is something that’s easier to do from within a polycarbonate architectural system.
The Strength Of Polycarbonate Skylight Systems
As a building material, polycarbonate is much stronger than you might think. In fact, polycarbonate is strong enough to stand up to weather. We all know from personal experience that weather is a powerful force. In these times of climate change, where we’ve witnessed brutal and deadly storms, blizzards that bring travel to a halt, wildfires that scorch hundreds of acres, and floods that devastate human life and property, we sometimes think that weather has the upper hand. But here are a few reassuring facts about polycarbonate architectural systems that shed new light on the matter.
With impact resistance that is 250 times greater than what glass can claim, skylight polycarbonate sheets don’t surrender to weather. Polycarbonate skylight roofing can also resist temperatures as high as 240 degrees Fahrenheit, which is pretty impressive when the sun is beating down and temperatures are soaring. It’s watertight and shatterproof as well, further adding to its many superior qualities. After all, as much as we might enjoy a lovely spring rain, no one wants to see raindrops coming inside because there’s a leak in the roof!
The Flexibility Of Skylight Polycarbonate Panel
If you’re looking for skylight glazing solutions that are easy to install, you’re going to appreciate all the options that are offered in Danpal’s polycarbonate products. Unlike glass, which is heavy and difficult to work with, the components of skylight polycarbonate panels can be processed at room temperature, even when bending at sharp angles. There’s a lot to appreciate in polycarbonate skylight roofing.
Naturalite Skylight Systems Enhance The Qualities Of Daylight
When naturalite skylight systems are installed in a structure, it’s not the durability or the flexibility that captures the attention of the people inside. It’s the light! Natural light is so much more pleasing than artificial light. We see better with natural light, for one thing, so of course, skylight glazing solutions can offer an inside world that integrates sunlight into our homes, offices, shopping centers, and various other structures. Daylighting architecture is one of the ways in which Danpal has made its mark in the building industry. As part of Danpal’s Global Vision, Local Focus philosophy, it’s entirely logical that architecture would partner with light in a way that utilizes the environment’s abundance without doing harm. In fact, as a building material, polycarbonate plays a holistic role in environmental concerns because it’s so easy to recycle. With a Danpalon skylight, daylight builds a bridge between the transparency of glass and the strength that is polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate Skylight Systems Add Visual Appeal
One of the reasons, until the invention of polycarbonate, that glass was so popular in building designs was because of its transparency. This feature greatly expanded the visual options when architects were creating their plans. But glass, as we’ve already noted, suffers from severe deficiencies. Polycarbonate, on the other hand, is strong. It also resembles glass in its transparent nature. Danpal is well known among architects for the superiority of its research and design engineers, who recognize the importance of esthetics as part of the complete structural performance. Transparent polycarbonate skylight roofing allows the brilliant beauty of the daylight to come right into the interior spaces where you live and work, providing a natural sense of wellbeing. Spending a little more time with daylight, compliments of skylight polycarbonate panels, gives those hours an added charm that traditional roofing and artificial light can’t hope to imitate.
As you envision the appearance of your own naturalite skylight system, you’ll be able to appreciate its strength, its ability to provide insulation, its flexibility and ease of installation, its UV protection and light weight. But more than likely, you’re just going to marvel at the beauty of this polycarbonate architectural system that can do so much and look so good doing it!
You want to enjoy the great outdoors without actually being outside all the time. The workplace isn’t designed for an outside setup; schools, hospitals, offices are all dependent upon the amenities that come with inside settings. But sometimes, as you walk past the windows, don’t you wish that your daily routine included a bit more of the outside? With Naturalite Skylight Systems, that wish can come true. Skylights are intended to bring in daylight to internal spaces and Danpal has been a pioneer in daylighting architecture.
Naturalite Skylight Systems Bring In Natural Light
Studies show that exposure to natural light has a positive effect on people. As an element of the workplace, natural light can increase productivity among employees and create a more pleasant overall environment. It may seem strange to think that the choice of a roofing system could have such a dramatic effect on the occupants below, but when you think about it, don’t you feel your mood improve when you go out into a bright, sunny day? But you don’t have to worry that you’re going to be overwhelmed by glare as a result of more natural light coming in, because the system is designed to control the amount of light that comes in.
Naturalite Skylight Systems Are Strong Enough To Stand Up to Weather
People who are unfamiliar with skylights sometimes labor under the misconception that the impact of snow, rain, or hail will break through the skylight. That’s not at all true; Danpal building materials for skylights are incredibly strong and resistant to impact. You’ll have a first-class view of the weather and what it’s doing outside, but you’ll remain safe and dry and warm inside. So there’s no need to worry; your Naturalite Skylight System can handle Mother Nature.
Different building materials, like anything else, enjoy different cycles of popularity. We’ve come a long way since medieval times when building designers were limited to wood and brick if they were charged with constructing a massive project that would reflect the glory of the reigning monarch. And as April 2019 fire at Notre Dame Cathedral proved, the stone walls and interior were able to withstand the blaze, but the wooden roof and spire could not. In today’s world, we have more durable materials to work with. One of those materials, polycarbonate, is used to make plastic façade panels that are part of countless Danpal projects.
The Advantages Of Using Polycarbonate For Plastic Façade Panels
Polycarbonate façade panels must be stronger than the weather that pounds them on a regular basis and polycarbonate, which is 200 times stronger than tempered glass, has shown itself to be resistant to the elements. In fact, when polycarbonate is co-extruded with advanced inhibitors, it has the capacity to last the life cycle of the building. Polycarbonate thermoplastics are used for safety glasses, riot gear, sports equipment and bullet proofing, so that gives you some idea of just how strong they are. Another advantage of polycarbonate is its flexibility; polycarbonate polymers are able to be curved organically so that they take on the shape of the building. This flexibility displays itself in another unique fashion; although polycarbonate materials are so much stronger than glass, they are actually less than half its weight.
Plastic Façade Panels And Thermal Efficiency
As a society, we are very conscious of the plight of the environment and energy-conscious consumers strive to do what we can to protect the planet. Plastic façade panels are one way to do that. When a polycarbonate thermoplastic is extruded into a multicell panel, it’s possible to achieve U-values below 1.0Ug (W/m2.K). Plastic façade panels made with polycarbonate materials can help a building achieve a green rating, something that’s a mark of excellence in our world today.
Install A Patio Skylight For An Indoor/Outdoor Home Experience
If your home has a patio skylight, you’re well aware that outdoor living has given you an exhilarating way to enjoy all the comforts of home without being cooped up inside. A patio roof with skylights expands the attractions of time spent out-of-doors without having to leave the house. Skylights for patio roof architecture are just one of the unique ways in which homeowners can expand their comfort zone. Here, families and friends gather together to savor a pleasant evening or a celebration without being at the mercy of the elements. A Danpalon patio skylight can be especially accommodating for these events as it enhances the outdoor experience while providing shelter from rain and glare.
There was a time when houses had porches and yards and that was about it, but now, a residence may also have an outdoor area with clear patio roof panels that serves as a cozy entertaining center for company, or a relaxing place for the family to gather. According to the U.S. National Association of Home Builders, the share of new homes that included patios was more than 60% in 2020. This number represents the fifth year in a row that the share of newly constructed homes that include patios hit that record-breaking high! Imagine if all those houses had patios with skylights!
What’s So Special About Polycarbonate Patio Cover?
For one thing, most translucent patio roof panels are made of polycarbonate. You’d expect a polycarbonate patio cover to show significant strength, and you’re right. Although polycarbonate was first used on conservatory roofs, its popularity has expanded to the point where it’s also a favorite choice for greenhouses, solariums, and sun porches. Of course, it’s also commonly used in other commercial structures as well, but its use in outdoor structures shows that it offers that ideal blend of indoor/outdoor appearance and strength that’s so well suited for things like patio skylights. One reason that polycarbonate is the building material of choice in these structures is because many of them would not be able to support roofing made of a heavier material. Ease of installation is always a plus: it saves time and labor for the work crew, and it saves money for the client.
A patio cover skylight made of polycarbonate is almost unbreakable. As a means of comparison, polycarbonate is the material used to make police shields. If polycarbonate can stop a bullet, it definitely has the upper hand when weather attacks. That demonstrates how effective your outdoor patio skylights will be in resisting weather. During the seasons when the weather is uncooperative, you probably won’t be outside on the patio, but isn’t it a relief to know that your patio skylight panels are able to handle the pounding rain and the heavy snow while you’re snug and warm inside?
That resistance is part of what makes a skylight in patio roof design so attractive to homeowners, and so full of potential to architects. The durability of polycarbonate gives it a long life, which is also a money saver. The versatility of your patio skylight satisfies on so many different levels, from the economic to the esthetic.
Patio Skylight Lighting With Translucent Patio Roof Panels
People who have a porch skylight love the sense of being outside under cover, but they also crave the inclusion of natural light. The addition of skylights as a winning feature of the translucent porch roof maintains the brightness of natural light but diminishes the glare that sometimes accompanies sunlight. Danpal technology and building expertise knows just how to handle the whims of weather. Those clear patio cover panels bring in the daylight, but they won’t let it overwhelm you.
Translucent roofing materials for patio use can serve as the master of ceremonies when it comes to weather. They allow sufficient light to come in, but keep rain out. If you have a polycarbonate patio roof, you can be assured that you’re sheltered by a remarkably strong substance, 250 times stronger than glass, but with the flexibility and lightness to readily accommodate an architect’s design. If your home has an outdoor patio roof with skylights, you’ll be relieved to learn that polycarbonate is resistant to discoloration from the sun’s rays.
A little touch of the outdoors lets us appreciate our interior living space so much more. The option of enjoying time under a patio skylight is a form of architectural seasoning for the menu of our daily indoor living. Our homes have been transformed by many things: advances in research and development that have led to more efficient, effective building materials; an appreciation for the outdoors that doesn’t intrude upon comfort; finding a balance between the homes we live in, and the settings in which they are built. Patio skylights allow architects, builders, and clients to work as partners in order to design, build, and live in a dream home!
There’s a lot that we don’t like about nature. We don’t like the pounding rainstorms that lead to dangerous storms and winds. We don’t like the heavy snowfalls and blizzards that travel across the region as if they’re invading. We don’t like the hail that strikes the roofs of our vehicles. We don’t like the wild winds that can uproot trees and scatter their branches all over the place. What we do like about nature is the light. How we feel when we wake up in the morning sometimes may depend on whether it’s a grey day outside, or we wake to the first rays of the sun rising. in the sky. Danpal’s polycarbonate curtain wall systems are designed to allow the best of nature, the light, to be brought inside, while keeping the worst of nature outside.
polycarbonate Curtain Wall Systems Give Us More Natural Light
If you can spend your day in an environment where you aren’t entirely dependent upon artificial light in order to see, don’t you find yourself feeling better? It’s more than health, it’s a holistic signal from the natural realm that we are an integral part of the universe. Some weather can sometimes depress us, but natural light uplifts us.
polycarbonate Curtain Wall Systems Don’t Surrender To Weather
Have you ever stopped to count the number of times you’ve made a complaint about the weather over the course of a year? Each season brings its own litany of complaints; even summer, which can often be too hot for comfort, sending us hurrying inside to take refuge in air conditioning. But we’re just as dissatisfied during the cold of winter, the sudden rains of spring, and the winds of autumn that strip the leaves from the trees before they have a chance to fall on their own. If a building could talk, imagine how it would have cause to complain about the weather. Yet it endures the elements and, thanks to the strength and durability of Danpal’s polycarbonate curtain wall systems, doesn’t give in to the weather.
The exterior of a building has quite a job to do in order to protect everything on the interior of the structure. It has a functional role in the performance of the structure. It must be strong enough to withstand the onslaught of weather—pouring rain, heavy snow, damaging hail, high winds—that comes along with the seasons. It must also present an attractive appearance that suits the neighborhood in which it is located. If it does all these things, then the exterior can be relied upon to do its job.
Part of the arsenal of defense that a building uses in this mission includes the translucent exterior wall panels which define the success of the structure. That success, proven by the popularity of the product, takes the performance of the panels and highlights it with an impressive visual appeal that expresses the architect’s creative inspiration.
Translucent Exterior Wall Panels Are Weather Barriers
Microcell technology is the magic weapon that Danpal uses to produce its translucent external wall panels, to make them strong enough to hold off the punishment that the four seasons of the year can inflict on a building. Danpal translucent panels also include UV protection from the effects of the sun so that, no matter what weather action is going on in the sky, the building has a defense.
Danpal products consistently deliver on performance, standing up to the elements throughout the year. In addition, they also look good while they’re doing it.
Architects treasure Danpal’s sense of color and creativity in developing translucent wall panels that balance light and offer tonal qualities so that the finished result matches the designer’s original vision.
One of the most important parts of a building is insulation. It’s not enough to have good insulation. Insulation can only perform its function if it’s protected from the moisture that rain and snow can leave behind. Dry insulation plays a crucial role in the life of a building, but it’s also vital for the health and wellbeing of the building’s occupants. If insulation has been compromised by moisture, it becomes a welcome environment for the spread of mold, which can cause serious health problems for people living or working in the structure who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma or allergies. That’s why insulation needs all the help it can get. Thanks to Danpal, Polycarbonate Roof Panels offer just the help a building needs!
How Insulated Polycarbonate Roof Panels Work
Insulation is a vital component in the efficient operation of a building’s heating and cooling systems, which should offer a steady temperature inside throughout the entire year and all four seasons of the calendar. The added insulation of polycarbonate roofing, which has air between the layers, reduces the loss of heat. It keeps out the harmful UV rays from the sun, while at the same time allowing natural light to enter.
Polycarbonate Roof Panels And Where They’re Used
Polycarbonate roof can be installed either as a single layer, which is customary in greenhouses or in multiple layers, which is what is typically seen in a residence or business. Keeping the right temperature for a building is both an environmental as well as an economical matter. Lost energy that escapes costs you money because it increases what you’re paying to keep your building warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
At the same time, escaping energy is a burden to the environment as we all strive to maintain sustainable lifestyles. Insulated polycarbonate roof panels add an extra layer of protection for your wallet and the world in which we live.
A double skin façade is a structural term that refers to the two façades of a building, typically the vertical element, with a cavity in between them. Within that cavity is an air flow. The benefit of this system is the way that it maintains a consistent temperature, a sign that energy is being used efficiently. If you’re cozy and warm in the winter, and cool in the summer, then you probably don’t even think about whether or not your heating and cooling systems are operating at their most efficient levels. But when energy is being lost, and temperatures have to be adjusted, it’s a sign that you’re losing energy. Energy lost is energy wasted and that means money is spent for energy you aren’t using. Installation of an architectural curtain wall can restore the balance of your heating and cooling systems so that the double skin façade takes on some of the work of keeping a building’s interior spaces warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
The matter of energy is particularly apparent in big-city construction, where limited space makes high-rise buildings an inevitable part of the landscape. However, these buildings carry immense weight, an obstacle in architectural design. An architectural curtain wall alleviates the issue of weight by adding polycarbonate, which carries a high convection coefficient rather than a construction material that would lead to greater thermal loss.
The subject of façades leads to an examination of polycarbonate. When a segment of a building’s front exterior employs a polycarbonate curtain wall system as part of daylighting architecture, we’re reminded of the powerful visual appeal of glass. Thanks to the major improvements made in façade engineering, polycarbonate is a primary construction material for contemporary buildings.
Curtain walling describes the nonstructural outer wall of a building whose purpose is to block weather from penetrating the structure’s interior while at the same time ensuring the comfort of the people within.
The nonstructural status of a double glazing curtain wall allows it to be made out of lightweight material like polycarbonate. A primary aspect of double skin façade detail is its ability to present a barrier to the air and moisture that wind, rain, and snow could bring inside. These double façade systems can withstand the wind loads while absorbing the wind sway.
The polycarbonate of a double skin façade system adds flexibility to the design of the building, because it can be molded into
different shapes. A double-skin curtain wall’s performance is matched by its attractive aesthetic benefits, with transparent and translucent capabilities that feature natural light as part of the internal setting. By its ability to allow sunlight to enter into a building, a curtain wall façade helps to economize on energy costs. That’s because you’re using more natural light and less artificial light. The way that technology has enhanced the properties of polycarbonate has turned polycarbonate into an ally in the regulation of building heating and cooling. Further investigation into the properties of the architectural curtain wall will validate your decision to install it in your home or office building.
Architectural Curtain Wall Energy Efficiency
You might think that a nonstructural component of a building design would be an insignificant part of the structure, but that’s not the case. polycarbonate panel façades assist a building in the crucial area of energy efficiency, a topic which has become a shared concern of a growing majority of the world’s population. Keep in mind that the double skin façade, because the intermediate cavity between the two layers reinforces the system’s insulating capacity against winds, extremes in temperature, and also sound, offers a multifunctional advantage.
A building’s thermal efficiency needs to be able to perform in both high and low temperatures, a task which a polycarbonate curtain wall can easily accomplish. Double skin façades, because of their adaptability to hot and cold temperatures, add diversity to the heating and cooling process. If you live in a cold climate, the air buffer serves as a barrier to prevent heat loss. On the other hand, when the cavity in the polycarbonate curtain wall has absorbed heat, it’s able to provide warmth for space outside the polycarbonate, thereby lowering the demand on your indoor heating system. Your architectural curtain wall can also be enhanced with modifications such as inlets, outlet fins, or air circulators to benefit the performance of the façade.
The double skin façade system, which readily adapts to the temperature changes brought by the different seasons of the year, improves the internal insulation by keeping it dry, lowering utility costs, and supporting environmental standards designed to benefit the planet and the people who live on it.
Another feature of a double polycarbonate curtain wall system that enhances its ecological value is the fact that polycarbonate is inherently better able to keep its appearance and integrity longer than more traditional building materials. For one thing, polycarbonate doesn’t rust the way metal does. It doesn’t become weathered the way that wood does. A polycarbonate curtain wall provides a dual purpose by supporting energy efficiency, always a priority in our climate-conscious world, and at the same time, strengthening the system itself. This immunity to the danger posed by the elements makes your double curtain wall environmentally superior in performance.
How Danpal’s Double Skin Façades Benefit the Environment
We all know that in poorer countries, maintaining sustainable environmental practices can be a challenge. But did you know that in industrialized countries, buildings account for 40% of the energy usage? Our buildings are modern and technologically advanced, but it’s our responsibility to make sure that they adhere to the federally regulated environmental standards which are intended to protect the planet. Double skin façades are proven to effectively improve thermal efficiency. This advance in the architectural curtain wall structure achieves that highly desired win-win combination: thermal efficiency that promotes responsible energy usage while, at the same time, providing a financial benefit to the individual. Danpal is committed to customer satisfaction and environmental responsibility; with our polycarbonate curtain walls, we fulfill both
Danpal, which because of its commercial presence on five continents is acknowledged as an international leader in the building industry, is especially diligent in developing and maintaining systems like the double skin wall for façade which please our clients and protect our environment.
The quest for improved energy efficiency has led to the development of a double skin façade that not only supports good environmental stewardship but also provide better overall weather protection for buildings. The double skin curtain wall system is one of the ways in which Danpal research and innovation have helped the company remain true to its Global Vision, Local Focus philosophy in its business practices. With half a century of experience in the building industry, Danpal has become a leader in new and innovative product manufacturing that is as high in performance quality as it is holistic in its effects on the environment.
Many people would love to install skylight roofing in their residences or buildings, but they’re held back by the fear that skylights aren’t able to withstand the punishment of weather. Or they believe that skylights are more prone to leakage. But with a little research, those people will be get the roofing that they want. That’s because Danpal’s double-glazed skylights are as strong as they are beautiful, as resistant to weather damage as they are welcoming to natural light. Danpal double glazed skylight brings the company’s reputation for excellence to your building.
Double Glazed Skylights Support Weather Protection
Double-glazed skylights from Danpal deliver 100% protection from leakages because they’re watertight and airtight to prevent wind, rain and snow from penetrating the barriers which deny them entrance. No matter what kind of weather you experience in your region, you won’t have to worry about the outdoor elements showing up inside. Our systems are put through testing to make sure that they’re good enough to bear the Danpal brand
Double Glazing Skylights
Because they’re watertight and airtight to prevent wind, rain, and snow from penetrating the barriers which deny them entrance. No matter what kind of weather you experience in your region, you won’t have to worry about the outdoor elements showing up inside. Our systems are put through testing to make sure that they’re good enough to bear the Danpal brand.
The Difference that Double Glazed Skylight Make
A double glazed skylight provides added flexibility to a product thanks to the Microcell technology that is used. This flexibility is advantageous not only in building materials but in many different engineering products developed and used all over the world. Our roofing systems can proudly claim high impact resistance as well as peerless thermal performance; that’s because each panel’s cell structure keeps heat inside, improving the energy efficiency. An added plus with the Danpalon roof panels is the excellent UV protection which lets fewer UV rays through, extending the life of the system.
Double Glazing Skylights Beauty
It wouldn’t be a Danpal system if it didn’t incorporate esthetics into the ingredients for success. Architects are able to customize their skylight roofing for specific designs thanks to all the color combinations that are offered in the Danpal palette.
Double glazed facade is designed so that air flows within the gap between the two facades. The Danpathern panels in the façade system allows either the interior or exterior one to be removed without reducing the effectiveness of the weather protection. This is an obvious advantage when considering long-term maintenance. Danpal prides itself on the ease of installation of its products, something which is demonstrated fully with its double glazed facades.
Double Glazed Façade Design Saves Time and Money
The Danpatherm panels are pre-fabricated at the factory and arrive at the worksite ready to be installed. The efficiency of this production process reduces the amount of time and number of workers who are needed for the installation of the system. Whenever time is saved, the economic advantage shows up soon after in the bank account. The efficiency of production is a Danpal characteristic, one which is appreciated by architects and clients alike.
Double Polycarbonate Facades Reinforce Protection From The Elements
Danpatherm is a Danpal product that possesses superior thermal properties, making it particularly adept at storing and transmitting heat. It also possesses the level of strength that is wind-resistant, keeping out those parts of nature that belong outside, not in.
Double Skin Facade Bring In Natural Light
Another special attraction of the Danpal double skin facade is the way that natural light is incorporated into the interior of the structure. Controlite System, which is made of translucent glazing materials, has internal louvres which adjust in order to maintain a no-glare interior space within the rooms. This provides natural light that results in better visibility, contributes to the comfort of the interior, and spares the occupants from the glare that would be present outside. No need for sunglasses inside, even if the sunlight is present!
Learn More about Danpatherm System and use it in your next Double Glazed Facade Project
In an interview, architect Oscar Torrejón described his satisfaction with the Danpal products used in the refurbishment of the Dominican Republic’s Studio Legal Terrero & Mejía. He said that the Danpal products he worked with “exceeded all expectations.” That level of praise is familiar to the Danpal team because, after over half a century in the industry, our reputation for quality is celebrated across the globe. It explains why we can offer the best polycarbonate roofing sheets, so that a building, right from the top, starts at the top! But you don’t have to be an architect to be a confirmed pro-polycarbonate fan. Even a do-it-yourselfer can tackle a DIY project with confidence, thanks to the lightweight, durable, easily installed polycarbonate sheets.
DIY – Polycarbonate Roofing Systems
For many people, the COVID19 pandemic was a good opportunity to get some home repair projects done around the house. During that period when we couldn’t go anywhere anyway, many of us took the opportunity to get creative with a toolbox. Many of the do-it-yourself amateurs found out that they did a pretty good job, whether they were noticing places where the roof needed some repair, or they wanted a project to occupy their time and leave them with results that they could be proud of. What they found was that it was a lot easier to work with polycarbonate roofing sheets because they’re light in weight and easy to carry. Why lug around a heavy load when you have the option of going light and going better? That’s right, going better, because lightweight polycarbonate roof panels don’t sacrifice strength or durability. The projects moved along quickly because of the ease of installation. Injuries were reduced because the materials were easier to lift and move.
If your latest building project is a greenhouse or a conservatory, you might want to consider multiwall polycarbonate roof panels. Not only are they durable, but when combined with as many as seven layers, they can provide excellent insulation for the space beneath.
Solid polycarbonate sheets present another option for building designs that makes them ideal for greenhouses or balcony screens. Installation is safer than what traditional glass panels offer, and these shatterproof polycarbonate roofing systems deliver 200 times more impact resistance than double glazing can provide.
The Best Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets Make the Best Roofing System
Polycarbonate is a building material that automatically enhances the composition of whatever architectural aspect for which it’s used. Our polycarbonate sheets are made with microcell technology, which is celebrated for being the most advanced system used in daylight applications. As a pioneer in daylighting architecture, Danpal recognized the advantages of polycarbonate from the beginning. You want a roofing system that can withstand a range of weather conditions: Danpal polycarbonate roofing panels can do that. You want a roofing system that delivers the ideal balance between light and thermal dynamics: Danpal polycarbonate roofing sheets can do that.
You rely on your roof to shield your home or business from the outside elements. A polycarbonate roofing system does that and more. In addition to keeping you and your family warm and dry inside no matter what the weather is like outside, the polycarbonate roofing system has an added advantage: its esthetic qualities enhance your home’s appearance, adding to its value and appeal.
How the Polycarbonate Roof Panels Achieve Results And What Are The Advantages
Weather is a tough adversary. No matter where you live, there’s sure to be an element of weather that you find especially challenging. If it’s challenging for you, just think of what a building has to put up with from the outdoors! But Danpal products are tougher, and our polycarbonate roofing sheets are designed with a double-tooth, grip-lock connection for high resistance to powerful winds, heavy snow, and hail. Flexibility is also a trait of our advantages of polycarbonate roofing sheets, which have snap-on, dry-glazed connectors. In order to provide a long life for the roofing system, the Danpalon® panels have a co-extruded UV protection.
Factor in the high-impact resistance with low-scratch resistance and it’s obvious why polycarbonate roofing sheets are the building material of choice for architects. It’s a material that’s easy to make, cut, and mold, and there’s nothing a builder likes better than working with a product that enhances the efficiency of the project. Polycarbonate can be processed and shaped at room temperature because its glass transition temperature of 147 degrees (C) allows it to soften gradually when the temperature increases. Significant plastic deformations won’t make polycarbonate crack or break. In prototyping applications needing transparent or electrically non-conductive components, polycarbonate sheets beat sheet metal, which lacks this versatility.
Here’s another added bonus in using polycarbonate materials that you might not have thought of. Because polycarbonate roofing panels are lighter in weight, they are easier to transport, which means that carbon emissions are lower during transit. Maybe you never thought of roof repair as the smart ecological choice, but if you have a polycarbonate roof panels, you’re already making sound environmental decisions.
Looking back over the year we have just shared, I am proud to be in the position I am, and to tell you that DANPAL has successfully risen to meet the year’s challenges head-on. Running a global world-class operation is no easy task, and so my focus is continually split between the operations, logistics, production, sales and the marketing of our DANPAL solutions.
With the right team at my side, together, we have faced and overcome issues such as currency instability, slow economies and political unrest – prevalent in some of our global markets. DANPAL is a private company and so by its very nature, we are often exposed to these poor market conditions. The key to our continued strong growth has always been, to focus on the fundamentals of what makes our company so great… by this, I am referring to our employees.
It is by having the right people in the right places, that DANPAL has been able to successfully evolve from being a panel-based manufacturing company, into the global leader in daylight solutions for the building envelope. You have all heard this term before, but it bears repeating – ‘Light Architecture’!
We have invested heavily in developing exciting new products, such as our RK7 Roofing System, the DP650 and exotic Danpalon Kinetic Panels. These are but a part of the reason, why we are today the world market leaders in our field. These new products launched in 2019 are not by chance, but are rather the result of intense research and development, carried out by our in-house engineers. Our R&D team, with their years of expertise, keep us ahead of the game and leaders in the industry.
Despite the tough market conditions, the year has seen us establish new subsidiaries, such as DANPAL India. Whilst on the other side of the globe in Colombia, we took the decision to partner with our distributors, and buy controlling shares in their business. So we look forward to the growth opportunities that both DANPAL Andina, and DANPAL India, will bring us in 2020.
Some of you might remember the conferences we hosted in both Thailand, for our Asia-Pacific partners and the Dominican Republic, attended by our Latin American partners. These conferences have provided us with the platforms needed, to engage directly with our global DANPAL family. During the days spent together, our team of DANPAL experts have offered up their expertise to further educate our distributors and installers.
2019 has also seen us achieve many international performance certifications, for our various systems. This continuous drive to meet new standards has been necessary for keeping us positioned as market leaders, ahead of the competition. An example of this has been our GREEN certification, bestowed on us by both the relevant Israeli and Australian authorities. We won’t stop there, as, in 2020, mush of our R&D is focused on Next-Generation Green Solutions.
2020 Our Future Together
So what can we expect from DANPAL in 2020? I can tell you, that my focus is to drive our key programmes to deliver both expert marketing and unsurpassed technical support. DANPAL understands how important it is for us to engage professionally with the market, and that our subsidiaries along with our distributors are the face of the company.
With this in mind, we have invested heavily in the development of cutting edge digital marketing tools, as well as, employing the right support staff to help implement our global strategies. One of our more exciting projects in development will see 2020 as the year we officially launch our very own BIM library. As you might know, BIM is becoming ever more relevant in the architectural market and our responsibility is to lead the industry in this endeavour. At our core, we develop and supply architectural products, and so I am happy to tell you, that our range of bespoke solutions will continue to reflect this.
We have other products in our R&D pipeline, which we will continue to perfect throughout the year… Without giving the game away, I can say that these systems in development, are geared toward the global GREEN BUILDING trend. Our next-generation DANPAL solutions will go a long way to futureproofing your offerings. We believe in developing for the long-term, whilst supporting our partners in their day-to-day endeavours.
On a final note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and faith in DANPAL. It is great pride, that I look upon our various partnerships and with my own eyes, witness the continued growth of our DANPAL family. We also want to wish you all, a blessed festive season and we look forward to engaging with you again in 2020. Our team of managers, headed by our VP of Sales & Marketing, will continue to support you, by driving our initiatives forward in the New Year.
K 2019, The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, was held in Düsseldorf from 16 to 23 October 2019. The trade fair, is the performance barometer and global innovations marketplace for the entire industry, presenting over 3,300 exhibitors from more than 60 countries on approximately 178,000 m² of exhibition space. K 2019 featured lectures, keynotes and panel discussions, by experts from science, industry, politics, local authorities and non-governmental organizations. By featuring this broad panel of experts, they could deliver on global, European, regional and local answers to some of the mega-trends in society, currently impacting people.
The 9th edition of the EPSE Awards Competition was also announced on the 21st of October 2019 at the K Fair in Düsseldorf. After a warm welcome, the EPSE President introduced EPSE formally to all attendees and highlighted the main goals of the association: innovation, development, and quality. Before long, the evening reached its climax, when DANPAL was announced as winners in the category of INNOVATION. The award was proudly received, and seen as recognition for our efforts in bringing our Danpalon KINETIC panel to life!
It is DANPAL’s leadership in innovation that shone through, as taking top honors and winning the category for innovation, was no small feat. Our KINETIC panel is a first of its kind, with our color-shift technology, opening the doors for truly unique design possibilities. While the physical performance of our panels is never in question, the focus to develop a panel with unique aesthetic appeal would always be a challenge. Fortunately, DANPAL has a very active internal R&D team of engineers who were up to the task!
A project such as this spends sometimes years in development, behind the scenes, constantly being worked upon. For good reason, these projects are kept secret and receive no media attention, until our new product is ready for launch. Such was the case with Danpalon KINETIC, a panel type that allows you, to have the best of both worlds. We are excited to see the limits of our new panel, as architects develop conceptual designs, with KINETIC in mind.
No doubt, we will be entering the next round of awards scheduled for 2022, as we currently have other innovations in development with R&D. These next-generation products will again push the boundaries of what is thought possible. Our upcoming offerings will provide you the possibility to future-proof your business and will secure our DANPAL brand as global market leaders, in both design and innovation. Congratulations to our team at DANPAL for another remarkable achievement!
Roofing System: Often going unnoticed, the roof of a building holds the fate of the structure in its . . . well, hands, if a roof had hands. As is the case with so many things, building health begins at the top. A roof is the first target for the weather, the initial spot where a downpour of rain is detected. Heavy snowfall has to build custodial staff concerned about the weight of the snow and the potential damage it can do if it stays. Hail strikes like a volley of ice missiles, landing on the roof and staying there until they melt. Sunshine and heat can be intense. That’s why roofing systems are such an important part of architectural design and why Danpal roofing systems offer so much reassurance. Research and development have led to the creation of innovative technology that makes our roofing systems superior in performance when it comes to withstanding weather.
HOW DANPAL ROOFING SYSTEMS PROTECT BUILDINGS FROM WEATHER
A building isn’t the Batmobile; it can’t immediately produce new gadgets that protect it each time a different weather system strikes. Danpal has developed roofing technology that maintains a calendar year of defense. We have a double-tooth, grip-lock connection to provide 24/7 weather protection from the elements. If you look outside and see snow falling, or you hear the wind howling, there’s no need to worry because a Danpal roofing system is already on the job. Sunshine? It’s powerful, you know, and has the potential to damage a roof too. So we offer co-extruded UV protection. The result of all this protection is our maximum thermal performance keeping insulation dry and temperatures comfortable.
ROOFING SYSTEMS AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Keeping insulation dry and free from dampness is one of the key roles played by the different Danpal products and it’s no different for a roofing system. As long as the insulation is dry, energy usage is consistent. But once moisture invades and the insulation gets wet, the heating and cooling systems struggle to maintain a consistent temperature. The result is wasted energy; the cost is passed on to the consumer, who is paying for energy that isn’t being used. But it’s also borne by the environment because we all know that our fragile planet must be protected from energy waste.
ROOFING SYSTEMS SHOW OFF THEIR LOOKS
A good, well-developed roofing system never forgets that its primary purpose is to protect the building from weather issues. But Danpal likes roofing systems to be attractive as well as functional. One of the ways in which our roofing systems are transforming the industry is through the use of daylighting architecture. Natural light enhances the illumination inside a building, but it must be admitted in just the right amount: not too much, not too little. With the tight spacing between the roofing system ribs, natural light enters at exactly the perfect balance for the occupants. The results are holistic. People who have the benefit of natural light in their working and living spaces find that they’re more productive, more energetic, and in a better frame of mind. If you’re looking for a roof that will give you an unexpected mood boost, try a Danpal roofing system.
The trend in the building industry is for materials to be more environmentally safe, more energy-efficient, and easier to work with while sacrificing nothing in durability. At Danpal, where we’ve had half a century of adapting our innovative research to consumer trends, we know how important it is to see the big picture. And there’s no better perspective from which to see the big picture than by viewing it from the roof! Plastic roofing, to be more specific! It’s a Danpal product that combines energy efficiency, durability, and appearance. If you’re searching for a roofing system that combines the most desired attributes for today’s discerning consumer but sacrifices nothing in old-fashioned quality, consider Danpal plastic roofing.
PLASTIC ROOFING DURABILITY
Weather will always be matched up against building materials in a test to see how well the manufactured products can withstand the weather. As our weather continues to become more challenging, Danpal products have continued to maintain the highest quality of performance. Danpal roofing offers UV protection in order for the roof to maintain its condition for the longest time. Our roofing is designed and built to maintain impermeable air and water tightness so that rain and snow and wind won’t penetrate the roof’s defenses.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND PLASTIC ROOFING
Danpal lives by its motto, Global Vision, Local Focus, and this slogan is how we do business. We’re an international company with a business presence on five continents, so it’s apparent why we take our motto seriously because the entire world is our customer. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a top priority at Danpal, which is why we’re so attentive to the wellbeing of our clients and the sustainability of the planet. Our roofing products reflect our dedication to the holistic practices that we believe in, and because of that, our clientele can have faith in us.
PLASTIC ROOFING HAS EFFICIENT INSTALLATION
Our plastic roofing can be installed above or below buildings, which makes installation much easier to perform. Plastic roofing employs snap-on, interlocking dry-glazed components made of your choice of polycarbonate or aluminum to provide further ease in the installation process. Both aluminum and polycarbonate are highly regarded for their strength; they’re also prized because they’re not heavy and cumbersome to work with. Lightweight and easy to transport and work with, plastic roofing is a favorite all around!
LIGHTER AND BRIGHTER WITH PLASTIC ROOFING
Another advantage of plastic roofing is its contemporary appearance in providing a look that’s thoroughly modern for today’s design while incorporating the timeless appeal of daylight architecture into the model. Natural light is a form of illumination, which provides better visual power, but it is not just a matter of sight. Bringing daylight into the interior of a structure has a remarkable effect upon the occupants of a building. Workers find that they are more productive and in a better mood because sunlight contains Vitamin D, a necessary nutrient that’s vital to our overall health and wellbeing. Can you really feel better because of your roofing choice? With more natural light in your daily life, you’ll see an improvement!
October 2019 saw the 10th anniversary of our subsidiary, Danpal Mexico, led by their General Manager Mr. Hector Avila, who was also in attendance. This momentous occasion was held on the 51st floor of La Torre Mayor, one of the most iconic buildings in Mexico City, and was well-supported by all the top Mexican architectural firms. The firms represented, were in attendance by invitation only and included; Sordo Madaleno Architects, VFO Architects, GROW Architects, Arditti + RDT Architects, Moyao Architects, DIN Interior Design, Eclipse architects and Oxigeno architects, among others.
The evening rolled forward, as our team headed by Mr. Avila, highlighted their efforts and direction. A number of initiatives implemented by Mr. Avila and his team, have shown great success in both promoting the Danpal brand, and in developing their local market. In truth, they have been able to successfully create a much larger market for our Danpalon based systems, partly by focusing on specifications unique to Danpal.
The ability to create unique specification, is an immensely powerful tool that our competitors cannot equally match, and which directly speaks to the needs of today’s architects. Today we speak the language of Green Building, sustainability, carbon emissions, and energy efficiency, because this is the language that today’s construction professionals understand. To do this effectively, we must understand the market, understand the possibilities of our systems and direct our efforts towards creating these new specifications for the market.
Also making an appearance, all the way from Colombia was the General Manager of Danpal Andina, Luis Fernando Rodriguez and his special guest the very recognized Colombian Architect Mr. Juan Felipe Cadavid. In addition, we welcomed the special participation of architect Mr. Han Young Keun. President of the Korean Institute of Architects and director of our official subsidiary, Danpal Korea.
Those in attendance at our closed event, were treated to a special talk, put together and delivered by Mr. Han. The talk focused on our concept of Light Architecture, its benefits and how this integrates with modern-day thinking on daylight, as an element in architecture. The evening then became a great opportunity to introduce the local architects, to these principals of daylighting, and how to possibly introduce this into their projects.
In an era where energy efficiency, carbon footprints, and Green Building Concepts is leading the global building trends, Mr. Han’s talk was most welcomed. The effect on those in the audience was pronounced, as a renewed sense of purpose, filled the air. It is at events such as this, where cultures and perspectives combine, to bring about leaps in creative thinking by our global Danpal family.
The 10-year marker also was not only an opportunity for Mr. Avila and his team to reflect back on their achievements, but also, to set a renewed focus on delivering on our company’s core objectives. Our Latin American counterparts, recommitted their efforts, to bring the principles of ‘Light Architecture’ to influencers in their region. To provide both technical and marketing support, directly to the professionals who need it most for their projects. Lastly, to always seek out the most effective Danpal solution for their customers, delivered with a smile, the Danpal way.
DANPAL Interview with Héctor Avila – General Manager Danpal Mexico
10 years and Danpal Mexico, has grown into a major contributor, to our global sales effort. Please introduce yourself, and tell us a little more about both you and your team?
Hello, my name is Héctor Ávila Díaz, a Civil Engineer by trade, who after 9 years in the plastics and adhesives industry, took the initiative and started my own company – Tecnoimpacto. I ran Tecnoimpacto for 20 years, we specialized in dealing with various brands of polycarbonates, acrylics, sealants, and architectural panels – but always with a focus on quality over price.
In 2009 I chose to close Tecnoimpacto, and together in a joint venture with Danpal Israel, formed Danpal-TI. From then on, I have focused almost exclusively on Danpal Systems, and on instilling the values of responsibility, professionalism, and loyalty, within my team. I can also say with great satisfaction that during this time, most of my employees, have gone on to put down their very own roots in the company, often permanently. I mention this with pride, as I believe that this stability has allowed the company to move forward with both a sense of confidence and purpose.
Looking back at the past 10 years, what can you tell us about your market in Mexico, and how has it changed/evolved?
The construction industry in Mexico is an important indicator of the ‘state of health’ of our economy, and as such, reflects any instability within the country. Our politics, a major influencer of our economy, has unfortunately not created the conditions conducive, to attract the amounts of investment needed. However, despite this, we have enjoyed an influx of private investment into maquiladoras, shopping centers, educational institutions, corporate transnationals, and other real estate developments. This has created a niche market, which demands higher quality construction materials that are positioned above the “price war”, and this is where DANPALON features.
What would you say have been the major challenges, which you have had to overcome, in your market? If possible, can you also elaborate on the strategy that you employed, to overcome them?
We positioned our Danpal systems against the backdrop of, a range of traditional polycarbonate sheeting, available in the Mexican market. These sheets, have been traditionally known for their low prices, but inferior quality, and so we developed a strategy to combat this. We focused instead on our product’s superior quality, leading performance and recommitted ourselves to provide the best service possible to our customers.
As a result, we can say with great satisfaction that today, the Danpal brand is recognized as such within our industry and is in high demand. Each and every country has its own unique market conditions, but we recognized that we had to target the top architects in Mexico and introduce them to the superior advantages of Danpal.
Many a time, we hear from distributors, that their market is not advanced enough for our more sophisticated panels or systems. Mexico, is also considered to be a developing country, how is it that you have found such success? For example – with selling our more advanced 3DLITE panels?
As mentioned already, we recognized that the traditional limitations in the Mexican market is the tendency for projects to prioritize price over quality. We realized, however, that our Danpal systems, are not direct competitors to these cheaper products. For this reason, our efforts have been to position our products above this segment, toward more profitable projects that demand higher performance. At this higher level, we do not see much competition and so we are able to obtain better results.
A good example is how we have focused on 3DLITE panels, as its unique design, visually sets itself apart from traditional polycarbonate panels. Of course, we find that the 3DLITE option, has excellent light transmission vs thermal efficiency properties, not to mention stand out aesthetics. Building on this, we have prioritized delivering complete solutions, which include all the engineering necessary for a successful end result. Lastly, on completion of the project, we guarantee all our work beyond that offered by other providers.
Moving forward, what sort of changes do you expect in your local building industry, and how do you envision Danpal Mexico adapting to meet these new challenges?
We foresee, that the sector in which we are already positioned and recognized, will continue to demand solutions of higher quality. However, the market continuously seeks new and ever more efficient products, so the continuous development of new Danpal systems is very important. One area of opportunity we have is in facades, where we offer an economically viable alternative against traditional translucent solutions. Compared to traditional roofing solutions, we have a big advantage because of Danpalon’s balanced LT and thermal properties. So, we believe that this will continue to be a very attractive market for us.
We understand that you have taken bold steps, to prioritize the use of specification, as a tool for securing projects. Can you tell us a little more about this, do you have specially trained employees who take responsibility for this?
We find that in Mexico, construction companies often tend to manipulate or change specifications, in favor of cheaper but inferior alternatives. This is another reason, why we choose to focus on top architectural firms, as they often have the power to better retain original specification. As a part of our sales cycle, we place a heavy emphasis on specification, which is reflected by our company’s structure. We have a separate department that deals exclusively with the specification, our specifiers also operate at a high-level, which is reflected in their appearance and ability to liaise with top architects.
We have seen the rise of Green building, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, as global trends in the architectural field. In what way, has this affected both your marketing and your technical efforts? (how have you or are you adapting to the trend)
The new trend is not only reflected in our segment of the market, but we also find that prospects looking at cheaper solutions are now also seeking ‘Greener’ solutions. The way in which our Danpal systems contribute toward satisfying the need for both natural lighting and thermal control, in a single specification, is definitely in our favor. Other issues such as savings in energy consumption, and the reduction of artificial temperature control, make a Danpal system an attractive alternative.
Lastly, drawing from your experience over the past 10 years, what words of advice can you offer our other global partners who are also in developing countries? Sometimes unstable markets require a more ‘dynamic’ or flexible approach.
My main advice is to never abandon the essence of our Danpal systems, which is that they efficiently INTEGRATE several solutions for a project, into a single product. This presents a Danpal system, in total differentiation against our competition in the market. Which is why I say, that it is not valid to put to Danpal in the same basket, as traditional polycarbonate offerings. This has allowed DANPAL MEXICO, to not only survive but to maintain a strong growth trend.
I firmly believe that each country must develop its own strategy according to its culture, traditions and unique market conditions. The best specification, are those that at the end of the day, are implemented. This is to say that whether it is minimal, or vast and fully-developed if it does not find its way to the right professional in the project… the specification risks being changed.
Most of us have mixed feelings about the weather. We dread the onset of winter and the cold weather that it brings. We’re none too enthusiastic about rain, even though we welcome it so that our gardens and water supplies are replenished. We don’t like windy days because there’s always a risk if the wind is gusting at a powerful rate, that the force may bring down power lines or tear off roofs. We like warm days without excessive humidity, but we don’t always get weather like that. One thing on which we’re all in agreement, however, is that natural light is one of the best features of the natural world. Who doesn’t appreciate the better illumination that it provides, along with the instinctive improvement in our moods? Danpal, a company with half a century of experience in the building industry, had come up with a product, façadematerials, that allows us to enjoy the best of weather—the light—while protecting us from the worst.
ENJOY DAYLIGHT WITH FAÇADE MATERIALS
Natural light is one of our favorite aspects of the outdoors and Danpal has blended our appreciation for daylight with its building manufacturing to pioneer “daylighting architecture.” That’s a form of building that permits the presence of natural light into our buildings, both homes, and offices.
Natural light provides illumination that doesn’t just help us to see better; it also helps us feel better. We know from scientific studies that people are more productive and more optimistic in natural light. Façade materials aren’t attempting to replace artificial light, but they give us the ability to enjoy the light that nature created for us.
FAÇADE MATERIALS NEED TO BE STRONG AGAINST WEATHER
What kind of building material is strong enough to withstand the never-ending onslaught of the elements? How can a company create a product that is able to endure the battering force of storm winds, the fury of a downpour of rain, an attack of hail, a heavy snowfall?
Weather doesn’t let up; it simply changes seasons. But Danpal, with a skilled crew of engineers, has relied upon research and development to manufacture façade materials that are strong.
Thanks to microcell technology and a snap-lock connection system, Danpal façade materials keep the weather outside. The higher load resistance comes from our double-click locking seam. We have excellent thermal insulation thanks to the cell structure of the Danpal façade materials. Our façade materials even have UV protection so that the intensity of the sun won’t cause damage.
FAÇADE MATERIALS AND FLEXIBILITY ARE A TEAM
It may seem surprising that our façade materials are so flexible. We don’t always associate strength with flexibility but the ease of installation is a known characteristic of Danpalmanufacturing.
Façade materials need to be strong so that they won’t be damaged by the weather. They must also be light in weight so that they’re easy to work with. We’re pleased to say that our façade materials meet our expectations in both regards.
A building leads a double life, one on the outside, seen by the public, and the other on the inside. Passersby notice the exterior of a building as the roof and other outside aspects that are in full view. But when it comes to the inside of a building, it’s a little different.
It’s easy for occupants to observe when the carpeting is worn or the floors need to be washed and buffed, but who notices whether or not insulation has been compromised by weather? That hidden life of a building can be a deciding factor determining the structure’s health and wellbeing. That’s why rainscreen cladding, which creates a defensive barrier to keep external weather from penetrating a building’s interior, is an excellent way to give the structure the protection that it needs.
DANPAL’S SUPERIOR RAINSCREEN CLADDING
Weather is a mighty opponent for a building to face. While we notice, on a day-to-day basis, whether we’re dealing with warm weather or cold, we don’t always pay attention to the consequences of the weather forecast.
That’s why Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen Cladding SYSTEM (VRS) is regarded as one of the best ways to protect a building’s interior from the external elements that strike with such force. VRS has double-notched panels that prevent rain and snow from penetrating the building; this keeps moisture from getting inside.
In addition, VRS provides natural ventilation thanks to an air gap that keeps insulation free from moisture. Another asset of VRS is the ease of installation; connections can be made right onto the support. No additional structural support is needed. Another time-saving feature is the fact that rainscreen cladding doesn’t require periodic service or even a lot of maintenance.
USER FRIENDLY RAINSCREEN CLADDING
In addition to the ease of installation, rainscreen cladding by Danpal offers a versatility that adds to appeal of the product. Rainscreen cladding delights architects because it can be made out of various different materials, including galvanized steel, aluminum, plastic, wood, brick, and imitation stone. Architects don’t like to be confined when designing a structure and that’s why Danpal products are a favorite for the profession.
Why should a building be limited in options? Danpal’s aim is to provide an architect with as many tools as possible, and nothing is more vital than unleashed creativity.
RAINSCREEN CLADDING IS THE HEALTHIER OPTION
Insulation is often ignored by a building’s occupants, and yet it’s key to maintaining a healthy living and working place for occupants.
If moisture invades a building’s interior and the insulation gets damp as a result, it won’t be long before mold develops. Mold thrives in a damp environment and then it spreads. Before long, the occupants of the building, particularly those who may suffer from respiratory ailments, may find their health is affected by their physical environment.
People who already have asthma or allergies are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of mold. Rainscreen cladding doesn’t just protect buildings; it also protects the people inside them by preventing mold from developing.
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:
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-flammable 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.
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.
For over 50 years, Danpal has been at the forefront of creating and installing innovative roofing systems that offer optimal thermal and solar comfort. Giving you the option of choosing from skylights, roofs, facades and more, Danpal is the choice for your roofing solutions.
Danpal roofing can be installed above and below various different kinds of buildings. The plastic roofing uses snap-on interlocking dry-glazed connectors that are made from either aluminum or polycarbonate. With plastic roofing, a building has the benefits of superior weather protection, energy efficiency, and an attractive appearance.
Plastic Roofing and Weather
You might think that the weather has it in for roofs. After all, the roof is the first target for rain, snow, and all the rough elements that pour out of the sky like they’re sent on an aerial mission to destroy. That just means that the roofing you select needs to be strong enough to handle the attack. Plastic roofing, thanks to the overall strength and quality of its design, as well as the quality of the materials that are used to create the roofing system, can be relied upon to withstand weather and offer high-impact resistance.
Plastic roofing also offers protection against the effects of the sun. We don’t always consider the effects of sunlight on a building, but Danpal’s plastic roofing panels offer UV protection so that the roof remains in good condition for a longer period of time.
The Benefits of Light with Plastic Roofing
The roof on top of a building has a powerful effect on everything that’s underneath, and this is where the combination of plastic roofing and light works to such a winning advantage. Every space in the building needs light in order to be fully functional. Plastic roofing allows the light to enter, balancing it so that it’s emitted in just the right amounts. Natural light adds much to our living space, and it also provides a boost for us as well.
Easy Installation of Plastic Roofing
Plastic roofing is light in weight and won’t put undue pressure on the structure. Working with lightweight materials makes installation smooth and easy, saving time and money because the work happens so effortlessly. But don’t worry; lightweight doesn’t mean weak. Plastic roofing is strong.
Lookin’ Good with Plastic Roofing
Once the roofing is in place, the visual effect is stunning. Much of that is due to the transparent materials that are used, which provide the ideal balance of light that works so well for interior space. Because of Danpal’s amazing array of colors, finishes, aspects and spectacular effects, you’ll have no trouble finding just the right look to release the building’s creative image.
Plastic Roofing is a Plus for the Environment
Danpal, committed to thinking both globally and locally, maintains a high regard for sustainability and protecting the environment. That’s why indoor air quality is a high priority for the company. What affects Danpal customers affects the world, because Danpal, which operates on five continents, knows that the globe is home to all of us.
A building has a vision that arises from the creativity of the architect and the quality and innovation of the materials that will be used to take that building from a design to a completed structure. Even though a building is a very practical, utilitarian reality, the planning that gets the process started involves both research and inspiration. Where is the building located? The answer will determine the materials that are chosen. What is your budget? You’re going to want to purchase the highest quality of materials while adhering to the financial boundaries of your client’s directions.
What kind of impression should the building create in the neighborhood? The esthetics of a building can turn an ordinary structure into a landmark. But if you choose the wrong roofing system, all of the work that you’ve put into the building is wasted. With so many things to decide and so many options on the market, you should check in with the experts at Danpal to find out what they have to offer.
The Weather and Your Roofing System
The map is going to have a great deal of influence upon your final decision for a roofing system. The roof is the main barrier separating the building’s interior and exterior. A roof can’t fail the building beneath it; it must be able to withstand whatever conditions are common in the area, whether that means the powerful rains of one geographical area, the fierce snows of another location, the scorching heat from one place, or the overwhelming winds from somewhere else.
An architect needs to have a thorough understanding of the regional climate when choosing a roofing system because particular roofs work better in specific climate zones.
Matching Budget and Quality for Your Roofing System
A building is a significant investment of money, time, and labor. You’re going to want to choose a roofing system that’s built to last. If you decide to cut corners and buy the cheapest materials you can find, you’re ultimately going to spend a lot more in repairs than you would have if you’d opted for quality in the first place. Technology has greatly broadened the quality of building materials for roofing systems, and architects and designers have seen the industry evolve dramatically thanks to these advancements.
Danpal has built its reputation on developing and manufacturing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art materials to construct buildings that last. If you want your roofing system to benefit from the research and testing that has already been done, Danpal has the products you’re looking for.
How Does the Roofing System Look from Down Below?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that, because the roof is all the way up there on top of the building, no one will notice it. The roof’s appearance is actually one of the most important components of the overall building image. The texture, type, and color of the roof need to blend with the exterior style and finish of the building. The architectural styles need to complement one another or the final effect will look unprofessional and unattractive.
If you’ve been listening to the weather reports lately, you’ve probably noticed that either Mother Nature is having one major temper tantrum, or the seasons are changing. On all parts of the planet, people are coming to terms with stronger storms, unpredictable variations in patterns, and a growing sense that all of us need to pay attention to the signs coming out of the sky.
Smart consumers are adapting their lifestyles and their routines to accommodate the need to treat the planet the way we would treat a beloved family member who’s going through a rough time: gently, attentively, and unselfishly. The building industry is doing the same thing as everyone else because we know that the structures that architects design need to conform to the ethical and sustainable goals of an environmentally-conscious society while still meeting the needs and preferences of architects and their clients.
At Danpal, we can promise that the products that you buy are designed with quality in mind. Research and development aren’t just words at Danpal; they’re a priority. There are many ways to design a building that provides structural strength and aesthetic appeal and one of those ways is to install a curtain wall system.
CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS ARE A SHIELD AGAINST WEATHER
Danpal’s microcell technology is key to the strength of a Danpal curtain wall system. The material is incredibly strong and at the same time, it’s light in weight and easy to work with. Rain and snow bring moisture that, once inside, becomes the enemy. The weather that manages to invade a building’s interior can cause a lot of damage over time, so protection from leaks is one of the popular assets of having a curtain wall system.
Another prized feature of our curtain wall systems is the protection they offer from hail, a potentially dangerous weather phenomenon that has the power to inflict considerable damage against an unprotected building. A building doesn’t have to be a fort to be protected from the weather; all it needs is a curtain wall system from Danpal.
BEAUTY IS BUILT INTO THE CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS
Danpaldoesn’t want a building to look as if it’s so super-protected that it could double for a military complex. We know that people want to live and work in buildings that have an attractive appearance, where comfort is a priority. Danpal curtain wall systems have the unique ability to take the color palette and turn it into a building’s rainbow runway. We even have a variety of different shades of white that can give your building a lustrous appearance. Customizing the look of a building to the tone and flavor of the neighborhood is something for which curtain wall systems are especially well suited.
THE CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS ARE EASY TO WORK WITH
The construction of a building takes a lot of time. So isn’t it nice that a curtain wall system from Danpal, because it’s made of lightweight materials, is easy to install, taking less time and effort? The concealed joints that keep the exterior wall flush also facilitate the ease of customization, which is another plus for installation, along with the curtain wall system’s double-locking seam.
All of these Danpal features add up to a curtain wall system that gives your building protection against weather, ease of installation, and an enhanced appearance.
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.
From 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.
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.
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.
We know when cold and flu season is upon us because we become very aware of how much contact we have with one another. We use hand sanitizer faithfully so that we keep our hands free of any germs we might up. But not all illnesses come from human contact. The structural equivalent of cold and flu season for a building is all year around, 365 days a year. Building health has a lot to do with human health. We spend a great deal of our time inside buildings; most of our day, in fact, is spent inside unless we have outdoor jobs. However, the buildings in which we live and work can have a direct impact on our health, particularly for anyone who has respiratory issues.
The real culprit isn’t the building itself but rather the damage that can take place if weather manages to invade the inside of the building. If dampness from snow or rain is able to compromise insulation, the results can lead to ill health for your building through the development of mold. And mold affects the people who live and work inside the structure. But Danpal rainscreen cladding can make the difference in how you keep your building healthy enough to avoid mold.
RAINSCREEN CLADDING RESISTS WEATHER DAMAGE.
We all know how weather affects us personally. A cold blustery day sees us wearing scarves and gloves along with our heavy coats. We’re searching for our umbrellas when there’s rain in the forecast. We can protect ourselves from the effects of weather, but what do buildings do? The external building may seem as if it’s impenetrable, but how can you be certain? If you choose to add rainscreen cladding to your building, you’re adding weather protection and peace of mind.
Keeping insulation dry is vital if the building is going to remain sturdy and healthy for those within. Leaks of any kind are a diagnosis that no building wants to have; a leak can weaken the structure and eventually cause serious problems that compromise the integrity of the building.
Rainscreen cladding, which is made of an outer panel, a ventilated cavity, and an inner panel, is protection from the damage caused by moisture. An air gap between the cladding and the building’s exterior nurtures a steady flow of air. Rain is also prevented from entering because of the overhangs and screens. Moisture stays out, and insulation stays dry.
RAINSCREEN CLADDING IS THE RX FOR A HEALTHY BUILDING
If you suffer from asthma or allergies, you’re already well aware of the harmful effects of mold. Health professionals warn us that mold is an ominous threat to people who are dealing with breathing issues. That’s why you need to make sure that the buildings in which you spend your days and nights are healthy, with dry insulation and no leaks.
KEEPING THE PLANET HEALTHY WITH RAINSCREEN CLADDING
The connection between wet insulation and respiratory ailments has another aspect that must be addressed. If insulation is damp, it’s unable to do its job effectively. That means using more energy to heat and cool a building. Wasted energy is an economic factor for us because it means that we’re paying for energy we aren’t using. But in these days when we’re all trying to do our part to shrink the size of our carbon footprint, we don’t want energy inefficiency to increase environmental concerns.
You know what a curtain is. You know what a wall is. You know what a system is. What you may be pondering is how all these elements combine to create an entity that provides better weather protection for your building while promoting practices and providing choices that offer both environmental and esthetic choices. Architects are trained to create a building that starts as a concept and finishes as a structure. In between those starting and ending points, there’s Danpal.
SECURITY WITH A DANPAL CURTAIN WALL SYSTEM
The construction process that goes along with the installation of a curtain wall system reveals a lot of work. But much of the work that’s part of the process is unseen. In order to create a curtain wall system that has the high performance quality that Danpal products are famous for, we dedicated an impressive amount of research, time, and effort. Because our products are light in weight, they’re easier to work with. Clients appreciate the increased convenience and financial savings that they receive as a result. Flexibility adds to the esthetics of the curtain wall system; ours have concealed joints to keep the exterior wall flush, allowing for adaptation to the desired shape. The building is secure thanks to our double-click locking seam which adds to the easy installation process. Those features are the result of the know-how that Danpal brings to the manufacturing process: before we build it, we’ve researched it and tested it so that. You see the finished product. That’s where Danpal innovation and quality are visible.
WHAT A CURTAIN WALL SYSTEM ADDS TO YOUR BUILDING
Maybe you’re wondering why we’re so proud of our curtain wall systems. It’s true that curtain wall systems don’t play a structural part in the design of your building, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. A building can’t protect itself from the damage that weather can cause, whether it’s from a single extreme event or the ongoing, relentless effects of snow, wind, rain and even sunlight on the structure. Our secret weapon is our microcell technology, which gives the curtain wall system that line of defense that keeps damage out. Once a building has been damaged on the inside by dampness left behind from snow or rain, it’s compromised in a manner that will affect your energy expenses, the structural integrity of the building, and the overall life expectancy of the building. A curtain wall system keeps a building strong throughout the seasons.
CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS ARE ATTRACTIVE
Flexibility. Strength. Energy efficiency. Protection from weather damage. Color. Color? How does color come into the picture? At Danpal, we regard performance and appearance as a match. If you buy a car, you’re looking at more than tires and miles per gallon, right? You’re also checking out its looks. Buildings are the same. They have a purpose and they have a visual appeal. A curtain wall system adds that extra something to your building’s image and you’ll enjoy the options that Danpal provides with regard to colors, textures, and finishes.
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.
At 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.”
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 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.
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 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.
With the rise of environmental consciousness has come a dynamic new outlook on the way we live, the foods we eat, the cars we drive and, last but not least, the buildings in which we live and work. At Danpal, we fulfill our purpose to develop cutting-edge building materials that support the environmental needs of the planet and meet the expectations of our clients. Not all companies regard their mission in this light but for us, the products that we create are designed to last. We believe that any product with a life span should accommodate the next generation of Earth’s occupants. Danpal’s plastic roofing is just one of the products in our line that reflects this awareness of Global Vision, Local Focus. That’s the Danpal motto and it’s the way we do business.
Danpal Plastic Roofing Partners With The Environment
Roofing may not seem like a topic that measures up to something as broad as environmental responsibility, but Danpal’s designers and engineers reflect the company philosophy as they develop our products. Roofing is the defense system that protects a building from the invading forces of nature. In that role, Danpal’s plastic roofing, because it’s designed to keep out moisture and drafts, is partnering with the environment so that the energy that’s used remains inside the building. There’s a lot that people don’t know about how effective plastic roofing is and we’re happy to explain why you should consider it for your roofing needs.
Plastic Roofing Supports Energy Efficiency
Buildings in developed countries are the source of about 40% of the energy usage in those respective nations. That’s why plastic roofing, which is so environmentally efficient, is the smart, savvy choice for today’s eco-minded clients. Keeping energy within the building is vital. That’s why we recommend our high-quality plastic roofing. It saves on energy usage by avoiding waste, and that saves money. Any building that’s made from low-quality materials isn’t going to last against the day-to-day buffeting that it receives from weather and that’s when energy efficiency is at risk. If moisture manages to penetrate a building, it’s only a matter of time before insulation is compromised and energy is lost. Not only will you be paying for the energy that you use, but you’re also paying for the energy that’s escaping. Danpal plastic roofing is designed to keep energy inside and weather outside.
Keeping Weather From Getting Inside Your Building
Part of the reason that plastic roofing is so effective at supporting energy efficiency within is that it’s so good at keeping weather outside. Nature is a powerful force and no matter in which region you live, it’s quite likely that you’ve experienced the elements. A thunderstorm, with its powerful winds and driving rain, lets us know that nature calls the shots. Or maybe it’s a furious winter storm that sends freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and gusts of wind that lets us know that we’re at nature’s mercy. We have the option of going indoors to escape the fury of weather but buildings have nowhere to go. It’s for that reason that they must be designed and built with the highest quality of products, like our plastic roofing.
Danpal’s motto, Global Vision, Local Focus, explains a lot about how the company does business. They’re leaders in the building industry but they never forget that buildings are for people to use and to live in. Nor do they forget that a building and the people who occupy it are part of a much larger network of human beings who all depend upon the environment in which we all live. With that perspective, it’s easy to understand why Danpal has never been content during its half-century of existence, to just maintain the status quo. At Danpal, research and development are always underway to find ways to make even better products that meet customers’ needs and protect the environment. That concern is part of the reason that Danpal roofing systems are so highly regarded in the industry.
ROOFING SYSTEMS THAT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE
That might sound like a lot to ask of a roofing system, but for Danpal, buildings exist to serve the people who live and work in them. One of the ways that a Danpal roofing system improves the quality of life is because of the way it incorporates natural light into the interior of the building. Danpal has pioneered the innovative concept of daylighting architecture and with that innovation, buildings feature natural light. Natural light is important for everyone and having it inside a building is another way that the roofing system enhances the quality of life for the people who occupy it. The workspace nurtures a more productive environment for the occupants both in terms of their tasks and their wellbeing.
A ROOFING SYSTEM THAT PROTECTS INSULATION
The key factor in your building’s performance is maintaining the integrity of its insulation. If weather invades and moisture manages to penetrate the exterior of your building, the result is a reduction in the insulation of the insulation, a loss of energy efficiency, the threat of mold and the potential collapse of the building. When you consider all the things that could happen if insulation is compromised, it’s easy to understand why Danpal roofing systems are so adept at protecting it. The panels in a Danpal roofing system have a unique cell structure that enables them to deliver more efficient thermal insulation. This improved efficiency is confirmed by the improved “U” and “R” values.
HOW DANPAL ROOFING SYSTEMS WORK
If weather were easier to get along with, roofing systems could relax. But as long as the skies open up to release torrential downpours or blinding snowstorms, hail and winds, roofing systems must be vigilant. Fortunately for buildings, Danpal roofing systems are made with microcell technology. The microcell structure offers high resistance to impact, standing seams, and a double-tooth grip lock connection. That’s the kind of force that’s required for a roofing system to prevail against weather. The roofing system’s Danpalon panels are designed to maintain the integrity of the roof for well into the future because of their co-extended UV protection.
There’s less aggravation when it comes to working with and installing a Danpal roofing system. Because the system uses snap-on, dry-glazed connectors made of aluminum or polycarbonate, they’re light in weight and flexible. The ease of installation means that less time has to be spent in the process, something that clients will appreciate because it means there’s less inconvenience involved.
As the weather begins to change from cold, chilly winter to warmer spring, we all try to spend as much time outside as we possibly can. For everyone who lives in the climate zones where snow, cold winds and ice are a feature of daily existence for three to four months of the year, spring is like the call of the siren. We want to go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature, the fragrant breezes, and most of all, the daylight. But we can’t, because we have to stay inside to work. Once we get home, we’re so busy with household tasks and family needs that the day seems to escape from us. Maybe that’s why skylight roofing is so popular; it’s a way to capture some of that daylight even though we’re inside. Danpal skylight roofing, with the famed daylighting architecture that Danpal has pioneered, is one way to hold onto as much natural light as possible, even when inside.
SKYLIGHT ROOFING BRINGS IN MORE LIGHT
If you think that you feel better in natural light, you’re not imagining it. Studies have proven what we already now: we like the light! We’re more productive in natural light; we feel better about ourselves; our attitude is more positive. We need artificial light, too, but there’s just nothing like the natural light and with skylight roofing, that natural light is present inside your living space or work space.
THE COMPATIBILITY OF SKYLIGHT ROOFING WITH OTHER ROOFING TYPES
You’ll be glad to learn that whether your existing roof is concrete or profiled metal, skylight roofing is easy to install. Danpal’s roofing systems are customizable so that they can vary in length and size; this makes them easy to integrate and connect into place. What does this mean for the customer? Less time and effort during the installation process equals less inconvenience and less cost.
SKYLIGHT ROOFING IS STRONG ENOUGH FOR THE WORST WEATHER
Danpal uses microcell technology because it’s so strong. Weather is a fierce foe but a building has to be able to withstand the forces of nature, whether it’s the powerful rainstorms that send water flooding from the skies, or harsh winter snows and winds. There’s no way to avoid weather, so the only solution is to design buildings that are strong enough to handle it. That’s why microcell technology, with its resistance to the damage that weather can do, is such an asset for skylight roofing. And Danpal skylight roofing also has UV protection, because even those hot, sunny days that we love can be hard on a roof if it’s not protected.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DANPAVAULT BARREL VAULT SKYLIGHT SYSTEM
With the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System, your building benefits from a skylight roofing system with evenly diffused natural light, optimum insulation, easy integration, and UV protection. Installation is no problem because it can be a self-supporting skylight or it can be placed on top of a metal structure. Different span sizes can be accommodated with aluminum framing options. Customization, always a favorite feature with architects, offers more freedom and flexibility in the design.
If you’re eager to have more daylight in your life, skylight roofing can make it happen.
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.
How 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 Danpalwall 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.
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.
The 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.
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 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.
Construction in today’s world needs to be able to adhere to regulations which maintain safe and sustainable practices. It must be able to create a structure that delivers energy efficiency. It should be attractive in appearance. Skylight roofing meets all of those requirements, with a little something extra: it’s the kind of roofing that gets noticed. Danpal skylight roof also offers a little something extra, particularly in its versatility. With varying lengths and sizes that slot into their designated places, our skylight roofing is easily integrated and installed. That means that, regardless of whether your roofing is concrete or profiled metal, you can still use skylight roofing. There are so many advantages that you’ll wonder why you didn’t install it sooner.
No Weather Worries: Skylight Roofing Can Handle the Weather
Skylight roofing has an esthetic flavor that traditional roofing lacks, but don’t worry that it acquired that trait at the expense of its strength, because that’s not the case at all. Skylight roofing can hold its own when it comes to protecting a building from the powerful forces of nature that can cause damage. Danpal’s microcell technology is 100% watertight, permitting no rain or snow from outside to invade the interior of a building or allow moisture to develop.
The Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System
Danpal is known as a pioneer in daylighting architecture, so it’s no surprise that we’ve perfected skylight roofing that incorporates natural lighting into our buildings. You’ll see how Danpal roofing systems and the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System deliver easy integration, superior insulation, and UV protection for a longer life.
With daylight as a feature of the building, longer life also means better life, because natural lighting is so much better than relying solely on artificial light. Imagine how it will be when your skylight roofing brings daylight into your building so that you can see better, feel better, and work better. It’s not just productivity that’s improved with the inclusion of natural light. Studies show that people find that they actually do feel better when natural light is added to the interior of their workspace and living space. You might not expect skylight roofing to improve your quality of life, but daylight makes a difference that matters!
How Daylighting Improves a Building’s Appearance with Skylight Roofing
We’ve explained how much the inclusion of natural daylight into your building can add to its appeal. But the esthetic improvements that skylight roofing makes possible don’t end there. The ribs of the panels are tightly spaced so that, when joined with the light, the visual effect is stunning. With skylight roofing, you have transparency that’s actually superior to the appearance of glass.
Skylight roofing is roofing that knows how to please. It’s flexible and easy to work with, which is a bonus for architects, construction crews, and clients. It offers the benefits of natural light within an internal structure so that you enjoy daylight from the comfort of your living space or workspace. Why not choose the skylight roofing that you’ve always wanted?
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 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.
You’d think it would be obvious: add daylight to the inside of a building for better lighting and enhanced atmosphere. It is obvious, but only Danpal has recognized how much daylight inside a building can transform a structure. With a half-century of experience in the building industry, Danpal has been a pioneer in daylighting techniques, holding fast to the belief that a well-designed building should offer as much natural light as possible. That’s why Danpal façade materials are such an advance in building products. Danpal, the first company to develop the Danpalon® translucent panel standing seam system, has three decades of experience in providing façade materials that are used all over the globe. Danpal proves that daylight travels well!
How Daylighting Techniques Make a Difference in Façade Materials
Buildings are for people. Filling the living and working spaces with natural light gives people a workplace that’s more conducive to productivity because people are spending their day in a happier, healthier environment. Danpal’s philosophy is that developing solutions that meet visual, thermal, and energy needs should not exclude holistic benefits. Danpal feels that building designs should begin with an understanding of how the sun shapes our experience. Creating façade materials that follow through on this vison makes Danpal a leader in what we might describe as “user-friendly” buildings.
Knowing What There is to Know About Daylighting
The excitement that is created when daylight becomes part of the building toolkit has inspired a new perception about architecture. Natural light is regarded as usable square footage internally, which expands ways of capitalizing on the uses of the building project. What we’ve found is that light has a genuine effect on how people feel, think, and work. Imagine the possibilities if a building can actually be part of the wellness process that generates an improved attitude and sense of optimism.
Technology Shapes the Effectiveness of Danpal Façade Materials
Danpal façade materials are highly regarded for their ability to resist weather as well as for their support of daylighting techniques. Danpal’s Microcell technology has a double-click locking seam that promises higher load resistance, with a snap-lock connection system to make weather stay where it belongs, which is outside, not inside. The cell structure of the façade materials possess high-quality thermal insulation. This means that façade materials made by Danpal can fight back when weather is at its most destructive.
Another advantage to Danpal’s façade materials is the fact that they’re light in weight. This makes them easier to work with and to install. When a process is easier and simpler to accomplish, the end result means less money spent and less inconvenience experienced.
Façade Materials Create a More Beautiful Building
Daylighting is one of our most famous esthetic features, but it’s not the only one. Color is another way of making your building stand out. Whether you decide to layer different shades of color, or alternate dark and light colors, you’re giving your building the opportunity to show just how much façade materials expand your creative options. Knowing the community in which your building will be located is the first step in determining what your building’s appearance should be. A building with a contemporary look in a block of traditional structures will indeed stand out, but perhaps not in the way that you would like. With a little research, you can design the building that looks just right!
When choosing a roofing system, don’t forget to consider the life span that you want your building to have. A roofing system is a key component in predicting a building’s length of life because the roofing system is so important in protecting the interior of a structure from the threat of weather damage. Danpal boasts roofing systems that are airtight and watertight and 100% leakproof. They’re lightweight and easy to install. They deliver a superior thermal performance, have high-impact resistance, and show off an impressive visual appearance. Our roofing systems have transparency and tonal qualities, flexibility, and a balance of light and thermal dynamics that’s superior in function. We’re eager to tell you more about our Danpal roofing systems and we know you’ll like what you’re hearing.
Roofing Systems That Deliver Daylight
You might not expect a roof to be a primary source of natural light, but that’s because you may not know that Danpal is a pioneer in the art of daylighting techniques. The ribs of our roofing are made with tight spacing; this allows an impressive quality of light to come in, altering the appearance and improving the atmosphere of your internal building.
How Danpal Roofing Systems Work
Danpal roofing is a dry-glazed translucent system that can be installed either above or below different types of structures, depending upon the specific engineering and design requirements. The dry-glazed connectors are made of polycarbonate or aluminum, both renowned for their strength. Danpal’s Microcell technology is specifically designed to resist weather over the long term. On a day-to-day basis, a roofing system has to be able to take a beating because weather never lets up. It’s always doing something, and quite often, weather is doing something that’s going to lead to trouble in the future if your roofing system isn’t capable of preventing the damage. Regardless of whether your building is going to be located in a rain-drenched region or a place where winter deals out punishing snow and cold, Danpal roofing systems are ready for whatever comes out of the sky.
You can thank our Danpalon panels for strength that surpasses the ordinary roofing system’s ability to keep weather out. Because of this, the thermal insulation renders more efficiency with better “U” and “R” values. The long life that’s so important for a building is supported by the double-tooth connections that are particularly effective against weather.
Stricter regulations and a stronger adherence to environmental standards have had an effect on roofing. The “R” values of roofing insulation have almost tripled in recent decades. It’s a pleasure to notice how much of an effect we can have when we all work together on behalf of our planet. In the long run, quality makes the difference and that’s where Danpal stands out.
We don’t manufacture cheap, poorly made products. We’ve been in business for half a century and maybe that’s way longevity is so important to us. We understand that buildings should be built to last. That’s the way we make our products.
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
Because 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!
It’s no surprise that buildings which are constructed to incorporate natural light into the design have an advantage over the traditional structure that relies on artificial light for illumination. Natural light doesn’t just help us to see better; it also helps us feel better. Danpal’s facade materials show how cutting-edge technology and the ageless, timeless appeal of natural light can give a building the architectural edge.
How Light Architecture Works in Facade Materials
With glazed panels and tight spacing between the ribs, light is evenly diffused so that it’s exactly what the customer wants, not too much and not too little. The design is created so that the amount of light can be controlled. The integration of the conventional glazing can, depending upon preference, either reveal visual contrasts in the building or conceal a building’s less attractive features. Mother Nature provides the daylight, of course, but Danpal provides facade materials in a stunning array of colors. effects, finishes, and textures that architects enjoy working with. It’s a perfect match!
Weather Can’t Beat Danpal Facade Materials
No matter what season it is, the weather has quite an arsenal of weapons to challenge a building’s durability. What happens when it’s raining buckets? Or when there’s a heavy snowfall? What about wind? How about hail? You’re worried about leaks, impact, and damages, but with our facade materials, you don’t need to worry. The snap-lock connection system prevents air and moisture from penetrating the defenses of the facade materials. Microcell technology is designed to withstand the impact of hail. Danpal’s extended UV protections protects the building from the damage that sunlight can cause.
Facade Materials Boost Energy Efficiency
The question of a building’s energy efficiency is one that is on an architect’s mind well before he or she begins designing the structure. Danpals’s facade materials possess superior thermal insulation and improvements in the “V” and “R” values contribute as well to the overall high marks of the energy efficiency.
Facade Materials that are Easy to Work with
The strength and beauty of Danpal’s facade materials are so impressive that customers sometimes forget about the other advantages of the products. For example, the panels are very light in weight, which makes them so much easier to work with and install.
Danpal, which has been in the business for 50 years, has put its half century of experience to good use by emphasizing the importance of research and development. Operating on five continents, Danpal has five regional subsidiaries which contribute to the company’s state-of-the-art production process. That accounts for Danpal’s success in terms of its international market, but what’s just as important is the company’s commitment to global concerns. Paying attention to the environmental concerns that are a priority for today’s public has given Danpal an understanding of what customers want for the buildings in which they live and work. Our customers rely on us to deliver products that match their belief that a sustainable life is the best one for the generations to come. We build our buildings to last and we’re doing everything we can to make sure that our planet lasts too.
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.
Danpal 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!
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.
Types 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.
Sometimes, the most modern building trends are so successful because they make use of something that’s been around well before architects started designing. We’re talking about natural light, of course, that element that can totally transform the appearance of a building. If you’re searching for a design that employs natural light in a way that no other construction method can, you should consider a facade system.
Facade Systems Build With Natural Light
Natural light doesn’t just enter a designed building without careful advance planning. The architect who designs a building deliberately considers the placement of the light by accommodating the angles where the sunlight will appear in the structure at various times during the day. By tapping into the bounty of natural light, that wonderful resource that is available virtually on demand, the architect channels its beautify and its usefulness into a well-planned design.
The Strength of Facade Systems
A facade system will bring a level of beauty to your building that other exteriors can’t match. But at the same time, facade systems are durable. They have to be if they’re going to protect a building from the impact of weather. Rain, snow, wind, hail, and even sun all have the power to weaken and damage the structure over time. But facade systems are designed with strength in mind so that they stand up to everything that Mother Nature can send. Different climates will call for different facade systems; what works for a building in a hot, sunny region won’t suit a building in a damp, rainy location. But the versatility of facade systems means that there’s one that’s just right for you.
Facade Systems Are More Popular Than Ever
Buildings have specific functions that require conforming to the template of the structure’s purpose. A gymnasium isn’t going to have the same purpose as a library, and the two buildings won’t be identical. Any building needs to meet certain regulations and codes and as environmental issues have become more of a universal concern, these requirements are reflected in the way buildings are designed and constructed. Facade systems please the public because their energy efficiency is a vital part of the sustainable life style that people practice.
But there’s one area where codes and rules aren’t the driving force behind the design and that is in the creativity that facade systems unleash. If you’re bored by the way so many buildings seem to be designed with a cookie-cutter format, each one looking the same as the one before it, you’re going to appreciate the unbelievable freedom that facade systems offer. With facade systems, the function of a building doesn’t trap it inside a boring format that just repeats what everyone else is building. Functionality is vital for any building, but it doesn’t need to inhibit the potential of a structure to be visually appealing. Danpal’s facade systems allow a structure to perform its intended function while nurturing the people who work and live inside it.
Every building, whatever its intended purpose, is part of a neighborhood and that neighborhood is a community. People who go about their daily business are uplifted when they have the opportunity to enjoy beauty that improves the environment in a holistic way. By choosing a Danpal facade system, you’re making your part of the world a better place.
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 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.
If you’re on a quest to find something new in building materials, inspirations for exciting and innovative designs are as close as the nearest housing development. Before you lock yourself into the monotony of designing a building that looks like every other one, why not take a ride around the area to see what’s being built around you? You’ll be amazed to find the range that is available, particularly if you’re in a neighborhood where there’s a building that’s made out of façade materials. Never mind the same, boring old structure that’s build out of the same old boring materials. Danpal façade materials, because of the amazing array of colors that is offered, give a house a dazzling look. If it’s hard to imagine a building that delivers a sense of style, you’re in for a treat, because facade materials deliver remarkable, unique beauty.
Facade Materials are a Smart Economic Investment
However, facade materials aren’t just esthetically attractive. Façade materials offer one of the most versatile investments that can be made in the housing field. The unique cell structure of Danpal facades generates superior thermal insulation that significantly enhances a building’s energy efficiency. The Microcell structure of the panels offers the highest possible resistance to damage caused by hail and impact. This resistance is maintained despite the light weight of the materials, which gives them an impressive lifetime of service. Thanks to the snap-lock connection system, air and water aren’t able to penetrate the building’s exterior. The building enjoys higher load resistance as a result of the high security offered by the double “click” locking seam. With the top quality of its co-extended UV protection, the facade materials deliver a longer life. Installation is quick and simple, making the overall price cost effective for your budget.
Facade Materials Have Style
The novelty of living and working in a building that reflects its own unique image has made facade materials a dynamic form of architectural self expression. The colors that you choose will depend on personal preference and the style of the structure’s design. Also, it’s a good idea to choose colors that are easy to clean. Remember that facade materials give you a versatility that other traditional materials lack. You can use different shades of a particular color to produce a layering effect that creates an impression of depth. Or, if you want to make a statement, you can opt for a bold look that contrasts darks and lights along with different textures.
The building needs to create harmony within its surroundings. That’s easy with facade materials; you can choose enhancements such as columns, feature lighting, and brick stacks so that your structure stands out.
Facade Materials and Light
Natural light is an inherent feature of facade materials, much more so than it is in buildings that are designed from a traditional material. Thanks to the glazing panel’s unique structure, natural light is evenly diffused. Because of a design that’s created with architectural daylight applications in mind, the tight spacing between the ribs of the panels produces an appearance that appeals to the esthetic senses.
Esthetics, affordability, durability and efficiency are all hallmarks of façade systems. Take a look at what’s in store for you!
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.
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 cladding.
Saving Money with Rainscreen Cladding
The 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.
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.
Through 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.
This 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.
There 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.
When designing a building, one of the most important assessments to make is deciding on the roofing system that is best. With more than half a century in the business of building, Danpal has seen a lot of roofing come and go, and the company’s experience and expertise can make your decision-making a lot easier. Danpal is on the cutting edge of the latest innovations in construction and we’re constantly improving our existing products. Over the years, we’ve developed a roofing system that is both fundamentally sound and energy efficient, as well as esthetically attractive.
Factors to Consider in Choosing Your Roofing System
An architect surveys his plans like a commander overseeing a battle map. What are the strengths of the opponent? What are the weaknesses of the building? What is the best tactic to defeat the enemy? The roof is the main barrier between the interior of a building and its exterior, and the roof is under constant, daily attack from a formidable enemy. One of the most powerful enemies that a building faces is weather. There’s no escaping it: a roof has no force shield to keep the rain and snow from falling, the wind from blowing, the hail from bombarding, or the sun from beating down. But a roofing system must be able to withstand all of these powerful elements if it is to stand firm against deterioration. Many of us have noticed more and more episodes of extreme weather, as storms in both winter and summer seem to be more potent. These are the factors that remind us of how important it is to choose a roof that is built to last and to protect against weather at its worst.
A Roofing System’s Appearance
Danpal can provide the roofing system that you’re looking for, whether your design is modern or traditional. The design of a roofing system also matters, because it significantly affects the building’s ultimate appearance. The color, texture, and type of roofing all need to be in harmony with the overall style of the building, including its exterior look and finish. The design needs to blend together; clashing styles make the entire building appear to have been rushed to completion without forethought for how it would look when it was actually constructed.
Roofing and the Environment
As regulations become stricter, new rules are re-defining the kinds of roofing systems that can be used, particularly with regard to coatings, sealants, and adhesives. Recent decades have witnessed a dramatic evolution in the kinds of roofing materials available, thanks to technological advances. While traditional materials remain popular, newer materials such as polycarbonate are rapidly becoming the favorite because of their durability, flexibility, and their energy efficiency. As the environment has become more of a concern, the move to use environmentally friendly materials has rapidly gained momentum. At Danpal, we know that your roof is part of your building, and your building is part of the wider world. Keeping everything in balance is what makes a building a success.
When you first decided to enter the design field, there’s a good chance that you did so because you wanted to give your imagination free rein. You didn’t want to be locked into the same tired old traditional building styles. You wanted to create structures that fulfilled the function of a building, but without neglecting the beauty that brings a design out of the cookie-cutter assembly line of boring sameness. That’s why facade systems, the popular trend in building, have become so popular with designers and clients alike. They maintain the functionality of a building, but they are able to stay true to their purpose without ignoring the fact that a building can be a source of inspiration for the people who live and work within it, and an enhancement to the neighborhood.
Why Facade Systems are the Smarter Building Choice
Transparent facade systems aren’t just a building’s pretty face. They’re actually its protective armor because they offer superior protection from the weather and high-impact resistance, along with optimal thermal dynamics. Weather rules the outside world and a building that’s constructed well needs to be able to stand up to whatever comes out of the sky. You’ll be amazed by how the quality of a facade system endures for years without needing to be replace. The energy efficiency and durability of facade systems make them the smart choice; our Danpalframed facade is one of the most popular options for buildings.
Keep in mind that facade systems aren’t one-size-fits-all for buildings. The type of façade that you select needs to suit the climate of the region where the building will be located. If you’re building in an area with an abundance of rain and wind, the facade system will have different specifications than a system that’s designed for a sunny climate. Another factor to consider is the style of the building. The façade systems should blend with the right facade, so that they complement one another. Otherwise, an ill-suited choice could ruin the overall effect. When you’re building with a facade system, you have so many more options for color, finishes, and special effects that you want to make sure that everything is just right.
Facade Systems and Light
Perhaps the most popular feature of a facade system is the way that it makes use of natural light. Your design should accommodate the angles at which the sunlight will strike the building at different times during the day, so that you can adjust for it. Factoring this into your calculations gives you the freedom to immediately improve the quality of the building’s interior with natural light.
If you’ve never thought about the wonderful opportunities for creativity that are yours when natural light is included in your design, you’re in for an amazing revelation. Natural light isn’t usually categorized as a building material, but translucent facades have changed the rules for design. Imagine the originality that you can work with when the pattern of light on your building façade comes from nature and your inspiration.
Operating a building materials business on five continents gives Danpal the edge when it comes to roofing systems. Roofs aren’t the same the whole world over, and at Danpal, we pride ourselves on being able to deliver the sky when a client comes to us looking for the ideal roofing system. Danpal roofing systems come with a unique mix of advantages, and the Danpavault barrel vault skylight system offers easy integration and a smooth transmission of natural light for a structure. Our dry-glazed translucent systems are available in a wide variety of designs that are suitable for installation above or below the particular structure, depending upon the specifications set by the building’s engineering and design. We offer the best in roofing because our systems contain snap-on interlocking dry-glazed polycarbonate or aluminum connectors. Thermal insulation and UV protection round out a full component of skylight roofing superiority.
The Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System
There’s a lot of versatility in our Danpavault barrel vault skylight system, whether you choose to use it as a self-supporting skylight for your roof, or you place it over a metal structure. You can add aluminum framing so that the skylight roof can be installed on top of spans of different sizes. Because there are no limits to the length you choose, the skylight roof system is ideal for so many different roofing types. Whatever length is right for your building can be installed easily; our flexibility means that you get what you want for your roof.
Daylight Above with the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight Roof System
When natural light is added to the internal building, the results are beneficial in so many ways. Natural light makes us all feel better and it adds to the appearance of a building. You’ll get more light from Danpal systems, compared to what other options provide, so much that it’ll seem as if daylight doesn’t end.
Skylight Roof Easy Installation
One of the things that our clients value about our roofing systems is the ease of installation. Profiled roof or concrete, it doesn’t matter, Our skylights offer flexibility thanks to their unique design, so it doesn’t matter what your current roof is made from or how it looks, because our skylight roof can accommodate anything.
Skylight Roof Weather Protection
Once the skylight is in place, there can be no doubt that it will be up to the challenge of resisting the weather. We’ve created our skylight roof systems to be completely watertight, relieving you of any need to worry about leaks. And if you’re concerned that your skylight roof is more vulnerable than a standard roof, rest assured that the built-in strength comes from microcell technology, which empowers an impressively high level of resistance to damage caused by hail and other extreme weather conditions. The microcell technology keeps the skylight roof strong when weather strikes.
You Choose the Color of the Skylight Roof
One of the most popular features of our skylight roof is the range of colors that we offer for all of our products. Whether your preference is for shades of white, metallics, or bold and brilliant colors, the hardest decision you make might just be which one, from so many possibilities, is the right one for your skylight roof.
What do you expect from a building? The question isn’t as strange as it seems. When you think about it, nearly every aspect of our lives depends in some way upon buildings. We live in homes, we work in offices, schools, stores, hospitals and other structures; we shop for groceries, we go to the car dealership for a new automobile, we eat in restaurants and dance in clubs. Except for those hardy types who thrive in the great outdoors, most of us spend the most significant parts of our lives in buildings, often without giving them a second thought.
Danpal is encouraging you to give those buildings a few more thoughts. Imagine the 21st century if we still used outdated architectural practices and outmoded technology from the previous era. Imagine if, instead of using polycarbonate panels, we still opted to use metal U-panels? It’s hard to imagine why anyone would step back in time when construction has advanced so far ahead. But in case you have a building project and you’re still making up your mind about which materials to use, we’ll explain why polycarbonate panels have become the favorite choice of designers, engineers, architects, clients, and Planet Earth.
The Advantages of Polycarbonate Standing Seam Panels
We live in a period of time when buildings are designed to be in harmony both locally and globally. That focus mirrors the Danpal motto, Global Vision, Local Focus. Polycarbonate standing seam panels are designed to maintain that atmosphere because they conform to the standards of a sustainable environment. Polycarbonate is a tough and durable material so that it can withstand rough weather, but it’s also flexible and easy to work with. Its high-impact resistance prevents hail from doing damage, yet its transparency to visible light allows it to provide much better transmission than glass can. Polycarbonate panels are so versatile that they’ve left glass and metal U panels behind in the race to the top for best building material.
Polycarbonate Standing Seam Panels Specialize in Energy Efficiency
As the world becomes more conscious of the need to take better care of our planet, the momentum for sustainable living has captured the enthusiasm of the building industry. That’s why polycarbonate standing seam panels are so popular with people who care about the environment. The great news about that is that saving the environment also means saving money on energy costs, because polycarbonate is a material that provides high-quality insulation.
Polycarbonate Standing Seam Panels Win the Beauty Contest
If building materials were competing in a beauty pageant, it’s obvious that polycarbonate would easily defeat metal U panels and glass. That’s not just because polycarbonate standing seam panels are modern, strong and efficient. Danpal’s polycarbonate panels are designed with beauty in mind. Why choose boring metal or glass for your building when you can have daylight, color, translucence and reflections? Polycarbonate standing seam panels win the crown; metal U panels and glass are only runner-up.
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 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.
Fighting the Harmful Effects of Weather with Translucent Facades
Take a look around at the buildings in your city or town. Notice anything? You probably can’t detect the slow, steady damage that weather is causing to the buildings that we see every day. There’s no way to shield a building from the effects of the sun, the rain, or the wind. Buildings are located outside; that means that they have to expect to take the punishment that weather dishes out. But that doesn’t mean that nature has the upper hand. Translucent facades are the expert way to answer the challenge that nature poses and deliver a building product that endures. Not only that, but translucent facades know how to make the most of the daylight, bringing the best of the day into the building while shielding those inside from its negative effects.
How do Translucent Facades Protect Buildings from Nature
A translucent façade creates a seal so that water and air can’t penetrate. The façade’s durability makes it strong enough to withstand the punishing impact of hail and anything else that nature sends its way. Its flexibility with regard to the changing temperature of a building allow the translucent façade to expand in the heat and contract in the cold.
Building Daylight into the Translucent Façade
Now that we’ve told you how translucent facades protect a building from the harmful effects of nature, let us explain to you how our product can actually work with and enhance the natural environment. The benefits of sunlight are familiar to all of us. Not only does capitalizing on the natural light ease energy costs in buildings, but there’s a more personal benefit as well. Incorporating light into public buildings helps to create a positive atmosphere on the people within as they work, conduct their business, and interact with one another. A translucent façade uses daylight as one of its core building materials.
Why Translucent Facades are Better than Glass
Glass windows, although they allow daylightto enter, also let in the glare. Depending on the time of the day, often at daybreak or at dusk, the lower angles of the sun’s rays can be piercing in rooms where the windows face east or west.
That’s why large glass windows on one side of a room aren’t the solution. Flooding the space with uncontrolled bright light increases the level of heat in the room as well. Glass windows need blinds, shades, or curtains in order to minimize the adverse effects of the light; the result is often a room that’s much darker than it needs to be in order to reduce the penetrating glare from outside. There’s a cost factor to this as well, especially in warmer climates where the reduction in energy expense is cancelled by the air conditioning that’s needed to compensate for the excessive solar gain. Ironically, even in the winter, glass fails to offer satisfaction in energy efficiency, because the heat that comes in from outside during the day also escapes during the night.
If you’re looking for a building product that’s efficient, economical, and pleasing to the eye, consider translucent facades and bring in the daylight.
If you believe in the top-down approach to building, you’re going to love the way we do roofs. Danpal® Roofing systems are just right for a wide range of weather and come with the aspects, colors, finishes and special effects that suit your specifications. We have over 50 years in the business of helping to create the buildings that meet your needs and appeal to your tastes.
What is Danpal® Roofing?
Danpal® Roofing, a modular glazing system for roofs, is a dry-glazed translucent system that we offer in a variety of designs. Depending on the particular engineering and design requirements, the system can be installed above or below different structure types. The system’s interlocking, dry-glazed connectors are made of polycarbonate or aluminum. Bring on the weather—our roofing systems are ready for whatever conditions show up and the high-impact resistance that we offer proves that wild weather has met its match. Yes, we’re strong enough to handle whatever the weather forecasts promise, but appearance still matters, and that’s why our roofing systems come in a variety of aspects, colors, finishes and special effects.
Systems Offered by Danpal® Roofing
Polycarbonate or aluminum connector
Cold curving on site
No fabrication needed
Concealed connectors enhance external appearance
Convenient and self-supporting
Reduced framing requirements create a sleek, smooth appearance
Simple building framework connection
Free Span System
Superior spanning capability
Clean view from underneath
Danpal® Roofing Systems Unique Benefits
Spectacular visual appearance
Superior thermal performance
High impact resistance
Airtight and watertight
Cold bending of panels on site
Danpal® Roofing System Features
We use Microcell technology for the latest and most advanced architectural daylighting applications to ensure translucency and strength. These systems are built for an impressive array of weather conditions and offer high-impact resistance for the long term. The tight spacing between the ribs of the roof produces a superior quality of light that enhances the appealing appearance. The flexibility, transparency and tonal qualities, along with the Danpal® balance of light and thermal dynamics, will make you wonder why you ever thought glass was a good choice.
Power to the Panels!
No matter what season is showing up on the calendar, Danpalon® panels are strong enough to handle it without losing efficiency. The panels, thanks to the unique cell structure, deliver efficient thermal insulation that provides a better “U” and “R” values, ensuring higher efficiency. Danpalon® panels, by offering co-extruded UV protection, result in a long life for your roofing system. The panels are made with a double-tooth grip-lock connection that guarantees longevity in resistance to whatever temper tantrums weather comes up with, whether it’s high winds, heavy snow, or damaging hail. The special cell structure of the panels supports high resistance to impact. A substantial range of snap-on, dry-glazed connectors made from polycarbonate or aluminum, provide engineering and design flexibility.
That’s how Danpal® works, delivering the best in roofing from the top down.
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!
Why 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.
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.
What 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.
Danpal® Facade systems come in a variety of colors, finishes and special effects, providing a dazzling array of creative options. These translucent, dry-glazed systems are available in a wide range of configurations suitable for various types of structures. Lightweight with superior flexibility, Danpal® facades provide high-impact protection from the elements in a variety of climates, particularly in comparison to glass. Transparency, combined with the balance of light and thermal dynamics for any facade, creates an appearance that’s esthetically pleasing and tough enough to handle the outdoor elements.
What are the Benefits of the Danpal® Facade Systems?
Natural light pleases the eye but Danpal® facade systems takes beauty one step further with glazing panels that evenly diffuse that light while accommodating the architectural application of daylight through tight spacing in between the ribs. The artistry of the colors, textures, finishes, and effects delivers a glorious palette of options that illuminate by day and turn into light boxes at night. Being tough enough to handle the great outdoors means that the panels, with their Microcell structure, are built to resist damage from hail. And while we’re talking about the elements, you’ll appreciate the fact that the Danpal® facade system boasts co-extended UV protection that guarantees a longer system life. Mother Nature doesn’t always play by the rules, but that’s okay, because with the snap-lock connection system, air and water won’t be able to penetrate the building. The structure is versatile enough to adapt, with concealed joints that create a flush external that can twist if necessary.
Beauty counts, but so does comfort, and the façade system’s superior thermal insulation improvements in ‘U’ and ‘R’ values enhance the building’s overall energy efficiency. The design can control the amount of light, conceal building features, or reveal fascinating visual contrasts, thanks to the integration with conventional glazing. Installation is easy and cost-effective and the system complies with SO9001 and CSTB requirements.
Danpal® Single Glazed Facades: Different Systems for Different Needs
The Thermal Advanced AirPT System provides integrated subsoil and frame and thermal break to deliver advanced performance.
The Advanced NM System is an advanced face system with an integrated frame.
The Traditional TP system is an economical façade system that delivers basic performance without a sub frame.
Danpal®: Pioneers in Light Architecture
With 50 years of expertise and innovation in light architecture, Danpal® can be confident that it has not only blazed the trail that others can only follow, but its façade systems have also remained on the cutting edge. The company’s vision guides everything it does to create state-of-the-art systems that make it possible for architects to transform both artificial and natural light into an architectural tool to enhance creativity. A global companythat operates on five continents, Danpal® and its five regional subsidiaries employ global distribution and operation to supply the world with the latest in tailor-made daylighting for façade systems. Even the world’s best architects appreciate the inspiration that the Danpal® façade systems generate as the panels turn daylight itself into a creative building tool. Whether it’s the engineering, the design, the comfort or the esthetics, Danpal® solutions meet the most stringent requirements, as well as energy efficiency, to help conserve the world’s natural resources.
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.
We 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.
There seems to be confusion in some circles relating to the translucent facade, and it’s purpose. Considering that, we wanted to release a blog post that will set the record straight. We’ll highlight the type of professionals who might use the product, and some of the benefits they can expect. Hopefully, this post will encourage more people to make better use of the solution. As you will learn, it can add alluring design elements to any building while also providing structural advantages.
So what is a translucent facade?
Translucent facades are glazing panels used on the exterior of buildings. They help to protect the construct from weather damage, damp, and erosion. They come in a broad range of different colors and styles to suit every job. Many architects use them to improve the aesthetics of their design. By fixing them in place, it’s possible to hide unsightly building elements and create the perfect finish to any property. The products can assist in protecting people from harmful UV rays. They also ensure maximum thermal conduction. Individuals who use them will notice a reduction in energy bills because they use the sun’s natural light to heat and illuminate buildings.
So what are some of the other benefits?
We already mentioned that a translucent facade could help to protect buildings from weather damage. That is because the product creates a seal that stops penetration by water and air. They are also durable, and so they can withstand impact from hail and other unwanted elements. The materials offer super flexibility, and that is why they can last for many years. As a building becomes hot or cold, the products will expand and contract. They also come in many different styles and shades to suit almost any building design. Danpal® Facades provide an array of finishes and effects that offer dazzling creative options.
Are polycarbonate translucent facades cost-effective?
Compared to glass and other commonly used solutions, polycarbonate translucent facades offer much better value for money. They will stay in good condition for longer, and they’re highly secure. Unlike some other options, users won’t have to replace them very often. Indeed, they can remain in perfect condition for years. They also offer an environmentally-friendly alternative that doesn’t harm the planet. For more information, new clients just need to take a look at our brochure which is available on this site. You can then contact the team for advice and quotes.
Our state-of-the-art systems were created with architects and designers in mind. That is why the products we bring to the market always meet expectations. The professionals working for our brand have decades of combined experience in this industry. We listened to the complaints of designers and building specialists before coming up with the perfect solutions. Make sure you take a look at our range and consider all the benefits before taking a single step further. Those who still decide to use glass or an inferior material will never achieve optimum results. Just take a look at some of the most attractive buildings in any city. We’ll bet at least some of them use translucent facade products.
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.
Why 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!
Danpal® offers a range of single glazed translucent facade systems for architects and designers. In this article, we’re going to discuss the beneficial elements and all the advantages of using those products. Hopefully, the information will assist professionals in making the right choices. These solutions are much better than glass for a variety of reasons we will discuss in just a moment. Also, they’re cost-effective and environmentally-friendly due to their long-lasting nature. Our items can assist in delivering the perfect balance of light into any building.
Benefits of our facade materials
Weather protection and high impact resistance
Alongside other advantages, those who opt for our facade materials will benefit from weather protection. The products also offer excellent resistance to the impact of hail and other projectiles. They are designed to expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall. So, they won’t crack or break like many inferior solutions on the market. They offer super flexibility that ensures they will stay in working order for many years. That is the primary reason architects and designers around the world turn to use when looking for the best facade solutions. The optimal balance of solar and thermal dynamics isn’t easy to achieve, but our products help to achieve that goal.
Superior air and water tightness
Leaks and damp can cause many issues for designers and architects. For that reason, we wanted to create a product that eliminates those problems entirely. Danpal® facade materials do that without breaking the bank. The snap-lock connection system ensures air and water cannot penetrate into the building. That means concerns relating to damp are no longer an issue. If air and water can’t get under the materials, owners will never encounter that hindrance. When selecting cheaper solutions, the same isn’t always true. That is why many people have to replace their products sooner than they otherwise would have done.
An extensive range of colours, textures, and finishes
Our team understands that designers often want to ensure all elements of their buildings match. For that reason, we offer a broad range of different colours, textures, and finishes to suit any job. The products will illuminate by day, and turn into light boxes at night. To see a full range, just take a look at systems section and Download link on the top. There are brochures available that cover all the ins and outs. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to get in touch with our team to discuss your requirements. We strive to provide quotes and deal with requests as quickly as possible. So, you won’t have to wait around too long for a reply.
Our unique facade materials provides architects with an endless source of creative possibilities. Compared to many competitors, we offer superior products made to cutting-edge designs. We also employ the latest microcell technology to ensure everything we supply meets requirements. If you need a product that’s stylishly created a build to last, look no further. Contact us today, and let us know how we can assist.
The main business of GST is to manufacture and assemble semiconductor, Icd, medical appliance and electronic device. GST choice the new material for the factory building. Furthermore, the building is designed to present beauty of sculpture and symbolic language to emphasize the company and its environment-friendliness in terms of selecting Danpalon as material of Façade
A distribution oriented line up: Considering the easy access for shipment, the working area is located on the 1st and 2nd floor to facilitate the flow of working. So it enables to do stocking, assembling, testing, and shipping products on the ground floor. Employee parking lot is on the 3rd floor (top floor).
Environment-friendly material for façade, Danpalon:Danpalon, which is a semi-transparent polycarbonate system made of 6 layered panels, can maximize daylighting effect by spreading light through diffused reflection under the daylight and save energy by decreasing the amount of CO2 produced by artificial lighting. With its excellent quality and amount of lights, it doesn’t create shadows inside from the structure as it provides even diffused light instead of direct light so productivity and safety of employees can be maximized. After sunset, the light inside of extension building is spread outside creating the image wall representing GST so it gives symbolism to building on Dongtan industrial complex 6gil as a lighting box.
Communication and connecting spaces: It is planned to connect existing building and extension building by using a bridge as a medium.
External space: Cooperative company area and reception area are separated while exit and entrance are combined to unify them as one building.
Based on our experience in building extension plant of GST, we would like to make a new design guide (Danpalon) for building a new plant considering environment-friendliness, convenient construction, light structure and various lighting by studying interior as well as exterior space design.
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.
In 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.
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
The 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.
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.
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.
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 aluminum. 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.
Plastic Roofing Sheets System Benefits
Our polycarbonate plastic roof panels solutions offer a superior visual appearance and a unique structure that allows plenty of light into 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 lightweight, 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 has 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 sheets 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.
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
The 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.
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.
There 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.
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.
Our 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 Claddingpanels. 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.
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.
This 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.
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.
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 facadeas 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.
Thermal insulation is now one of the most important variables to consider when selecting the materials to be used on the façade of a building. Have efficient materials like those provided by the Danpalonwill ensure that you minimize your energy cost and help do your bit for the environment by lowering your carbon footprint.
There are many products on the market today that claim to be good insulators. Each of them will have their pros and cons, so you need to be fully aware of what specific needs you have for a given project.
Key factors to consider include the R-values, environmental impact, price, flammability, sound insulation etc.
The key role of thermal insulation is to decrease energy costs by preventing heat loss or gain through the building envelope. Usually this material comes in the form of a substance that has a low thermal conductivity. Usually this will be less than 0.1 W/mK. Their only purpose will be to save on energy and to increase the comfort levels of those building occupants.
The focus on thermal insulation is only going to get bigger. While they have commonly been used in temperate regions, they are looking to become more global as time goes on. More developed countries will have requirements for development and thermal insulation is one of the key requirements of energy efficient and also for the health purposes of the occupants of the structure.
This means that there is always going to be a steady market for these types of materials. The market will not be as large in those climates which are hot and those in tropical regions as natural ventilation is more important than air tightness when it comes to the right strategy for thermal comfort.
This is why our product range at Danpal includes air gaps in our facade systems, as this promotes the natural ventilation of air in a constant motion. This prevents excessive heat gain from the sun. Roof insulation is something that is important in all types of regions, including tropic areas.
In real terms, better thermal insulation is going to provide a lot more comfort to the building occupants. This means there will be more productivity in the workplace as well as better living environments.
As thermal insulation limits any unwanted heat gain or loss through the building envelope, this will naturally decrease the demand for energy whether it is cooling or heating up buildings, which in turn lowers GHG emissions.
One of the key buzzwords when you are looking at the design of a building in this day and age is sustainability. This is sustainability in terms of environmental impact, energy efficiency, as well as durability.
The owner of a structure wants to get the best bang for their buck in terms of the costs they are going to be paying for energy, as well as meeting and exceeding the environmental requirements that have been set out by the relevant authorities.
One of the more exciting trends in the field of facade systems has been the development of certain facadesthat have the ability to eat smog.
This is achieved through a treatment of a thin layer of titanium dioxide, which is a liquid or powder that can be applied to a facade system such as ours at Danpal and when the sun strikes this chemically treated surface, the process of oxidization begins of organic matter, meaning that pollutants will be transformed into carbon dioxide and water vapour.
This exciting new development has already been experimented with in certain projects, such as that of the Manuel Gea Gonzalez Hospital located in Mexico City. This is near the top of the list when looking at the most polluted cities in the world.
This is an exciting development and looks set to have a large impact way into the future. What stops us from coating complete cities is the material? This could be a stepping stone for all facade systems having air quality improvement features built in them during the manufacturing process, which could help to transform the environmental impact our buildings are currently having.
When looking at the environment on a global scale, up to 40% of the energy consumed is by building, so this could go a long way towards decreasing the damage that is being inflicted by these structures.
At Danpal, we have been focused on providing facade systems that are environmentally friendly. By using translucent faces, we are able to achieve a superior light diffusion. This means that not as much energy will have to be consumed when lighting up the interior of a structure.
The high thermal insulation and great R values of our system means that less money needs to be spent cooling and heating up a building, as the facade system naturally takes care of lot of these issues automatically.
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.
If 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 claddingsystems 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.
When it comes to spotting new trends and developments in an industry, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when a certain trend will start to kick in. This is why there are so many people on Wall Street every day trying to make these predictions, but only a few are ever right at any one time.
There is no doubting that the world of constriction has been moving more towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach. The design process involves a lot more variables these days to judge the impact the structure will have on its surrounding environment, as well as looking at ways in which to minimise energy costs.
One of the more exciting developments in the facade materials world is that of facade materials which are adaptive and dynamic. While renewables and other technologies have been becoming increasingly popular, these types of façade materials could be a key development.
In certain areas of the word, most notably in North America, there has been a green revolution and designers have experimented with intelligent and dynamic systems which have a great impact when implemented together with standard technologies. These buildings are able to move, react and adapt to real life changing conditions.
What would you say if a building could naturally react to changing environmental conditions and become optimised for any outcome? Tenants would surely be delighted at having a decreased carbon footprint and greater energy savings and efficiency.
There will also be savings for the building owner in capital and operating costs. This could even be done without having to compromise at all on the visual aspects of the design and may even improve them.
‘Living building’ is becoming closer and closer to becoming a mainstream reality. Daylighting and solar shading used to be fixed systems on the roof or exterior of a building. Now there are possibilities of having them as dynamic and controllable systems that can react and adjust the changing environmental conditions.
Being able to adapt on the go makes logical sense and once the numbers add up, this will go mainstream. There is no doubting the energy savings that can be used through the use of different façade materials, but here still needs to be affordable initial cost prices to make them viable for your standard building owner. At Danpal, we invest heavily in our research and development, so we are constantly looking at improvements and innovation in the field of facade materials.
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.
This 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.
The benefits of daylight when it comes to the design of structures cannot be underestimated. It helps to generate energy savings, reduces costs in the building process, can potentially increase productivity, is sustainable and enhances the mood of people inside of the structure, to name just a few things.
This is why architects have daylighting as one of their number one priorities in the design process. While there are many skylight makers and manufacturers on the market, none of them quiet have the end product that is like the Danpalon glazing system, which has been built for the future.
The climate of our world is ever changing and with that comes the importance of having all aspects of your structure being fool proof when it comes to the various weather conditions that the structure will be exposed to on a daily basis.
You don’t want something that looks great and performs well in the short term, you need something that is sustainable, low maintenance and will retain its appeal even years into the future.
The balance between having glazing materials that are energy efficient, as well as being durable can often be a hard one to find. With construction looking to explode in the coming years in fastly developing countries, especially in areas of Asia like China, there is going to be a much greater demand for these types of materials. Especially as they are becoming more aware of the effects different materials can have on global warming, as well as the money savings they can achieve into the future.
The main aspects of a system that architects will be looking for will be a large thermal mass that can absorb the heat during the day and release it at night, look at different systems to compare the exclusion of solar gain, have systems that are completely air tight so as to exclude external hot air and high insulation levels in order to keep heat gain to a minimum with the building’s fabric.
As temperatures rise, the shading and glazing of a system are going to become vitally important. Shading systems for structures will come to the fore; building materials that are reflective and do not retina heat will be used and powerful cooling systems that are powered by groundwater or domestic scale renewables will become more prevalent.
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.
One 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.
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.
By 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.
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.
Danpal 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.
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.
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.
When it comes to designing the interior of a structure, there are many different variables that need to be accounted for. You can spend months upon months trying to decide what sort of colour schemes you are going to use, what features need to be implemented and deciding how different things work with one another.
It can often be a stressful experience for both the client and the designer, as both of you will have your own thoughts and visions when it comes to the project.
However, there are certain universal principles that need to be addressed when it comes to interior design.
At Danpalon, the team has had a lot of experience working with both parties on providing a fantastic end product, so we have the knowledge of what tends to usually work and what doesn’t.
There’s no such thing as too much space or light
It is not something you should be complaining about if you are faced with one of these “problems.”
If you are working on an office for example, it is important to have as much natural light as possible. Office workers spend the majority of their day indoors. Studies have shown how a lack of natural light can lead to poor levels of productivity and mood levels.
There are many ways you can maximize natural light, such as knocking down interior walls and replacing them with glass walls in private offices and have a more open planned desk layout as opposed to the usual cubicles.
Have break spaces
While this is somewhere workers can eat their lunch, it is also a great way to break away from their desk and to think more creatively about projects they are working on. These casual areas will help workers to relax, as well as providing a forum to discuss thoughts and ideas.
Ensure that neatness is a priority
A messy office often means a messy brain. When you see clutter and everything packed tightly together, it can restrict you both mentally and physically. By having neat finishes on the interior fittings, as well as having certain tidiness policies in place in the office, the end goal can be achieved.
The Danpalon interior system
When you are creating this environment for an office, it is important that you have many different options to choose from when it comes to the interior.
At Danpalon, our special interior system allows you to explore new aesthetic possibilities. You can transform walls, ceilings and partitions with radiant sculptural effects in order to craft a unique ambiance. You can let your creativity run wild.
The Danpalon interior system allows you to play around with different levels of light and shade, as you can easily adjust the louvres in order to create your desired balance.
The system also gives you both strength and translucency thanks to the reduced spacing that exists between the panel ribs. Finally, there are so many different finishes and colours to choose from that you can bring the picture in your head into reality.
When it comes to designing a building, the final finishing touch that gives it a polished and smart appearance is the type of facade systems that is chosen.
The structure of the building has its role, but the facade is the decoration that gives life to the building and is the prime ethical component that adds that charm.
This is why you should not rush the decision-making process. Some designers have their pre-determined facade decided for all projects they work on and are fairly inflexible when it comes to changing things up.
It is important that designers think about a horses for courses scenario. Certain types of facade will suit certain types of buildings, while some facades will look absolutely disastrous on them. This is why you need to keep in mind a few rudimentary variables and remarks when conducting the selection process.
Be creative with your Facade Systems
Don’t be stood in the same old rigid thought process project after facade systems project. Instead, get your creative juices flowing. This is highly likely the reason why you got into design in the first place, you enjoyed the creative and imaginative aspect of the design process and see the image in your head come to life in front of your eyes.
Understand the huge role light plays in your selection
As a designer, you will be well aware of the importance of natural light. The pattern of light is hugely important when it comes to the facade of a building. You need to be aware at what sort of angles the sunlight will be hitting the building at different times of the day and adjust for that. By factoring this into your calculations, you will also be able to instantly improve the interior quality when it comes to natural light.
Choosing a Facade, Horses for courses
When it comes to choosing a facade, don’t just go for the one that is currently in trend just for the sake of it. Make sure that you take your time fitting the style of the building with the right facade. You don’t want one aspect of the building spoiling everything else.
You also want to ensure that the type of facade you are using is appropriate for the climate in the region. If the building is located in a poorer climate where there’s a lot of rain and wind, there will be different requirements compared to if it was a sunnier climate.
Danpal and their selection of facade systems
Whatever your needs are when it comes to facade systems, Danpal can cater to them. It doesn’t matter what sort of structure you are building, the right design is out there for you.
Transparent facades are really the going trend these days. The Danpal framed facade is one of the most popular options being used as it offers great weather protection, has high impact resistance, and is transparent. All of these systems allow for a great transfer of light and also have optimal thermal dynamics.
If you are designing housing units, there is usually a certain amount of restriction placed upon you when it comes to expressing yourself creatively. Usually, cost will play a significant role in what sort of design work you can do and features that you can add. By carefully choosing the facade materials, you are able to transform even the most boring and normal looking house into something that has style and substance to it. It is all about finding that right balance when it comes to the key features.
The choice of style
Perhaps the most important part of choosing the facade is deciding what style you are going to use. There are so many different variations and styles catered for in the market today that it can be hard to nail down one choice.
You want to give the housing some personality and a unique style that will make it appealing to the home owner. Is your preference more towards minimalist, traditional, contemporary or modern styles? The list goes on.
You need to factor in what sort of look will suit the surroundings and general location of where the homes are going to be.
What are your preferred materials?
Every designer will have certain materials that they like to use over others. You want to use materials that are going to stand out. You can find inspiration by driving around other housing estates in the area and seeing what works well, as well as what doesn’t.
This allows you to learn from other people’s mistakes and failures, as well as seeing the image in your head somewhat brought to life.
Which colours are representative of your design?
You want to choose colours for the facade that are easy to manage (i.e. easy to clean), as well as tying in with the design of the rest of the house and developing an aesthetically stylish finish.
You can even use different shades of the same colour to give off a layering effect that has some depth to it or you could go for a bold look that contrasts different darks and light colours along with varying textures.
Don’t forget about landscape and lighting
In order to complete the look of a house, it has to fit in with its surroundings. You can have the most beautifully designed house in the world, but if it doesn’t fit in, then it will not look right. You can utilise things like columns, feature lighting and brick stacks to make the houses stand out.
Danpal and their wide range of facade materials
Danpal has a variety of different facades that have different facade materials being used. Whatever you are looking for, the team at Danpal can cater for your needs.
There are so many different textures, colours, and iterations to choose from, you will be sure to find something that fits your eye and the project at hand. What is great about their facade options is that they are lightweight, while still being very resistant to outside forces, meaning that they will last a lifetime.
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
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 clear polycarbonate sheets 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 windshields 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.
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.