LuxCore FRP Panels are the newest part of the Fusion line and it offers many unique features. The translucent panels pass sanitary codes and are easy to clean. Therefore it is suitable for wet environments such as commercial kitchens and baths. LuxCore resists scratching and is highly durable, making it perfect Wall protection in high traffic areas. The panels can be used as wainscot or to cover an accent wall. When left as a translucent panel it makes beautiful room dividers and modesty panels and can be back-lit. If a backing is added the colors become even more vibrant and LuxCore makes an excellent wainscoting or wall covering.
DCT’s Fusion program allows you to create any custom design by submitting your own art work or choosing from our stock line. Design options for these translucent laminates are only limited by your imagination.
Why Choose Fusion?
- Easy-to-Install Directly Over Most Surfaces
- No Counterbalancing Required for Unbacked Metals
- High Impact, Abrasion, & Chemical Resistant Properties
- Over a Dozen Substrate Options Available
- Hundreds of Stock Images Available
- Custom Capabilities
- Low Minimum Order Quantities
- Short Lead Times
What is your formula for success?
Fusion offers solutions for the commercial interior design industry and provides architectural elements for use in healthcare, institutional, hospitality, educational, and retail installations. With over a dozen substrate options, we can help create a custom decorative surfacing solution for your application that can be used as wall art, decorative wall protection, large-scale murals, wall dividers, custom millwork, or point of purchase displays. Fusion works for all projects big or small with our low minimum order quantities and short lead times. With Fusion, your imagination is the limit.
Fulfilling your vision
To make sure you are satisfied, DCT’s in-house services will seamlessly assist you through design development to fabrication to installation. One of the most unique advantages of Fusion is the ability to use your own artwork. Simply upload your art for technical review and our Fusion Specialists will guide you through the process. Large format digital printing is also available.
Company: Decorative Ceiling Tiles, Inc.
Daylighting is essential to any modern manufacturing facility as a proven way to increase productivity. Incorporating diffused natural daylight challenges architects to find creative ways to design aesthetically pleasing, yet functional and, in many cases, secure and protected spaces. Kalwall allows that creativity while meeting the most demanding manufacturing requirements for areas that need high visual acuity and visual privacy, in addition to reducing maintenance and energy costs.
Middle West Spirits
Columbus, OH, U.S.A
In addition to being a distinctive feature, Kalwall translucent sandwich panels provide the owners with a bright space for superior visual accuracy critical to monitoring and performing quality inspections within the distillery. Kalwall’s daylight modelling service allowed the architects to design the building so that different elevations transmit different amounts of light to provide completely balanced, museum-quality daylighting™.
Design Prototyping and Testing Center
University of Sheffield, UK
Kalwall’s highly-insulated translucent wall system is the centerpiece of the DPTC, which earned a BREEAM Excellent rating for sustainable building design, construction and operation. The building’s mezzanine level is encased by Kalwall panels, engulfing the facility in naturally diffuse daylight. Rapid prototyping facilities and collaborative research parks are growing markets that benefit from our unique panel technology.
Woodward Aircraft Turbine Systems
Loves Park, IL, U.S.A
International manufacturer Woodward unveiled a 450,000-square-foot (137,000m) campus in Loves Park, IL that will employ over 2,000 people. Kalwall panels serve as a key architectural feature, providing a memorable backdrop to the main entrance, while bathing the massive workspace inside with diffuse natural daylight.
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing
Creating an atmosphere of creativity and cooperation is at the heart of this 6,400-square-foot (1,950m) open-plan workshop. A Kalwall wall system dominates the sides of the building, creating a highly-productive atmosphere by bathing the workshop in diffuse natural daylight. More and more, Kalwall is being specified for high-tech manufacturing projects that include mixed-programs like office spaces, research labs, and manufacturing and warehouse areas.
Pfizer Hydrogenation Building | Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Cork, Ireland | Geel, Belgium
With vast amounts of natural daylight sought in many industrial buildings, Kalwall is a preferred choice because of the diffuse natural daylighting it allows in and the protection it provides. As with major pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Janssen, installing explosion venting panels can save a building from implosion by immediately relieving pressure and limiting damage in the case of an explosion. Our FM rated panels are cable attached and are frequently a required safety feature in many manufacturing projects.
Company: Kalwall Corporation
Product: Wall Systems
Ambient light rejection (ALR) projection screen technology has been around for a while now. Despite this, there is some confusion in the AV marketplace as to how ALR works. Some of this confusion is caused by manufacturers making inaccurate claims or promoting non-ALR surfaces as a solution. To help clear the confusion, here are some things to remember about ambient light rejection:
All screens have varying reflective characteristics
Every screen has a certain percentage of diffuse reflection and specular reflection. Diffuse reflection is when light hits a surface and is reflected at all angles. Specular reflection is when light hits a surface and is reflected away at the opposite angle. The amount of specular reflection is the indicator of ALR performance.
For example, Draper’s Matt White XT1000E has 80% diffuse reflection and 20% specular reflection characteristics. This is definitely not the solution for ambient light since it is mostly a diffuser. Most ALR screen surfaces have a high percentage of specular reflection and reject 60% or more of ambient light while some—such as TecVision CS1200X ALR—has a high percentage of specular reflection at 82%, and a percentage of diffuse reflection at 18%.
Just because a manufacturer assigns an ALR value to a screen material doesn’t mean that solution is right for ambient light. Draper only publishes ALR information for screens designed to be an ALR solution.
A grey tint doesn’t make it ALR
Most grey screens have a grey tint, but are still mostly diffuse reflective surfaces. The grey tint only helps to improve contrast in moderate ambient light conditions. But that does not make it an ALR screen surface.
How an ALR screen works
ALR screen surfaces work to keep non-projector light from reflecting back to viewers. Most do this by using specular reflective elements in the screen formulation. These elements reflect off axis light away from viewers. As with everything else, there can be trade-offs. The more specular reflective a surface is, the more ambient light it will reject, but the narrower the optimal viewing cone will typically be.
The real numbers Matter
Draper frequently tests our own projection materials to make sure they are within our reported specifications. We also test those of our competitors, and unfortunately, as noted in a previous post, they often fail to verify the numbers they publicly use. This includes ALR performance. While differences in testing conditions and equipment could have some effect on the numbers, they are usually too far off for that to be the only factor.
There are two ways ambient light rejection is communicated: by reporting how much ambient light gets through or how much is rejected. Draper uses the amount of ambient light being rejected to communicate ALR performance. Whatever number is used, though, one thing you can be certain of: our numbers reflect what we actually make. Or you don’t see that product.
For more information on choosing the ambient light-rejecting solution that’s right for you, click here.
Product: Projection Screens
Of: Terry Coffey
Salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures are life changing, especially in coastal environments with high salinity levels. Moisture and salinity are incredibly harsh on lighting fixtures and other outdoor furnishings, especially those made of porous materials. Moisture creates enough issues for lighting fixtures, but add salt to the mix and corrosion sets in even faster. Without salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures, you’ll be replacing lighting poles and other fixtures in no time.
Why is Salt So Corrosive?
Freshwater causes rust, but at a much slower rate than salt water. Even fresh water enables oxidation of iron, but salt water accelerates the process because it is such a good conductor due to a flurry of dissociated ions. Coastal areas are exposed to higher salinity levels which leads to an increased production of rust and corrosion. As a result, lighting fixtures often break down faster than you can say, “Look at my new landscape lighting!”
It’s not just coastal lighting fixtures at risk of corrosion, even inland lighting posts eventually rust and corrode. Although, rust and corrosion sink in much faster when exposed to high salinity. That’s because rust and corrosion occur when electrons start moving around. Since salt is a good conductor, the movement of electrons is greatly increased in salt water compared to fresh water.
A simple science experiment that’ll show how this works includes trying to get a current to flow through clean water (it won’t). Now add salt to the mix and the current flows through easily.
Porous lighting fixtures made from a mixture of aluminum and metal erode the fastest. When salt water encounters iron and another metal like aluminum it creates a battery effect that speeds up corrosion. The secret to salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures boils down to non-porous fixtures.
The Problem with Porous Materials for Salt Resistant Outdoor Lighting
Many outdoor fixtures are made from porous materials which means they are NOT salt resistant outdoor lighting. Porous materials allow everything from stains to moisture and salt in the air to penetrate beyond the first layer. Think of it like a sponge that soaks water up into its deepest layers. When this salt-ridden water gets inside it can cause a whole lot of damage from the inside out.
Some materials may be susceptible to freeze-thaw cycles. While porous materials can breathe out water just like they can breathe it in, oftentimes too much moisture gets trapped inside. As a result, when temperatures dip below a certain point the moisture expands and freezes. When temperatures increase again, moisture thaws and decreases in size. This puts pressure on lighting fixtures and may result in cracks and other damages.
Furthermore, the salt itself is highly corrosive to interior features like metal and aluminum. It will start corroding the base of lighting fixtures in no time. You won’t see the damage taking hold at first but before long the fixture will start to show signs of corrosion and salt water damage.
Non-Porous Materials Offer Truly Salt Resistant Outdoor Lighting
Non-porous outdoor lighting fixtures are here to save the day. TerraCast’s resin-based commercial lighting fixtures are non-porous so salt and moisture don’t stand a chance.
Our lampposts, for example, start as an inner core of galvanized steel. This crucial layer is wrapped up tight and secured within a thick layer of polyurethane foam. This foam goes to work securing steel against corrosion and rust by keeping out corrosive elements like moisture and salt. Additionally, we add a non-porous quarter-inch thick outer layer of Linear Low Density Polyethylene resin.
Tree Ring Lighting Fixtures
You might be surprised to find out many lighting fixtures designed to live up in the trees are not truly prepared to endure the elements. Think about all the water that reaches a fixture posted up in a tree. That’s why it’s so important for tree ring lighting fixtures to be non-porous and ultra-durable.
Salt Resistant Outdoor Lighting Fixtures by TerraCast
TerraCast Products has the solution to rusted and corroded lampposts caused by high salinity and moisture. The answer is non-porous salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures made to pass the test of time. You no longer need to replace your lighting fixtures on a regular basis due to unsightly rust, corrosion, or breaking down of materials. From Bullet Lights to LED Rock Lights and everything in between, we have top-notch products that can withstand a wide variety of temperatures and elements, including high-salinity moisture.
Company: TerraCast Products LLC
Product: Classic Lamps Posts
Complete landscape lighting should include a variety of fixtures with unique intended purposes, including path lighting, up lighting, shadow lighting, and so forth. We offer every type of landscape lighting you could think of—plus, our fixtures are durable, long lasting, and made right here in the USA!
Landscape Lighting Your Property Could Benefit From
1. Path Lighting
Some lighting fixtures are meant to be somewhat discreet, with the light showing but not the fixture. That’s not the case with path lighting. Lighting fixtures used to highlight pathways can offer stand-out style and an aesthetically appealing display.
Path lighting is the most common type of landscape lighting. Hey, you can’t get around any property without pathways! Path lights can be used for more than just lighting up a walkway; they can also be used to frame certain features or spaces. Picture this: a collection of scattered lighting fixtures that pour light over a brightly-colored fish pond, water fountain, seating area, or other feature.
2. Up Lighting
Next up on the list is up lighting; another important type of landscape lighting. As its name suggests, up lights are pointed up at a tree or taller structure to create a dramatic effect. Play around with fixtures to get just the right angle of light.
3. Silhouette Lighting
This type of landscape lighting involves placing a light behind an object to create a glowing outline. With silhouetted lighting, the goal is for the lighting fixture to go unseen; the light itself does all the talking.
4. Shadow Lighting
The opposite of silhouetting is shadowing, which brings us to yet another common type of landscape lighting. Shadow lighting involves placing a light in between the ideal vantage point and the feature a light is focused on. To create a shadow effect, the light needs to be focused on a wall or other object that will catch light and cast a shadow.
5. Natural Moon Lighting
If you have large trees with sprawling canopies or other tall elements dotting landscaping, you have an opportunity to create an awesome effect with natural moon lighting. Simply place our Tree Ring Lights in the tip-tops of trees, and aim the lights to face downwards. This creates an effect in which the tree, its branches, and the ground below become flooded in a bath of lights.
6. Wall Wash Lighting
There are two ways to illuminate a wall or other solid object—wash lighting (wallwashing) or wall grazing. The main distinction between these two methods is the distance between the lighting fixture and the object being illuminated. Wash lighting fixtures are typically located at least 12 inches from the wall. This offers a flat and even layer of light with some texturing as well.
Wash lighting provides additional ambient lighting. It is often used to add extra pizazz to entertainment spaces, it looks great on living walls and hedges.
Tip: Employ a wide-beamed light situated in between the ideal vantage point and the surface you’re lighting up. This creates a nice gentle light with a more natural look.
7. Wall Grazing Lighting
The other option to illuminate a wall is to use grazing lights, which are placed in closer proximity to the wall, typically around 12-inches or less from the wall. Lights virtually sit right up against a flat surface. As opposed to smooth lighting, this creates a more dramatic shadow, while also highlighting texture, color, and design after dark. Wall grazing lights create an upscale look, hence why this tactic is often employed at nice restaurants, office buildings, and so forth.
When lighting up a wall, keep in mind:
- The human eye can naturally process vertical surfaces easier than it can horizontal surfaces.
- Illuminated walls are considered “indirect” light sources, and work best when the surface illuminated has a light-color and/or matte finish.
- It’s more difficult to successfully illuminate darker walls or surfaces.
- Beware that without proper execution, wall lighting can lead to glare.
Quality Landscape Lighting Fixtures
Investing in quality landscape lighting fixtures is important to the long-term success of any project. Lighting fixtures made from materials prone to rusting, corroding, or cracking are sure to cause problems down the road. After all, exterior lighting fixtures are constantly exposed to the elements—sun, water, weed whackers; occasional dog urine.
Lampposts, tree-ring lights, bullet lights, rock lights, and bollards too; you name the fixture and chances are, we have it! Our lighting fixtures are specially formulated to resist rust, graffiti, water damage, and even corrosive environments, such as coastal landscaping. Did we mention all our products are made right here in the USA, using sustainable manufacturing processes with superior oversight and quality control?
Check out our huge selection of unbeatable Landscape Lighting Fixtures
Company: TerraCast Products LLC
The new Gap store in Times Square, NYC is clad in EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440. Nearly 5,000 square feet, the blue polycarbonate panels are a custom hue that matches Gap's color palette and was chosen based on polycarbonate samples provided by EXTECH. To ensure even light transmission, the facade utilizes specialized mounting clips that EXTECH developed and the panels are treated with an anti-glare coating that promotes balanced light filtration.
The LIGHTWALL 3440 polycarbonate wall panel system offers beauty, durability, and economy with vertical panels that can extend up to 54 feet long and eliminate leak-prone horizontal joints.
Translucent polycarbonate wall panels offer a host of beneﬁts including energy savings via daylighting, outstanding insulating value, and elimination of leak-prone horizontal joints. LEED credits are also available for 100% recyclable polycarbonate and aluminum framing. The LIGHTWALL 3440 has provided façade solutions for a wide range of structures in a wide range of industries, and has been subjected to a complete battery of air, water, and structural testing to ensure it offers superior insulation, durability, and weather-tight performance.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
Product: Translucent Walls
When we talk about daylighting, the first thing that comes to mind is often the image of natural light pouring into a space... but what happens when you need to bring light to a area that also demands privacy?
Translucent panel systems, like the Guardian 275® wall system above, allow for building occupants to enjoy controlled, glare-free light while eliminating direct lines of sight from the exterior and maintaining a feeling of safety and security. This can be a great asset to traditionally dark and window-less areas like public restrooms, hallways, in waiting areas in medical centers and hospitals (for patient confidentiality), or in secure facilities where it's of up-most importance to maintain a certain level of secrecy.
Translucent systems can also benefit schools as they allow students the advantages of natural light while affording them privacy from outside eyes. And while there are other options in the market such as fritted or channel glass, these systems are often on the higher end of the cost scale. Electrochromic glass options are also available, but can cost even more and may require additional maintenance and upkeep.
Their versatility, light weight and design flexibility make translucent panel systems a great choice for letting light in and keeping prying eyes out. From simple wall panels to curved systems to our Verti-Lite™ option that has an appearance similar to channel glass, we have a system that will fit your needs.
For additional information on our full line of daylighting systems, as well as thermal performance and testing information, visit our website.
Company: Major Industries Inc.
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Architect: Elliot + Associates Architects
The Chesapeake Boathouse shows the design capabilities of combining translucent cellular polycarbonate with glass vision panels. Framing systems that can accommodate both polycarbonate and glass effectively are a rare commodity, but EXTECH's systems possess this capability.
To create this sparkling facade, EXTECH's LIGHTWALL standing seam panels were connected directly to steel studs, nominally 2 feet on center. To create the smooth exterior, the standing seams were turned inward.
Due to the lightness of the polycarbonate panels, the installation time for the application was minimized. The end result not only delivered natural daylighting for the daytime hours, but it also provides a charming aesthetic by glowing like a constellation at night.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
Product: Translucent Walls
LumiSplash is a patent pending, multilayered, ultra-thin 1/4″ (6mm) decorative laminate that emits light evenly across its surface and has impressive impact, scratch, chemical, and abrasion resistant properties. LumiSplash is:
- The first ultra-thin, lighted laminate system with no air gap required for LEDs. This system uses a Light Bar and Light Guide Panel to produce luminance across a translucent surface.
- A one-of-a-kind product that combines art with lighting in a durable laminate, creating a unique focal point for any home or business.
- A low-voltage system that comes with the necessary electrical components to simply plug into a 110-volt receptor. LumiSplash can also be hardwired for permanent installations by a local electrician.
- Suitable for most vertical and horizontal applications where other decorative laminates could be used.
- Easily fabricated with standard woodworking tools such as routers, saws, and drills.
- Easily used to backlight your own stone, acrylic, or other translucent materials with it’s Light Guide Panel.
Lumisplash Idea Library
Company: Decorative Ceiling Tiles, Inc.
In response to requests from leading AV rental dealers, the StageScreen® is a totally new concept in projection screen design. It is designed specifically to be flown, but can also be used with legs. Either way, it is the strongest and most rigid screen on the market.
The truss system is completely modular. All available sizes of StageScreen® are built from combinations of the same 6 standard color-coded frame sections pictured in the images above. Not only does this make screen assembly faster and easier, but if a frame section should ever become damaged you can replace it in seconds without tools.
AV rental dealers can easily streamline their inventory with the StageScreen®. You can change a Multiformat to an NTS.
- The StageScreen® utilizes an 8” truss that is significantly stronger than traditional truss folding screens
- It is engineered to hold tolerance after repeated usage.
- Color coded frame sections ensure fast and easy assembly.
- Draper performed in-house testing of the strength of the StageScreen® truss compared to a folding truss screen. The results were dramatic: StageScreen® proved to be over 60% stronger, holding strong long after the folding truss failed.
- The image area of each screen is exact and true to format.
- StageScreen® can be assembled in about half the time of a comparable truss folding screen. See video below.
- No hinges, no snaps, and no Handy Cranks are required.
- Frame sections are connected with permanently attached threaded links and guide pins. No lost handy cranks.
- Easy to follow color-coded assembly instructions are included with each StageScreen®
- StageScreen® features a revolutionary new viewing surface attachment method. Using the attached DuraLoop™ bungee cord loops with handy nylon pull-tabs, simply hook the surface to the posts on the frame. DuraLoops are longer lasting than traditional snaps, and provide even self-centering tension for the viewing surface. You’ll never want to use snaps again.
- The viewing surface is stretched perfectly flat, resulting in the highest picture quality.
- Sizes available are listed in charts below and depend on surface selected.
Product: Projection Screens
The right light is essential to experience and enhance the viewing of art, and Kalwall® has become the preferred choice of architects to provide museum-quality daylighting™ for cultural projects worldwide.
Calder Foundation Gallery
New York, New York, U.S.A.
The diffuse daylight of Kalwall panels cleverly showcase the unique sculptures and mobiles of Alexander Calder and the other artists on display. Softly balanced, glare-free light envelops the art from every angle. The use of Kalwall turns what was once three disparate rooftop sheds into a breathtaking space.
The ability to provide necessary temperature control, along with safety and security, made Kalwall the choice for this duty-free storage unit where wealthy art investors can store their valuable collections. Kalwall provides museum-quality daylighting for viewing artwork as well as privacy and superior structural integrity that allows peace of mind.
Elgin Artspace Lofts
Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A.
A centerpiece Kalwall skylight was reintegrated into a 1908 Sears building being converted to a mixed-use space. Kalwall panels with .10 U values were chosen to provide exceptional thermal performance and low solar heat gain. The skylight provides diffuse daylight to both levels of this historic building and beautifully highlights the central gallery.
Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
Perfectly diffuse top lighting by Kalwall allows the vibrant colors of the artwork below to come through naturally, as opposed to the harsh effects of artificial lighting.
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
Sisika, Alberta, Canada
The architect of this breathtaking building viewed his design as “a reinterpretation of a vast range of Blackfoot cultures,” and Kalwall is a dominant feature in that design. Kalwall panels are used to create the central teepee that greets visitors as they enter this historical center that promotes and preserves the culture of the Siksika Nation Peoples. The panels emit an ethereal glow at night reminiscent of traditional lanterns created by ancient cooking fires, reflecting the functionality of teepees as well as a connectedness to earth and sky.
Company: Kalwall Corporation
This light pole was originally installed in the City of Pasadena in the early 1920s. Its design consists of intricately detailed cast iron sections. After 85 years of service the need for additional light poles down Pasadena's famous Lake Avenue Drive became apparent. Representatives with the city expressed a desire to duplicate this early design and provide a period luminaire cast in solid bronze. Our in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication. Each section of the iron casting was sand blasted and several layers of paint removed revealed the raw iron casting.
Secrets of the early artisans that created the original tooling began to surface. The master journeyman of that era indeed had a story to tell and their work and creative ingenuity came to light. We estimated the original carvings in the original all wood tooling to be just over 4,000 man-hours back in 1920. Each individual section of detail had to be individually hand carved back then. The use of pillow blocks and triple radii shrink ratios allowed for a tight level uniform fit with an "as cast" casting. We came to discover this "trick of the trade" through careful analyzing the core prints after the old paint layers had been completely removed. We pulled sections of original detail out of the castings with a high performance non-shrinking reproduction polymer resin. The shrink ratios were added back to the wood turnings and the detail added back to the top of the pattern to bring the castings back into original tolerance. With the use of reproduction polymer resins and fine dental tools we were able to complete all the tooling on this job in less than 1,000 man-hours, allowing us the luxury of winning this work and learning from the master craftsmen of a bygone era.
Innovations in the casting process have come along way in the last century. One hundred years ago, wet "green sand" was the standard method of production. Erratic shrinks and tooling pulls would justify the use of triple radii shrink and pillow blocks. Today modern chemistry has given the age old foundry process the ability to control shrink more accurately. The use of chemically bonded "dry sand" to cast the individual parts allowed us to tighten up the tolerances and ensured a crisp detail throughout every pour. Very little machine time was spent preparing these castings for their final end use, yet the rich grain texture of fine iron castings gives each pole an individuality unique to itself. High performance acrylic primers and finish coatings completed this pole which will provide a maintenance free finish for at least 20 years.
The luminaire itself was also duplicated, only Niland was able to cast this tool in bronze, keeping with the original design from 85 years ago. Over the years most of the luminaires had been replaced with cast aluminum recreations. Our ability to cast this luminaire in bronze got the design back to its original historical intention. The light source recommended to the city utilizes electronic ballasts fully enclosed and potted in resin. This ballast allows increased life of the lamp and increased performance due to the decreased light loss factor associated with these high performance products.
Company: Niland Co.
With the effects of global warming upon us, architects and building owners need to mitigate its impact in the built environment. This is not a new idea, but the necessity for design that protects against volatile weather, rising temperatures, and insect-borne diseases is now more pressing than ever. Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the Building Resilience website, a tool that connects community planners, home builders, architects, and engineers with building science, climate data, and community resilience resources. This is crucial information designers and building owners need if they want to confront the effects of climate change.
As daylighting manufacturers, we have some thoughts on how daylighting can be used to reduce the impact of global warming on the built environment.
Daylighting that can withstand Severe Weather
Because of global warming, weather events like hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes have become more powerful (Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Supertyphoon Haiyan in 2013 have both been partly attributed to global warming).
But just because nature has become more dangerous doesn’t mean we should barricade behind steel walls. Instead, robust daylighting systems should be utilized. By incorporating daylighting into architecture, occupants remain connected to the outdoors, and the structure reduces its carbon footprint.
It’s important to use daylighting systems and materials that possess excellent water weepage and can withstand high wind loads. These attributes will be determined by the system’s glazing and framing.
Polycarbonate is one of the best forms of glazing when it comes to strength and durability, and it by far outperforms glass (polycarbonate is 250 times more resistant to impact than safety glass), as well as fiberglass reinforced panels, or FRP (polycarbonate is 4 times more resistant to impact than FRP).
Additionally, the system framing must have elements that facilitate excellent water control and leak resistance, like properly placed weep holes and water stops. An example of a highly resilient daylighting system is EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL 3100LSpolycarbonate wall system, which meets ASTM E-1886 and E-1996 tests for hurricane impact / windborne debris at clear spans of 8 feet. It is an excellent daylighting product in the face of torrential weather.
Protection Against Intense Heat
With global warming comes rising temperatures. Data has uncovered a long-term warming trend, and at this rate, temperatures could rise as much as 8 degrees by the end of this century (though that does not sound like much, a global increase in this scale would have dire outcomes). Even if carbon emissions worldwide are drastically cut, escalating temperatures are a factor humans must face.
With warmer temperatures comes the threat of increased solar heat gain (the temperature inside a structure that results from solar radiation). If precautions are not taken when choosing the daylighting glazing, people will either bake in a convection oven, or the cooling system will have to run at non-stop full capacity – neither choice is ideal. To protect against these scenarios, glazing that blocks infrared rays is recommended for daylighting structures. Polycarbonate is one of the few materials that can effectively and economically block infrared radiation.
Though humans can take many actions to reduce global warming, its effects will never be completely vanquished; mitigation is the only way forward. By accepting this, architects and building owners can be a leading force in climate change preparation – if they have the foresight now to build structures that deal with global warming’s impact, humankind will be safer, happier, and quite possibly, live to one day stop climate change for good.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
Product: Translucent Walls
Broan® InVent™ Series now offers Humidity Sensing Fans, featuring Sensaire Sense-on-Rise Technology
Bathroom fans are great at fighting moisture which can lead to mold, but only if used properly. Broan’s innovative Sensaire Sense-on-Rise Technology is now available on the InVentTM Series ventilation fans. Homeowners can now have a worry free solution for excess humidity combined with the great InVent features.
Sensaire Sense-on-Rise Technology is designed to detect humidity before condensation occurs. The humidity sensor automatically turns fans on when a rapid rise in humidity is sensed, or when humidity rises above the homeowner’s pre-set humidity set point. The humidity sensing technology quickly works to eliminate fogged mirrors and manage moisture, providing exceptional indoor air quality for bathrooms, laundry rooms and mud rooms. Sensaire Sense-on-Rise technology detects an increase in humidity up to 40% faster *to automatically turn the fan on before moisture forms on mirrors.
“At Broan, we’re incredibly proud of the enhanced InVent Series. Homeowners are now able to have superb ventilation and humidity sensing technology from a mid-range fan,” said Ann Roever, Senior Global Marketing Director, household ventilation, for Broan. “The product line truly represents Broan’s continuing tradition of superior indoor air quality products with the technology consumers want and need.”
As the industry leader in residential ventilation, Broan-NuTone has a long history of developing products that provide superior indoor air quality. It is this reputation and commitment to innovation and quality that led Broan to enhance the revolutionary and easy to install InVent Series.
Broan InVent Series ventilation fans feature FoldAway mounting ears and the EzDuct Connector, which allow for easy installation. The FoldAway mounting ears allow contractors to use just one fan for both new construction or retrofit applications. The EzDuct Connector makes connecting the fan housing to the duct easier than ever before, with no attic access required.
With the new TrueSeal Damper Technology, InVent fans reduce air leakage by up to 50 percent compared to competitive models**, resulting in better home energy efficiency as measured via blower door tests.
The ENERGY STAR options provide contractors and homeowners with a full range of choices, all at a mid-range price point. In addition, the InVent Series is manufactured in the USA***, offering service levels and responsiveness that customers demand.
For more information, visit: www.Broan.com/InVent.
Company: Broan-NuTone LLC
Who knew a series of small tabs could be so important to having a beautiful picture, and a durable product?
One of the most important elements of creating the ultimate projected image is having the flattest viewing surface possible. Great contrast, brightness, and vivid and correct colors are important, but without a perfectly flat surface those attributes of a great picture don’t matter.
Fixed frame projection screens are one way to ensure the flattest viewing surface possible. Not everyone wants a huge screen hanging on the wall all the time, though, so they need a motorized screen. With motorized screens, however, the problem is how to keep the surface taut from the sides.
That’s where Draper’s innovative tab tensioning system is so important. A tab tensioning system uses a very thin cord running down each side of the screen through tabs, attached to the roller at the top and the dowel at the bottom. The cords are tightened, creating a flat viewing surface.
Most other manufacturers use adhesive to attach these tabs. This can lead to problems when the constant tension proves too much for the adhesive to handle, and it give way, creating “popped” tabs.
With Draper, you never have to worry about “popped” tabs. Here’s why.
All of our tab tensioned screen surfaces—including the tabs—are cut on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) cutting tables, which means every cut is made with digital precision. CNC represents the highest level of precision available in the manufacturing process.
The tabs are then folded to the backside of the screen and Radio Frequency (RF) welded. In this RF heat sealing (AKA dielectric sealing) process, the tabs are folded back and placed between two dies (electrodes). The RF produces heat by exciting the molecules to the point that they melt and create the bond. We use the same technology to create seamed projection screens. The strength of the seal is determined by three factors-
- Sealing current (radio frequency power)
- Sealing time
The result is a much stronger tab, with no possibility of separation, as the tab and surface are fused into a single layer of material. In-house laboratory testing of our tabs shows that this RF seal is in most cases stronger than the material itself.
Our tab tensioning system is also nicer looking. Making a tab tensioned surface in this manner eliminates the puckering that can characterized the edges of tab tensioned screens made using adhesives.
When we introduced this new system several years ago, it represented a unique and significant improvement in tab tensioned screen design. It still does. We were so confident of our system that we decided to warrant all Draper tab tensioned screens against tab separation for five years from date of manufacture. We still do.
Click here to find the perfect tab tensioned projection solution for your next project. Whatever model you choose, the perfectly flat surface will create the perfect image you want, and for a long time to come.
Product: Projection Screens
Of: Terry Coffey
Great thermal performance + corrosion resistance = Clima-Tite™ translucent wall systems with fiberglass framing
Clima-Tite™ is a unique – the only translucent panel system that features pultruded fiberglass framing for better thermal performance, including enhanced u-factors and better condensation resistance than similar aluminum-framed systems. Pultruded fiberglass also has other advantages over aluminum, including dimensional stability and increased corrosion resistance, making it a great choice for harsh environments like water treatment plants or aquatic facilities.
Utilizing fiberglass is also an environmentally sound choice, as the manufacturing processes require less energy compared to aluminum (about 80% less embodied energy). The main ingredient in fiberglass is silica sand, an abundant natural material. Once properly converted, the inherent thermal properties of fiberglass allow for reduced HVAC loads, which can reduce greenhouse emissions. The long lifespan and durability of pultruded fiberglass also delivers reduced costs over the lifetime of the system.
Company: Major Industries Inc.
New from Delray Lighting: UNO Helix / Spiral large scale LED fixtures
HELIX is a 3, 4, and 5-foot vertical corkscrew of light suspended in cylindrical space. SPIRAL is a flat, wall/ceiling surface mount, gradually widening 5-foot diameter coil of light. Both feature efficient Nichia 90 CRI, 3000, 3500, and 4000K white LED chips, and are designed for spacious interiors with high ceilings.
Company: Delray Lighting
Three new polycarbonate glazing options are available for the LIGHTWALL 3440® interlocking translucent wall panel system from Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH): Anti-Reflective, Infrared-Blocking and Anti-Graffiti.
- Anti-Reflective – When high-efficient light transmission is paramount for a building’s design, EXTECH offers anti-reflective polycarbonate glazing. Systems using this UV matte option facilitate a better distribution of light throughout a building’s interior, while reducing reflections and glare. This option is also ideal for entertainment venues that want to project high-resolution images and lighting effects onto a translucent backdrop.
- Infrared (IR) blocking – When high light levels and solar control are equally important, EXTECH provides polycarbonate glazing with an external surface that filters out unwanted IR and UV waves. EXTECH systems use this material to reduce solar heat gain, ensure comfortable interior temperatures, protect interior finishes from accelerated fading, reduce demand on the HVAC system and save on electric lighting costs.
- Anti-Graffiti – When a project is in a high-traffic area and is at risk of damage or vandalism, EXTECH can enhance daylighting systems with anti-graffiti glazing that resists vandalism and scratching. Anti-graffiti glazing is also more resistant to natural weathering and typical chemicals, and is easier to clean.
In addition to these functional glazing choices, EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL systems contribute to commercial buildings’ aesthetic, performance, and sustainability goals. Lightweight and easy to install, the LIGHTWALL system helps construction teams facing condensed schedules, and facility managers seeking low-maintenance longevity.
“As our most popular product, the LIGHTWALL 3440 offers beauty, durability and economy with vertical panels that can extend up to 54 feet long and eliminate leak-prone horizontal joints,” says EXTECH Director of Product Application and Development Kevin Smith, R.A. “Our LIGHTWALL system does not require framing members within the field of the glazing, which allows for a clean, modern architectural aesthetic.”
In addition to enhancing a building’s appearance, the LIGHTWALL 3440 meets demanding performance specifications, including high wind loads, impact resistance, fire rating, air infiltration, water penetration, thermal (0.25 U-Factor) and structural performance – the LIGHTWALL 3440 possesses some of the highest performance numbers in the industry due to its advanced framing. These attributes support energy efficiency and sustainability goals, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating systems.
Smith adds, “The diffusing characteristics of the cellular polycarbonate reduces dependence on electric lighting and reduces solar heat gain into the building envelope, as well as reduces light pollution emanating from the building. Because it is a dry-glazed system, VOC emissions also are reduced.”
LIGHTWALL 3440 also uses highly insulating, 100 percent recyclable, 40 mm structural cellular polycarbonate and 38.95 percent recycled aluminum framing manufactured in Pittsburgh.
To order a sample and learn about EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL 3440, please visit the product web page. For more information on EXTECH’s products and services, please call 800-500-8012 or email email@example.com.
Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH) is an award-winning manufacturer and designer of wall, window, skylight, canopy and custom façade systems. The company delivers solutions for a variety of industries and applications, and is committed to collaboration, innovation, and exceptional engineering.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
Product: Translucent Walls
The Tomorrow’s Workplace 2016 design competition challenged teams of designers to define “how will offices enable workers to be the best they can be?” For one team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels offered the solution.
The competition was presented by Metropolis Magazine and Staples Business Advantage, a division of Staples Inc. Design
teams were tasked with creating an original piece of architecture that accommodated the needs of workers in terms of privacy, light, noise reduction and health.
Kalwall panels were an essential component of the design from MIT’s Changing Places group, giving it structural integrity and aesthetic appeal. The design received an honorable mention.
The transformable wall employs robotics technology to create a hyper-efficient, dynamically reconfigurable structure. The innovative robotics and unmatched quality of Kalwall panels combine to create a flexible piece of architecture that accommodates a wide range of activities in a small space.
Kalwall has become the go-to option for translucent building systems, providing museum-quality daylighting™
with superior thermal packages.
Company: Kalwall Corporation
Product: Wall Systems
What happens when you bring together 250,000 people from around the world for six days in Munich, Germany?
- Ideas are exchanged.
- Best practices are shared.
- Deeper levels of understanding are reached.
That was, in a nutshell, BAU 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems with the 2,210 exhibitors from 45 countries. More than 80,000 people had, like us, travelled overseas.
From our vantage point at the Kalwall® exhibit – our first time exhibiting at BAU (German for `construction’) – we could see how much the world beyond the borders of the United States is changing and this was a chance to see how architects, owners, contractors and other business people are responding to those changes.
Here are three key takeaways from BAU 2017 affecting daylighting and fenestration globally.
1. Safety and security is no longer just about airports and government buildings
The safety, security and privacy of guests at hotels, students at schools and employees at banks and high finance institutions are becoming harder to ensure. While airport administrators and government facilities have been working with Kalwall for years to find solutions to similar problems, it was interesting to see the volume of private business owners looking for similar answers.Kalwall’s specialty systems meet UFC 4-010-01 blast requirements and can, for example, provide an extra level of safety for guests in a hotel lobby from a car bombing in the street outside. The translucent panels also afford more privacy while providing museum-quality daylighting™ for interior spaces.
2. Canopies need to be rugged and resistant to pollution
Pollution and heat in certain regions of the world take their toll on canopies meant to provide shelter and shade, leaving architects and construction managers searching for alternatives to less durable polycarbonates.The ruggedness and capacity to resist fading in intense heat, along with its ability keep clean where pollution is a concern made Kalwall canopies an appealing option to business people in desert climates as well as industrial cities.
3. Energy is expensive and daylighting solutions are more important than ever
Technology was a dominant part of the conversation at BAU and a major reason why the world is seeking better ways to produce and store energy. I think my grandfather, Kalwall founder Robert R. Keller, would have been smiling. After all, energy efficiency was one of the reasons he developed his translucent sandwich panel in 1955.
Our technology, with its best in industry thermal and solar heat gain performance, was a conversation starter for business people concerned with the high cost of energy and the ways to be efficient. Renovations, in particular, present cladders the challenge of finding energy efficient solutions.
BAU 2017 was an opportunity to expose more people globally to the benefits of Kalwall. They came looking for the latest advancements, but some technology stands the test of time. This was re-affirmation of a technology we developed 62 years ago.
Company: Kalwall Corporation
Of: Amelia Keller
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