Lighting Up Design: Polycarbonate’s Impact on Sustainable Architecture

 

The innovative properties of architectural polycarbonate have created a building design that merges esthetics with sustainability. As a result, today’s consumers can now claim the look that they want with a lifestyle that meets the needs of the planet. Architectural skylights are a popular way to let in the sun! Architectural polycarbonate panels enhance a structure, whether it’s residential or commercial so that an attractive appearance on the outside matches the quality features that appeal to the occupants inside. At Danpal, we have over 50 years of experience and expertise in designing building materials that support our slogan: Local Vision, Global Focus. We bring the lessons we’ve learned from satisfied customers on five continents to your home.  

What Are The Winning Features Of Architectural Polycarbonate?

Natural light brings just the right amount of daylight into a home or building so that those living and working within enjoy the benefits of sunlight inside—more visibility, greater productivity, and even an improved feeling of well-being—without having to battle the less charming aspects of nature, such as glare, bad weather, bugs—you know, all the things that make you glad that you don’t live in a treehouse!  A translucent wall system is an eye-pleasing way to ensure that you can enjoy the pleasures of natural light throughout the daylight hours. 

The impact resistance of architectural polycarbonate is a powerful way to keep the harmful effects of weather from causing damage to a house.  Hail and high winds are two natural forces that can strike a vulnerable home, but not all threats to a home are from nature. There are also, unfortunately, human-made threats like vandalism. When you buy or build your home, you expect it to be constructed of durable materials. That’s exactly what you get when you build with architectural polycarbonate. 

Adding Sustainability To A Homeowner’s Lifestyle  With Architectural Polycarbonate Panels

We all know that our lifestyles have a powerful effect on the environment.  The era of sustainable living is with us now, bringing with it homeowners who want their residences to reflect their awareness of the climate issues that the planet is facing. Energy efficiency is one of the most important ways in which we can positively impact our environment. When we install architectural polycarbonate panels into our homes, we can rely on more natural light, thus reducing our dependence upon artificial light that requires electricity. 

Of course, there’s more to our carbon footprints than the light that we need to see. The thermal insulation properties of architectural polycarbonate panels keep the indoor temperatures of our homes regulated with the reduction of the transfer of heat. Instead of living in a home that gobbles up energy, you can celebrate your ecological achievements with slimmed-down energy usage.

More Advantages Of Architectural Polycarbonate

With its many advantages, polycarbonate has become the clear winner in the building material race, far exceeding the appeal of its former rival, glass. Workers in the construction field love installing architectural skylights in a building. Why? Because architectural polycarbonate panels are light in weight, they’re so easy to install that the workload is lighter too. Because it takes less time to install these architectural polycarbonate panels, the installation costs are lower, which saves you money.  And they’re flexible! That’s not something that can be said about glass.  

That flexibility benefits the architect who creates the design in the first place as well. Flexibility opens up the creative flow for design instead of restricting an architect’s options. In addition, the creativity is broadened because polycarbonate comes in a variety of colors. This vivid palette can give the final design a unique appearance so that it stands out from humdrum buildings or a sophisticated look that blends in perfectly. 

There once was a time when you’d expect to see architectural polycarbonate only in greenhouses because of the light diffusion that was so beneficial for the plant nurseries. However, today’s architects soon realized that polycarbonate doesn’t just benefit greenhouses, but it also makes residential houses greener! Wouldn’t it be great if your home said “Here comes the sun” on bright days, thanks to the installation of architectural polycarbonate panels, without letting the glare come in as well?

The architectural possibilities that come with polycarbonate don’t end when the nighttime comes. Quite the opposite because the microcell technology that gives polycarbonate its durability is always at work, day and night. The intrinsic properties of architectural polycarbonate lend a striking visual appearance to interior spaces that increases the impression of space without compromising on privacy. 

 

Don’t worry about whether the adverse effects of sunlight will penetrate the panels of your translucent wall system because polycarbonate is UV resistant. By preventing the deterioration and yellowing that can erode appearance, your home can maintain its look and performance over the years.

Contact Danpal to discuss natural lighting with the use of our translucent wall panels for your next architectural project.

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