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The Future of EcoFriendly Daylighting?

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As more buildings push for LEED recognition, we are seeing increased daylighting of buildings. While most glass has minimal pre- & post-recycled content, other glazing options are becoming more appealing in the green economy, including translucent sandwich panel systems.

Kalwall installation at Hounslow East Station, London Underground, UK, Acanthus Lawrence & Wrightson, Architect

Hounslow East Station, London Underground, UK, Acanthus Lawrence & Wrightson, Architect

Among the North American manufacturers of translucent sandwich panel systems includes Kalwall Corporation. Kalwall, invented in 1955, has been the world leader in the development of “museum-quality, natural daylight”.

Kalwall creates truly people-friendly, controlled daylight environments that enhance the comfort, practicality and elegance of any space. Kalwall is unique in it’s ability to provide glare-free daylight that is soft, yet bright and illuminating. When viewed from outside a structure at night and back lit by the building’s interior lighting, Kalwall creates a dramatic soft glow that often becomes an entire building’s statement of identity.

Kalwall employs a system of interconnected structural components, forming rigid, modular units which replace the heavy mullions and floating panels of other curtain-walls. Normal loads are dispersed throughout the panels, rather than converging on the mullions. Clamp-tite closures at head, sill, jamb an unit-to-unit serve only a sealing function. The unique construction and extreme structural strength of the components permit the largest panel-unit wall sections to be installed quickly and efficiently.


Kalwall installation at Willows of Westboro, Westboro, Massachusetts, Irwin A. Regent & Associates, Architects

Kalwall installation at Willows of Westboro, Westboro, Massachusetts, Irwin A. Regent & Associates, Architects

Kalwall is highly adaptable, and can be used in many situations including:

1. Wall Panel Systems- Enclose any space quickly and economically. Combine natural daylight with the best thermal and solar properties.

2. Curtainwall Systems- Large factory preassembled units assure rapid multi-story installation.

3. Window/Replacements- Wall panels, panel unit walls, windows, and even whole walls pay for themselves in energy savings.

4. Standard Skylight Systems- Factory preassembled, then knocked down for ease of shipment.

5. Pre-Engineered Skylights- Fully self-supporting, larger skylights are standardized for fast delivery and significantly reduced costs.

6. Custom skylight systems- Total design flexibility is made possible by the unique structural integrity and superior strength-to-weight ratio of our sandwich panel technology.

7. Walkways, Solariums, and Small Structures- Combinations of sandwich panels, glass, framing components and accessories.

8. Large Systems and Entire Structures-For any expansive skylighting or sloped glazing application on any type of building or as an entire structure.

Our team at Eureka has experience installing multiple Kalwall systems. Call or e-mail us today with your questions!

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Written by eurekaglass

March 18, 2010 at 10:39 am