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.

Intercommunal Technical Center Combining Metal, Wood Shimmer, and Transparency

Intercommunal Technical Center, Drancy (France) – Facade Danpalon® 10mm and 16mm, 600 mm, Color Clear, 1511 m² – © Agence Pierre Lombard – Architects: Pierre Lombard Architecte DPLG (FR) – Installer: DBS (FR)

Dedicated to the services of the city, and Intercommunal Technical Center combines a variety of activities, some noisy (workshops of different services, oading areas near the railway line of the Bourget yard), and some quiet (offices, archives, company store in a residential area).

CTI-v5For the Bourget airport Urban Community Centre, the choice was to divide these activities into two parallel buildings, lengthwise.

Between the two, an interior street, 8 meters wide, acts as a link between the two worlds. A part of the street is covered by Danpalon®, creating an inner courtyard that enables the movement from one external space to the other without being exposed to harsh weather.

CTI-v4For workshops and storage areas, in-depth illumination, and good insulation were required (the whole is known as BBC), even if the heating requirements are less important than for offices. The facades blend wooden siding on the bottom part and, on the top, Danpalon® 16 mm clear of 4 m height.

Intercommunal Technical Center

“Aesthetically, it works well with a contrast between smooth, bright and modern material, and the softer, matt, and sober wood,” explains Jonathan Deschamps, Head Architect Project Manager of the Pierre Lombard Agency.

CTI-v7“During the day, Danpalon® brings a quality of natural light inside the workshops. It takes another dimension in the evening when the workshops are lit and make it visible from the outside. Its metallic side highlights woodwork and aluminum finish flaps, creating a material unit on the facades”.

The Strength And Appeal Of A Double Skin Façade System

A double skin façade is a structural term that refers to the two façades of a building, typically the vertical element, with a cavity in between them. Within that cavity is an air flow. The benefit of this system is the way that it maintains a consistent temperature, a sign that energy is being used efficiently. If you’re cozy and warm in the winter, and cool in the summer, then you probably don’t even think about whether or not your heating and cooling systems are operating at their most efficient levels. But when energy is being lost, and temperatures have to be adjusted, it’s a sign that you’re losing energy. Energy lost is energy wasted and that means money is spent for energy you aren’t using. Installation of an architectural curtain wall can restore the balance of your heating and cooling systems so that the double skin façade takes on some of the work of keeping a building’s interior spaces warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The matter of energy is particularly apparent in big-city construction, where limited space makes high-rise buildings an inevitable part of the landscape. However, these buildings carry immense weight, an obstacle in architectural design. An architectural curtain wall alleviates the issue of weight by adding glass, which carries a high convection coefficient rather than a construction material that would lead to greater thermal loss.

The subject of façades leads to an examination of glass. When a segment of a building’s front exterior employs a glass curtain wall system as part of daylighting architecture, we’re reminded of the powerful visual appeal of glass. Thanks to the major improvements made in façade engineering, glass is a primary construction material for contemporary buildings.

Curtain walling describes the nonstructural outer wall of a building whose purpose is to block weather from penetrating the structure’s interior while at the same time ensuring the comfort of the people within.

The nonstructural status of a double glazing curtain wall allows it to be made out of a lightweight material like glass. A primary aspect of double skin façade detail is its ability to present a barrier to the air and moisture that wind, rain and snow could bring inside. These double façade systems can withstand the wind loads while absorbing the wind sway.

The glass of a double skin façade system adds flexibility to the design of the building, because it can be molded into

different shapes. A double skin curtain wall’s performance is matched by its attractive aesthetic benefits, with transparent and translucent capabilities that feature natural light as part of the internal setting. By its ability to allow sunlight to enter into a building, a curtain wall façade helps to economize on energy costs. That’s because you’re using more natural light and less artificial light. The way that technology has enhanced the properties of glass has turned glass into an ally in the regulation of building heating and cooling. Further investigation into the properties of the architectural curtain wall will validate your decision to install it into your home or office building.

Architectural Curtain Wall Energy Efficiency

Curtain Wall System

You might think that a nonstructural component of a building design would be an insignificant part of the structure, but that’s not the case. Glass panel façades assist a building in the crucial area of energy efficiency, a topic which has become a shared concern of a growing majority of the world’s population. Keep in mind that the double skin façade, because the intermediate cavity between the two layers reinforces the system’s insulating capacity against winds, extremes in temperature, and also sound, offers a multifunctional advantage.

A building’s thermal efficiency needs to be able to perform in both high and low temperatures, a task which a glass curtain wall can easily accomplish. Double skin façades, because of their adaptability to hot and cold temperatures, add diversity to the heating and cooling process. If you live in a cold climate, the air buffer serves as a barrier to prevent heat loss. On the other hand, when the cavity in the glass curtain wall has absorbed heat, it’s able to provide warmth for space outside the glass, thereby lowering the demand on your indoor heating system. Your architectural curtain wall can also be enhanced with modifications such as inlets, outlet fins, or air circulators to benefit the performance of the façade.

The double skin façade system, which readily adapts to the temperature changes brought by the different seasons of the year, improves the internal insulation by keeping it dry, lowering utility costs, and supporting environmental standards designed to benefit the planet and the people who live on it.

Another feature of a double glass curtain wall system that enhances its ecological value is the fact that glass is inherently better able to keep its appearance and integrity longer than more traditional building materials. For one thing, glass doesn’t rust the way metal does. It doesn’t become weathered the way that wood does. A glass curtain wall provides a dual purpose by supporting energy efficiency, always a priority in our climate-conscious world, and at the same time, strengthening the system itself. This immunity to the danger posed by the elements makes your double curtain wall environmentally superior in performance.

How Danpal’s Double Skin Façades Benefit the Environment

We all know that in poorer countries, maintaining sustainable environmental practices can be a challenge. But did you know that in industrialized countries, buildings account for 40% of the energy usage? Our buildings are modern and technologically advanced, but it’s our responsibility to make sure that they adhere to the federally regulated environmental standards which are intended to protect the planet. Double skin façades are proven to effectively improve thermal efficiency. This advance in the architectural curtain wall structure achieves that highly desired win-win combination: thermal efficiency that promotes responsible energy usage while, at the same time, providing a financial benefit to the individual. Danpal is committed to customer satisfaction and environmental responsibility; with our glass curtain walls, we fulfill both

Danpal, which because of its commercial presence on five continents is acknowledged as an international leader in the building industry, is especially diligent in developing and maintaining systems like the double skin wall for façade which please our clients and protect our environment.

The quest for improved energy efficiency has led to the development of a double skin façade that not only supports good environmental stewardship but also provide better overall weather protection for buildings. The double skin curtain wall system is one of the ways in which Danpal research and innovation have helped the company remain true to its Global Vision, Local Focus philosophy in its business practices. With half a century of experience in the building industry, Danpal has become a leader in new and innovative product manufacturing that is as high in performance quality as it is holistic in its effects on the environment.

Contact us today for a free demonstration of the Danpatherm System and be ready for your next double skin façade project!

Translucent Facade for a Strong, Flexible, Attractive Building Exterior

Translucent Facade for a Stronger Exterior

When we think of construction of a translucent facade wall, we start out with an image of an architect creating the design for a building that fulfills the purpose for which it was intended. Our next scene tends to be that of the construction site: heavy machinery and workers in hard hats, laboring in a noisy setting. Finally, we see the building rising where once there was nothing. It all seems so easy.

The truth is that a building is a much more complicated enterprise and every detail must be considered before the architect even begins to create the model. That’s one of the reasons why Danpal’s translucent facade exteriors are the smart choice for a building. Danpal has already done a lot of the preliminary work because the company’s research has created products that are specifically manufactured for particular needs. A building, before a single nail is hammered into place, has a location. If that location is in a rainy climate, the building material must be watertight to prevent leaks. If the building is going up in a landscape that’s prone to high winds, the structure must be able to absorb the impact. Lots of sunlight can be just as powerful a foe to a building as the rain, and we haven’t even mentioned snow or hail yet. But you get the idea. The architect isn’t the first one on the scene when it comes to designing a building. Danpal is, because their expert engineers and specialists have already researched and vetted the materials that will be chosen for construction.

Translucent FacadeTranslucent Facade: More Powerful than Weather

You’ve heard people say that there’s no use complaining about the weather because there’s nothing we can do about it. While it’s true that no one can stop the rain from falling or tame a wild wind, there are ways to defend a building so that it can withstand weather.

There’s weather, and then there’s Danpal weather-resistant translucent facade. Danpal’s translucent facades won’t fail you because Danpal’s reputation is built upon producing materials that last for decades. You won’t have to worry about cracks, scuffs and breaks showing up a few years after the building is completed because Danpal translucent facades are durable. Weather can’t be altered, but translucent facades don’t surrender to it.

Translucent Facade for Flexibility

Danpal delivers the strength. Danpal also delivers translucent facades that are nimble enough to allow freedom when meeting the design specifications. Danpal has managed to achieve that exquisite balance between strength and flexibility thanks to the translucent facades that deliver the best of both worlds.

The Beauty of Translucent Facade

Last, but certainly not least, the esthetics of translucent facade blend the strength of the exterior with the flexibility to create a final effect that makes a building worth looking at. It lasts a long time because Danpal’s products are designed for long-term effectiveness. It’s flexible because the ease of installation shapes the facade to match the esthetic preferences of the client.

Protection and beauty all in one eye-catching, enduring exterior; that’s what you get when you choose a translucent facade for your building project.

Contact Danpal to discuss about translucent facades our Systems for your next architectural project.