Maximizing Natural Light Through an Insulating Polycarbonate Façade System: A Danpatherm System Case Study
In the ever-evolving realm of architectural design, the insulating polycarbonate façade system has emerged as a game-changer. This article explores the remarkable capabilities of these systems, with a spotlight on Danpal’s Danpatherm System, a double high insulation solution designed to illuminate spaces naturally and efficiently. We will also draw inspiration from the renowned “Bangholm Outdoor Centre” project by Holmes Miller Architects, showcasing the transformative power of Danpatherm combined with Danpalon Panels.
Understanding the Significance of the Insulating Polycarbonate Façade System
In the realm of modern architecture, comprehending the profound significance of the insulating polycarbonate façade system is paramount. These systems, a testament to innovation and sustainability, redefine how natural light interacts with interior spaces. As we delve deeper into the architecture of light, we explore the unique attributes of insulating polycarbonate panels and, specifically, Danpal’s Danpatherm system.
This exploration illuminates the transformative potential of these panels, creating environments that seamlessly blend aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability. By embracing the insulating façade system, architects unlock the ability to design spaces that not only capture the essence of natural light but also set new standards in energy efficiency and architectural excellence.
The Versatile Properties of Polycarbonate Panels
Exploring the versatility of polycarbonate panels reveals a world of architectural possibilities. These panels have become a go-to choice for architects and builders seeking a harmonious blend of form and function. Their remarkable attributes, including exceptional light transmission, UV resistance, and thermal insulation properties, have redefined how we approach sustainable architectural design. Furthermore, their lightweight yet robust nature grants architects the creative freedom to experiment with various design styles, all while upholding structural integrity.
As we delve into the realm of polycarbonate panels, we unveil the potential they hold for architectural projects, enhancing both aesthetics and energy efficiency. Within this context, we’ll also delve into Danpal’s Danpalon system, a cutting-edge solution that pushes the boundaries of what’s achievable in contemporary architecture.
Introducing Danpatherm System – A Game-Changer in Natural Lighting
Prepare to be introduced to Danpatherm System, a visionary innovation that stands as a cornerstone in the world of architectural design. More than just an insulating polycarbonate façade system, Danpatherm represents a transformative leap forward in the pursuit of natural lighting excellence. At its core, Danpatherm offers unparalleled thermal insulation, ensuring optimal energy efficiency and reduced operational costs for buildings. Its hallmark, however, lies in its capacity to effortlessly diffuse natural light, creating interiors that are not only illuminated but also bathed in a soft, soothing glow.
But the true beauty of Danpatherm is its versatility. Architects have the freedom to incorporate Danpatherm panels into an array of design styles, from curved to flat surfaces, all while maintaining structural integrity. Constructed with premium materials, Danpatherm panels are designed to withstand the test of time, offering longevity and minimal maintenance requirements.
In essence, Danpatherm System redefines the boundaries of architectural possibility, offering architects and builders a revolutionary tool to craft spaces that prioritize aesthetics, sustainability, and functionality with natural light as the centerpiece.
Key Features of Danpatherm:
Superior Insulation: Danpatherm delivers remarkable thermal insulation, ensuring energy efficiency and reduced operational costs for buildings.
Flexibility in Design: Architects have the creative freedom to implement Danpatherm panels into various design styles, and without compromising structural integrity.
Optimal Light Diffusion: Danpatherm panels disperse natural light evenly throughout interior spaces, eliminating harsh glare and creating a comfortable environment.
Enduring Durability: Constructed with premium materials, Danpatherm panels are built to withstand the test of time, offering longevity and minimal maintenance requirements.
Sustainability: By harnessing natural light and reducing reliance on artificial lighting, Danpatherm contributes to greener and more sustainable architectural practices.
The Bangholm Outdoor Centre – A Shining Example of Danpatherm’s Potential
The Bangholm Outdoor Centre, designed by Holmes Miller Architects, exemplifies the transformative impact of Danpatherm’s insulating polycarbonate façade system. For this project, Danpal’s Danpatherm system was selected to construct the sports hall and gym hall, with Danpalon Panels in “Softlite Opal” and “Softlite Clear” colors. The decision to use Danpatherm and Danpalon Panels was rooted in their outstanding properties, perfectly aligning with the project’s objectives.
Danpatherm’s contribution to the Bangholm Outdoor Centre:
Abundant Natural Light: The integration of Danpatherm and Danpalon Panels flooded the sports and gym halls with natural light, creating an inviting and dynamic atmosphere.
Energy Efficiency: The superior thermal insulation properties of Danpatherm aided in maintaining optimal indoor temperatures, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling.
Aesthetic Appeal: The soft, diffused light created by Danpatherm panels enhanced the visual appeal of the spaces, making them more inviting for athletes and visitors alike.
Sustainability: By leveraging the power of natural light, the Bangholm Outdoor Centre significantly reduced its energy consumption and carbon footprint.
In the world of architecture, the marriage between innovation and aesthetics is an ever-evolving journey. The insulating polycarbonate façade system, exemplified by Danpatherm System and showcased through the Bangholm Outdoor Centre project illuminates this path. The harmonious fusion of natural light, energy efficiency, and sustainability is not merely a goal but a reality attainable through Danpal’s solutions. Explore the possibilities of Danpatherm and Danpalon Panels to bring your architectural visions to radiant life.
The Galeria Laguna project, designed by the talented architects at Estudio 41, sought to transform an existing space into a modern art gallery that seamlessly merged with its natural surroundings. The location’s unique coastal environment and the desire to create a harmonious connection between interior and exterior spaces were pivotal aspects of the project’s design philosophy. To achieve this, Estudio 41 set out to find an innovative facade solution that would embody their vision and create an iconic aesthetic for the gallery.
Estudio 41 architects recognized the need for a facade system that not only exhibited aesthetic elegance but also provided exceptional performance characteristics. The architectural vision demanded a material that could blend the gallery seamlessly with its environment while ensuring optimal lighting conditions and thermal comfort inside. The requirements included:
Transparency and Light Control: The chosen facade system needed to allow ample natural light to flood the interior while offering control over the intensity of light, ensuring the preservation of artwork and creating the desired ambiance.
Durability and Weather Resistance: The coastal location exposed the gallery to harsh environmental conditions, including saltwater and strong winds. The facade system needed to be highly durable and weather-resistant to maintain its pristine appearance over time.
Thermal Efficiency: Maintaining a comfortable indoor environment was vital. The facade system needed to offer effective insulation to regulate indoor temperatures and reduce the need for excessive energy consumption.
Aesthetic Integration: The chosen solution had to seamlessly blend the architecture with its natural surroundings, becoming an integral part of the coastal landscape.
After careful consideration of various options, Estudio 41 architects zeroed in on the Danpal Facade System. The Danpalon® panel, with its 22mm thickness and the “Softlite Ice” color, offered an ideal solution that met and exceeded their requirements:
Danpal Facade System: The chosen system’s modular and lightweight design allowed for easy installation, enabling the creation of intricate facade shapes and forms that matched the gallery’s unique architecture.
Danpalon® Panel: The 22mm thick Danpalon® panel provided exceptional thermal insulation and light diffusion. This allowed natural light to penetrate the interior while preventing glare and heat build-up, ensuring optimal conditions for displaying artwork.
Weather Resistance: The Danpal Facade System’s solid polycarbonate construction exhibited excellent resistance to coastal elements, including saltwater and wind, guaranteeing the longevity of the facade’s appearance and performance.
Seamless Integration: The “Softlite Ice” color of the Danpalon® panel harmonized perfectly with the coastal environment, creating a visually stunning facade that seamlessly merged with the natural surroundings.
The integration of the Danpal Facade System into the Galeria Laguna project yielded exceptional results:
Artistic Integration: The gallery achieved a symbiotic relationship with its coastal setting, with the facade acting as an art piece in itself. The diffused light created a serene atmosphere, enhancing the appreciation of the artwork.
Energy Efficiency: The thermal insulation properties of the Danpalon® panel led to reduced energy consumption, contributing to the gallery’s sustainability and operational efficiency.
Durability: The weather-resistant Danpal Facade System maintained its original appearance, withstanding the challenges posed by the coastal environment without showing signs of wear or corrosion.
Architectural Achievement: Estudio 41’s architectural vision was fully realized, as the Danpal Facade System not only met the project’s technical requirements but also exceeded expectations in terms of aesthetics and functionality.
In conclusion, the collaboration between Estudio 41 and Danpal in implementing the Danpal Facade System at Galeria Laguna exemplifies the successful integration of innovative design and advanced technology. The project stands as a testament to the seamless union of architecture, nature, and modern materials, resulting in a gallery space that captivates visitors and art enthusiasts alike.
Colored translucent facades represent one of the most compelling and adaptable concepts in contemporary architecture. Individually, these three words demonstrate distinct aspects of Danpal’s versatile command of research, design, and manufacturing. Color is one of the most dramatic ways in which an architect embellishes the design that takes form. Translucence exhibits the way that natural light from outside can become an internal feature of a home, office, shopping center, restaurant, or any building which embraces daylighting architecture. The façade itself is the face that the building shows to the world. In this article, we’ll explore the way in which colored translucent facades incorporate the beauty of natural light with the architectural feature which turns sunlight into a dazzling building component.
Color: How Colored Translucent Facades Create An Impression
Color needs no definition. Yet, as familiar as we are with the hues of our existence, we may fail to give color its due. We instinctively respond to the energetic mood inspired by the color red, but would we find red walls an inviting atmosphere in a hospital waiting room? We recognize that blue is a color that soothes, but if the goal is to create an ambiance of stirring vitality, we might choose another color. Even though we each have our own favorite colors, we often share similar responses when we see them.
Dynamic facades put color in the driver’s seat of architecture. Imagine if all the buildings in a neighborhood or a commercial complex were the same color. Even if the structures had different designs, they would lack the distinguishing identifying mark that sets one apart from the other. Colored translucent facades transform a building’s external appearance, making the most of its uniqueness.
Translucent: How Colored Translucent Facades Incorporate Light Into A Building’s Appearance
With more than half a century of experience behind us, Danpal has become known as a pioneer in manufacturing and design. This is especially true in the way we’ve blazed a trail with our daylighting architecture. Cutting-edge research and technological advances make it possible for architects to add natural light—not too much, not too little—into the interior spaces of buildings where we work and live. Externally, light shimmers and moves as a kinetic façade captivates the eye. Internally, we find that including light makes us feel better, giving us an enhanced feeling of well-being, and makes us more productive. All this, thanks to colored translucent facades.
Facades: The Architectural Feature That Adds So Much To A Building
While it’s true that colored translucent facades do not play a structure-supporting role in the construction of a building, that’s not really the point. A Danpal façade made of polycarbonate can provide protection from the elements. Polycarbonate is a remarkably strong and durable building material. It’s strong enough to stop a bullet, so you know that it’s able to defend a building from the damage that can come when weather unleashes rain, hail, wind, snow, and sunlight upon a structure. Polycarbonate is even able to shield a building’s occupants from the harmful effects of UV rays while they’re inside. Polycarbonate is the powerful material which gives a dynamic façade its superior performance capabilities. Impact resistance, maximum thermal conduction, energy efficiency… a colored translucent façade is more than just a building’s pretty face; with polycarbonate as a component, there are measurable benefits as well.
Now that you know how colored translucent facades can make the difference in a building’s image and performance, you can understand why Danpal products and systems are so highly regarded among architects and their clients. Choose the company that designs and manufactures with customer satisfaction in mind. Choose Danpal!
A colored façade demonstrates the way that the functional aspects of architecture blend with the esthetic nuances that turn a building, whether it’s a magnificent structure or a simple residence, into wholeness. In order for the esthetics to be fully displayed, the architecture must exhibit structural integrity. Architectural facades have a specific function that’s much more than the strength and durability of polycarbonate, more than energy efficiency or ease of installation. The building where you work may be no more than the place where you go each day so that you can afford a place to live. But what if both structures, your workplace and your home, fulfill a deeper need within you? What if what you want from the physical edifices where you live can exemplify your commitment to sustainability, your need to live and work in a safe environment, and that intangible, internal desire for beauty? Such aspirations are no longer seen as irrelevant, and Danpal, with a business presence on five continents, has absorbed the diversity of those varying climates and cultures. We develop systems and manufacture products which meet the expectations of the architects and their clients. The architectural facades by Danpal are just one of the ways in which our company offers complete satisfaction.
The Role of a Colored Façade in Architecture
Visual senses are stimulated by the way that color is integrated within architectural facades. Danpal has created a palette of colors, finishes, and textures to enhance the foundation of construction. The right blend of colors can conjure a sense of vitality that allows a building to come alive within the confines of its setting. When colors move from cooler tones to warmer ones, architectural facades create a sense of movement. The power of the imagination is most completely on display when the physical dimensions of a building are in harmony with the shades of the colored façade. The perception of beauty may be limited to the eye of the beholder, but a well-designed building that employs color and design is a fit setting for the work that goes on within its walls..
Colored Facades and Energy Efficiency
No client would be satisfied with an architectural design that only delivered on esthetics. Today’s consumers expect the buildings in which we work and live to meet the needs of the environment and the expectations of all who live and work within that structure. Danpal, working with the creed of Global Vision, Local Focus, understands that architectural facades, as much as skylights, roofing systems, and any other feature of construction, fulfill a purpose.
There once was a time when architects depended upon glass to convey the esthetic beauty that they wanted their designs to nurture. But glass fails the energy efficiency test. Polycarbonate, on the other hand, is strong enough to withstand the punishing effects of wind, snow, rain and even sunlight. At the same time, a color façade made of polycarbonate offers superior insulating capabilities which glass lacks.
Danpal, a trailblazer in the construction industry, has a research and development team that can unite sound manufacturing practices with contemporary environmental standards. Sustainability is a concept which increasingly defines the lifestyles of consumers who are aware that in order to support the needs of our fragile planet, we must affirm our commitment to these principles.
Architectural Facades, Construction, and Comfort
Danpal’s dedication to customer satisfaction is based upon our commitment to excellence. Regulations and standards and building codes must be met. Performance must conform to the needs of the building. Attention to environmental needs is a priority. But it doesn’t end there. How do you, the customer, feel about the buildings where you spend the bulk of your day, working and living? Are you comfortable within the walls of those structures? Does your home, office, workplace enhance your productivity and sense of wellbeing?
That’s the Danpal goal: a better building environment for a happier you!
When a building design and a colored façade join forces, the end result is brilliant and beguiling architecture. A building’s façade system doesn’t merely enhance the performance of a structure. Who can resist the allure of bold reds, cool blues, brilliant yellows? Whether it’s located in a residential or commercial area, a building that boasts a colored façade sheeting design is going to attract positive attention. No one wants to work or live in a building whose dull colors are proof that it has seen better days and is now well past its prime. Color gives a building life.
Why does color have such a powerful effect? Perhaps it’s because color is not only visual. Color communicates the language of a building. When color is combined with texture, finish, light, and shadow, it takes on versatility, conveying a message that may be subtle or dramatic, lively or calming, traditional or contemporary. That message is an architectural marketing tool for the structure. What is your color façade saying to the world?
Identifying The Threats To Colored Facades
Of course, there are considerations that need to be evaluated during the process of choosing the colored façade that’s right for your structure, particularly how to reduce the effects of fading that UV rays can cause, making once-brilliant tones turn drab and dull.
The sun that we love can also be the UV threat that buildings hate. Colors make a creative statement that gives a building its own personality. Intense colors like reds and blues are striking to the eye. However, colors are vulnerable to the elements. Certainly wind, rain, and cold weather are harsh on a structure, but so is sunlight. A colored façade design, those ventilated layers of plastic, polycarbonate, glass, wood, and metal that create a three-dimensional impression, also is vulnerable to the effects of the elements. In fact, UV rays can not only cause colors to fade, but also have the ability to inflict fundamental deterioration to the sheeting material itself.
We can’t just blame the weather for the fading that can take place over time. Humans have to accept some of the blame. The pollution that causes harm to our respiratory systems and threatens peril to the environment is also an enemy to the inanimate structures in which we live and work and play. Pollution robs colored facades of their dynamic appearance over time. The grime that coats a surface leads to dullness until a once-brilliant red erodes into a drab pink. When that happens, a building that was once an eye-catching asset to a community begins to look tired and worn, diminishing the appearance of the entire neighborhood.
The colors that make the boldest statement—red, blue, yellow—are also those that are the most likely to fade from the effects of UV rays. Unfortunately, UV radiation is brutal on pigmentation.
Danpal R&D Supports Long Life For Colored Facades
It’s significant that Danpal, the company that has blazed an innovative path in the construction industry for over half a century, maintains a presence on five continents. Experiencing weather on five continents teaches engineers and designers a lot about how to match materials to weather zones. In order to assist a translucent façade in the maintaining of its color brilliance, Danpal products are manufactured to meet the specific demands of their different environmental factors. Products may be adapted for hot or cool climates in dry or wet regions. In order to choose materials that will give the colors of a façade system a longer life, choose Danpal products. We know our colors and we know how to make them last!
As often as we make decisions based upon color specification—a new car, a new dress, new living room furniture, even a pair of shoes—we often still fail to realize how our assessment of a product is intricately connected to our own personality. Color has meaning. In many Western cultures, black symbolizes mourning and death. Mourning in Eastern societies is often noted by the color white which, in the West, is a traditional preference for wedding gowns. What’s the reason for these dramatic differences in color perceptions? First of all, color preferences are subjective. . You may love the color blue, but can you explain why? You see the difficulty that can arise when a client tries to explain personal color preferences in terms of architecture. A design can’t come to fruition based solely on a fondness for the color blue. Color specification and architecture can, when external attributes such as cultural influences, environmental factors, and even energy efficiency are appropriately weighed in, yield a stunning result that performs its functional role while satisfying esthetic expectations.
Color Specification And Double Skin Facades
We see with our eyes, but our eyes see with our brains. That’s why an architect is charged with creating a design that matches our needs and wants with the purpose of a structure. While the proposed function of a building determines its intrinsic design, color specification is still a significant consideration when assessing how the structure will blend into its particular environment and how it will be used by the occupants. A gymnasium will have a very different appearance from a boutique, for example, and yet, even with these decidedly different structures, there are areas in which color specification matters.
Architectural innovation embarked upon a new direction in the twentieth century with the development of double skin facades. In this process, a building’s enclosing wall is separated from the structure, giving the architect greater flexibility in developing the design. As consumers prioritized energy efficiency and personal comfort, the popularity of double skin facades accelerated. The results include improved thermal insulation, a healthier environment through natural ventilation, expanded use of natural light, and a reduction in the demand for heating and cooling.
As the functional aspects of architectural curtain wall and cladding improve a building’s energy efficiency, color specification improves its esthetic appeal. Again, the human brain reacts to the allure of color in very different ways, making this dimension one which develops a new direction for architects and their design.
The Influence Of Color Specification
Architecture is influenced by the varying perceptions that we have of color. As we have noted, architects employ color to add to a building’s attractiveness by appealing to the human affinity for beauty. Color affects our mood and our productivity and can even affect their personal wellbeing.
Through the deliberate application of color, a building’s exterior can either catch the eye of passers-by or subtly blend into the surrounding area. Muted colors make a surface seem larger; vivid colors shrink the dimensions.
Certain colors automatically trigger dynamic attention. Bold, bright red summons a response. Yellow is a popular choice of color for day care centers and elementary schools where children respond to its brightness and cheer. Studies have shown that blue has calming properties that can actually lower blood pressure. Blue light, which slows the production of melatonin, increases alertness. Because it is so often used for external cladding and internal office space, it conjures an impression of depth. Nature lovers who spend their days in office buildings welcome the color green, which is also a restful color. Likewise, brown evokes the natural environment. White, a clean, pure color, has a special popularity for architects and their clients. Achromatic gray, sometimes seen as not a color at all, evokes a sense of balance. Black is a powerful color with both visual and emotional effects on viewers.
Color specification is one of the building blocks of an architect’s design. Through the use of color, an architect creates a structure which not only inspires attention, but also has the power to improve human wellbeing.
When an architect is hired to design building façades, the question of what might be your favorite color isn’t likely to be the first one asked. Yet, color is such an important aspect of architectural design and it plays a distinct role in the ultimate appearance of the structure. Color is not just the reds, blues, and yellows that we see on an artist’s palette. Color is built upon shade, light, texture, and finishes that render a building unique and give it its own personality. Danpal’s polycarbonate facades are renowned for both the strength that enables them to stand up to the weather elements and for their dazzling array of colors that rival the rainbow. We invite you to learn more about how expanding your understanding of color will help you make the better choice when it comes to choosing building facades.
Considering The Role Of Color In Building Facades
Gone is the boring architecture of a bygone era where color seemed to play no part in the architectural vision of a community or in iconic buildings. Not so today, where a building’s exteriors and interiors come alive with shades and finishes that transform light and color into a brilliant canvas. By uniting a building material with specific choices of color, building facades redefine the range of artistic options in architectural design.
How Color Gives Building Facades Their Unique Appearance
Color is a visual impression. Color is a temperature. Color is a state of mind. Color is all of these things and more, which means that building facades and their use of color can turn a structure into the focal point of its setting. On its own, a polycarbonate façade is simply a construction that’s remarkable for its impact resistance, for being both lighter and stronger than glass, and for being so easy to work with. But when it’s embellished with color, and nuances are added with shade, building facades made of polycarbonate are as aesthetically appealing as they are durable. Color itself is flexible enough to change depending upon how light, shade, sheen and other colors affect the ultimate product. The appearance of building facades differs depending upon how it interacts with light and texture; a smooth surface will scatter light differently from a rough surface.
How Architects Make Their Color Decisions
Colors don’t exist in a vacuum. Instead, they respond to each other. The color scheme for a building façade processes all the details—solar gain, esthetics, materials—that build upon the attributes of a polycarbonate façade. The superior performance of building facades, paired with its visual appeal, deliver a finished product that enhances both a residential and a commercial landscape. Danpal’s expertise in the building industry is based upon the cutting-edge innovation of our products, and the deep understanding of the subjective role that aesthetics plays in making those important decisions about building facades.
The Way Color Influences Energy Efficiency In Building Facades
In the same way that you’re unlikely to dress in solid black on a day when the forecast predicts hot, humid weather, your building can’t operate at maximum efficiency if it’s not wearing the right colors. If an exterior wall is dark, it can absorb as much as 70 to 90 percent of radiant sun energy. But with façade paints, solar gain can be reduced the use of heat-reflective technology. What’s going on inside a building is definitely affected by how it’s handling the weather taking place outside. Put your polycarbonate façade to the best use by making color part of your overall energy plan!
With polycarbonate for strength and color for appearance, the building facades that adorn structures are a perfect marriage between esthetics and performance. Finding an answer to the question “What’s your favorite color?” will take you on an architectural artistic journey!
Danpal building materials are as much a process of innovation as they are a manufactured product. When it comes to façade glazing systems, Danpal delivers its renowned daylighting architecture with the high-quality performance that is part of the company’s legend. With a reputation that spans half a century and calls five continents home, Danpal knows how to utilize esthetics and function in a manner that’s unmatched in the building industry. Danpal’s expertise makes it possible to turn daylight into a building project!
Façade Glazing Systems Need to Be Strong
Finding the appropriate balance between strength and beauty requires the experience of a team of expert engineers and designers working within a culture of innovation. Danpal nurtures this mix of expertise and cutting-edge results. Weather has been around since long before humans began building structures to live in or work in; Danpal knows that weather can’t be cancelled because it’s unpleasant or inconvenient or harsh. What a Danpal façade glazing system can do, however, is provide protection from the harm that weather can cause. Rain, snow, wind, hail and sunshine will continue to be a threat to buildings, but they can’t overpower Danpal.
What Are The Performance Features Of The Façade Glazing System?
It’s impossible to list the advantages of any Danpal product without mentioning the superior qualities of Microcell technology and its impressive durability. UV protection, high-impact resistance, and airtight and watertight security give the façade glazing system its formidable ability to function as a barrier against weather. Ease of installation makes the façade glazing system a pleasure to work with for architects and building crews.
What Is The Danpal Double Glazed Façade System?
A double glazed façade system provides an increased level of protection against weather and has a gap between the two facades; one of the facades, either the interior or the exterior façade, can be removed without compromising the effectiveness of the protection against the weather. This feature makes it easier to perform long-term maintenance when circumstances require it. Made of Danpatherm, the panels have excellent thermal characteristics which allow for the storing and transmission of heat. Because the panels are pre-made at the factory, they are ready to be installed when they are delivered to the worksite, a time-saving process that also offers a savings in cost.
What Is The Visual Appeal Offered By The Façade Glazing System?
The system’s superior transparency and tonal qualities let it balance the qualities of light and thermal dynamics. Creativity is enhanced in a Danpal façade glazing system because Danpal offers such a variety of colors, effects and finishes that visual contrasts make a dynamic impression. Daylighting architecture is one of the many ways in which Danpal has successfully sought ways to expand the capacity of architecture to make use of nature so that it co-exists with construction. The system is equipped with a no-glare feature that helps natural light provide improved visibility rather than impede it.
You might think that weather is a matter entirely beyond human control, but thanks to Danpal louvre facades, consumers have some influence when it comes to how much of weather they need to accommodate. Architecture has long since come to terms with the fact that the chief function of a building is to create a working and living space where the elements won’t interfere with the ongoing routine. Everyone would agree that keeping out rain, snow, hail and wind is a vital purpose for a structure. But what about sunshine, daylight, and shade? Danpal can help you decide what parts of weather are welcome inside.
What Is The Role of A Louvre Façade In A Building’s Design?
A façade is one of the ways to prevent moisture caused by weather from penetrating a building’s defences and compromising the integrity of the insulation within. Insulation has a vital role in energy efficiency; when insulation is compromised by moisture, energy escapes, causing heating and cooling costs to increase. Made of Microcell technology, a Danpal louvre façade is both lights in weight and sturdy in function, giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to installation and performance. The lightweight louvre façade can easily be installed against a building or else protruded so that they bring shade.
Daylight, A Louvre Façade, and Optimum Weather Indoors
Since its beginning more than 50 years ago, Danpal has been a trailblazer when it comes to daylighting architecture. Not enough daylight means that there’s too much shade inside; too much daylight increases glare and makes it hard to see. But with daylighting architecture and louvre façade, you have control over the ratio of sunshine to shade, depending on your preference. You also benefit from the ventilating function of the louvre façade. When it’s too cold for fresh air, all you have to do is close the louvres. But on those wonderful days when a warm breeze from outside is just what you need, the louvres are there to make it happen. But louvre facades don’t just defend against weather; you don’t want to host a rainstorm in your work-from-home-office, but a little extra sunlight can make the day more productive. That productivity extends to the energy efficiency that you’ll enjoy with louvre facades as well. Heating and cooling systems within the home perform to expectation as long as they’re in working order and the insulations isn’t compromised. But sometimes there are days when you just want some fresh air, or more light. Never mind the heat, never mind the AC, just bring in sunshine or shade. Your wish is the louvre façade’s command.
Looking Good With Louvre Facades
Danpal is dedicated to the idea that superior performance and esthetic appeal both play an important part in the architecture of a building. By offering a versatile line of colors and finishes, Danpal makes it possible for architecture to play artist in designing a building that is visually pleasing to the onlooker as well as the occupants.
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.
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.
Imagine walking into a place rendered in beautiful ambient colors where your senses delightfully participate in it. HGT Architects find Danpalon 3DLITE panels can enhance that experience.
PT. Kartika Inti Sejati ranks optimism and innovation high within the company to foster a trustworthy relationship with its customers. They entrusted HGT Architects to execute their vision reflecting these values for their new logistic center in the city of Bekasi, Indonesia.
Upon receiving a design brief from our client, Henry G. Tjhi led his team at HGT Architects to explore unique building materials for exterior cladding. There were numerous polycarbonate panels to choose from and Danpalon 3DLITE panels stood out most. These panels offered design solutions in maximizing natural light, in providing a level of visual privacy for the interior spaces and speed of installation which fit with the project building schedule.
Danpalon 3DLITE facade panels mainly cover public areas such as lobby space, product display area, large meeting room, and a dining area in this project. All these spaces can be used separately or all at the same time for the client to host functions. Therefore, it was important for the design team to establish a distinct atmospheric setting for each by introducing vibrant shadow hues and evocative cast.
The project successfully combines innovative material technology and creative imagination.
DETAILS OF THE PROJECT:
Project: Logistic center for PT. Kartika Inti Sejati ( Bakery & Confectionery) Panel: Danpalon 3DLITE, Danpalon DP16, DP10 Colures: Danpalon 3DLITE – Orange, Lime, Green, DP16 Bronze, DP10 Opal Softlite Total SQM: 170m2 Installer: PT. Metsi Inka Architects: HGT Architects, Bandung, Indonesia, www.hgtarchitects.com Photos credit: Tan Rahadian
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”.
The wall panels that are used in Danpal facades create a façade that exhibits the superior performance that clients have come to expect from the veteran company, along with the remarkable inclusion of light for which Danpal is well known. These insulated translucent wall panels are an attractive alternative to the traditional large glass windows that were often seen in the past. While those windows did admit light into an area, they were unable to block the accompanying glare that was an inevitable side effect of the natural light. Danpal’s insulated translucent wall panels are designed to bring in the light and block the glare, as well as provide superior energy efficiency to the building.
The Advantages Of The Insulated Translucent Wall Panels
The translucent panels are designed to diffuse the amount of light that enters an area, creating a soothing glow that lends itself to the atmosphere that’s preferable for reading, writing, or quiet conversation. Because of the reduced glare, employees working at their desks can benefit from the natural light without suffering from irritating glare. Danpal has developed panels that have shading functions; the settings for these panels can be adjusted to suit personal comfort levels for customers as well as workers. The translucent facades have UV blockers to remove any harm that the sun could cause as well as lower the heat index. Doing without the glare and the risk of sunburn is a bonus of Danpal’s insulated wall panels that glass fails to provide. The pure effects of the daylight without the glare-free the window from the need for shades or curtains, which would reduce the benefits of the natural light that makes such a difference in the look and feel of a room or a work area.
The Thermal Properties Of Insulated Translucent Wall Panels
Danpathern is a façade system that is designed for excellent thermal properties so that it enhances in the storing of heat while also presenting a barrier to the wind and dirt that are outside. Danpal products are celebrated for their superior thermal properties, which help the heating and cooling systems of the building.
Translucent Wall Panels Are Transformative
We hope we’ve made a convincing argument for why Danpal is the leader in translucent facades. Now we want to explain a little more about the charm of translucent wall systems. You may never have thought of walls as a system before, but in well-integrated architectural designs, walls can contribute not only structurally, but also in terms of energy efficiency, improved visibility, and overall performance.
Sunlight is wonderful. Sunlight is the source of light. But the glare that comes with sunlight is unpleasant. The soft light that comes with translucent wall panels makes a significant difference in the interior appearance of your home. Artificial light is harsh, whether you’re putting on your makeup in the morning before you go to work, or proofing a report before it goes to the printer. Natural light, brought inside and disseminated through translucent cladding panels, lets you see the world in a whole new way.
The Energy Efficiency Of Insulated Translucent Panels
There was a time when windows were regarded as the culprit in energy loss. No one in those days expected humble glazing to be the solution to the problem of escaping energy. But now, thanks to the advances made in construction of both translucent interior wall panels and translucent exterior wall panels, thermodynamic advances maintain an energy efficient balance. In order to understand how insulated translucent wall panels perform, it’s necessary to understand the concept of the building envelope. The building envelope, the structural barrier that exists between a build’s interior and exterior, is what maintains the heating and cooling inside.
We don’t always consider the role of climate control when we’re sitting inside, but that’s okay, because insulated translucent wall panels are taking care of it. The ability to store heat reduces energy costs for the consumer. Maintaining an even, comfortable temperature year-round, through the cold days and the warm ones, is part of what makes Danpal’s translucent building panels so remarkable.
The Hidden Strength of Translucent Facade
Translucent building panels made of polycarbonate defy the conventional concept of what a building material should look like in order to present an impression of strength. But architects who are familiar with the properties of a translucent polycarbonate sheet know that polycarbonate stands up to punishment. It’s 30 times stronger than acrylic and 250 times stronger than glass. Did you know that some police shields are made out of polycarbonate? If polycarbonate can stop a bullet, then translucent building materials made of polycarbonate can stop the rain.
Translucent wall panels can change the way you think about a building. Beautiful to look at, comfortable to live in, economically efficient in terms of energy use, they’re Danpal-designed to make the world a better place, one building at a time.
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.”
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.
Advances in kinetic architecture have allowed buildings to evolve well beyond their traditional monolithic presence. Previously, the main improvements that were made tended to be in terms of repairs or renovations. Enter the kinetic façade, a multidimensional design that responds to its environment in a bold, innovative fashion. Kinetic panels actually transform a structure from a static presence to one in which motion is an integral aspect of its appearance, and award-winning Danpalon kinetic panels have been a trailblazer in the development of this exciting architectural innovation.
The environment, which previously affected buildings specifically in the form of deterioration when rust, rain and glare diminished the structure’s appearance and functionality, is still a factor in modern-day kinetic façade systems. But environmental elements are not integrated into kinetic architecture designs. The mobility of the kinetic façade can be programmed so that the panels respond to environmental stimulation, as well as time and the manner of the occupancy in order to bolster performance. Rather than having an adversarial relationship with its external setting, the kinetic panels of a contemporary structure prefer to partner with the environment through the management of air and light.
The Role Of Kinetic Façades In Promoting Energy Efficiency
Kinetic façade materials can adapt to the ongoing changes in climate while embracing sustainability. Climates where heat is particularly intense rely upon air conditioning, but air conditioning needs electricity, which depends upon fossil fuels to a great extent. A kinetic façade system can provide a buffer against the unforgiving heat, enabling a kinetic façade to be proactive in energy efficiency. In some instances, the advancing technology employed by kinetic façade architecture, when integrated with photovoltaic cells, can not only conserve energy but actually generate it!
In those climates where sunshine and heat can be overwhelming, the solar heat gain that a building’s interior experiences can be reduced by a kinetic façade that incorporates a kinetic shading system. The movements of the sun, matched with kinetic architecture, are revolutionizing the way buildings adapt to their environment.
Buildings That Exemplify The Marvel Of Kinetic Architecture
When he set about refurbishing the Studio Legal Terrero & Mejia, architect Oscar architect Oscar Torrejón envisioned a dynamic new appearance for an existing structure. He called upon Danpal to make the vision become a reality. The characteristics of Danpalon kinetic panels enabled him to expand the impression of light and space in the creation of a flexible interior workspace. Through the realization of his design, the Studio Legal Terrero & Mejia built upon the heritage of the original structure and took it to the next level, modernizing the image of this Dominican Republic architectural landmark.
A kinetic façade in India was showcased at the Expo 2020 Dubai to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. The Indian Pavilion’s façade told the saga of the country as it was, as it is, and as it will be by using 600 separate blocks that, throughout the day, acted as moving storytellers. A kinetic façade building of this nature demonstrates how creative a building can be when technology joins forces with its subject. The result is a breathtaking journey through the subcontinent of India via kinetic panels that travel through time and space while never leaving their location.
Danpal Honored For Developing Danpalon Kinetic Panels
Danpal has dedicated its research and development resources to designing and manufacturing building materials that reflect its Global Vision, Local Focus philosophy. Danpal’s R&D engineers were able to capitalize on cutting-edge Danpalon excellence to create a kinetic panel with a unique esthetic appeal. That dedication paid off at the October 2019 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber during the EPSE Awards Competition, when the Danpalon kinetic panel was honored in the innovation category.
How Buildings—And Their Occupants—Benefit From Kinetic Architecture
Comfort: With a manual override to the kinetic façade, building occupants have the ultimate control over the orientation of the shades, which adds to increased comfort and a choice in the view. Sustainability: When solar heat gain is reduced by shading design, operating costs are also reduced. Business opportunities: Ever since COVID-19 changed the way we work and live, the hospitality industry has been seeking ways to adapt its sites to suit what’s known as the “workation”, so that people working remotely can perform their jobs in attractive and comfortable hotel settings. Reduction of waste and pollution: Reducing the load of air conditioning with solar-powered kinetic facades is an effective way to reduce air conditioning loads, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions which, in turn, reduces the damage to the ozone. The development of kinetic architecture has given buildings and their occupants a thriving role in supporting the environment. Esthetic improvements to prefabricated modular structures: With the installation of a kinetic façade that functions like a protective skin, the building has an attractive exterior that adds to its appearance.
Thanks to kinetic architecture, buildings and their occupants are allied in a mutual commitment to leave a holistic impression about the environment.
The simplest definition of double glazed glass is that it’s a window with two panes of glass, which creates a double glazed sealed unit. The two panes of glass are separated by a spacer bar which creates an air gap. The strength of this double glazed façade is the boost it supplies to thermal insulation, allowing a room to retain its internal heat and preventing the external chill from intruding. With double skin façade detail, the external layer of glass is typically tougher and more resistant to the weather so that it’s capable of withstanding the forces of nature when they strike. What may seem like a humble window is actually one of Danpal’s façade glazing systems made from polycarbonate, capable of you warm inside when it’s cold outside.
It wasn’t called a façade glazing system a long time ago, when technology hadn’t advanced to the point that windows were regarded as an effective means of keeping warmth within a structure. History differs on who first came up with the idea that double panes of glass, now known as double glazed glass, could keep us warmer inside while winter winds howled outside, but whether it was the Americans who patented “Thermopane” in the 1930s or 19th century Scots who added that vital second pane of glass to the windows, or the Romans who first devised their own version of a glass panel façade, it’s certain that Danpal has taken the technique to new heights of efficiency with the use of double panes of polycarbonate, and what a difference that has made! With half a century of expertise and experience in the building materials industry, our façade glazing systems have created a reputation for excellence.
You Can Count On Glass Facades For Energy Efficiency
Double glazed glass has the power to do wonders for the way in which your home or workplace promotes responsible energy usage. On the simplest level, energy efficiency in the home or workplace relies upon dry insulation. This can be a challenge if the building does not have adequate protection against the weather, and a glass façade or a polycarbonate façade is one way to provide that protection. Snow and rain, wind and hail, and even heat and sunlight, are powerful forces of nature, and if they manage to penetrate the interior of a building, it won’t take long before moisture makes itself at home in the insulation, compromising its ability to maintain energy efficiency. With a façade glazing system, the building is a structural advocate for greater energy efficiency that also enhances the comfort of those inside.
When moisture attacks insulation, there are several different outcomes, none of them good. The insulation is no longer able to maintain a consistent flow of energy within the building. You may find that you have to adjust the temperatures for heating and cooling. That’s because, without the strength of Danpal’s façade glazing systems, energy is escaping from within the building. Wasted energy is one of the threats to environmental safety. Paying for wasted energy is also a threat to your economic well-being; check your utility bills to see if you’re paying more than you should be. There are a lot of things you want to spend your money on, but wasted energy isn’t one of them! Double glazed glass, on the other hand, is an excellent investment. Danpal’s double polycarbonate sheet will give you all the advantages of glass and will be even more economical than glass.
Danpal’s engineers and design experts understand this. That’s why our double skin facade system is so popular with architects and their clients. We understand that today’s consumers are committed to lifestyles that use energy wisely, and they expect their homes and workplaces to meet these environmental standards. Buildings have an obligation to the planet as well as to the people who live and work inside their walls. But even though weather is a part of nature, it has to stay outside where it belongs. With Danpal glass polycarbonate systems, the double-click locking seam’s higher load resistance is part of the protection against the weather. The snap-on connections are the means by which weather remains outside instead of getting inside. With Danpal’s façade glazing systems, which are made from polycarbonate, cutting-edge technology of today meets the timeless goal of staying comfortable and dry inside, regardless of what’s going on, weather-wise, outside. Double glazed glass is the way to go!
Bring In The Daylight With A Glass Curtain Wall Facade
Danpal facade glazing systems are one of the exciting ways that our products have redefined the construction industry. The outer walls of the system are designed not for a structural role but to prevent weather from penetrating inside. There’s an esthetic advantage in having a curtain glass façade system installed. It’s the way that natural light can be a visible presence inside the building. Danpal, a pioneer in daylighting architecture, creates façade systems from polycarbonate that incorporate light into the design of a building, nurturing an atmosphere where the occupants both see better and feel better. Bringing natural light into internal working and living spaces has a dramatic effect on the people inside. And why not? Human beings crave the light, so it’s no wonder that we feel better in it. We’re more productive when we have daylight around us. And with Danpal daylighting, we can control the amount of light that we prefer, while reducing the glare. Daylighting and double glazed glass or polycarbonate can do so much to enhance internal comfort while working with natural light to create a more holistic environment. Did you ever think that your home or office could actually improve how well you see and feel? Polycarbonate and glass façade systems can be a part of creating a more holistic home and workplace environment. If you have to be inside working, isn’t it better to have daylight inside with you?
Danpal’s facade glazing systems are one of the ways in which our motto, Global Vision, Local Focus, demonstrates our dedication to providing our customers with products that promote energy efficiency and support environmental responsibility. Consider the ways in which a glazed curtain wall can enhance your comfort while expanding your commitment to energy efficiency and we’re sure that you’ll find satisfaction with Danpal’s products.
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.
Green building facades are one of the ways in which architects and climate change have come to an agreement on how to build living and working spaces that prioritize the environment. As the public becomes more committed to a sustainable lifestyle, the construction industry’s research and development engineers and designers have joined forces with architects so that eco friendly façade materials are in the front line of environmental protection. When consumers install sustainable building facades on the outside, they’re bringing comfort to the inside. While facades are doing their job regulating the exchange of heat and light, they’re also helping to keep the temperature regulated inside, and lowering the amount of energy that’s consumed in the process.
The strength of the ecological movement depends on protecting the planet’s natural resources. It also depends upon consumers who are willing to do their part. Green building façade design can alter the future of our society as we work together to prioritize Planet Earth. There are different types of green facades, but the final result is the same: a building that does not make this century’s environmental crisis worse.
Sustainable Building Facades Support Thermal Insulation
Keeping a consistent indoor temperature throughout the year, during hot summers and cold winters, demonstrates the effectiveness of thermal insulation when it’s functioning properly. But heating and cooling systems might seem to be the natural enemies of summer and winter temperatures. That’s where sustainable building facades make the difference. Translucent facades from polycarbonate keep inside temperatures at optimal levels because of the way they reflect and absorb the radiation of the sun. These eco friendly façade materials create a comfortable atmosphere inside the structure. When everything is working as it should be, and the “U” and “R” values are what they should be, that internal comfort is matched by an external balance. Energy isn’t escaping, emissions are reduced, and that building’s carbon footprint is no longer leaving a giant-sized imprint. Another win for green building façade design!
Green Building Facades Take Home Improvement To A Higher Level
The United States Green Building Council got on board with green building façade design with its LEED certification program, which recognized structures that promote the reduction of carbon emissions and waste that ends up in landfills, promote energy savings and efficient use of water, improve indoor air quality, protect natural resources, and are built upon sites which are regarded as socially and environmentally responsible. Not only is the environment better off, but so are property values. It’s the smart economic choice to build for the environment.
A sustainable building façade can also be made of renewable materials (like polycarbonate) without needing energy for the process because they already exist. The different types of green facades don’t put certification standards ahead of structural quality. They have to meet Danpal’s high performance criteria as well.
Green Building Facades Design Harmonize With Nature
The sun is a force of nature and a powerful one. A green building façade is only one feature of an architectural design. And yet, these two entirely dissimilar entities can work together to create comfortable conditions within the building so that, beyond the walls, nature benefits. Being in harmony with nature is not a new concept, of course. But in today’s environmentally conscious society, people realize that if the planet is to thrive, it’s up to us to make the changes that are needed. Architects realize that people want to live and work in buildings that support environmental needs. Building material manufacturers like Danpal realize that cutting-edge technology is needed, now more than ever, in order to give customers what they want so that the environment can have what it needs.
Green Building Facades And Daylighting Architecture
It’s always been there, certainly. The beauty of natural light, its superiority to artificial light, its obvious appeal, these qualities are well known. But it was not until daylight could be incorporated into a building without adding the glare that so often accompanies natural light that daylighting became an architectural feature. Under the right conditions, daylight can be an integral part of the ultimate sustainable building façade. When you think of natural light as an architectural component that influences the performance of your heating and cooling system and also enhances the visual appearance of the structure, you’re going to be even more impressed with the working partnership that Danpal has struck with Mother Nature.
Architecture has embraced the movement to “go green” with green building designs that employ environmentally sound practices and use materials (such as polycarbonate) which conform to stricter federal standards for ecological performance. Buildings, like people, have a carbon footprint that can do harm to the environment if we are not careful. Green building facades from polycarbonate are just one of the ways in which Danpal continues to be true to our motto, Global Vision, Local Focus. Wherever the climate, there’s a Danpal green building façade that will improve your structure’s performance regarding sustainable energy usage.
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.
External facade cladding is a feature of the CONTROLITE® daylighting system that employs the strength of polycarbonate and the appeal of natural light to create an optimum architectural design. Take a look at the Tonsley Mab structure in Australia to judge for yourself what a difference the splendid array of light makes in its appearance. Thanks to Danpal, natural light, once the exclusive property of Mother Nature, is now readily available, and with it come the benefits of an energy-efficient, esthetically pleasing daylighting system that keeps weather and moisture from causing problems inside.
External Facade Cladding Keeps Moisture From Penetrating
Weather is a tough opponent for a building. No matter where you live, you’re at the mercy of the elements. Heavy rains batter a building’s defenses; high winds and hail can damage the exterior of a structure, and winter, with its ice and snow, brings with it the threat of moisture that can easily invade the interior. But with Danpal’s external facade cladding, a building has built-in protection from the harsh punishment of weather.
Bring in the Daylight and Energy Efficiency Follows
Daylighting architecture doesn’t just make a living and working space that’s better for the occupants of the building. It’s also an environmental asset in terms of energy usage. CONTROLITE® allows you to have control over the amount of daylight that comes inside and this feature lets you adjust according to the seasons. In the winter, when the mood-lifting light from daytime is so welcome, you can bring in the brightness. In the summer, you can control the levels of sunlight that enter. In all instances, you’re also affecting the amount of heating and cooling that you need, which can optimize your energy usage and cut your expenses. Saving money while using your energy responsibly is another bonus of Danpal’s superior quality external facade cladding.
As architecture moves forward, buildings face the ever-evolving challenge of, how to stand-out among the crowd. As a supplier, Danpal has a potential answer, and we refer to it as Danpatherm. This cassette-based concept gives us the opportunity to use our Danpatherm K7 and Danpatherm K12 based façade solutions, as carriers for advanced LED lighting systems. This trick of lighting is unique in our market, and is what allows the Danpatherm Façade System to ‘stand-out from the crowd’.
Let’s take a step back for a moment, so we can understand what sets the K7 and K12 façade solution, apart from other translucent offerings. The Danpatherm design concept relies on the implementation of fully finished off pre-fabricated cassettes, which are flanked by Danpalon panels covering each face. These double-glazed units are sealed-off against external elements and arrive on-site, sized and ready for installation. Having the finished product arrive on-site, drastically reduces both the man-power and man-hours need for a successful installation.
So we have established that time on site can be reduced, and that the cassettes arrive fully completed, negating the need for additional engineering on site. The next attribute to consider, which is key to our Danpatherm system, is that in our case, double-glazing means that you can remove either the exterior or interior face of the cassette, without compromising the weather line. When considering long-term maintenance issues, this ability will become both ever more important and impressive. Can you imagine the cost implications of needing to have an entire façade removed, and in doing so, compromise the building’s occupants?
The next more obvious point to cover, is that by using two Danpalon microcell panels, together in a single cassette – we can more than double the U-Value! More than double the u-value, just how is this possible, you might ask? Well, by separating the 2 Danpalon panels with an air-gap, we have essentially trapped a layer of air, as additional insulation. Still not enough, how about using the cassette as a carrier for glass fibre insulation material, and achieving a u-value of 0.52 W/m2 K! A point to remember is that even by adding in the insulation material, we are still able to achieve measurable levels of light transmission.
Now, if it wasn’t enough that a single façade system type, could offer all these attributes, with some of them being completely unique – K7 and K12 can also bring you LED light! To achieve this highly technical feat of engineering, Danpal partnered with LED lighting experts, who together developed a bespoke lighting solution for the Danpatherm cassette module. The solution is comprised of separate IP67 outdoor certified LED units, each with the capability to produce a full spectrum of both colored and white light.
What does this mean for an architect, and what does this mean for their next building project? It means that the architect now has the power to uniquely transform the very face of the building, into a vivid display of light! A display of light that reflects the architect’s intention and that speaks the design language of the building. A perfect example of this technology in use can be seen in use, in the Antel Arena in Uruguay. This multi-purpose indoor sports arena, can cater for up to 15 000 people and lights up the night time sky, with a light display visible from miles around.
Perhaps it is time that we re-think our view on Danpatherm, and in the process, rediscover the magic of LED light displays. To look upon our projects with an eye for, what might be and what can be done, by approaching the design with a ‘child-like’ openness to the ‘impossible’. At Danpal, we have a habit of turning the impossible into reality, by allowing our clients the magic, to design with light. We call this… Light Architecture!
Façade Materials: We live in a world where multitasking is the way we get things done. We’re participating in conference calls on the way to work; we stop at the gym on our way to work; we answer telephones and email messages simultaneously. Sometimes, we’re even good at juggling the tasks.
So it’s no surprise that elements in building construction do the same thing, especially façadematerials. The materials of a structure can dazzle the eye with color, with texture, with a shimmering finish that makes the building look as if it belongs on a canvas. Façade materials also provide protection from the elements, so that weather, which can inflict fierce punishment on a building’s exterior, doesn’t invade the interior and cause damage to the insulation. Protecting insulation, and making a building look beautiful while doing it, are all part of the multitasking that goes on with façade materials.
WEATHER DOESN’T STOP, BUT DANPAL FAÇADE STOP WEATHER
Weather seems intent on destruction these days. We’ve watched as the weather patterns have turned ominous, giving us the hottest temperatures on record. We’ve had wildfires and hurricanes that have caused horrific destruction. Landslides are common. Snowstorms are named so that we can identify them by the problems they cause as they force roads to close, leave homes without power, and make terms like “polar vortex” part of everyday winter language. materials of Facades can’t ease the fury of weather. But they can keep insulation protected from moisture left behind by snow and rain. A building’s wellbeing is tied to thermal insulation. How to keep insulation from getting damp is the role that the materials play in that crucial process. Danpal façade materials have a double-click locking seam to support high security so that weather is less overwhelming for a building. Panels made of microcell technology also contribute to the ability of façade materials to resist weather. Thanks to the co-extended UV protection, Danpal materials promote a longer life span for a building so that it continues to fulfill its purpose throughout the seasons.
DANPAL FAÇADE MATERIALS DELIVER LIGHT AND THERMAL DYNAMICS
Danpal’s façade materials are made of materials that can boast of superior flexibility, transparency and tonal qualities when compared to glass. That’s because our single-glazed facades are translucent, dry-glazed systems specifically designed for a vitality of appearance that is anything but dull! Danpal colors, textures, and finishes turn a structure into a work of art that unleashes an architect’s vision and creativity.
Danpal knows that there are countless ways to make a building stand out from the other structures around it, and why shouldn’t a building create its own unique impression in a community, whether it’s a commercial or a residential sector? Imagine the effect that’s created when light and dark colors are contrasted: the building naturally inspires an unforgettable image in the viewer. The actual dimensions of a building can also seem to be reconfigured if varying shades of a particular color are used to create a layering effect that conjures an impression of depth. Color, finishes, and textures open the door to so many possibilities with façade materials, which deliver construction multitasking at its most impressive!
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.
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.
Are façade materials giving an add value to a building’s performance? What are the things that we notice about the buildings where we work and sleep, shop, use any exercise bikes at home, and seek entertainment? Do they serve the function for which they are designed? Are they warm in the cold weather and cool in the hot weather? Is the lighting sufficient for our needs? Are they built with our comfort in mind? There are other things that we don’t notice immediately. We may not notice if they’re built out of sustainable materials or if they conform to the most current environmental standards. We are unlikely to notice if there is mold or dampness in parts of the structure where we don’t go. We might not always notice the behind-the-scenes concerns that are part of a building’s hidden performance.
But what’s the first thing that you notice about a building? You notice how it looks.
EXTERIOR FAÇADE MATERIALS ACCENTUATE A BUILDING’S APPEAL
A traditional style of architecture for a building located in a trendy hot spot would seem out of place, just as a cutting-edge design would be ill-suited in a neighborhood of stately eighteenth-century structures. Danpal’s façade materials allow a building to take on an appearance that can be customized to suit its environment while adding marvelous color and texture options that give the structure a unique flavor. Lighting is an option that can be enhanced with façade materials. If you’d like to supplement the look of your building with depth to its perspective, you can layer different shades of color. Choosing from Danpal’s columns and brick stacks gives even more options. Design a building that people will notice by choosing façade materials.
POLYCARBONATE FAÇADE LET LIGHT SHINE IN
Studies have shown that people, whether in the workplace or in their homes, feel better and are more productive when they are in an environment which adds natural light to the setting. But you don’t need a study to tell you that. You already know that you see better, for one thing, when natural light is available. You feel better; your mood improves and you benefit from an attitude that takes its cues from the uplifting atmosphere of natural light. Façade materials benefit from Danpal’s pioneering daylighting architecture, which is an architectural way to include sunshine as part of your decorating design.
STRENGH COMES WITH FAÇADE MATERIALS
Now that we’ve accounted for the many features of façade materials that you’ll notice in a building, it’s time to concentrate on what you might not notice right away, and that’s the strength. A building has to meet the expectations of its function; if it’s an office, a medical facility, a workplace, or a residence, it conforms to the intended usage for which it was designed. But strength is a factor that contributes not only to the function but also to the building’s stamina and life span. Danpal’s microcell technology has dramatically increased the strength of our building materials. That means that weather, one of the most powerful and potential damaging threats to a building’s wellbeing, is held at bay. That’s because our snap-lock connection system is designed to prevent snow, wind, hail and rain from invading your interior space. The impressive quality of our thermal insulation can do its job the right way, which allows your energy usage to perform the way it’s supposed to. Façade materials keep your insulation dry, which in turn keeps your energy usage efficient and your year-round temperature constant.
What you may not notice about a building is important. That’s why Danpal notices these things for you.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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!
When we think of construction of a translucent facade wall, we start out with an image of an architect creating the design for a building that fulfills the purpose for which it was intended. Our next scene tends to be that of the construction site: heavy machinery and workers in hard hats, laboring in a noisy setting. Finally, we see the building rising where once there was nothing. It all seems so easy.
The truth is that a building is a much more complicated enterprise and every detail must be considered before the architect even begins to create the model. That’s one of the reasons why Danpal’s translucent facade exteriors are the smart choice for a building. Danpal has already done a lot of the preliminary work because the company’s research has created products that are specifically manufactured for particular needs. A building, before a single nail is hammered into place, has a location. If that location is in a rainy climate, the building material must be watertight to prevent leaks. If the building is going up in a landscape that’s prone to high winds, the structure must be able to absorb the impact. Lots of sunlight can be just as powerful a foe to a building as the rain, and we haven’t even mentioned snow or hail yet. But you get the idea. The architect isn’t the first one on the scene when it comes to designing a building. Danpal is, because their expert engineers and specialists have already researched and vetted the materials that will be chosen for construction.
Translucent Facade: More Powerful than Weather
You’ve heard people say that there’s no use complaining about the weather because there’s nothing we can do about it. While it’s true that no one can stop the rain from falling or tame a wild wind, there are ways to defend a building so that it can withstand weather.
There’s weather, and then there’s Danpal weather-resistant translucent facade. Danpal’s translucent facades won’t fail you because Danpal’s reputation is built upon producing materials that last for decades. You won’t have to worry about cracks, scuffs and breaks showing up a few years after the building is completed because Danpal translucent facades are durable. Weather can’t be altered, but translucent facades don’t surrender to it.
Translucent Facade for Flexibility
Danpal delivers the strength. Danpal also delivers translucent facades that are nimble enough to allow freedom when meeting the design specifications. Danpal has managed to achieve that exquisite balance between strength and flexibility thanks to the translucent facades that deliver the best of both worlds.
The Beauty of Translucent Facade
Last, but certainly not least, the esthetics of translucent facade blend the strength of the exterior with the flexibility to create a final effect that makes a building worth looking at. It lasts a long time because Danpal’s products are designed for long-term effectiveness. It’s flexible because the ease of installation shapes the facade to match the esthetic preferences of the client.
Protection and beauty all in one eye-catching, enduring exterior; that’s what you get when you choose a translucent facade for your building project.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the biggest developments in the world of facades in recent years has been the sustained implementation of top quality translucent facade systems.
Translucent facades combine a number of great qualities to always leave you with a top quality end product. You have a lot of flexibility in design thanks to the flexibility of the polycarbonate that is used in the construction of them. The joints are concealed and the visual appearance is appealing. It is very durable against external stimuli like poor weather conditions and it is energy efficient thanks to special Microcell technology and structural design that has been implemented.
However at Danpalwe are always trying to push the boundaries and improve on existing products, as well as constantly innovating with new products.
There is still room for growth when it comes to the translucent facades. Research is constantly being undertaken on ways in which even thinner panels can be achieved without compromising on any of the qualities that make this product so great.
To get even more transparency, there needs to be no secondary supporting frames whatsoever. This leads to complex mathematics and calculations that have to be done to ensure that the integrity of the building is not compromised simply for aesthetic reasons.
There is now an arms race when it comes to the energy efficiency of a structure. In the past, the carbon emissions and energy costs of a structure were not really thought about at all during the design process, but these days it is one of the first things on the agenda.
Each designer, manufacturer of building materials and developers are trying to have an end structure that is as energy efficient as possible. While our translucent facade system at Danpal has great thermal regulation and insulation effects, there is more room for improvement.
While we can cut energy costs when using our products, until energy cost reach zero, then there will always be room for improvement and innovation.
By experimenting with different materials, structural changes and designs, the energy efficiency of the translucent facades will continually get lower and lower.
Another area that will be massive for translucent facades is the use of them for advertising. These surfaces will very likely be able to be programmed and changed in terms of imagery and advertisements are played on them externally by the owner of the structure.
It is certainly an exciting time for the industry.
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.
In this day and age, architects and developers are becoming more and more concerned with the sort of green footprint they are leaving on the earth. Climate change has become a real issue to think about and factor into the decision making process when it comes to new structures.
By enacting certain energy efficient protocols, buildings will also be able to save on energy costs in the long run thanks to more efficient insulation materials like the usage of translucent facade, as well as there being more mindfulness to the issues that affect every person.
Over the past decade opaque solar facades have become hugely popular. These are translucent facades that reflect ad absorb incident solar radiation but will not directly transfer solar heat gain inside of the building.
This means that the translucent facade will help to ensure that the building temperature is kept at optimal levels thanks to its superior insulation effect, while not baking alive those people inside of the building.
Danpal’s translucent facade system
It can be quiet a complex issue to think about, depending especially on what sort of climate you are living in. This is why there are many forms of research currently being carried out on the matter. The translucent facade system that was developed by Danpal addresses a lot of the concerns that people have at the moment.
This system has superior light diffusion thanks to the glazing panels which ensure an even diffusion of light which is perfect for daytime applications. This is achieved by the tightly space ribs which doubles up as a great design feature aesthetically.
The high level of thermal insulation is achieved thanks to the unique cell structure found in the translucent facade, with great U and R values to prove this.
When it comes to the facade of a building, there are a few different options that you have to choose from. Each will have their own pros and cons, depending on the situation at hand.
One of the most important features that your facade needs to have is durability and resistance to external damage. There is no point having facade that will crack, scuff and break not long after it has been installed. Proper facade should last for decades, rather than looking faded and worn after a few short years.
There is a fine balance that needs to be achieved when it comes to the facade while you want something that is durable and is very resistant, you also want something that is flexible and allows you a certain amount of freedom when it comes to the design specs.
If aesthetics is something that is important to the project, you have to choose from different options, as some systems will be better finished than others and be much more elegant. You can also choose from systems that are transparent or ones that are made with a variety of alternative finishes.
Danpal and their translucent facade systems
Danpal’s translucent façade system is one of the best in the business. Compared to many of the alternative on the market today, the Danpal facade has superior light diffusion, which means that the natural light is evenly diffused. Its specialized design is perfect for daytime applications and it looks aesthetically pleasing thanks to the tightly spaced ribs.
As it offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to design, it is also very easy to install and tweak towards your desired goals. The concealed joints have the ability to twist and warp if needed and the building design professional will be able to control how much light that is coming through, create amazing visual contrasts, as well as hide certain unappealing elements of the building.
One of the most important features of facade is that it helps to protect the building from external elements such as the weather. The last thing you want to happen is to have a facade that looks amazing, but as soon as the wind and the rain comes, you are faced with all sorts of problems.
Danpal’s translucent facade have top quality air and water tightness. This is thanks to the snap-lock connection which makes sure that these types of elements cannot enter the building when they are unwanted.
When it comes to adding the finishing touches to a new building or even to spice up an old building, there are so many different textures, colours, fixtures and lighting effects available to you to create truly amazing and inspirational facades that you are truly spoilt for choice. You can tailor your needs to your desired look by day and your desired look by night.
Finally, as with all systems form Danpal, the security is seamless thanks to the double click locking seam and you will also be able to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, as the systems all have top quality co-extended UV protection built in.
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.