A Glass Curtain Wall Enhances The Natural Light In Your Interior Spaces

With half a century in the building industry, Danpal has created a reputation for developing and manufacturing cutting-edge products that nurture a more comfortable living environment at the same time as they do their part to reduce the carbon footprint on the environment. In addition to hitting those standards, products like the Danpal glass curtain wall incorporate esthetics with function so that architects don’t have to choose between performance and appearance. The resulting blend of comfort enhances time spent inside.

What Is A Glass Curtain Wall Façade?

A glass curtain wall doesn’t perform a structural role in an architectural design. The system’s outer walls are there to keep the damaging elements of weather from invading a building’s indoor living and working spaces. Because of its design and composition, a glass curtain wall ushers in natural light, which adds a magnificent esthetic aspect to the interior of the building. Danpal, a pioneer in daylighting architecture, designs glass curtain walls that keep the inside dry, but they do so much more.

Natural Light, The Gift Of A Glass Curtain Wall

Natural light doesn’t just help us see better. If helps us feel better as well, so that, even when we’re inside, we absorb the benefits of the sunlight coming inside. The building where you live and work can actually create a healthy environment for you. While the glass curtain wall is protecting a building’s insulation from moisture, it’s also providing you with relief from artificial light.

A Glass Curtain Wall Is A Weather Warrior

As we’ve already noted, a glass curtain wall does not have a structural part to play in a building design. But that doesn’t mean that it lacks purpose. The sound effects of a windy night might make you feel warm and cozy while you’re sleeping inside, but that’s because you can count on the built-in defenses offered by the architectural design. When you see rain pouring outside, or the snowflakes gathering on the ground beyond your windows, are you thinking about your insulation staying dry? If you have a glass curtain wall, you don’t have to think about your insulation. The glass curtain wall’s purpose is to keep moisture out, protecting the insulation so that it remains dry.
Dry insulation is part of a building’s overall energy efficiency performance. If moisture has compromised a building’s insulation, your heating and cooling systems will have to work so much harder because energy is escaping. The damaged insulation can no longer maintain a consistent temperature through the seasons and you’ll find yourself colder in the winter and hotter in the summer as a result. You don’t want to be a victim of compromised insulation and with your glass curtain wall, you won’t be. It’s all under control.
Doesn’t it sound appealing to think that bad weather can be kept out and good weather can be brought in, all thanks to the versatility of a glass curtain wall? The extremes of weather are kept out, but even so, you start your day with nature.

Contact Danpal to discuss Glass Curtain Wall for your next architectural project.

Double-Glazed Glass Adds Insulating Capabilities To A Building

Double-glazed glass is an efficient way to keep a building warmer in cold weather, and in times when rising costs are driving all of us to pay closer attention to our utility bills, this can make a real difference in our household economy. The double glazing performs as an insulator to reduce the movement of hot or cold air from the interior of a structure to the exterior. This allows the internal air to remain warmer or cooler for a longer period of time.

Because of the reduced air flow, double glazing also keeps condensation from forming within a structure on those days when it’s chilly outside and toasty within. The energy efficiency of environmentally friendly double glazing keeps heating bills lower in the winter—perhaps by as much as 50%! Warm air that’s contained within a home or workplace doesn’t get lost out the window, so energy isn’t wasted. That’s one of the ways that double-glazed glass benefits the environment.

How The Double-Glazed Glass System Performs

Microcell technology, a mainstay of Danpal innovation, once again makes its mark in the effectiveness of Danpal’s double-glazed glass system. Microcell technology is touted for its durability and the exceptional quality of its composition. Double glazing creates a cavity in between the two facades, and within that cavity there is a flow of air. By maintaining a consistent temperature, this system can deliver an improved extraction of heat that boosts energy efficiency. The superior thermal characteristics of Danpatherm makes it possible for heat to be stored and transmitted. The Microcell technology provides UV protection, high-impact resistance, and impenetrable barriers to external air and moisture that, if allowed inside, could damage the insulation of a building. With Microcell strength and Danpatherm’s superior thermal properties, it’s easy to understand why double-glazed glass makes such a difference in the ability of a structure to prevent the external elements from ruining our comfort.

Expect Ease And Efficiency With Danpal’s Double-Glazed Glass

From prefabrication at the factory to panel removal for long-term maintenance, Danpatherm is a model of efficiency. The double-glazed glass panels leave the factory and arrive at the worksite ready to be installed. If, on down the line, maintenance is needed, either the interior or the exterior panel can be removed without lessening the system’s weather protection. That’s a savings in effort, time, and money that benefits everyone from builders to customers.

Double-Glazed Glass And the Threat Imposed By Weather

All the innovation that has gone into the development of double glazing has been focused on efforts to keep weather at bay. Danpal designers and engineers know how effective cutting-edge technology can be against the eternal threat of weather. Each season brings its own unique threat to a building; the Danpal response to the fierce winds, powerful storms, punishing hail, and relentless heat that the seasons deliver is to create double-glazed glass that’s able to keep insulation dry, to maintain consistent temperatures within a structure, and to support the comfort of the occupants inside.

Contact Danpal to discuss Double-glazed Glass for your next architectural project.

Exterior Vertical Louvres Monitor Daylight For Inside Comfort

External vertical louvers are uniquely designed to manage the amount of light and air that can come into a workplace or residence, while preventing outside debris, water that comes from the elements, or the glare of direct sunlight from being obtrusive. Each of these weather manifestations represents a different obstacle to the comfort that we expect from our indoor spaces. A little bit of daylight coming inside is wonderful. A breeze enlivening the stagnant interior air is refreshing. Exterior vertical louvers work under your command, functioning according to your specifications to deliver the levels of air and light that you prefer. All this, and you still have a view to enjoy!

With External Vertical Louvers, Your Privacy Is A Priority

Enjoying the outside view is definitely a perk of installing external vertical louvers, but here’s an added bonus: although you enjoy the view, you don’t become the view. The louvers provide you with privacy that not only shields you from outside weather, but also outside eyes. Privacy is important to all of us. Besides, one of the attractions of external vertical louvers is the way they enhance the outward appearance of a structure. You don’t mind at all if passersby are admiring what they see on the outside.

The Louver Translucent Shading System Maps Out The Sunlight

Architecture and nature are closely intertwined, especially now, as architects search for ways to integrate the outside world into their designs. Doing this successfully requires an awareness of the environment, an understanding of the ways in which the different seasons alter the angles of sunlight, and building materials which can accommodate these factors. Doors and windows can be placed so that they optimize the use of local daylight and thermal opportunities. Some seasons have short daylight hours; other seasons have lengthier periods of daylight. Knowledge of how the shade affects the outside sunlight and the inside temperature and illumination can lead to improve energy usage.

Dividing The Sunshine And The Shade With Danpal External Vertical Louvers

You may never have thought about it, but the truth is that nature appeals to us differently depending on whether we’re inside or outside. A steady falling rain can be very soothing if we’re inside, dry and comfortable, but if we’re outside while it’s raining, we’re not so enthusiastic. But what about shade? It has a place both outside and inside, depending upon whether the glare from the sunlight is intruding upon comfort. There’s not much that you can do about glare and shade outside, but when you’re inside, you’ll welcome the way Danpal’s Louver Translucent Shading System puts you in charge of dividing up the sunlight and the shade.

External Vertical Louvers Are Easy To Operate And Easy To Maintain

If you’re thinking that something like louvers must require a lot of cleaning maintenance because they’re right outside where the weather is, you can think again. Everyone knows that Danpal products are easy to customize, easy to install, and easy to maintain. Unlike the external building features manufactured by some companies, which turn maintenance into a full-scale project, Danpal’s external vertical louvers just need washing. After you’ve dried them off with a cloth or mop, they look like new and the cleaning is done.

Contact Danpal to discuss exterior vertical louvers for your next architectural project.

Horizontal Louvres Are Your Sunshine Delivery

How would you like your sunshine today? It’s not a question about your state of mind. For those people who have made the wise decision to install horizontal louvres, the answer is simple: sunshine is exactly where I want it to be. Danpal’s daylighting architecture has developed a product that can 1) include natural light as one of the features in a building design and 2) let you be the one who controls it. Inside daylight is a contemporary phenomenon that takes the popularity of outdoor sunlight and turns it into an architectural component that customizes your indoor comfort. In keeping with the architectural design’s originality, horizontal louvres even come in different colors so they not only enhance your comfort, but they enhance the appearance of your home or workplace as well.

Maximizing Horizontal Louvres Ventilation to Improve Energy Efficiency

Some people have the wrong idea about energy efficiency. They think that in order to be conscientious consumers of energy, we need to sacrifice comfort. But Danpal products have proven that isn’t the case, and with horizontal louvres, you’re actually increasing your own comfort while supporting the environment. At different times during the year, buildings rely upon heating and cooling systems to maintain an even, comfortable temperature. We want to stay warm when the chilly winds are howling, and we want to stay cool when weather pundits claim that it’s hot enough outside to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Is that asking too much?

No, it’s not. Horizontal louvres can help take care of those in-between weather patterns, those times when we need neither heating nor cooling. What we need is fresh air and daylight. Simply adjust the louvres to let in as much air as you need for comfort, and decide whether there’s too much glare from the sun. You don’t need HVAC to play a part on days like that; energy is conserved and you’re comfortable. Nature might be in charge of the weather, but with horizontal louvres, you have a voice in the decision-making process.

Horizontal Louvres And Fresh Air

Chances are that if you have feel air blowing inside and you don’t have a fan going, you’ve probably got a draft somewhere. But if you have horizontal louvres, when you feel a breeze inside, you can call it ventilation because this outside air has an invitation to come inside. Just the right amount of outside fresh air can improve our inside state of mind and by angling the louvres, the air comes in the way we like it. If we’re working, that fresh air can help us to feel fresh as well, instead of stale. If we’re at home, we welcome the breeze like it’s a guest.

How Would You Like Your Sunshine Today?

Sunshine has a daily schedule. Depending upon the time of day, sunshine positions itself at different places. For those times of day when sunshine is accompanied by its unwelcome escort, glare, you can count on horizontal louvres to open at the optimum angle. Sunlight in, glare out.

Contact Danpal to discuss Horizontal louvres for your next architectural project.

Sunlight Adds Splendor To Façade Glazing Systems

Incorporating natural light into an architectural design takes imagination and a knowledge of the placement of sunlight at different times during the day and different seasons of the year; it also takes the innovation of Danpal’s façade glazing systems. Danpal, a building materials company with more than half a century in the business, has pioneered daylighting architecture, a unique format which utilizes sunlight for its performance as well as esthetic possibilities. Available in transparent, opaque, and bilcolour options for special effect, Danpal customization also offers designs in both vertical and horizontal formats.

The result is a façade glazing system which unleashes architectural creativity, optimizes daylight as a building component, and supports energy efficiency. When you factor in the ease of installation that comes with a Danpal product or system, you can see why so many architects choose Danpal for their building projects.

Daylighting Architecture’s Advantages In Façade Glazing System

The immediate advantages of using natural light in an architectural design are obvious: daylighting reduces the need for artificial light, which then diminishes the usage of electricity, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Properly managed, natural lighting generates minimal heat compared to electrical lighting, which allows for the savings of as much as 75 percent of the amount of energy used to illuminate a building and lower the cost of cooling it.

In order for a building to function with superior use of daylighting, the design for its inclusion needs to be present at the very beginning of the architectural design process. Why? Because the location of the building and its glazing façade system directly interact with the path that the sunlight takes on its daily journey. Roofing, facades and the selection of the glazing system follow this formula. With a presence on five continents, Danpal is very much aware of the routes that the sun takes in its journey across Planet Earth!

The Esthetic Impression Created by Façade Glazing Systems

Daylight possesses its own remarkable beauty, but when coupled with the brilliant possibilities of Danpal’s colors and finishes, the results are breathtaking. Opaque panels in a variety of tints are well suited for bright colors to create a lacquered, metallic look. Within the range of translucent options, the projection of the light and reflections at different times of the day transforms the building’s appearance. If you’re exploring the addition of the Danpal VRS cladding system, you might want to consider the effect that a 3-dimentional look would add.

Even with our emphasis on esthetics, Danpal products remain attentive to the comfort of the occupants inside a building, whether it’s their workplace or their home. The Danpal façade glazing system, with the understanding that too much sunlight can create a different set of problems, comes equipped with a no-glare feature, further enhancing comfort.
Danpal products are the result of a dedicated investment into research and development. This constant quest for innovation directly affects the designs that architects can make because they benefit from the advances that Danpal engineers and designers have brought forward.

Contact Danpal to discuss Façade glazing systems for your next architectural project.

Danpal’s Louvre Shading System Makes You The Interior Designer

What can you expect from Danpal’s louvre shading system? How about color-shift technology; Z-Frame construction; your choice of vertical or horizontal installation; lightweight design; shade-shift properties; and dual-color integration? How about illuminated shade? How about dazzling colors and finishes that add esthetic appeal to your building? How about superior performance in all kinds of weather? How about easy, efficient, affordable installation? How about everything you’ve come to expect from a Danpal product?

Introducing The Danpashade Louvre Shading System

Our customers expect innovative building products to come out of Danpal’s research and development department and the Danpashade Louvre Shading System lives up to all those expectations. With dynamic shade-shift technology, Danpal has developed an external
fixed louvre system that creates the ideal environment for your interior working and living spaces.

The Strength Of the Danpal Louvre Shading System

Danpal is justly proud of the esthetic options that are a part of the louvre shading package. Looking good is important for esthetic presentation, but with Danpal, strength and performance are always priorities. Thanks to Microcell technology, which provides the most advanced material for shading applications, all Danpal® Louvre Systems possess high-impact resistance to the elements. Even when threatened by the force of a high wind load, the louvres stay strong, because of the double-tooth grip-lock connection. A longer life span is important for the product’s durability; the panels enjoy a longer system life span because of their co-extruded UV protection. Weather is always a factor in any structure, but with Danpal’s proven reputation for quality, the louvreshading system is going to stay strong no matter what nature throws at it.

Creating An Aura For Your Building With Our Louvre Shading System

The Aura Louvre System has some familiar features that you’ll recognize. Made of polycarbonate material, this louvre shading system is easy to work with and to customize because of its light weight. The tight spacing between the ribs is part of the process that creates a quality of light that’s mesmerizing.
Thanks to the versatility of colors and finishes that are offered, you have the unique opportunity for visual effect with our two-in-one color options. Combining comfort with style, Danpal translucent shading is available in different levels of light transmission, with either a matt or glossy finish. The look of a building makes a difference in how it’s perceived; that’s why Danpal designs for both performance and esthetics.

What makes Danpal’s louvre shading system stand out is the way it’s designed so that users have the ultimate say on how the balance between sunshine and shade will be measured. Being able to create exactly the atmosphere that satisfies your own preference turns you into an interior designer, working with nature itself to blend the nuances of light.

The Danpal Installation Policy At Work In The Louvre Shading System

Danpal believes that the installation of any system should be efficient and easy. It shouldn’t be disruptive. And it should be affordable. With its snap-on interlocking dry-glazed aluminum connectors, the louvre shading system delivers as promised, at a low-cost rate that reflects the ease of working with Danpal’s lightweight materials.

Contact Danpal to discuss louvre shading system for your next architectural project.

Solar Shading System: The Smarter Way To Stay Comfortable Inside

Notice how much smarter the world is these days? We have smart phones, smart televisions, smart homes, even smart clothes. Did you know that even daylight has gotten smarter? Thanks to Danpal’s intelligent daylighting, known as Danpal CONTROLITE®, there’s now a solar shading system that offers complete control of the preferred level of indoor light, no matter what time of year it is, or even what time of day. Living smarter means living better and with Danpal’s solar shading system, it also means living the way you want to live by customizing nature to suit you.

What Does The Danpal Solar Shading System Offer:

  • Optimal comfort during daylights changing conditions
  • Sustainabile design
  • Energy efficiency
  • Money saved thanks to reduced use of heating and cooling systems

How the CONTROLITE® Solar Shading System Works

With a translucent glazing panel that has integrated, rotating louvers, the transmission levels of daylight can be optimized to suit your personal preference. CONTROLITE® also controls solar heat gain so that solar heat gain doesn’t need to be a problem for you when you’re inside. Heat and light levels change outside during the day, but Danpal’s solar shading system is designed to nullify that schedule by altering the transmission of light, shade and solar heat gain. By maximizing daylight during the cold of winter, and blocking solar gain when summer heat is at its fiercest, this solar shading is your advocate for weather control.

A Solar Shading System That’s Designed For Energy Consumption and Sustainability

Holding ourselves accountable for the manner in which we treat the environment is the mark of today’s energy consumer. It’s also the mark of Danpal’s innovative research and development. We’re known as the company that adheres to the Global Vision, Local Focus business model by designing products that keep customers happy because they trust us to do right by the planet. Our solar shading system’s Controlite® panels are integrated into buildings with energy-efficient design, so that the designers can earn credit points according to the green building ratings. Movable shading retracts on cloudy days outside, so that natural light and its accompanying solar gain can come inside, reducing dependence on heating and electric lighting. When building occupants opt for natural sunlight, fresh air and ventilation instead of turning on the heating and cooling systems, energy usage is reduced without a loss of comfort for people.

Get Smart With Solar Shading

Rotating louvers that adjust their position throughout the day in order to optimize the amount of outdoor natural light that enters inside spaces. A solar shading system that gives heating and cooling systems a break during times of the year when outside light, heat, and air can create a comfortable inside atmosphere. Reduced dependence on energy, so that personal lifestyles reflect a commitment to sustainability. Paying less for utility costs without sacrificing comfort. It’s not just appliances and gadgets that are smarter these days. Consumers who choose Danpal products are pretty smart, too.

Contact Danpal to discuss solar shading system for your next architectural project.

Thermal Facades Protect Insulation And Keep Heat From Escaping

Thinking about thermal facades reminds us that the Northern Hemisphere is gearing up for winter, the time of year when cold weather strikes. No matter how many winters we’ve seen, we’re never quite prepared for those chilly blasts. Blizzards and polar vortexes make us appreciate the warm comfort inside when it’s freezing outside. It’s also the time when we should pay attention to things like thermal transmission. A material’s U-value tells us how effectively it performs as an insulator. If a material scores a low U-value, it’s a sign that the material is doing its job; it provides more insulation so that less heat escapes. If you know the U-value, you can predict its overall performance. If your building’s insulation is protected by a thermal façade by Danpal, you can be assured that you’ll be snug and warm throughout the cold weather to come.

Thermal Façade Performance Against The Elements

Harsh winter weather isn’t a problem because the Danpatherm System’s thermal façade has a superior wind load resistance. There are other products by other companies that claim to stand up to the rough weather, but Danpal designs and manufactures quality products that are engineered to support a building’s defenses. Danpatherm’s composition blocks moisture and debris from penetrating the separations between the panels. Weather stays out and insulation stays dry.

Thermal Facades Bring Esthetics To the Finished Product

Our thermal facades wouldn’t be a bona fide Danpal product if they only delivered on performance. Of course strength and durability are of paramount importance for a building material, but appearance matters as well. What could be more inviting than daylight, especially during the gloomy winter months when we feel as if we never see the sunshine? But Danpal, a pioneer in daylighting architecture, has found a way to incorporate natural light into the interior of a building, so that we’re not solely dependent upon artificial light during the shorter days. Softlite, a Danpatherm finish, is built into the panels of the thermal façade, bringing inside an even transmission of light minus the glare. If the façade is integrated with a complete LED system, the result delivers the beauty of light during the daytime and nighttime as well.

Danpal Thermal Façade Installation Saves Time And Money

Danpatherm is prefabricated in the factory and when it arrives at the worksite, it’s ready to be installed with no time wasted. Another advantage of Danpatherm’s efficient installation is the reduced need for secondary steel framing; that comes from the product’s ability to span more than three meters with no need for support. If external panels need to be removed, this can be done without an adverse effect to the building. Smooth, efficient installation reduces the amount of time that the job takes, and when time is saved, so is money.

You’ll Notice The Danpal Difference In Thermal Facades

  • Superior thermal insulation
  • Strong wind-load resistance
  • Variable light transmission levels
  • Attractive appearance

For a complete thermal insulation package, choose a Danpal thermal façade. Comfort, beauty, and reliability make it an easy choice.

Contact Danpal to discuss Thermal Façade for your next architectural project.

Translucent Roofs Let You Control Daylight

Not every company can play a transformative role in the way we design and build our living and working spaces, but translucent roofs by Danpal prove that it’s possible for innovative engineers and design experts to look at something as humble as a roof and redefine its very nature. Literally. Once upon a construction time, a roof was something that covered a building, sheltering its occupants from the weather outside. But, along with shutting out the darkness, the roof of old shut out the light as well. As our contemporary work lives take up more and more of our daytime hours, we feel the loss of that daylight. Translucent roofs are the solution: we’re still shielded from the cold and the harsh elements outside, but we can, thanks to the miracle of Danpal’s pioneering advances in daylighting architecture, allow natural light to come inside. Some of the benefits of the Controlite® Intelligent Daylighting System include skylighting surfaces in larger areas, optimal comfort throughout changing conditions during the day, energy efficiency and savings, and strong resistance to inclement weather outside.

Harnessing The Power Of Daylight With Controlite®, The Intelligent Daylighting System

Controlling daylight makes it possible for the desired intensity of indoor light to be a matter of personal choice. With the integrated, rotating louvres of the translucent glazing panel, the transmission of daylight can be adjusted no matter what time of day it is, no matter what season it is. Bringing daylight into a building while keeping rain, snow, and cold temperatures outside is one way to have the best of both worlds.

Don’t Worry About Weather: Translucent Roofs Are Strong!

Danpal products are known for their durability and a translucent roof is no exception. You can enjoy the appearance of the world beyond the translucent roof, but you don’t have to fear that the elements are going to come inside. Only daylight is welcome to come in, and only when you decide to let it in.

Translucent Roofs, Energy Efficiency, And Daylight

Daylight isn’t just something we enjoy because we can see and feel better in the light. Daylight is the natural product of sunlight, and we know that sunlight is a powerful force of nature. With translucent roofs, we can make use of the heat and light that come with the daytime so that we actually consume less energy. The panels of the Controlite® system integrate into the energy-efficient building design, reducing the need for artificial light as well as internal heating and air conditioning in the respective seasons when they’re in use. Another plus of the translucent roofs’ Controlite® system: its panels will integrate into the energy efficiency of the building’s design so that green building rating system points are earned.
Isn’t it time for nature to carry some of the energy load? Why not let nature help make your utility bills more affordable? Bring in the daylight; you’ll save money and support the environment at the same time.

Contact Danpal to discuss Translucent Roofs for your next architectural project.

Ventilated Façade’s Defense Against Energy Loss

There’s one thing agreed upon by both sage world leaders and visionary teen activists and that’s this simple fact: human beings need to do more to protect the planet from environmental harm. There are many ways that we can take on the challenge associated with climate change, and at Danpal, we’re doing our part. The building industry recognizes the important role it has in designing and manufacturing products that support energy efficiency. Ventilated facades by Danpal are one of the ways our company fulfills its motto of Global Vision, Local Focus, by holding fast to the belief that we have a responsibility to both our clients and our planet. A cladding system, of which a ventilated façade is a part, is added to the structure to provide extra defense against weather as well as to enhance the visual appearance of the building. The movement of air between the building’s supporting wall and its cladding reinforces the thermal insulation which is so central to both comfort and energy efficiency. Taken as a whole, a ventilated façade improves a building’s function on multiple levels.

How Does A Ventilated Façade Increase Energy Efficiency?

Your heating and air conditioning systems should maintain a comfortable, even temperature throughout the seasons. You should not have to constantly adjust the temperatures inside. If your insulation isn’t dry, the consequences will show up in your utility bills. Your air conditioning won’t be able to keep pace with the heat and humidity outside. When it’s cold outside, it will cost more to keep your interior living and working spaces warm because energy is escaping. But the moving air within a ventilated façade prevents moisture from ruining insulation, and that helps to keep your energy performing efficiently.

What Keeps Insulation Dry?

Insulation that has been compromised by moisture which has leaked into a building’s interior becomes a liability over time. An efficient use of energy relies upon dry insulation; the air space that exists between the cladding and the wall delivers a natural ventilation to keep the air moving. This process works well for both the warm and cold seasons; when we’re facing the hot temperatures of summer, the moving air limits heat conductivity. When cold weather is upon us, the air space maintains a comfortable inside temperature by controlling the level of humidity.

How Does Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS) Keep Insulation Dry?

Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System panels are double-notched and watertight. The panels, which are made from Microcell polycarbonate, are three times lighter than ordinary rainscreen cladding, so they’re much easier to work with. Behind the panels, the connective action stops moisture from getting inside.

We know how challenging weather can be. We’ve seen news footage showing communities besieged by winter blizzards and summer storms. But even in ordinary times, weather is a powerful foe as, day by day, it unleashes sunshine, rain, snow, wind, and hail from the sky to the buildings below.
Think of VRS as a line of defense against the forces of weather.

Contact Danpal to discuss Ventilated Façades for your next architectural project.

With The Controlite® Solar Shading System, You Can Set Sunlight’s Schedule

Solar power isn’t really anything new. We’ve depended upon the sun for light and warmth since life evolved on the planet. Even with modern technology and architectural advances, some things haven’t changed. Although our lifestyles have changed dramatically over the course of human history, the sun has remained reliably consistent and predictable.

The difference now is that, with a solar shading system, we can bring the sun into our homes and workplaces, and we can control the amount of heat and warmth that we derive from it. When we’re outside, we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to sunlight. But thanks to Danpal’s Controlite® System, we can turn the tables when we invite sunlight to come inside.

How Solar Shading Systems Optimize Sunshine and Shade

Knowing the path that the sun will take on its daily trek across the sky determines the ideal location for a building and once the site is determined, the architect draws up the plans for a solar shading system. Controlite® knows how the levels of heat and light outside alter as the day advances; that knowledge makes it possible for the interior of a building to control the amounts of daylight and solar heat gain that come inside, maintaining a consistent level of comfort for the occupants.

How much heat and light do you want to come inside? How much shade do you need? Intelligent daylighting adapts the track of the sun so that internal living and working spaces reflect our personal comfort levels. The ability to bring the soothing shade into daylighting architecture allows your solar shading system to transform the appearance of your home or workplace. You can imagine the relief that you’ll experience when the external extremes in temperatures throughout the seasons can be eased by Controlite®!

How The Controlite® Solar Shading System Promotes Energy Efficiency

The sun was the original source of energy for our ancestors. But they weren’t dealing with the effects of climate change and environmental turmoil that the modern world faces. Now we know that in order to have a healthy planet, our technology needs to do its part. That’s exactly what the engineers and design experts at Danpal have accomplished with the Controlite® panels, which reduce the amount of energy that we would otherwise have used due to our long-time dependence upon air conditioning, heating, and artificial lighting.

A solar shading system incorporates the dual nature of the sun: light and heat for warmth and comfort, and shade for the relief that we get when there’s glare and rising temperatures. Controlite® has movable shading that retracts in order to let natural light and heat come inside. The obvious energy benefits of this system show up in the more efficient use of heating and cooling systems, and that, in turn, shows up in your bank account.

There’s an added benefit to installing a solar shading system and going green. Green buildings have rating systems, and credit points are earned with these kinds of measures that created a more harmonious environment.

Contact Danpal to discuss Solar Shading Systems for your next architectural project.

A Louver Façade Is At Your Service For Sunlight and Shade

If you’re lucky enough to have had a louver façade installed on the exterior of your building, you’re relishing the presence of sunny days and warmer temperatures. Now that summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, people think that weather worries are over. There’s certainly no threat of blizzards for those countries where June, July, and August herald a chance to enjoy outdoor activities uninhibited by snow and cold. However, too much of a good thing, even the summer sun, can present problems. With sunshine comes glare; with warm weather comes heat and humidity. Being able to control those weather features is one of the reasons why a louver façade is such a popular architectural addition to a design.

A Louver Façade Adds Weather Control And Comfort To A Building’s Interior

On a perfect day, when the temperature is just right, a louver system can make things even better by bringing the outdoors inside. On an imperfect day, one in which rain has darkened the skies and brought dampness and chill along with it, your louver façade keeps the inclement weather out. Microcell technology has proven its strength and versatility. It presents a strong defense against weather’s extremes, which helps to keep insulation dry and free from the moisture that could otherwise compromise your energy efficiency. Because Danpal facades are famed for their light weight and ease of installation, they’re a popular choice among architects.

Sunshine and Shade Brought To You By A Louver Façade

Bringing the outdoors inside means finding the right balance between sunlight and shade. Sunshine, for all its wonders, can sometimes be too bright. That’s when we need shade and that’s one of the ways in which a louver façade can blend the benefits of natural light with the comfort of shade. Too warm? Too bright? No problem for a shading system Daylighting architecture delivers the weather the way that you like it, with fresh air on demand, and shade when you need it.

How A Louver Façade Improves Energy Efficiency

It’s natural that, in cold weather, we depend upon our heating systems; in hot weather, we crank up the air conditioning. But with 365 days in a calendar year, there are many days when we don’t need heating or cooling. That’s when a louver façade can make an enormous difference, both in your comfort and in your energy usage. You’ll relish those days when you have all the advantages of the beautiful outdoors while you work inside—the natural light, the fresh breezes, the shade—without those negative aspects of nature, like bugs, glare, and humidity.

Happiness Is a Louver Façade

Well, that might be an exaggeration, but when you think about it, you realize that a louver façade, by giving you more control over the level of nature that you allow into your workspace or living space, does make you feel better and more productive. These days, when the remote working and learning models are becoming far more familiar, isn’t it a good idea to find out whether your home office would benefit from a louver system?

Contact Danpal to discuss Louver Façade for your next architectural project.

A Danpal Façade Keeps Insulation Performing Well

If you’re looking for a thermal façade that delivers all of the standard features for which Danpal is well known, and you’re also looking for exceptional thermal insulation, you can be confident that once again, Danpal delivers. The Danpatherm system provides wind-load resistance that can’t be equaled, variable levels of light transmission, and a sleek appearance with no aluminum visible; it also offers some qualities that are unique to Danpatherm. The thermal façade meets all of your performance and appearance expectations. Of course it does. It’s made by Danpal.

How Does Danpatherm Enhance The Thermal Façade Installation?

Danpatherm, a cassette panel system, is pre-fabricated in the factory and delivered to the worksite, ready to be installed upon arrival. The installation is quick, labor costs are reduced, and less time is needed to complete the process. The composition of Danpatherm prevents dirt and moisture from penetrated the separations between the panels. The finished product delivers both excellent light transmission and superior thermal performance.

thermal façadeThermal Façade Resistance To Weather

Facades are capable of doing a great deal to improve the performance of a building, but they can only perform their function if they are able to stand up to the elements. With Danpatherm, the thermal façade offers wind load resistance that’s unparalleled. Danpatherm can also span more than three meters without support, which greatly reduces the need for secondary steel framing. If there’s a need to remove the external panels, that can be done without having negatively affecting the building. There’s a lot of work going on behind the thermal façade scenes to make sure that the insulation is performing as it should.

What U-Values Reveal About Thermal Facades

How effectively a material performs as an insulator is measured by its U-value, or its thermal transmittance. This is the rate of transfer of heat through a structure, divided by the difference in the temperature across the structure being measured. The units of measurement used to assess this number are W/m²K. When the U-value is low, it means that the material provides more insulation and less heat is being lost. For example, more heat is lost through a window than escapes from the wall of the same area. Knowing the U-value makes it easier to predict the overall performance of the complete element. Danpal’s thermal facades can offer U-values that are as low as 0.52 W/m²K in Danpatherm K12, and 0.72 W/m²K in Danpatherm K7 when a translucent insulating insulating material is included in the cavity.

Light and the Thermal Façade

We’re talking a lot about insulation and heat, but everyone knows that Danpal and light make a perfect match. That’s because light is an integral feature of a Danpal façade. Danpatherm’s Softlite, one of the many Danpal finishes, is built into the panels, ensuring an even transmission of light that eliminates glare. The interior is evenly illuminated by diffused light that casts a soft and gentle glow.

Upon integration with a complete LED system, the result is a brilliant wall of light during the daylight hours and a light box at night.

Contact Danpal to discuss Thermal Solar properties for your next architectural project.

Rainscreen Facades Are Designed For Easy Installation and Maximum Insulation Protection

You don’t have to be an architect to know that if moisture from weather outside finds a way to penetrate a building’s defenses and gets past its defenses, nothing good will result. Moisture diminishes the effectiveness of insulation, which in turn affects the heating and cooling performance and costs. Moisture leads to the creation of mold which affects the respiratory health of a building’s occupants. A rainscreen façade is an excellent way of strengthening your building’s protection against the incursion of moisture and the damage that it can cause.

What Is A Rainscreen Façade?

A rainscreen is an exterior wall detail that’s installed so that it creates a barrier of air between itself and the wall that’s behind it. Danpal has created the Ventilated Rainscreen System, which prevents moisture left by snow and rain from penetrating a building’s interior. Thanks to an air gap, the Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS) provides natural ventilation that keeps insulation dry and free from moisture. Its effectiveness is enhanced by double-notched panels that increase the defenses against an invasion of moisture.

Is A Rainscreen Façade Easy to Install?

Danpal has perfected the construction of flexible materials like polycarbonate that are easy to install. Connections can be placed directly upon the support without the need for additional structural support. Ease of installation is both a time-saver and a money-saver which Rainscreen cladding has many advantages and one that clients find especially attractive is the fact that it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance or periodic service. It’s strong and durable even though it’s so light in weight.

The Reasons Why A Rainscreen Façade Benefits Building And Occupant Health

There are so many architectural elements involved in the construction of a building that a client might not realize how important it is to protect the structure’s inside insulation. It’s not hard to detect the presence of a leak in the roof, but sometimes it takes time to figure out that the insulation has been compromised by moisture. If you don’t have a rainscreen façade, you’re missing out on an important protective measure for your building’s insulation. Wet insulation means that your heating and cooling systems are overworking and energy is escaping. That’s wasting energy and money.

Because you might not notice right away that your insulation is damp, you probably won’t be able to immediately detect the presence of mold in a building. Mold spreads quickly but silent. The occupants may not realize that it is there until respiratory problems begin to develop for the building occupants. For those who already have allergies, mold can worsen the symptoms. Asthma sufferers will also be affected by the growth of mold.

Selecting a rainscreen façade is a smart and effective way to protect a building and its occupants from moisture and mold and the trouble they can cause. That’s also a way to make sure that your energy isn’t escaping and that when you pay your utility bills, you’re only paying for energy that you’ve used.

Contact Danpal to discuss rainscreen facades for your next architectural project.

How A Polycarbonate Façade Delivers Superior Performance

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about polycarbonate as a building material and you might be wondering what all talk is about, especially when the subject is polycarbonate facades. You’re used to the fact that Danpal has been designing and manufacturing innovative building materials for more than half a century, so you know that if we’re making polycarbonate facades, it must be because they’re both strong and lightweight. But there’s a lot more to learn about polycarbonate and why it’s become such a popular material for architects.

Polycarbonate Facades Combine Strength And Beauty

One of the reasons that polycarbonate is so popular is that, because of its light weight, it’s easy to work with and to install. There’s often a misconception that because something isn’t heavy, it must be weak. That’s absolutely not the case with polycarbonate, which possesses superior strength for a long-lasting performance in withstanding the harsh elements of nature.

Things To Know About Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic polymer that is strong; in fact, it’s 200 times stronger than glass. Because it’s so easy to work with, it enables customization in many features. It’s easy to install as well, which is one of the reasons why working with polycarbonate means a reduction in cost. There are some variations of polycarbonate that are transparent. Polycarbonate’s versatility is not only recognized when used in making facades, but also for automotive, electronic, and engineering applications. Polycarbonate blocks UV radiation from the sun. Another reason why polycarbonate is so popular in construction is because its composition makes it more compliant with the toughest fire codes; polycarbonate will neither release toxic gases nor spread flames.

Polycarbonate Flexibility Is a Plus In Facades

A polycarbonate façade can give a building’s exterior a dynamic image that enhances its appearance and provides added appeal to the structure and the community in which it’s located. The panels can be arranged into patterns; a façade can be illuminated when translucent polycarbonate panels are joined with LED or ambient lighting systems.

What You Can Expect From A Danpal Polycarbonate Façade

Energy efficiency is always a priority with Danpal products. A polycarbonate façade is created with a unique cell structure capable of generating superior thermal insulation; combined with the improvements in the “U” and “R” values, this increases the energy efficiency of the structure.

Keeping moisture away from the interior of a building is something that polycarbonate facades, with their snap-lock connection system, employ to ensure that the protection from the elements is both airtight and watertight.
Polycarbonate’s flexibility allows architects to design buildings that bring esthetics to a remarkable level of customization. The joints are concealed so that a flush external can be created to warp and twist if that’s the desired appearance. Through it all, the diffusion of light makes each polycarbonate façade unique.

Maintaining that equality of performance and appearance is what sets Danpal products in a class by themselves. When an architect wants to design with materials that express creativity, Danpal is the go-to source for the construction of buildings that look good while doing their job.

Contact Danpal to discuss polycarbonate façade for your next architectural project.

A Ventilated Façade Supports A Cladding System’s Energy Efficiency

Today’s energy-conscious consumer looks for sustainable features in all aspects of daily life. Fortunately, architecture is on board with this philosophy, and ventilated facades are one of the ways in which a building project, whether it’s being built from the ground up or being refurbished from an existing building, can successfully translate sustainability into an energy efficient, environmentally responsible construction.

What Is A Cladding System?

Installing a Danpal cladding system to a structure is an efficient way to protect a building’s interior from moisture which can ruin the insulation that supports energy efficiency. With the addition of cladding, the air space between the wall and the cladding can provide a natural form of ventilation to keep the insulation dry. The cladding has a dual purpose: in hot weather, the ventilated façade keeps air moving and limits the conductivity of heat. In cold weather, that space controls humidity in order to maintain a comfortable temperature.

What Is A Ventilated Façade?

A ventilated façade is part of the cladding system which gives a building protection against weather while at the same time adding to its esthetic appearance. By enhancing thermal insulation, the ventilated façade facilitates the movement of air between the supporting wall and the cladding, which may be made of ceramic tiling, marble, metallic panels, or natural stone slabs.

How Does A Ventilated Façade Increase Energy Efficiency?

If the insulation in a building is compromised by moisture, the heating and cooling systems will struggle to maintain an even temperature throughout the year. Heat will escape during the winter months, costing more to keep the living space warm. In the hot months, air conditioning will not be able to keep up with the outside heat and humidity, leading to increased utility bills. A ventilated façade keeps the air moving, and that prevents moisture from damaging the insulation.

Weather And Ventilation: Protecting A Building From Nature

Weather is powerful. Weather doesn’t surrender. Weather is the reason that buildings need to be designed with protective materials and systems that can mitigate the effects of rain, wind, snow, hail and even heat. Consider the punishment that a building has to endure day after day as the seasons unleash the full power of nature upon it. That’s why buildings need a cladding system that incorporates natural ventilation to protect the insulation that plays such a vital role in maintaining a building’s energy efficiency. As consumers become more and more invested in combating the damaging effects of climate change, buildings are becoming even more efficient at supporting efficient energy usage.

The Danpal Ventilated Rainscreen System Is Insulation’s Best Friend

In order to provide superior protection for insulation, Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS) uses the convective action behind the panels so that moisture can’t invade. The Danpal ventilated rainscreen system has panels that are double-notched and watertight for complete protection. Made of Microcell polycarbonate, the panels are three times lighter than ordinary rainscreen cladding, which makes them easier to work with and to install directly onto the support. Weather can’t penetrate a Danpal system and energy stays where it belongs behind the security of VRS.

Contact Danpal to discuss ventilated façade for your next architectural project.

Interview with Alain Chambron

Interview with Alain Chambron, President of Everlite Concept

Mr Chambron spent some time with us, over the course of 2 weeks or so, to answer a few questions we had for him. Most of what we had to ask, was aimed at helping us get a better understanding, of how Alain has helped build Everlite Concept. This subsidiary of the DANPAL Group, continues to lead the way with innovative thinking, and marketing practices.

 

Alain Chambron1/ What prompted you to start the new business that became EV?

I started out in the architectural industry, responsible for sales and then Marketing at “ETERNIT”, where I stayed for 11 years. After this, I became the Commercial Director of “ROCKWOOL insulation”, a division which I had helped create in FRANCE.

The main concept of working with “light architecture”, along with engineers was a real motivating factor for me. One of our first projects “MUSEE DU LOUVRE”, was the lighting of the “MONA LISA” with Marc FONTOYNON a research engineer, and major specialist in natural lighting.

 

2/ What advice can you offer to our junior DANPAL employees around the world?

  • Study the environmental evolution of architecture to understand how to apply the advantages of Danpalon polycarbonate solutions.
  • Understand that DANPALON based systems can adapt to all architectures, high, wide, rounded, any colour.
  • Look at the durability of our products, as seen in projects that are more than 35 Years old (references).
  • Think in terms of recyclability.
  • How light weight Danpalon systems can be of great benefit. (important for timber construction in development in France).
  • The benefit of our DANPAL solutions providing invisible fixings.
  • The quality of light transmission without glare and evenly distributed: VERY IMPORTANT for many projects, especially sports centres.
  • Zero cleaning and maintenance of our systems.

3/ Looking back on how PC solutions have evolved and evolved within the architecture industry, what trends do you foresee for the future?

Curtain walls with improved insulation and acoustic properties, such as those provided by our DANPATHERM K12 and K7 systems, will become increasingly in demand. The need for new shading systems, to retrofit existing buildings is also a trend that I think our new AURA system, is well positioned to take advantage of.

Of course, the Green Building trend is important for us to be acknowledged, and so Green Walls will become more in demand.

Alain Chambron4/ Do you have any thoughts on the current trend of GREEN BUILDING?

Using roofs and facades for rainwater recovery and the incorporation of green walls is where I think we need to focus.

If we look at a local example of what can be done in Paris:

“PARIS RAINFALL”

 THE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION IS 637 mm.

ESTIMATE ON A FACADE 10 m HEIGHT AND 10 m LONG WITH A THEORETICAL PRECIPITATION AT 15 °

THE GROUND SURFACE PROJECTION IS 27 m2 EITHER A POTENTIAL OF WATER TO BE RECOVERED OF 17,200 LITERS

 ESTIMATE BY TYPE OF PANEL DANPALON OVER A HEIGHT OF 10 m

FOR A 600 PANEL: 1032 LITERS FOR A 900 PANEL: 1548 LITERS FOR A 1040 PANEL: 1788 LITRES

“THE IRRIGATION POTENTIAL OF A 10m2 PLANT WALL WITH 2 l / h DRIVERS 15 MINUTES PER DAY IS 382 DAYS”.

 

5/ What are the most important lessons you feel you learned from building Everlite Concept as a new business early on?

For the past 35 years, exceptional teamwork between our Marketing, and Production divisions, has allowed for tremendous progress! In this time, EVERLITE and DANPAL together, have developed a range of unique systems such as DANPATHERM. This has kept us ahead of the competition and positioned us as the no.1 supplier of Daylighting Solutions.

 

 

 

 

High-Tech Industrial Daylighting Solutions By Danpal

Danpal carries a range of both vertical and horizontal glazing systems, each allowing a high-tech industrial building, to maximise the use of natural daylight. The need for greater illuminance is dictated by the nature of the industry, and functions carried out by the inhabitants of the building.

As tasks become more intricate, then we the need for higher levels of light intensity becomes obvious, and we measure this in LUX levels.

Illuminating the industry work areas

The illumination level must be adapted to the nature and the precision of the work that needs to be performed. To illuminate the work area, it is recommended to use local lighting, adapted to complement the general lighting of the premises.

  • For inland circulation: 40 Lux Minimum Illumination
  • For changing rooms and bathrooms: 120 Lux Minimum Illumination
  • For blind premises assigned to permanent work: 200 Lux Minimum Illumination

Lighting for Outdoor Spaces:

  • For taxiways: 10 Lux Minimum Illumination
  • For outdoor areas assigned to permanent work: 40 Lux Minimum Illumination

Lighting for Specific Work Areas:

  • For average mechanics and office-based typing work: 200 Lux Minimum Illumination
  • For machine processing and office-based drawing work: 300 Lux Minimum Illumination
  • For fine mechanics, engraving, drawing and colour comparison: 400 Lux Minimum Illumination
  • For precision engineering, fine electronics, and various controls: 600 Lux Minimum Illumination

 

Today the World Demand for Daylight Solutions for Distribution Centre Applications is Growing!!

Large-scale distribution centres are breaking the stereotype by instituting a variety of cosmetic and functional changes — making them more efficient and worker-friendly.

Industrial Daylighting

Amazon’s 1.2 million square foot facility in Phoenix, AZ is a prime example of how the aesthetics and design of distribution centres have changed. In Amazon’s case, this fundamental design shift is aimed at improving accuracy and efficiency, to fulfil their promise of next-day delivery. Their Arizona facility, known as “PHX6,” is startlingly bright, lit by overhead skylights and white LED bulbs.

This mix of natural and engineered light illuminates the spotless floors below and a field of giant machines and storage aisles. Conveyer belts snake between different sections of the warehouse, quickly carrying small packages and tools between designated drop points. The back wall of the building houses a sea of loading docks that open to an ocean of asphalt.

This trend in distribution centre design, may be pioneered by AMAZON, but is being followed closely by other industrial and commercial giants! DANPAL has a range of natural light architecture solutions, to satisfy these needs if only we understand the potential for our systems.

 

DANPAL Systems Specific to High-Tech Industrial Applications

Danpavault – unlimited length and flexibility, the Danpavault barrel vault skylight system combines all the advantages of Danpalon® together with a skylight of an unlimited length, offering easy integration with various roof types including profiled metal and concrete.

SYSTEM BENEFITS

  • Unlimited length.
  • Allows a greater amount of light compared to flat light openings, per area of roof light opening.
  • Self-supporting skylight.
  • Easy to install and compatible with many roof types.
  • Excellent light diffusion.
  • 100% watertight.
  • High load capacity.

Industrial Applications

 

DANPAL Roofing Skylight – The panel’s unique structure – with tight spacing between the ribs – produces a superior quality of light and an aesthetically pleasing look. Using materials with excellent flexibility, transparency, and tonal qualities compared to glass, Danpal® delivers the perfect balance of light and thermal dynamics. Specifically designed for architectural daylight applications, it is available in various colours and light transmission options with either a glossy or a matt finish.

 

HIGH THERMAL INSULATION

The unique cell structure of the panels provides better thermal insulation, resulting in improved ‘U’ and ‘R’ values to ensure greater energy efficiency.

EXTENDED UV PROTECTION

Danpalon® panels offers a co-extruded UV protection that results in longer system life.

HIGH IMPACT RESISTANCE & STRENGTH Due to the panel’s special cell structure it offers the highest resistance to impact. Extruded with standing seams, the panel’s double tooth grip-lock connection ensures longevity in resistance to high winds, snow loads and hail damage.

THERMAL INSULATION

THERMAL INSULATION

DANPAL Façade System – When it comes to the perfect facade, finding the equilibrium is key. Excess light results in undesired glare and uncomfortable amounts of heat. Using materials with superior flexibility, transparency, and tonal qualities compared to glass, Danpal® delivers the perfect balance of light and thermal dynamics for any facade. With superior insulating properties, Danpal’s facade systems ensure good thermal comfort. Their unique translucency also ensures optimum visual comfort with even light diffusion.

TRANSLUCENT GLAZING

The glazing panel’s unique structure transmits an even diffusion of natural light. Specifically designed for architectural daylight applications, the tight spacing between the ribs produces an aesthetically appealing look.

UNPARALLELED DESIGN FLEXIBILITY

Concealed joints create a flush external that can warp and twist if necessary.

HIGH SECURITY

The double “click” locking seam enables higher load resistance.

HIGH THERMAL INSULATION

Danpal® façade’s unique cell structure generates superior thermal insulation. The subsequent improvements in ‘U’ and ‘R’ values offer significant benefits to the overall energy efficiency of a building.

Industrial Daylighting

We have a full range of Danpalon based systems that can be integrated into both NEW, and EXISTING high-tech industrial projects. As we have seen, with companies such as AMAZON building new distribution centres around the globe, a highly specified DANPAL daylighting solution – will certainly be in demand. Speak with your DANPAL representative, and find out how we can challenge the norm, and set new standards for your next high-tech industrial project!   

Choose Glass Louvres and Enjoy the View!

Glass has been a popular building material for a very long time, offering a clear, unobstructed view that is shown to particular advantage with louvres. A major appeal of glass is its transparency, which allows light to enter within a structure. Bringing light into a room completely transforms the appearance and atmosphere within, not only improving the ability to see but also adding to that welcome feeling of productivity which is diminished when a room is dark. The Danpal® Louvre Translucent Shading System has developed glass louvres that fulfill all the potential of glass while adding the Danpal expertise to the performance. Danpal, a pioneer in daylighting architecture, has mastered the method of bringing the outdoors inside a structure so that a building’s occupants may savor the advantages of daylight without having to suffer from the less welcome aspects of the elements.

The Design of Glass Louvres

A louvre is an architectural feature that lets light and air enter, while keeping out the rain and snow. Glass louvres, flat and sloping, help improve the ventilation of a building without obstructing the view as metal and wood do. Because glass accommodates the outside view from within, its popularity has remained constant throughout the centuries.

The Advantages of Glass Louvres

The Danpal® Louvre Translucent Shading System partners with glass to redefine the way a room feels on the inside. While we all enjoy being outdoors, human beings seek shelter from the elements even while we cherish the benign features of the natural world. Light and air are two prized aspects of nature that can find a home within four walls, if the system is properly designed. How much ventilation do you need or want? Light and air make an enormous difference in the comfort level of a room, but people have different ideas of what that level might be. Glass louvres allow you to determine the amount of air and light that enters, thanks to the angled blades that control the flow of air that’s allowed in. Danpal glass louvres offer you the opportunity to play with light and shade and to do so with cutting-edge innovation that includes color-shift technology; Z-frame construction; installation that can be either vertical or horizontal; dual color-integration; featherweight design; and shade-shift properties.
Energy efficiency is a priority for today’s consumer and here as well, glass louvres perform to expectation, using natural ventilation to lower the costs of heating and cooling depending upon the season. No one can control the heat or the cold when summer and winter send us scorching and freezing temperatures, but at least, with glass louvres, there’s a way to put a personal touch on internal comfort zones.
Louvres are especially attractive because you can determine the dimensions, customizing the size depending on how much of the window you prefer to be open. You’ll also enjoy the options for color that are available to choose from, so that you can tailor the glass louvres to your personal preference.
And another feature that’s a winning trait: louver windows are easy to clean! Maximizing the pleasure that you receive from being inside a room while minimizing the amount of work that it takes to keep it clean is always a plus for today’s busy consumer.

Contact Danpal to discuss Glass Louvres for your next architectural project.

Everland Panda World, as Natural a Habitate as Possible

 

Pandas are an endangered species that are not only protected, by organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, but which also remains the animal exclusively featured in their official logo. These exotic animals are considered as the exclusive property of China, their home country, but occasionally China will lend a Panda to another country, as a goodwill symbol of friendship.

From a diplomatic standpoint, the health of any Panda whilst in the care of a surrogate country is a significant matter not to be taken lightly. It is for this reason then, that Korea sought out the help of 15 Panda experts from around the globe, to help the country construct a suitable living environment.

We are suitably proud, as Danpal Light Architecture Systems, were chosen as the building material of choice, for this very environment. So far, the panda couple have grown-up and lived healthy panda lives for the last 6 years. Recently, we celebrated the arrival of their new baby, Pandawas – in itself a remarkable achievement. The new-born panda is the living proof that Panda World, which is built using various Danpal products, is an optimal space for their long-term wellbeing.


DETAILS OF THE PROJECT:
Name of the Project: Everland Panda World. South Korea
Applications: Facade + Skylight
Systems: Danpal Facade System, Danpal Roofing System
Thickness: 16mm, 1040mm
Color: Ice + Clear
Company: STEELLIFE co,.LTD
Architects: Dan Pearlman (Germany) & Shim Seabo & Hwang Hyunchol at Samoo Architects & Engineers (Korea)
Contractor: BMB

 

 

 

 

WOW! A BABY PANDA

EVERLAND PANDA WORLD – CASE STUDY

 

Hangar 5, Natural Lighting at the Service of Aviation

Located in Ezeiza Argentina, and designed by ASZ Arquitectos & MZM Arquitectos, Aerolineas Argentinas have successfully designed, built and commissioned one of the most modern aircraft hangars to date. The hangar spans a combined area of 12,017 m2, and houses a system of crane bridges that sweep the central area, which is also designed, to cover both the fuselage and sides of an aircraft.

The “Hangar 5” project, will allow simultaneous work to be carried out, on 2 “wide-body” aircraft or on four Boeing 737s, from both the 800 series and the MAX. The building was designed in an environmentally friendly way, as it incorporates a high-degree of natural lighting, derived from a Danpal translucent Façade System. Other methods employed to increase efficiency, included the use of low-energy LED lighting, as well as a rainwater collection and reuse system.

In the following lines of text, the architects who designed the project, share their experiences with us:

What was the original concept?

The concept consists of a metallic container building that houses and allows for, the performance of major maintenance tasks, of the largest commercial aircraft in the world: the Airbus 380.

How did you approach it?

It was necessary to consider all of the height restrictions for the building, as established by the aeronautical authorities. We also had to take into account, the dimensions of the airplanes, which informed the design of the structure, as well as the gates, pavements, etc. The maximum height of the building was further limited, due to restrictions resulting from a future track to be built near the hangar.

How was the vision realized?

In order to provide maintenance services to its aircraft fleet, Aerolineas Argentina’s business plan included the design and construction of a Hangar, in a sector of the industrial plant they own in Ezeiza. The original hangars were built 65 years ago, which made it essential, they adapt to new maintenance requirements and for larger aircraft.

How did the geography of the area affect the design?

It is a building of approximately 10,000 m2 of floor space, located in front of the taxiway. Its implantation had to take into account, the need for 50-meter regulatory withdrawals, for the runway and lateral platforms.

How did the geography of the area affect the build – challenges, unforeseen benefits etc.?

The space occupied was empty, with remnants of abandoned aircraft and landfill of old works. It was essential to survey the ground using georadar, to detect any possible interferences, both with current and obsolete facilities.

How did the Danpalon® (another system) contribute to creating the vision aesthetically?

From the first moment, it was our design intention to generate a blind metallic container, which could have the greatest gain of natural light, both at the front and at the gates. Our intention was also to enter into dialogue, with the existing hangars, which are all very different in their morphology, but which share this same concept of natural lighting. On the front of the building, is a metal gate with eight leaves of 10m x 25m each, which run to the sides on guides and rails. These gates are covered in Danpalon®, to complement the natural light at the entrance and from the skylights.

Hangar-5-Aerolineas-Argentinas

How did the Danpalon® (other system) assist in creating the vision/build technically?

Danpalon® was perfectly adjusted to the requirements and construction sequence. Although it was a complicated job, due to both the work done at height, and the winds in the area, its assembly was quick and concise.

What surprised you about the building upon completion?

The good quality of diffused light and the overall level of natural illumination produced, by the skylights and gates, was positively surprising. A system consisting of Danpalon® linear skylights was proposed, to help guarantee natural light both at the entrance, as well as over the entire surface of the hangar.

What if anything surprised you about the Danpalon®?

The general design that the product allows for, and lends itself to, is very interesting. Clearly, it is an element that contributes toward this being, a contemporary project.

How did you find working with Danpal®, both good and bad?

Dicky’s advice was very good, both during the project stage, and during the execution of the works.

Has the material worked in the way you expected in your original expectations?

The material exceeded our expectations. In a megastructure such as this, the material definitely enhanced its characteristics.

What comments do you have about the systems, good, bad, versatile, aesthetic, use, anything that crosses your mind?

It is a very versatile material. It can be used both for new works, as well as rehabilitation, and provides a contemporary sophisticated image.

How was your experience with Dicky?

The experience with Dicky was very satisfactory, and we will keep this in mind, in the future for new challenges.

What comments do you have about the advice and services provided by DICKY?

The advice provided was very complete. We also received samples of many of their products, which ultimately helped us choose, the correct elements for the project. We also have good graphic and written material, to solve all typical technical issues.

Would you recommend DICKY to other colleagues, what is the outstanding feature of our company?

Undoubtedly, I would recommend your products to other colleagues. We also believe that it is a product, which tends to help save energy consumption, whilst at the same time, promotes a modern architectural image.

Project Name: HANGAR 5 AEROLINEAS.
Architect office: ASZ arquitectos y MZM arquitectos.
Country: Argentina.
System: Facade.
Panel thickness: 16 mm
Color: Soflite ice.

Glass wall facade systems

One of the reasons that we’re always so eager for spring to arrive is that it feels as if someone suddenly turned on the lights!  After a long dark winter full of shadows, gloomy mornings and early nightfall, we’re thrilled when daylight begins to last longer. We love it when the evening comes and it’s still light out, and when we awake at our usual time but we’re greeted by daylight rather than darkness.  Danpal glass façade wall systems are a way that you can get a headstart on having more daylight inside. That’s because, even though winter casts a long shadow, you can still benefit from bringing in the natural light from outside.  Winter is still a long season, but at least, with our glass façade wall systems, you aren’t entirely dependent on artificial light inside your office or living space.

Glass Wall Façade Systems Keep Weather Out While Letting Daylight In

If we’re honest, we have to admit that, as much as we love being outside, it’s not always the perfect setting.  Weather can be unpredictable and a sudden rain shower can ruin our outdoor plans.  A day that’s too hot makes us lethargic and reluctant to exert ourselves. We all know that snow and hail and downpours send us scurrying inside. So no, nature isn’t perfect. But natural light, well, that’s another matter entirely. Or is it?  We love natural light, but we don’t like the glare. Danpal has found the solution to that because our glass wall façade systems bring in the best of the outdoors, which is the natural light, but the system is designed so that we can limit the glare. The diffusion of light creates the ideal indoor environment. 

Semi transparent facade

We hear a lot about “optics” these days. If a situation or a photograph doesn’t deliver a favorable connotation, we say the optics are bad.  In terms of the construction industry, Danpal knows how to deliver good optics. That’s because our façade systems are highly regarded the world over for the inviting way in which they blend light with color to create a weather-protection system that is also esthetically pleasing. Danpal’s semi-transparent façade systems are the ideal example of how something that’s designed for a specific function manages to bring beauty to its setting, and also demonstrate environmentally sound practices.

Danpalon Maximizes Daylight For Semi Transparent Facades

Danpalon is a semi-transparent system made of six layered polycarbonate panels that, by diffusing daylight, maximizes its impact.  This energy-saving system decreases the amount of CO2 that artificial lighting produces. The system is so well produced that it can avoid creating shadows inside; that’s because the light it produces is evenly diffused, not direct light.  This is a tremendous benefit to the employees in the workplace, as their productivity, along with their safety, are enhanced.  When the sun sets, the light within the extension building spreads outside, creating the impression of a light box at night. 

Semi Transparent Facades Improve Energy Efficiency

The Microcell structure of Danpal facades is able to generate such improved thermal insulation that it leads to improvements in the building’s “U” and “R” values.  When these values go up, the energy efficiency of the building goes up as well. Improved energy efficiency means that you’re not wasting any of the heating and cooling that you use. This saves you money and saves the environment from escaping energy. Thanks to the visibility of the Danpal  commitment to excellence, you are helping to save the planet. How’s it feel to be a hero!

Kinetic Facade Buildings

Once again, Danpal leads the way in innovation with the development of our kinetic panel, the first of its kind. This panel’s color-shift technology blazes a new path for design possibilities that couldn’t have previously been imagined.  Credit goes to the engineers at the Danpal research and development team who met the challenge of developing a panel with unique esthetic appeal.  It was at the October 2019 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, during the EPSE Awards Competition at the Dusseldorf K Fair that Danpal was honored in the Innovation category for our Danpalon Kinetic panel.  

Kinetic Façade Buildings: Studio Legal Terrero & Mejía

Seeking to generate a new image for an existing structure, the Studio Legal Terrero & Mejia, architect Oscar Torrejón relied upon the concepts of the future, of innovation, and of quality in order to carry out the refurbishment of this building.  Utilizing the characteristics of the materials, the Danpalon Kinetic panels, the architect created an interior space with a greater sense of size and lightness. Within, elements that distorted the overall global objective were eliminated in order to unify the materials that were used.  The objective was to create a flexible workspace surrounded by a unique façade and a waiting room with the aim of reflecting the evolution and growth of the Studio Legal Terrero & Mejia. Danpal innovative materials and the architect’s vision made it possible to create a building which would honor the memory of the previous structure while becoming a point of reference at the national and regional levels for this Dominican Republic architectural icon.  

Danpalon Kinetic Façade Buildings
Torrejón had praise for the characteristics of the Danpalon Kinetic material and its technical qualities. The variety of colors and textures enabled the architectural team to generate a balanced array for the volume and bring an updated image of the space. 

You can count on Danpal to deliver the cutting-edge materials that are already working to design the architecture of the future. 

Glass curtain wall systems

There’s a lot that we don’t like about nature. We don’t like the pounding rainstorms that lead to dangerous storms and winds. We don’t like the heavy snowfalls and blizzards that travel across the region as if they’re invading.  We don’t like the hail that strikes the roofs of our vehicles. We don’t like the wild winds that can uproot trees and scatter their branches all over the place. What we do like about nature is the light.  How we feel when we wake up in the morning sometimes may depend on whether it’s a grey day outside, or we wake to the first rays of the sun rising.  in the sky. Danpal’s glass curtain wall systems are designed to allow the best of nature, the light, to be brought inside, while keeping the worst of nature outside.

Glass Curtain Wall Systems Give Us More Natural Light

If you can spend your day in an environment where you aren’t entirely dependent upon artificial light in order to see, don’t you find yourself feeling better? It’s more than health, it’s a holistic signal from the natural realm that we are an integral part of the universe. Some weather can sometimes depress us, but natural light uplifts us.  

Glass Curtain Wall Systems Don’t Surrender To Weather

Have you ever stopped to count the number of times you’ve made a complaint about the weather over the course of a year?  Each season brings its own litany of complaints; even summer, which can often be too hot for comfort, sending us hurrying inside to take refuge in air conditioning. But we’re just as dissatisfied during the cold of winter, the sudden rains of spring, and the winds of autumn that strip the leaves from the trees before they have a chance to fall on their own. If a building could talk, imagine how it would have cause to complain about the weather.  Yet it endures the elements and, thanks to the strength and durability of Danpal’s glass curtain wall systems, doesn’t give in to the weather. 

Contact Danpal to discuss Glass Curtain Wall Systems for your next architectural project.

Double skylight

You love the appearance of a skylight roof. You’re worried about how well a skylight roof can stand up to weather, especially in an area where high winds and heavy snows are part of a normal winter season.  Danpal products are made to withstand weather when storms and winds strike. A double skylight can alleviate some of your concerns. We’ll fill you in on the strength and durability of our Danpatherm RK 7 double-glazed roofing system. The more you learn, the more you’ll be convinced that double skylights are the way to go.  Superior thermal insulation, less reliance on artificial light, reinforced protection against weather—all these plus the satisfaction of having daylight under your roof!

Controlite® Skylight Roofing: Comfort, Control, Energy Conservation

Double Skylight Roofing Benefits
The Danpatherm RK7 offers some unique advantages that will ease your mind about weather concerns. Long spans are possible thanks to the matchless wind and snow load resistance of the system. And, because of the double wall, the rain won’t be as noisy.  The appearance of the double skylight roofing system is exceptionally clean due to the hidden glazing columns. The thermal insulation is exceptional, and installation is easy; that’s because of the pre-fabricated cassettes at the factory.

Double Skylight View
At this sports complex in France, the impressive results of Danpatherm RK7 can be seen. Sunlight enters the sports complex during the day so that the amount of artificial light can be reduced.  The building is not heated when it’s not being used. Thanks to the thermal insulation of the system, about 15 degrees is sufficient when it is in use. If the temperature becomes too warm, the warm air is extracted by the natural ventilation system on the roof.  The double skylight system is as economical for your energy use as it is pleasing for your esthetic appreciation. 

Large Polycarbonate Sheets

Modern research and development have yielded technology that has transformed building materials. As a leader in the building industry and, moreover, a company that has steadfastly invested in its engineering and design departments, Danpal has been in the vanguard of this research. There was a time in the past where building materials were traditionally heavy and unwieldy. But now, architects are able to unleash their creative ideas with materials that are flexible and customizable, such as large polycarbonate sheets. The result is a building which is strong, attractive, and a focal point of the community in which it is located. 

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The Flexibility of Large Polycarbonate Sheets

First, consider the strength of polycarbonate. It looks like glass but is 200 times stronger and half as heavy.  The advantages of working with a material like this are apparent.  Glass has many esthetic qualities which are prized by architects, but because of its weaknesses, breakability and rigidity, it does not readily lend itself to the kind of creativity that architects prize. Compare that to polycarbonate.  The larger the size of the polycarbonate sheet, the greater the radius of the bend.  Large carbonate sheets are particularly effective if your building has an arching roof. Polycarbonate roofing sheets has many advantages for building designs. It’s virtually unbreakable, unlike glass, and yet it can bend, also unlike glass.  You’ve seen polycarbonate many times; it’s not only used in construction, but also to make security screens, farm machinery, moving machinery parts and windshields.  

 

Beauty and Flexibility Work Together with Large Polycarbonate Sheets

As displayed in the Banana Leaf  structure in Sri Lanka, even the humble roofing system can be esthetically pleasing with large polycarbonate sheets that allow for the expansive space of a roof and the color and appeal of appearance. It’s easy to see why architects are such fans of polycarbonate and why, more and more, it shows up in projects all around the world.

Curtain wall facade system

We live on a big planet. Technology and global interaction have made distance less of an obstacle than it was in previous centuries, and cultures are more familiar with one another’s ways than in the past.  At Danpal, where our company operates on five continents, we aren’t just familiar with the different cultures where our business is located, we’re also familiar with the climate of those continents we call home.  International commercial interaction has developed our respect for the different nationalities who buy our products because, despite the differences, people who are building homes and businesses have a great deal in common.  Whether you’re located in the desert or the rain forest, you know your weather. So does Danpal. That’s why we’re proud to introduce new clients to our curtain wall face systems, or as we’re pleased to call them, the best-looking weather protection in the construction business!

CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS

CURTAIN WALL FAÇADE SYSTEMS FIGHT THE WEATHER BATTLE

The curtain wall systems don’t play a structural role in the design of a building, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have an important part to play in its vitality.  Thanks to Microcell technology, a curtain wall façade system can keep weather elements like moisture from having a devastating effect on your building.  And then there’s the damage that hail can do to a structure, if not for the protection offered by curtain wall façade systems.  If you want your building to enjoy a long and healthy structural life, you’re going to want to install the defense that it needs. 

THE BEAUTY OF DANPAL CURTAIN WALL FAÇADE SYSTEMS

Color adds a dynamic flourish to a building and the Danpal inventory of colors is like an artist’s palette.  There’s the rainbow of different colors to choose from, but we also offer different shades to show nuance and contrast.  With these features, a building takes on an identity that enlivens the community. It doesn’t matter if your design is traditional, modern, or quirky, Danpal has a color for it!

Frameless glass facade

A building isn’t just a home or a workplace. It has a function, certainly, and the architectural design establishes the performance which the building needs to provide.  But a building is also an investment, something to be protected and nurtured. As is the case with any investment, there are threats to a building’s safety and structural health and value.  Proper maintenance, sufficient weather protection, and attention to the appearance of a building all play a role in keeping the structure in peak condition.  When an architect works on the design for the building, he or she has to be alert to the ways in which the structure can maintain its worth. Frameless glass facades are one of the ways for buildings to display a modern appearance that helps keep its value as years go by. Instead of a stodgy design which seems to look back on a time long ago, a building with a frameless glass façade looks to the future. 

Façade Materials

 

How Appearance Is Upheld With A Frameless Glass Façade
Frameless glass facades have a contemporary look that is very inviting and attractive.  They display a neat, uncluttered appearance that can set a positive image if the building is a place of employment. The contemporary appearance also benefits the image of a workplace building. 

 

Danpal Quality Gives Strength To Frameless Glass Facades
There is a misconception that because frameless glass facades lack reinforcing frames, they are weaker and less capable of withstanding weather when it strikes with full force. But Danpal, with our reputation for high-quality production of materials, can reassure you that this is not the case with our frameless glass facades. Because of the durable materials that we use, our frameless glass facades are able to stand up to rain, snow, hail and wind. 

Skylight cladding

Skylights show us the beauty of the world beyond our windows, the majesty and power of nature which, even when it is at its most violent and furious, inspires a sense of awe within us as we watch lightning streak across the heavens, or see the world turn white as snow falls.  Cladding reminds us that those manifestations of weather, stunning though they might be to our eyes as we watch from inside, have consequences that we don’t always see right away. That’s what happens when a building’s defenses fail to provide protection from weather penetration, allowing moisture to invade a structure’s interior and compromise insulation. Skylight cladding gives us the ability to watch nature, safe in the assurance that it’s going to stay outside our walls.

Wall Cladding

Skylight Cladding Stops Leakages
We don’t always give skylights the credit they deserve for how well they prevent rain and snow from intruding into our workplaces and homes. But Danpal skylights are designed to be watertight and airtight so that  moisture from rain and snow can’t get inside. Moisture leads to mold, and once mold makes its way into damp moisture, it continues to thrive within a building, reaching the point where it can actually do harm to the occupants within who suffer from respiratory ailments. 

Skylight Cladding And Natural Light
The real charm of a skylight, of course, is the way it transmits light so that we can enjoy natural light from within the confines of our working and living spaces.  The appeal of skylight cladding isn’t just from its esthetic appeal, though. It also helps maintain energy efficiency so that we’re only using the heating and cooling we need and not allowing wasted energy to escape. By joining Mother Nature with Microcell technology, Danpal has created skylight cladding that pleases everyone. 

Skylight Glass

Danpal, in its 50 years as a leader in the building industry, has been part of the movement which has seen the growing popularity of skylights.  People who feel cooped up in an office all day want to have some way of enjoying the natural light that is so beneficial to our health and wellbeing. Skylight glass, by allowing more natural light into a building, is a way that the people occupying a structure can have the best of both worlds: it has the protection from the elements that we need in order to be productive and efficient, and at the same time, it gives us that boost that lifts our spirits.

Skylight Glass Is Strong Enough To Withstand Weather

Danpal technology has created skylight glass that is designed for weather-fighting performance.  Even though snow and rain are powerful forces of nature that are capable of causing great damage, Danpal skylights are strong enough to handle the elements. Although polycarbonate, which is used in Danpal skylights, is 200 times stronger than glass, it’s also half as heavy.  This amazing formula has made it possible for skylights to be stronger and more flexible than ever. 

The Benefits Of Skylight Glass For People

We can’t say enough about how beneficial natural light is for all of us.  No building company can make a claim to have invented the benefits of natural light; they have been in existence ever since the dawn of life on our planet.  Sunlight brings warmth and comfort, but it also provides us with an intangible feeling of energy and optimism, a sense that we can accomplish more on a sunny day than we can on a dreary one.  When the natural light from the sun is brought indoors, it leads to an increase in productivity that makes us all feel better about ourselves and our accomplishments.  

Skylights for metal roofs

Flexibility in materials can make an enormous  difference if an architect is designing a new building or planning renovations to an existing structure, particularly if the renovation includes a skylight. Fortunately, Danpal building products and flexibility are a matched set in the construction industry. Architects know that when it’s a matter of flexibility, customization, or ease of installation, Danpal leads the way. 

How Danpal Flexibility Works In Skylights For Metal Roofs
Committed to the idea that building materials need to be flexible in purpose, Danpal has created skylights that can accommodate different types of roofing.  Skylights for metal roofs are no challenge, that’s something that Danpal readily makes happen. Danpal skylight roofing easily slots into place, continuing the pattern of flexibility.  With the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System, the skylight can be self-supporting or it can be place on top of metal roofing. The system can also be installed on different sizes of spans by using aluminum framing options. The unlimited lengths and sizes of Danpal roofing, all part of the company’s customization emphasis, are easily integrated for smooth installation.  In fact, the whole installation process is so much more efficient than what is customary, with less inconvenience and interruption of routine. 

SKYLIGHTS FOR METAL ROOFS LET IN DAYLIGHT
The presence of a skylight metal roof doesn’t inhibit the way that natural light enters the building.  With the skylight’s even diffusion of natural light comes support for thermal insulation and extended UV protection. The Danpavault Barrvel Vault Skylight System actually admits more light than what other systems can provide, but Danpal engineering balances the light and shade so that the results reflect your preference. Danpal has mastered the art of daylighting architecture and the clients benefit from the results. 

Translucent cladding

For the best example of how translucent cladding can transform a physical structure into something that evokes the uplifting beauty of the outdoors, look no further than the Welsh National Sailing Academy in North Wales. It exemplifies what the Ellis Williams Architects of Liverpool describe as the principle of “form following function.”  The architecture is definitely inspiring, in part because of the way in which translucent cladding allows natural light to become part of the interior design. The Welsh National Sailing Academy is located near the Irish Sea, where the coastal winds can be fierce. But thanks to the strength of Danpalon® translucent polycarbonate panel system, the building can keep the weather out and let the daylight in.

Rainscreen Cladding

Danpalon® Translucent Cladding Is Efficient

Danpal products are widely known for their superior quality and efficiency, and our translucent cladding boasts of the same attributes.  The thermal properties provide an excellent level of energy usage, sparing the environment from wasted energy. Danpal cladding is strong enough to keep moisture from threatening the insulation of a building.  When insulation is compromised by moisture, mold finds a home in which it thrives. Mold can cause health problems for people who suffer from respiratory conditions such as allergies and asthma. By keeping the interior of a building free from moisture, translucent cladding improves the life span of the structure as well as the health and safety of the occupants within.  

Daylighting with Translucent Cladding

Danpal has been a pioneer in the area of daylighting architecture and the results show that architects welcome the opportunity to bring natural light into their designs. Translucent cladding, because of its role in adding natural light to indoor living and working spaces, contributes to the improved wellbeing of the building’s occupants. People find that they are more productive and more optimistic when they have access to natural light. 

Translucent polycarbonate sheets

In order to view the full impact of translucent polycarbonate sheets, take a look at the Blackburn Youth Zone Center in the United Kingdom.  The extraordinary beauty of the structure demonstrates the way that daylighting architecture, joined with the translucent polycarbonate sheets, creates a building that is an architectural delight. You want to build the best building possible for your clients, while ensuring that the final results produce a structure that adds to the community in which it is located. 

polycarbonate sheets

Danpal, a company with over a half century of experience in the building materials market, prioritizes the esthetics of a structure highly, without diminishing the value of its strength and its environmental compliance. Translucent polycarbonate sheets are at the core of this trifecta of quality. 

STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY AT WORK
Translucent, dry-glazed systems are available for an assortment of structures in a variety of configurations.  The translucent polycarbonate sheets are able to offer the kind of weather protection that’s needed. Weather can be an extreme event as our changing climate creates ever-more-powerful storms, but Danpal has discovered a way to incorporate strength with flexibility so that the sheets are easy to work with.  

BALANCING LIGHT AND THERMAL DYNAMICS
The translucent polycarbonate sheets offer so many favorable aspects that it has become much more popular than glass. Actually, polycarbonate’s composition is superior to glass in its flexibility, transparency and tonal qualities. 

Esthetics Add to the Appeal of Translucent Polycarbonate Sheets
Danpal® is known for the esthetic appeal of its building materials; this feature is enhanced by the versatility of translucent polycarbonate sheets which can turn a building into an artistic achievement.  That’s because the company offers an impressive array of colors, special effects and finishes to give an architect the options needed for creative expression.

Translucent roofing material

In the process of creating a building design, an architect envisions the structure long before construction has begun. The architect must build in accordance with code specifications and environmental needs and the visual appearance of the structure, along with the actual function for which the building is designed. But a Danpal project includes one other very special, very important additional item: how much daylight does the client want the building to have?  Danpal’s translucent roofing material allows a building to provide the necessary requirements of an indoor dwelling, along with that added feature that turns daylight into a building material. By the time the building is finished and the sun is shining, the occupants are living or working in a structure that has made a friend of the daylight. 

translucent facade

The Advantages of Translucent Roofing Material
Polycarbonate is a building material that can either be translucent or transparent.  Its durability, combined with its spectacular capacity for admitting light to enter an internal space, have made it particularly popular with greenhouses, solariums, patio rooms and sun porches. These are structures which require the presence of light, which is why polycarbonate is such an effective translucent roofing material.  They’re also buildings that would be unable to support roofing made of heavier materials, which makes polycarbonate uniquely suited for these structures. 

The strength of Danpal’s translucent roofing material, coupled with daylighting architecture, creates a structure that is as beautiful to look at as it is impressive in its ability to withstand weather.  At first glance, the view of Cambodia’s Angkor Shopping Arcade – Phnom Phen treats the eye to a stunning visual image. But when you consider that Cambodia has a dry season and a rainy season, where monsoons are to be expected, it’s easy to realize that this building has been designed not only for beauty but for durability as well.

 

Translucent skylight

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “optimizing daylight”?  You might not think, at first, that it’s possible to optimize daylight inside a physical structure, but that’s where the wonder of Danpal’s daylighting architecture and translucent skylights come into play.  Controlite®, the Intelligent Daylighting System by Danpal, is an advanced system that hands over complete control of the level of indoor light that you desire to you, no matter the time of day or season of the year. With translucent skylights, you can welcome in natural light without weather.

Translucent Skylights Are Strong Enough To Withstand Weather

If you choose to include translucent skylights in your architectural design, don’t worry that you’re sacrificing performance for esthetics.  Danpal’s translucent skylights demonstrate the same level of quality and durability as all the other Danpal products. Panels are sized so that larger skylights, like the kind that are used in public and commercial buildings, are strong and sturdy and able to withstand the ferocity of weather, even if it’s a driving rain or a heavy snow, damaging hail or high winds.  Controlite® is a roofing system that is designed to withstand the harsh weather and also extremes in temperature.

Translucent Skylight Panels Optimize Levels of Daylight Transmission

Controlite® can adapt to the changing conditions of the light throughout the day. By doing that, you can control shade, solar heat gain, and indoor light so that you determine the level of light that’s comfortable for you.

Supporting Sustainability and Energy Conservation with Translucent Skylights

We live in a time of unprecedented awareness about the environment and climate change.  One of the simplest ways to promote energy conservation in our own lives is to be careful stewards of the amount of energy that we consume.  With translucent skylights, we can share some of that responsibility with the buildings where we work and live. The optimization of daylight lets you reduce the amount of energy that’s consumed because daylight itself can positively affect the amount of air conditioning and heating that you need.  Because the Controlite® system panels integrate into the energy-efficient building design, you and your building become allies in the battle for sustainability and responsible energy usage.

Contact Danpal to discuss Translucent skylight for your next architectural project.

Skylight Roofing

Translucent wall systems

If you want the best in building materials for your architectural design, then go to the company that is considered a world leader in the industry. Danpal’s commitment to excellence has raised our profile internationally, making us trailblazers in the development and manufacturing of innovative products. Our translucent wall systems are one of the products that demonstrates our diligent attention to environmental concerns, our commitment to research and development, and our 50 years of expertise in the building industry.

Curtain Wall Systems

Danpal’s Translucent Wall Systems Achieve Excellence

Controlite®, the Intelligent Daylighting System which shows the progress that Danpal has made in the field of daylighting architecture, gives complete control over the amount of indoor lighting that is available. Whatever the season, whatever the time of day, the intensity of the light that comes into your building is determined by your preference. Levels of daylight transmission are optimized according to personal preference. This remarkable system of daylight control  is yet another advance in the Danpal reputation for performance. 

Controlling Daylight With Translucent Wall Systems
Mother Nature still has control over her outside realm, but when it comes to indoor light, it’s now in human hands.  If you want more daylight during the winter months, when we typically are depending on artificial light, you have the power with Controlite®  to master the transmission of natural light, as well as solar heat gain. And when the seasons change and summer is upon us, you can block solar heat so that the inside temperature is not overwhelmed.

Translucent Wall Systems And Energy Consumption
Because daylight can be added to the internal functioning of your business or home, you’re going to rely less upon heating, artificial lighting, and air conditioning. Control over the amounts of daylight gives you the benefit of being able to positively affect your energy usage. With the added advantage of energy efficient building design, your structure may be eligible for a green building rating. 

Transparent facade systems

Danpal’s transparent façade systems give you the unique advantages that you expect from a stellar company with more than a half century of expertise in the building industry.  Some of those advantages include the pure transparency of the façade; it’s waterproof, impact resistant and light weight; the ease of installation; and the length of the panels that can be curved on the worksite. You’ll be interested in learning more about the performance and appearance of this excellent Danpal product. 

Translucent Facade

How Total Transparency Enhances the Danpal Transparent Façade Systems
Glass is a popular building material. It’s also a building material which has built-in weaknesses; it’s not flexible to work with and it is prone to scratching. But what if you could use a stronger material which has the appearance of glass with far more strength? The good news is that you do have that stronger material. Danpal Compact, a 4mm thick solid panel possesses strength, flexibility, light weight, UV protection, and insulating and curving abilities, along with the appearance of glass. When you can have exactly what you want in a transparent façade system, along with the strength that you need, you know you’re going to be satisfied. 

How Danpalon Panels Affect The Transparent Façade Systems

Strength and beauty, when they work together in equal measure, combine to create a transparent façade system that is seamless.  Speaking of seams, it’s the Danpalon panels, with their standing seam connection system, that offers architects such freedom with their designs.  The panels, which  are up to 12.0m in length, come in a dazzling variety of colors and can be easily cold curves at the work site so that the full potential of the façade transparency can be released. 

 

Types of cladding systems

Cladding on a building provides a protective layer that guards the interior from leakages which can cause serious damage to the structure, as well as compromise the insulation by letting in moisture.  Cladding adds to a building’s energy efficiency while providing that protection, and at the same time, cladding is amazingly easy to maintain and doesn’t require constant cleaning.  Cladding can make the difference in the health and life of your building, and rainscreen cladding is one of the types of cladding systems that can do the job. 

Types of Cladding Systems: Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS)

As you might expect, Danpal’s research and development team utilizes innovative techniques and natural means to create products that perform to peak efficiency.  Danpal’s VRS incorporates Danpalon panels to protect insulation from moisture.  Behind the panels is an air gap whichi provides natural ventilation so that the convective motion stays dry and efficient. 

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How the Ventilated Rainscreen System and Other Types of Cladding Perform

The panels of the cladding system are double notched to make sure that water cannot penetrate.  Made of connector-bound Microcell polycarbonate panels, this type of cladding system, which is three times lighter than traditional rainscreen cladding, is very easy to work with and to install.  The connections are made directly onto the support and there’s no need for support from additional framed structures. 

The Final Word on the Ventilated Rainscreen System

In short, there’s no other type of cladding system that can compare to Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen Cladding. Because it’s light in weight, it’s easy to install, saving on cost and inconvenience; it’s completely waterproof so that moisture cannot penetrate; it’s available in panel lengths up to 12.0m standard, with longer lengths available on request; it’s offered in an array of designs and colors that other companies can’t match; and it’s environmentally friendly with no waste so that it’s not harmful to the planet. 

U glass facade

Danpal innovation leads the way in the manufacturing of products that incorporate the esthetic, structural and environmental priorities of our contemporary society while continuing to be on the lookout for new technologies and methods that will keep the building industry on the cutting edge.  U glass facades are one of those dynamic processes which utilizes the clear appearance of glass to provide greater access to daylight while continuing to provide the famed weather protection that is so much a part of Danpal’s international reputation.

 

U Glass Facades Continue To Provide Protection From Weather

Because facades do not serve a structural role in the design of a building, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they still have an important purpose in the life of a building, particularly when it comes to preventing weather from causing harm to the structure. We’ve all noticed in recent years that weather seems to be taking on a more destructive character as we begin to recognize the various manifestations of climate change in our regions.  

 

We seem to have more powerful snowstorms that can close highways, cause schools to be cancelled, and alter our routines. Rain that leads to violent storms and flooding cause many of us to be alarmed when we hear the weather reports. Hail can do physical damage to buildings and cars. High winds are capable of bringing down trees and tearing off roofs. Through all of this is the risk that weather, in the form of  moisture, will penetrate the interior of a building and compromise the insulation. If that happens, a building’s energy efficiency is in jeopardy because heating and cooling systems will respond to a loss of energy by working harder. When this  happens, the environment is harmed because of the wasted energy that has escaped from the building.  Your U glass façade will continue to protect your building from the harmful effects of weather. 

 

Vaulted skylight

As Danpal says of its Danpavault System, “The sky is no limit.”  The Danpavault Barrel Vaulted Skylight System brings together the flexibility and customization that is a Danpal trademark with the Danpalon®  technology that makes it all work.  Danpal clients view the company with regard because Danpal commitment to excellence delivers a quality of product that makes an architect’s job easier.  

Danpalon®  Technology For Vaulted Skylights
Danpalon® ‘s Microcell technology offers the highest resistance available to the damage caused by impact and hail.  The high concentration of cells in Microcell technology delivers the rigidity and improved mechanical properties for improved durability. The strength of the system is enhanced by the tightness between the vertical supports.  This level of stamina is what can prevent weather from harming the building. 

Benefits of the Danpavault Barrel Vaulted Skylight System
Flexibility is known as one of the characteristics of Danpal products.  So is daylighting architecture. With the vaulted skylights, a building can install a skylight of unlimited length that easily integrates with other roofing types such as concrete and profiled metal.  The design transmits natural light, evenly diffused, that also offers thermal insulation and extended UV protection.  The system can be installed over a metal structure that covers a large range of spans and radii, or as a self-supporting skylight. With the addition of aluminum framing options—connectors, bars, spacers—it can be installed over large or small spans. 

Vaulted Skylight Attractions
There are many obvious reasons, both in terms of performance and in appearance, why a vaulted skylight is an attractive option for building design. Compared to flat light openings, the Danpavault system allows an increased amount of light per area of roof light opening.  The skylight, which is self-supporting, is easy to install and is compatible with differing types of roofs. Moisture is always a concern and here, too, the vaulted skylight delivers, with 100% watertight protection from penetration.

Green Building Facades

As twenty-first century civilization comes to grips with the effects that climate change is hanging on all aspects of our daily lives, we must examine all aspects of our lifestyles to determine how we can do right by planet Earth.  Architecture has embraced the movement to “go green” with green building designs that employ environmentally sound practices and use materials 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 are just one of the ways that Danpal has undertaken so that we may continue to do our part 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 response to the vital issue of sustainable energy usage. 

green buildings

Green Building Facades Use Translucent Systems To Promote Energy Efficiency
Translucent facades, because they reflect and absorb solar radiation, help to keep the temperature inside a building at optimal levels.  The superior effect of the insulation maintains a comfortable atmosphere within the structure. The high performing light diffusion keeps the balance of light even, thanks to the tightly spaced ribs which also provide an esthetic design feature for the building.  

Green Building Facades Enhance Thermal Insulation

Thermal insulation is the process by which a building can absorb and transfer heat. Efficient energy usage reflects  a system that maintains a consistent temperature throughout the year so that heating and cooling processes do not have to overwork in the hot or cold seasons.  Our green building facades benefit from the unique cell structure of the translucent facades. The excellent “U” and “R” values confirm the efficiency of the thermal insulation. 

Polycarbonate wall cladding

The building material market has been transformed by polycarbonate and this transformation has redefined wall cladding. That’s because polycarbonate wall cladding, with its Microcell technology, is three times lighter than traditional rainscreen cladding.

The beauty of polycarbonate wall cladding, quite simply, is that its strength doesn’t interfere with the esthetic appeal of the structure, something that can easily be seen in one of the many Danpal projects that has earned acclaim for its blend of strength and appearance. The stunning beauty of the ALBERCA UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA METROPOLITANA for example, perfectly displays the unique qualities of polycarbonate wall cladding. Daylighting architecture, a renowned feature of the Danpal reputation for excellence, incorporates natural light into the structural design of the building so that there’s a little bit of the outdoors within the walls. All over the world, buildings such as this confirm the Danpal mark of excellence in its products. 

HOW POLYCARONATE WALL CLADDING  WORKS
All the beauty that’s visible is a shield for the insulation within. Keeping insulation dry and free from the dangers posed by moisture is wall cladding’s job. It does this thanks to the natural ventilation provided by an air gap. Behind the wall cladding, a convective motion prevents insulation from getting wet.  It remains impenetrable to moisture because of the system’s exclusive double nothing.  

EASY-TO-INSTALL POLYCARBONATE WALL CLADDING
In addition to its unique blend of beauty and strange, polycarbonate wall cladding brings another plus to the building project, and that’s its ease of installation.
It’s easy  to understand why a product that’s three times lighter than traditional rainscreen cladding would be easier to work with, but the Danpal® Wall Cladding System is designed so that connections can be made directly, without the need for additional framed support. 

Polycarbonate Double Glazing

Unless residences and business opt for moving operations to tree houses, there doesn’t seem to be much chance that we’ll see the work environment switch to an outdoor setting for most of us. But with Danpal’s daylighting architecture,  natural light becomes as much a feature of the workspace and living space as ceilings and walls. Polycarbonate double glazing not only adds to the daylighting esthetics of a Danpal structure, but it also provides high resistance to hail and impact damage. 

DANPALON vs TRADITIONAL GLAZING
DANPALON vs TRADITIONAL GLAZING

Danpalon® Polycarbonate Double Glazing

Danpal’s microcell technology is the key to the effectiveness of polycarbonate panels.  Made with innovative extrusion technology, our polycarbonate panels are engineered to provide ten times the cells that other polycarbonate panels offer.  The tight spacing between the ribs of the panels improves the quality of the light; the tightness between the vertical supports empowers our polycarbonate panels to offer the highest resistance to hail damage and impact. Another plus is that our polycarbonate panels come in a variety of widths and thicknesses.  The high concentration of cells delivers enhanced rigidity and mechanical properties.

The Esthetics of Double Wall Polycarbonate Glazing

Danpal double wall polycarbonate products are known all over the world, not only for the quality of our materials but also for their esthetic superiority. That means that a wide range of visual appeal is available to choose from, with panels that are opaque, translucent, or bicolor.

Take a look at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre in the United Kingdom.  You can see the nuanced manner in which polycarbonate double glazing transforms a physical building into a stunning structure that includes light in its composition.   

We won’t be living or working in tree houses any time soon. But thanks to Danpal products like polycarbonate double glazing, we’re getting more daylight into our daytime lives!

Naturalite skylight systems

Skylights are the construction industry’s way of blending the outside world’s sights and sounds with the comforts of the inside world. You wouldn’t want to be stranded outside when it’s raining, but listening to the rain, or watching it, from the comfort of inside, is a satisfying experience.  That’s why Danpal’s naturalite skylight systems work so well that it’s almost like watching a performance of nature from within the building.  The comfort of your indoor world is only enhanced as you enjoy the scene before you.  

Skylight Roofing

The Natural Light of the Naturalite Skylight Systems 

Now that we know how much of an effect natural light has on our health, vitality and mood, we wonder why it took people so long to recognize the link between daylight and human response.  Employers who notice that their employees seem to respond better to natural light than to artificial light have found that installing skylights is a way to boost productivity. Residences with skylights tout the way that having natural light inside their  homes makes them feel better. In both instances, people definitely see better in natural light. 

How Naturalite Skylight Systems Measure Up to Weather
Nature is a powerful force, with many different ways of displaying that power.  If rain, snow, wind and hail were somehow to have a contest to determine which was the most powerful, it might end up in a four-way tie. That’s because each manifestation of the elements has its own  not-so-secret weapon that can wreak havoc on businesses, homes, roads, schedules and people. Buildings need to constructed and designed so that they are equipped to handle whatever comes out of the sky.  Danpal is a company that, during its half century in the building industry, has seen a lot of weather. As climate change brings ever-more-devastating weather to the world, Danpal engineers continue to design innovative and durable products that protect buildings from the elements. 

Glass facade lighting

The sight of the Saint Thomas Church in Vaulx-en-Velin, France definitively demonstrates how effective glass façade lighting can be in transforming a building from being just a physical structure to taking on the inspiring intention of its purpose, merely by being there. That image is mirrored in the corporate identity of Danpal, whose motto, Global Vision, Local Focus, reflects a stirring commitment to the world that exists outside the buildings that our products bring to life. 

Glass Façade Lighting And Sunlight

Sunlight has been doing the world a favor ever since. . . well, forever. Where would we be without sunlight?  Simply put, we wouldn’t be at all. Sunlight is vital for our survival, for our food, for our wellbeing. Danpal gives sunlight its due and takes it one step further, inviting sunlight to come inside and make itself at home.  The presence of sunlight as part of glass façade lighting can positively affect the use of energy in a building, thus having an influence on the energy usage. In order for sunlight to be efficiently used, façade materials are designed to capitalize on  the thermal advantages that come with the presence of natural light. 

Glass Façade Lighting Indoors

Natural light is much easier to see with than artificial light and while no one is suggesting that we should get rid of all our lamps and overhead lights, we recognize that daylight inside adds so much to our living and working spaces. The obvious advantages of having more natural light as a part of our indoor lives is demonstrated by how much better we feel when we’re in the presence of natural light. You won’t find an uplifted mood by sitting next to your desk lamp, but let the light from outside be admitted into your work area and you find that your energy levels increase and your productivity rises.  

Flat skylights for flat roofs

One of the most important decisions to be made when an architect is drawing up plans for a new building concerns the roof.  The roof, to a great extent, determines the style of the building. For many, a skylight is one way of giving the roofing system a unique appearance  that can enhance the entire building. Danpal’s skylight systems explore new possibilities for the ways in which natural light can be included in the interior spaces of a building.  Flat skylights for flat roofs offer a dazzling perspective on the heavens above; there’s the natural light during the daytime and at night, there’s the opportunity to gaze up at the stars and moon and enjoy a little astronomy with your slumber. 

ROOFING SYSTEMS

Flat Skylights For Flat Roofs: A Popular Trend In Construction
Some people still believe that if you have a flat roof, you won’t be able to install a skylight, but we’re happy to say that this isn’t the case.  Many buildings have a flat roof, and Danpal technology makes it possible to install a flat skylight. The flat roof skylights are specifically designed for flat roofs, using the versatile and flexible building material polycarbonate. 

Flat Skylights For Flat Roofs Provide Sturdy Weather Resistance

Danpal roofing is known for being a cut above the competition and that’s still the case when installing flat skylights for flat roofs.  Bringing in natural light for the daytime doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice weather resistance; in fact, that’s just the opposite of what you’ll get with a Danpal skylight.  Skylights are tough enough to resist the impact of hail, wind, snow and rain. Whether you’re enjoying the light during the daytime or the view at night, you can be confident that you’re snug and safe inside. 

Facade glazing systems

Danpal’s façade glazing systems deliver a perfect balance of weather protection and light  for the structures upon which they are installed. When you choose Danpal, you get the complete package in façade systems:  Microcell technology; high impact resistance; complete air-and watertight protection from penetration; easy installation; UV protection; and well diffused light.  A Danpal façade delivers all of the performance components that give your building the weather shield it needs to prevent snow, rain, wind and hail from penetrating the structural defenses.  And it also delivers an architectural beauty and appeal that take it beyond the realm of construction and turn a building into art.

Facade Materials

Characteristics Of The Façade Glazing Systems
The Danpal dry-glazed systems are available in a variety of configurations that are suitable for different types of structures.  Although they are light in weight, they lack nothing in strength when it comes to offering superior weather protection, including high impact resistance.  Because of the systems’ flexibility, transparency and tonal qualities as compared to glass, the façade glazing systems perfectly balance light and thermal dynamics.

Esthetic Appeal Of The Façade Glazing Systems
Light is so much a part of the Danpal identity that the company’s pioneering in daylighting architecture has become one of its most popular selling points. Light adds beauty to a building, as well as the intangible quality that makes people feel better.  In addition, color is a Danpal signature and the façade glazing systems offer facades a chance to excel in creativity. That’s due to the variety of colors, finishes, and special effects that offer an opportunity to create fascinating visual contrasts. In addition to the visual charm of color and finishes, Danpal’s co-extended UV protection gives its façade systems a longer life span.

Energy efficient skylights

In today’s society, energy conservation is a priority. People are changing their lifestyles, their eating and shopping habits, even their modes of travel as they demonstrate a personal commitment to protecting the planet. Danpal, with its creed of Global Vision, Local Focus, exhibits the same commitment to the environment on a corporate level. Our products are designed and manufactured with an awareness of federal regulations and an adherence to sustainable practices. Fortunately, because of Danpal’s global awareness, we lead the way in ecological building practices. This is notably apparent in our energy efficient skylights.

Energy Efficient Skylights Offer New Possibilities In Design

As Danpal has pursued the concept of daylighting architecture, we’ve been pleased to discover how this concept also meshes with our commitment to holistic environmental practices. Daylight is an esthetic attraction to a building’s appearance, but it also plays a part in our energy consumption. More natural light during the day can reduce the amount of energy that you use.  Energy efficient skylights are designed so that buildings can make the best use of the local area’s thermal conditions, which vary according to geography and climate.  

The Esthetics of Energy Efficient Skylights

There’s no need to choose between energy efficiency and appearance when deciding on your skylight system, because Danpal delivers both.   Skylights are so popular because they bring beauty to a building. Because skylights are part of the roofing system, and not an inset window panel, the attractive appearance is the result of the roof supports. Who doesn’t enjoy the view of the heavens, especially when it’s available from within?  You can be confident that your skylight is just as strong as it needs to be and able to withstand the rigors of weather. 

In today’s building market, solar and thermal planning are as much a part of the architectural design as ceilings and floors. Make your choice an energy efficient skylight and enjoy the view!

Custom size skylights

Many clients are amazed to learn that the Danpal reputation for customized products extends to custom size skylights.  But doesn’t it make sense that a skylight should be designed so that it suits the particular style and vision of the architect who planned  rest of the structure? Buildings are created for a functional purpose, but they also have an esthetic role to play and Danpal customization helps that creative process. That’s why architects enjoy the opportunity to select from Danpal’s wide assortment of products, colors, and systems; they don’t have to compromise on the vision that they intend to create because Danpal helps them make it come alive.

The Versatility of Custom Size Skylights

Danpal’s products come in a wide range of lengths and sizes which means that they can be adapted to suit a particular architectural plan that needs the flexibility of customization.  Because the panels slot into place, the entire installation process is much smoother than what occurs with other, more rigid products from other companies. And because the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System can either be placed over a metal structure with aluminum framing options, or be self-supporting, there’s no difficulty when installing over spans of different sizes. 

Custom Size Skylights Deliver the Daylight You Want
It might be stretching a point to say that Danpal can customize sunlight, but it is true that, by offering custom size skylights, we do make it possible for you to have as much or as little natural light coming in as you prefer. Daylighting architecture, a Danpal specialty, is so popular because it allows the client to control the inclusion of light depending upon the time of day and the amount of shade that’s needed. In that sense, maybe Danpal does Mother Nature one better, because our custom size skylights can keep down the glare and diffuse the light more evenly.

Curved skylight

Architecture is, in many ways, a matter of personal preference. People like different styles for reasons that may seem entirely subjective. At the same time, there are some shared concepts that are almost universal and one of these is the esthetic appeal of curved lines. While straight lines can seem too rigid and abrupt, curved lines create a very different impression. This impression is especially appealing in the curved skylights that add so much to the visual attractiveness of a physical structure. The beauty of the Apollo Hospitals in Sri Lanka demonstrates the esthetic properties of the curved skylight. 

The Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System
Architects have found that the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System perfectly combines structural performance with esthetic appeal. The system offers a skylight of unlimited length that’s easily integrated with different roof types such as concrete and profiled metal.  The natural light that comes in is evenly diffused to provide thermal insulation and extended UV protection. The benefits of natural light are documented through scientific studies that show how indoor daylight is preferable to artificial light in terms of productivity and mood improvement. People feel better in natural light and with a curved skylight from Danpal, they can count on daylight inside. 

Structural Properties of the Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight System
Durability is a key component of any Danpal product and this is true for the curved skylights that the company manufactures.  The system can be installed over areas of different sizes with the addition of aluminum framing options like bars, spacers, or connections. Or the system can be installed as a self-supporting skylight. The Microcell technology of the curved skylight panels promises the highest possible resistance against the impact of weather. 

Curtain glass facade

Danpal building resources are intended to cover the broad spectrum of a building’s existence.  That spectrum reaches from the functional details which define its physical ability to withstand the powerful forces of nature that manifest themselves through weather to the esthetic influences that allow a structure to be more than just an assembly of floors, walls and a ceiling. It is this ability to engage in the “big picture” view of a building design that makes Danpal’s expertise so highly regarded in the industry.  Danpal curtain glass facades, in particular, exemplify this dual focus on function and appearance so that you’re comfortable and dry inside, while the outside of the building shows off the originality and flair of the architectural design.

Curtain Glass Facades Perform Well Against Weather

Keeping weather from intruding into the interior of a building serves a twofold purpose. Weather and moisture that manage to get into the interior spaces of a building can ruin the insulation, which needs to stay dry in order for heating and cooling systems to work efficiently.  Dry insulation also serves another purpose, and that is to keep energy from escaping. Escaping energy is wasted energy and that’s an environmental threat to the planet.  

It’s Danpal’s Microcell technology that is the key to the effectiveness of the curtain glass facades.  There’s a double-click locking seam that delivers higher load resistance. Snap-on connections prevent weather from getting past the protective barrier. The superior quality of the system offers equally superior thermal insulation. 

Natural Light With The Danpal Curtain Glass Facades

Danpal facades continue to attract new customers because who can resist the charm of natural light? Architects know that Danpal products offer the highest quality available in the industry. But the company’s ability to develop facades that are so successful at including natural light in the design of a structure is always a winning point. Natural light has many obvious benefits, but here’s one that can’t be configured into an architect’s blueprint: natural light makes people feel better. That fact may not show up in the plans, but when it’s time to choose a façade system, Danpal’s daylighting architecture wins every time. 

Architectural skylights

Danpal’s skylight roofing is an architect’s dream. It’s the result of a half century of expertise, a corporate identity that follows the logo Global Vision, Local Focus, and a presence on five continents.  The standards are high and the quality is world-renowned, and that’s why architectural skylights are so popular with the Danpal clientele.  Skylights are an exciting alternative to traditional roofing and they offer a holistic environment that improves work and living spaces. With the addition of natural light into the buildings where you live and work, occupants find a renewed sense of purpose and energy as we go about our daily routines. 

Architectural Skylights Optimize Natural Light

A reason why skylights are so popular as a roofing choice is because they incorporate daylight into the design of the structure.  The Danpavault Barrel Vault Skylight Roofing System is ideal if you’re looking for a way to access the maximum amount of light coming through the roof. That’s because the Danpavault System is so effective at diffusing light throughout your space.  Throughout the day, the natural light that is emitted via the skylight will create a magical spell that will make you think you’re outside, basking in the daylight, without having to deal with bugs, breezes that blow dirt in your eyes, or an unexpected storm.  

Strength Is A Feature of Architectural Skylights

There’s no need to sacrifice the strength a roofing system needs to demonstrate in order to have the sunny interiors that you want.  Any structure has to contend with the day-to-day punishment of weather and Danpal’s architectural skylights perform as well in durability as traditional roofing.  Microcell technology keeps Danpal skylights strong and durable, easily able to withstand the snow, rain and wind. The watertight panels keep moisture from penetrating so there’s no worry about leakages. In addition to that strength, there’s the flexibility and ease of installation that makes Danpal products a pleasure to work with.

Contact Danpal to discuss Architectural skylights for your next architectural project.

Skylight Roofing

Advanced skylights

Maybe you feel that nature is something entirely beyond your control, something that happens to you and you are helpless. Danpal doesn’t have a solution for the rain that ruins your golf game or the hail that damages your car, but there is one way in which you can exercise control over one aspect of nature.  With Controlite® system you have an advanced skylight that allows you to decide how much natural light you wish to have inside your building.  Controlite® provides optimal comfort during changing daylight conditions, offers skylighting surfaces in larger areas, stands up to weather and the extremes of temperature, and is a sustainable energy saver that lowers your heating and cooling costs.

Advanced Skylights with Controlite®

Controlite® leaves the decision of how much daylight should be admitted into your living and working spaces up to you. Do you want maximum daylight during the cold, dark winter? Do you want to have solar heat blocked in the hot summer? With Controlite®, you decide. The larger panels that are available in commercial and public buildings optimize light and heat for you according to your preference and the season.

Reducing Energy Consumption with Advanced Skylights

For all the people who feel as if they have no control over the amount of money that they pay in utility bills, Controlite®   brings welcome news.  With this system, energy use from heating, air conditioning, and artificial lighting is significantly reduced. Because the panels can be integrated into energy-efficient building designs, credits can even be earned with the green building rating systems. 

Advanced Skylights: Part Of The Danpal Commitment To Excellence

Half a century of experience in the building industry, combined with a reputation for staying on top of the latest developments in research and technology, have made Danpal a leader in the field.  That leadership has put the company in the lead when it comes to manufacturing new products.

Contact Danpal to discuss advanced skylights for your next architectural project.

Advanced skylight systems

Remember those old movie scenes where someone comes crashing through a skylight as if it’s a flimsy substance incapable of bearing pressure? That works on screen, but in real life, advanced skylight systems are capable of bearing quite a lot of pressure. While no one would recommend getting on top of a building for the purpose of testing the strength of the skylight (that could be a pretty high climb!), Danpal assures you that its skylights undergo rigorous testing to make sure that they’re strong enough the handle the wind, snow, hail, and rain that are a common feature of weather all over the world.   Our commitment to innovative research and development is part of the foundation of the Danpal reputation. Now, about our skylights . . . 

How Danpal’s Advanced Skylight Systems Reflect the Tradition of Excellence

With more than 50 years in the building industry, Danpal has expanded its presence to five continents by manufacturing products that demonstrate quality and innovation.  A great new product like our advanced skylight system doesn’t just show up on the market; it takes research and testing and a spirit of discovery to unleash the potential of what we can accomplish.  Our Controlite® system explores the possibilities that accompany buildings filled with light, the ease of flexible installation, and energy efficiency all in one satisfying building package.  

Exploring Danpal Daylighting Innovations With Advanced Skylight Systems

Harnessing daylight for indoor use almost sounds like something out of a fantasy tale, but Danpal makes it happen.  As light conditions alter during the day, the Controlite® system lets you control the amount that comes in, along with shading and solar heat gain. It’s not a fantasy tale, but it certainly is fantastic!

Skylight Roofing

Sustainable cladding

When the world went on pause in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, and people all over the globe altered their work and social schedules to prevent community spread of the virus, something remarkable happened. Satellite images of the planet showed the differences in pollution; fewer cars driving meant less emissions harming the planet.  In an otherwise grim period in human existence, the weeks when the world limited its movements proved how much the planet is at our mercy. Danpal did not need the evidence of the COVID19 stay-at-home measures to demonstrate the importance of protecting the planet. Sustainability is part of the Danpal slogan, Global Vision, Local Focus, and  it’s something that is a part of our business practice. Our products reflect this belief, and our sustainable cladding maintains the highest possible standards of environmental awareness.

Sustainable Cladding and Green Buildings
As a leader in the building industry, with over half a century of expertise, Danpal has been a leader in the movement to make building materials sustainable. We regard it as our responsibility to protect the planet. The world’s developed countries enjoy many advantages in terms of resources and technology. However, in order to implement those advantages, those countries are home to the buildings that consume 40% of the world’s energy.  We must be careful to do our part in keeping the environment safe from harm. Clearly, we need to make sustainability a priority in order to live in balance with nature while still providing the materials that people need in the construction industry. Danpal systems like our sustainable cladding prove that we’re an environmentally friendly company. Danpal systems are manufactured to size so that waste is minimized. Our Danpalon system is certified as a nonpollutant.  Easy transport and handling further demonstrate the Danpal commitment to the environment.

Sun shading facade

Have you noticed the bold new innovations taking place in architecture?  Green buildings are one of the ways in which architects are combining their creative talents with the need to build in a manner that protects, rather than harms, our planet.  There are tiny houses and tree houses that have captured the imagination of homeowners looking for something different. As architecture embraces these new designs, they still build with a careful eye to the elements.  Snow, rain, hail and wind are all potential threats that can seriously damage a building. And even sunlight, as much as human beings crave it, needs to be in balance. Sun-shaded facades are one of the ways that architecture has found to maintain that important balance between sunshine and shade.

Danpal’s Sun-Shaded Facades Control Indoor Lighting

Danpal’s Louvre System are known all over the world for their ability to optimize the transmission of daylight at a level favored by the occupants of the building.  We are all different and we have different preferences. With Danpal’s translucent glazing panel and rotating louvres, the amount of daylight that enters a room or an area is controlled by you.  You may choose to have a space that’s flooded with sunlight, or you may choose a more nuanced level. It’s your preference that makes the decision.

 

Concordia St Johns Campus, Highgate: Sun-Shading Facades At Work

Sun shading facade

Australia is a country that knows a little bit about sunlight.  Buildings in regions where the sun possesses the kind of intensity that it has in Australia need to be able to control the brilliance of the light rather so that the occupants within aren’t constantly combatting glare.  That’s why Danpal’s sun-shading facades are particularly effective in places that are blessed with sunlight but in need of shade. 

Contact Danpal to discuss Sun shading facade for your next architectural project.

 

Rainscreen insulation

How’s your building feeling these days?  It’s not a question we ask, is it? When assessing the status of a structure, we tend to rely on obvious signs of damage or deterioration. After high winds, we’ll take a look for an indication that something blew off; when it rains, we look for leaks; we notice if hail has left its mark on a building’s exterior. But often, we fail to look closer, inside, to see if moisture has managed to penetrate a building’s defense and leave its mark on the insulation. If insulation is inefficient, the building’s energy usage is affected; the insulation is working harder to try to maintain a constant temperature while heating and cooling are escaping outside.  Rainscreen insulation for your building provides watertight protection against the threat of weather and moisture.

Rainscreen cladding

Rainscreen Insulation is a Function of Cladding
Your building’s exterior is affected by the quality of the materials that were selected for cladding. Poor quality materials may be porous and incapable of withstanding the powerful force of nature’s fierce storms and winds.  When rain falls, it has to go somewhere; Danpal cladding includes a distinct route for rain water to go so that it’s removed from the building’s exterior. Rainscreen insulation is a protective measure that fortifies the interior of a building by concentrating its strength on the exterior.  

Rainscreen Insulation and Damage

What happens if the force of a storm is so intense that it does damage to the rainscreen sheets? Danpal innovation has provided for this contingency. Because the system is so easy to work with, the sheets of the cladding can be replaced if they need to be, without the entire system having to be removed.  

Rainscreen Insulation Benefits

What about when it’s not raining? Even then, rainscreen insulation is at work keeping your building running efficiently.  It provides a high level of thermal insulation that maintains cost and energy efficiency. It’s economical in cost and also in space, so that the building design does not to include extra floor space to accommodate its presence. Rainscreen insulation protection is what your building needs. 

Outdoor cladding panels

Outdoor cladding, which forms a layer of materials designed to protect a building from the effects of weather, is a key component of contemporary architecture.  If a building’s exterior lacks the protection that it must have in order to withstand the rain, snow, wind and hail that come with the forecast, the occupants of the building will eventually feel the effects inside. When choosing outdoor cladding, you will need to consider local building ordinances, the appearance of buildings in your area, and your budget, as cost can vary widely depending upon the details of the architectural plans. 

Rainscreen Cladding

What Outdoor Cladding Panels Do For A Building

By creating thermal gaps to minimize the conduction of heat, outdoor cladding panels help to regulate the inside temperature of a building.  Maintaining a strong external shield that can rebuff the harsh effects of weather is important for keeping occupants inside comfortable in an environment where the temperature remains constant throughout the year: cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 

How Outdoor Cladding Panels Make the Difference
The Sachon Ast factory in South Korea is a building which was constructed so that it would be able to withstand the distinct seasons of the country, with summers that are hot and humid and winters that are long, dry and cold.  Approximately two-thirds of the rainfall comes between June and September. In order to meet the challenge of the weather, a building such as the Sachon Ast factory has to have outdoor cladding panels that will not fail. 

Weather and Outdoor Cladding Panels

We’re all well aware that weather is  a force to be reckoned with. The morning weather forecast affects what we will wear, our work and leisure plans, as well as our mood.  A dreary rainy day can make us feel melancholy and lethargic, while a sunny day spurs us into energy. A building does not respond to the abstract implications of weather the way that we do, but nonetheless, it is affected by the forecast.  Outdoor cladding panels are a significant way to keep that forecast from causing trouble for your building.

Commercial wall cladding

With a presence on five continents, and more than half a century of experience in the building industry, it’s no surprise that Danpal®   products are held in high regard all over the globe.  The company has remained true to its creed, Global Vision, Local Focus, and in doing so, it has managed to build a reputation for high quality manufacturing and dedication to the environmental principles that protect the planet.  Danpal’s complete system of innovative, customized solutions to architectural designs reinforceS the company’s global reputation. One of Danpal’s many areas of recognized excellence is in the production of commercial wall cladding.

RAINSCREEN CLADDING

Commercial Wall Cladding by Danpal
South Korea’s Gwangju Universiade Swimming Pool is a perfect example of the way in which Danpal’s commercial wall cladding can provide a structure with the protection that it needs from the elements while enhancing its esthetic possibilities.  The expansive light within the structure demonstrates the way in which daylighting architecture can fully explore the creative potential of an architect. With all of the esthetic features which make the Gwangiu Universiade Swimming Pool so inviting, the commercial wall cladding does not neglect its functional needs. Any commercial product has a responsibility to deliver on the design of the architect and to support the expectations of the client.  

The Danpal Reputation Reinforces Our Commercial Wall Cladding
Danpal building projects can be seen all over the world. Each one reflects the company’s commitment to innovation and quality. Danpal believes in supporting the research and development that puts us on the cutting edge of the building industry. While we’re manufacturing today’s top-quality products, we’re also hard at work developing the technologies that will bring us to the next  stage of advanced building material production At Danpal, we set a high standard for quality.

Architecture Icon in the Dominican Republic

Interview with Architect Oscar Torrejón from Luis vidal + arquitectos

1. What was the original concept?

The concept and purpose of the project, has always been to generate an architectural icon, with its own identity that visually transmits the new image of Studio Legal Terrero & Mejía. We relied on the concepts of future, innovation, and quality, to achieve a greater presence at street level.

2. How did you approach the project?

The refurbishment was carried out on an existing single-storey building, which had a very basic image, and without any particular identity. Taking advantage of the characteristics of the materials, we created an interior space, which offered a greater feeling of size and lightness, via reflections and choices of materials. Inside, we eliminated any elements that distorted our global objective, unifying the materials used and introducing a small extension, used by both the reception and waiting rooms.

3. How was the vision eventually realized?

Our objective was to create a flexible workspace area, surrounded by a unique facade, as well as, a waiting room that departed from the initial design geometry. These elements, when viewed in concert, pays homage to the over-all design theme. The result aims to reflect the evolution and growth of Studio Legal Terrero & Mejía, and their constant effort, to advance their offering of – best professional services. We also wanted the new offices to acquire an identity, which would honor the memory of the past, and in-turn become a point of reference at both national and regional levels.

4. How did the geography of the area affect the design?

The environment, is an orthogonal plot of irregular buildings, in terms of both scale and morphology. This plot provided us with a good opportunity, to create a risky but unique proposal, for the city of Santo Domingo.

5. How did the geography of the area effect construction, were there any challenges and were there any unforeseen benefits, etc.?

The plot presented, basic urbanization of concrete floors and buildings, and had no apparent design value. Based on this, we worked on the transformation of these elements through simple, but very effective design operations.

6. How did Danpalon (another system) contribute to the aesthetic creation of the vision?

The characteristics of the material and its technical qualities, were perfect for us, to create a new image for Studio Legal Terrero & Mejía. The ability to construct the envelope, whilst simultaneously carrying out other works, is invaluable and further reinforced our material choice. An almost endless variety of colors and textures, allowed us to generate a balanced array for the volume. In addition, the material was utilized, not only on the building’s exterior but in the interior as well. This brought much-needed coherence to the discourse of the various routes and offered a fresh, updated image of the spaces.

7. How did Danpatherm Systems help create the vision/build technically?

The chosen system allowed us to bet on a dry construction system, with prefabricated elements, which offered the advantage of rapid execution.

8. What surprised you about the building at the end?

Once the set was designed, we knew what we would find in the end. What really happened, was that we found that the decisions we made, had been right all along.
One thing that was especially gratifying, was to discover that the reflections of the sky on the material, were very defined. This effect, allowed the building to capture the clouds in the Dominican sky, offering back to us, light and evocative image.

9. What if anything, surprised you about the Danpal systems?

The most surprising thing was to discover in situ, the aesthetic qualities of the material. Its finishes and nuances offer us, a wide range of possibilities for its use, to intensify the design-load on buildings.

10. Has the material worked the way you expected in your original expectations?

In general, the material has exceeded all expectations.

 

Details of the Project:

Facade System: Danpal® TP multicellular polycarbonate self-supporting system.
Danpal® DANPATHERM K7 multicellular polycarbonate system.
Roofing System: DANPATHERM RK7 multicellular polycarbonate system.
Panel Thickness: 10mm, 12mm, and 16mm.
Color: Ice + Softlite with Low-E GOLD; ICE + Softlite; ICE with Litmus Green;
Danpalon Kinetic White & Orange; BRONZE BR35.
Area: 500 SQM.
Danpal Partner in Dominican Republic: Plasticos Comerciales

 

Providing the Right Light for a Green New World

We find ourselves at the apex, of what can only be considered a Green Revolution within the global building industry. This direction is born out of necessity and is fostering the development of new and innovative green technologies. Shouldering collective responsibility, as a nation of peoples, both first and third world countries alike are seeking better and more sustainable ways to build their cities.

In the continuing research and development by leading global institutions, it has been shown time and time again, what we deep-down already know… that nature knows best. It is best that we as human beings, born of a natural world, strive to keep rooted in our earthly environment as much as is feasible. What does this mean you might ask, and what does it have to do with our built environment?

Well, let’s consider just what it is that life needs to thrive in this world, what are these elements? How about Natural Sunlight, Clean Air, Fresh Water, and Protection Against the Elements. A recent study, looking at just one of these elements (natural daylight), crucial for the quality of life in our modern age, provides us with some interesting data. According to the study conducted by Alan Hedge, a professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell, workers in daylit office environments reported an 84 percent drop in symptoms of eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision symptoms, which can detract from productivity.

Furthermore, key findings from the study include:

Controlled daylight unlocks significant health and wellness benefits for office workers. Workers in office environments with optimized natural light reported an 84 percent drop in symptoms of eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision symptoms, which often result from prolonged computer and device use at work and can detract from productivity.

  • More natural light translates to more alert employees. Workers in offices with smart glass reported a 10 percent decrease in drowsiness.
  • Enhanced individual performance is tied to access to natural light. Workers sitting close to a window that optimized daylight exposure reported a 2 percent increase in productivity – the equivalent of an additional $100,000/year of value for every 100 workers or around $2m over the window’s lifetime.

 

  • Natural light creates a better indoor experience. Workers in offices with smart glass reported a 40 percent increase in daylight quality. Lack of daylight and access to views decreases the ability of the eye to relax and recover from fatigue. Additionally, workers in proximity to windows report 80 percent higher daylight satisfaction.

It is data derived from studies such as these, as well as, the acknowledgment that we are responsible for safeguarding our world for the generations to come that is fuelling our Green New Future. Recently, when pushed on the subject matter, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had the following to say, “All-glass facade skyscrapers, are incredibly inefficient, as so much energy escapes through the glass. Our glass buildings are the No. 1 cause of greenhouse emissions in New York.”

According to sources, the Mayor intends on introducing a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers, as part of his efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30 percent. De Blasio says the bill would require existing glass buildings to be retrofitted to meet new stricter carbon-emissions guidelines. This is part of what is being called “The Green New Deal”, proposed by the Democratic Party, and is a looking-glass for our collective future.

So where does this leave us, how do we get both the benefit of natural daylight, whilst at the very same time, reduce our reliance on traditional glass-façade buildings? Here, we must be bold and seek out those solutions that will not compromise on delivering both our much needed natural light, as well as, reduce the carbon footprint of our buildings. At Danpal, we have made it our responsibility to develop these daylight solutions, and we have made it our business to deliver these systems to the market place.

There are a few key points to consider how we have done this:

  • The Danpalon panels, integral to our building envelope solutions, have been purpose engineered to reduce the immense heat-gain that plagues traditional glass façade buildings.
  • The microcell structure inherent in the panels also serve to minimize heat-loss via usual conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Our extrusion processes of the Makrolon thermoplastic material is energy efficient and uses a fraction of the power needed for traditional glass smelters.
  • All systems have been purpose-designed to offer the best performance for both durability and weight reduction.

 

We believe that by spearheading the development of our low carbon-footprint daylight systems, we have taken the responsibility of taking the ‘road less-traveled’ as a serious undertaking. Each new project undertaken, is an opportunity to make a better decision, not only for us…but for our environment. Together as a collective, we can all make better decisions, and provide our people with the natural healthy environments they deserve – without compromising our earth.

Redevelopment of 155 WEST

155 WEST quickly became singled, out as a landmark project for us at Danpal in South Africa. This prestigious redevelopment, located on Sandton’s commercial axis, is close to major transport routes and key attractions. 155 West Street has been cleverly redefined through an ideal fusion of form and function. The landscaping includes serene pause areas under already established trees. The 25 000sqm of prime mixed-use office space, is fully customizable and intelligently integrated with world-class facilities and amenities.

The building, originally the headquarters for the Discovery Group in South Africa, was earmarked to be substantially upgraded for its new main tenants. As a part of the upgrade, the architectural team at Paragon Group had envisioned an end result, which included the use of more natural daylight. The team spurred on by Stephan Potgieter from Redefine Properties, also wanted to create a brilliant nighttime light-box effect.

155 WESTThe team of developers and architects then turned to Danpal, in a bid to find out exactly what it is we could deliver. Fortunately, we had already established a good relationship with key members of this team, and so, we could start the process of design and development with confidence. Together with our specialist installer, we provided a specification that could not be matched elsewhere.

The specification included 1200 sqm of both DP22600 and DP22900 delivered in 12m, 15m, and 22m lengths. The framing elements made use of our AirPT system, the connections relied on our free-expansion connectors and a special combination derived from our VRS corner was developed. To help create the lightbox effect required, we decided upon a combination of Ice with SoftLite on the exterior of the panel. This color/finish choice, also enabled the introduction of the asked for natural daylight, whilst still minimizing the potential heat gain.

So what makes this project so special..? Well, the fact that all of the above details were a first for Danpal in South Africa! The fact also, that this property is recognized by Redefine Properties as a Flagship, which they entrusted to us – over a glass-based glazing solution. Finally, the fact that Danpal produced, delivered and provided technical assistance in record time, ultimately saving the project.

Client: Redefine Properties
Architect: Paragon Group
1200sqm Danpalon 22mm Ice with SoftLite DG

Danpal’s Roofing Systems Lead The Way

You might think that your roofing system is solely confined to the building beneath it, and that all roofing systems are the same. But at Danpal, where our motto is Global Vision, Local Focus, we know that roofing systems are all part of the structural environment of our world. At Danpal, we design products and materials that provide the best protection a roofing system can deliver for your building. Our products are also developed with the goal of protecting the environment. This twofold approach may be unique in the building industry, but it’s how we do business.

Roofing Systems Stand Up Against Weather Damage

Your roof is the first point of contact when weather strikes, and just as frontline troops bear the brunt of an attack, a roofing system is where the battle between weather and your building begins. Remember that, while weather can deliver a varied assault that consists of scorching sunlight, or pouring rain, damaging winds or freezing snow, a building must be able to withstand all of these different weather forces while using the same, unchanging defense. Your roofing system has to be able to keep the different manifestations of weather from penetrating the inside of the building.

Danpal roofing systems, with their double-tooth, grip-lock connection, have the strength and endurance to resist the hail, winds, rain and snow that attack it. Outside of the building, a battle is raging, but your roofing system has the means to defeat the foe. Inside, you’re dry and comfortable.

Roofing SystemsRegulations and Your Roofing System

The roofing system’s role in the mission to protect the environment has become much more proactive since stricter regulations have been imposed by federal governments. Those regulations determine the choices that are available in adhesives, sealants, and coatings, and they’re a direct result of greater awareness of how our role as stewards of the environment decides what products are safe to use. The R-value of a material is the measure of its resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulating power of the material. The “R” values of roofing insulation have almost tripled in recent decades, showing how technological advances, combined with today’s tougher standards, have redesigned roofing systems that don’t hurt the environment.

Danpal has a business presence on five continents, making us aware firsthand of the fragility of the land upon which we live. That awareness is a driving force in our commitment to serve our customers with products that meet their needs and don’t inflict damage on the planet. It’s important to remember, when making your building material choices, that if you buy quality products, you’ll end up with a quality performance from your roofing system. It might be tempting to purchase cheaper products of inferior quality, but if you do, you’re merely postponing problems. Those are the kinds of problems that lead to repairs, which are going to end up costing much more money in a short time. When selecting the roofing system that will last, you benefit from opting for quality and superior performance. The results will save you money.

Plastic Roofing Supports Energy Efficiency

A lot of thought goes into the making of a building. The client has a certain notion of what the building needs to look like in order for it to fulfill its designated purpose. The architect develops the plans to take the building from an idea to a design. The construction crew uses tools and machines to bring the idea and the plans to fruition so that finally, after a great deal of time, effort, and thought, the building rises from the ground, ready to be put to use. If all has goes according to plan, the building will be a presence in the community, whether residential or commercial, for a long time. But there’s one simple thing that can sabotage that longevity. If the building’s insulation is not protected from the harmful effects of weather, the building will not last. Danpal plastic roofing, strong, sustainable, and popular, is also designed to provide protection for your insulation.

Plastic RoofingPROTECTION FROM WEATHER WITH PLASTIC ROOFING

Danpal plastic roofing is all about keeping the inside of a building safe and comfortable for its occupants. Our plastic roofing provides thermal insulation that reduces the transfer of heat. Thanks to this protective layer, thermal radiation is reflected. Our microcell technology improves heat insulation. Our plastic roofing is able to diffuse sunlight by means of a special coating that can prevent UV rays from causing harm to the interior or exterior building surfaces.

Hail is one of the most damaging of all the weather elements. But because plastic roofing is so strongly woven, hail bounces off the surface without leaving behind any damage. Plastic roofing is also able to withstand the other weather effects, like driving snow and heavy rains, that could otherwise cause damage to a building, particularly if moisture is able to penetrate the structural defenses and invade the interior space. Plastic roofing is designed to be more powerful than that weather that is attacking it.

WHY INSULATION MATTERS SO MUCH

The interior rooms of a building should be maintained at a consistent temperature so that they’re warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This consistency helps your heating and cooling systems from having to overwork. But if energy is escaping, those systems have to work much harder to maintain the desired temperature. In addition, wasted energy is harmful to the environment. Buildings in developed countries are known for being the source of 40% of the primary energy usage in those countries. Wasted energy prevents us from doing all that we can to maintain a sustainable lifestyle. Plastic roofing, with its emphasis on efficiency, supports sustainable practices that benefit the environment.

THE STRENGTH OF PLASTIC ROOFING

Danpal’s plastic roofing is made of aluminum and polycarbonate. Both those materials are very strong, designed to take a lot of punishment from the elements. With plastic roofing’s snap-on, interlocking, dry-glazed connectors, the finished product is a roof that’s both airtight and watertight. You won’t have to worry about the moisture from the rain or snow invading your space. Nor will you have to deal with drafts caused by the wind. Plastic roofing shelters a building’s occupants inside while, outside, it’s giving the building all the protection from weather that it needs.

Modern Architecture Solves Local Need

The Lusitania Paz de Colombia located in Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia, is a model of modern architecture. Lead architect, Camillo Avellaneda, explains the rationale behind the structural design.

Lusitania Paz De Colombia is very much in keeping with these goals. Nestled in the curve of the hills on one side, and presenting a modern façade on the street side, this lovely building incorporates basic geometric shapes – circles and a rectangle – that blend with the local terrain and accommodates the climate. Environmental considerations were paramount in the design since it connects with a large park and is very near a major waterway.

Lusitania The building, which uses materials from Danpal, incorporates white and translucent façade, relieved by splashes of strong color. One of the unique attributes of the Danpal Façade System is its ability to admit natural lighting while diffusing it to admit natural light without glare and without excessive solar heat gain. This allows architects to play with the way light behaves inside the building while providing shade against the strongest hours of sunlight.

The rectangular classroom, which attaches to the top of a circular section that nestles into the natural curve of the hills, is shaded by a translucent shell with created of an open-work of geometrical shapes made from 16mm Danpal Opal Carbonate panels. Medellin is located near the equator where strong sunlight is a factor in architectural planning. The Danpal Façade System makes it possible to provide shading and the opportunity for breezeways without sacrificing natural lighting in classrooms.

The central part of the building, a stack of three circular levels that house the administrative and instructor offices, the libraries and a laboratory preschool, is topped with a recreation area. A central well is drilled down through the circular layers of this structure and affords an open area for sheltered greenspace as well as an interior stairwell. Off-centered is another round structure that houses the auditorium and cafeteria. The playground can be approached from this side of the building or it can be accessed via a sweeping stair from the park side.

A video, “Seguimos entregando mejores espacios para aprender” from the National Education Ministry  shows a beautiful view of the completed building. It also features interviews with parents and children who are enjoying the new facility. The excitement on their faces leaves little doubt of the success of this beautifully designed learning space.

Colegio Lusitania Paz de Colombia is an example of architecture incorporates local geography with an advanced design to create efficient solar and thermal performance. The combination of polycarbonate and glass provides an inviting space for learning and for community activities. The school provides educational and cultural activities for hundreds of youngsters living in the city. The excitement the community feels about their building can be seen in the art work students have created to celebrate the school’s first year anniversary. The bright, diamond-like shapes of the façade are prominently featured in their drawings.

Danpal® to Attend UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress

As architects from all over the world flock to South Korea for the UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress, Danpal® is proud to announce that Mr. Han Young Keun, the Chairman of the Korean Institute of Architects, will appear at the conference as an invited speaker.

UIA 2017 SeoulFrom September 3-10 at Seoul’s COEX Convention Center and Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), an estimated 30,000 participants from all over the world will take part in the Union of International Architects (UIA) World Congress, a forum for professional and cultural exchange for the men and women who design the buildings that define the globe’s structural landscape. The conference will be held at the convention center’s 3F Hall C; the Danpal stand is F15.

Launched in 1948, the congress, which was first held in Lausanne, Switzerland, has been held 25 times; Seoul was honored with the hosting of the 26th UIA World Architects Congress. Each event focuses on a particular theme that has been inspired by eminent international representatives from the architectural, construction, and planning fields. The theme for the Seoul conference is Soul of the City.

The choice of Seoul as the site of the congress is a reflection upon the city’s unique features which blend the legacy of its 5,000-year history with its dynamic modern identity. Seoul has been recognized as a Creative City of Design by UNESCO for its rich cultural heritage and the creative policies which support architectural development.

With more than 30 years of experience in offering esthetic solutions for architects, Danpal® is particularly well suited to take part in this year’s conference. Our company, serving architectural needs on five continents, has supported a multitude of innovative projects all over the world. By choosing Danpal® for your architectural vision, you are choosing from a rainbow of light to select just the right paneling system possessing peerless diversity and a level of creativity that inspires architects and their clients alike. Danpal® is well regarded in the industry for the quality of its products and we look forward to seeing many of the architects, owners, and contractors at the conference that we’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past.

For the attendees, the congress is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues, friends, and students, who come to share in the debates, enjoy the exhibition, and take part in the various tours and festivals that make the UIA the perfect meeting place.

The International Union of Architects is a non-governmental, global organization comprised of the national associations of architects. The goal of the UIA is to unite the architects of the world. The history of the past conferences demonstrates the success of this mission. From the 27 delegates who attended the founding conference in Lausanne in 1948 to its current roster of organizations from 124 countries and territories, UIA now represents more than one million architects of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. As the world becomes truly global, so do its buildings and the creative impulses that mark a structure in one part of the world can eagerly be adapted to suit the geography of another region. Architects are diplomats with blueprints and the world that they build is one which reflects the latest research in sustainability, environmental awareness, and the timeless beauty of the structures in which we work, study, entertain and live our lives.

Looking forward to see you in Danpal stand – F15 at the convention center’s (3F, Hall C).

Curtain wall systems by Danpal

Curtain wall systems are coverings that are placed over the exterior of your building to offer them the protection and security they need. These systems are not structural, but they can play a very important role in keeping your building in the condition you want it to be kept in. On top of that, the right curtain wall system, such as the ones we offer here at Danpal, can make your building look better than it ever has before.

Here are some of the things that you can expect from our curtain wall systems if you choose to have them installed.

Lightweight

curtain wall systemFirst of all, they are very lightweight and translucent. The fact that they’re lightweight doesn’t stop them from being protective. The materials used to create our curtain wall systems are strong, durable and flexible. They can be installed very quickly and easily because of the lightweight and flexible nature of the structures. The concealed joints used mean that the exterior will remain flush and can adapt to whatever shape necessary.

Freedom of Design

You will have control over the curtain wall system that you order from us. We have a huge variety of colours on offer for you to choose from, and the finishes and special effects provide you with an even greater level of freedom and flexibility. You can choose a curtain wall system that is as simple or as creative as you want it to be. As mentioned above, the shapes of the systems are also adaptable, so it should be no problem meeting your particular needs.

High Impact Resistance

Because the curtain wall system you put in place will be the first line of defence against the elements, it needs to be strong and able to resist impacts. Our systems do exactly that, boasting a very high impact resistance because of the microcell structure our products are designed with. Impact and hail damage will all be resisted by the structure, offering peace of mind for you as the owner of the building. The overall strength of the curtain wall system you choose will be top rate.

Highly Secure

Security is another important thing to keep in mind when choosing a curtain wall system for your building. It has to be able to remain secure, in place and deal with a high load resistance. Our systems are able to do this thanks to the double click locking seam that we use to install the curtain wall system you choose. This simple mechanism also makes the systems easy and fast to install. The installation will be cost effective, and no major disruption will be caused, which can be very important for many people.

About the Company

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