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Polycarbonate Panels Brighten Tiny Home

“Small Space Daylighting Solution”

The Carpenter Owl is located in Bloomington, Indiana. Daniel Weddle, the face behind the feathers, specializes in building wonderful, small structures. These tiny homes, studios, and expression spaces are artful creations incorporating healthy design elements and natural building materials.

Built for an herbalist in North Carolina, ‘The Wooly Resistance of the Salted Snail’ features a translucent multiwall polycarbonate skylight over the stairs and a transparent monolithic polycarbonate bed pod. These daylighting solutions provide the tiny home owner with the perfect opportunity to watch the sunrise or gaze at a star-filled night sky – to slow down, relax and de-stress.

Besides the benefits of natural daylight, the LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 25mm 5X multiwall polycarbonate panel used in the skylight provides excellent thermal insulation. High thermal performance was an important material consideration since the skylight is located in the heated portion of the tiny home.

When asked if he plans to use polycarbonate in future tiny home designs, Daniel had this response: “Yes, I have dreamed of having a half roof for an artist studio that would allow diffused north light to enter the space.  This would be done with multiwall polycarbonate for winter.”

Thinking about building a tiny home or structure? Learn more at the Carpenter Owl >>


 

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AmeriLux | DIY Tip of the Month

“Spring” Cleaning’Polycarbonate Do’s and Don’ts

Do gently clean with lukewarm water.
Do use a mild household detergent.
Do use a soft cloth or cellulose sponge.
Do use an up and down cleaning motion.
Do change the water and rinse often.
Do finish with a clean water rinse.
Do dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.

Don’t use abrasive cleaning agents.
Don’t use highly alkaline cleaners.
Don’t use gasoline or acetone.
Don’t clean in a circular motion.
Don’t use steel wool, brushes, or squeegees.
Don’t scrape with sharp objects like razor blades.
Don’t walk on sheets while cleaning.
Don’t clean in direct sunlight.
Don’t clean at high temperatures.


 

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AmeriLux | Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Q: In the case of a fire, what would happen to a polycarbonate sheet?

A: Like any plastic, a polycarbonate sheet will burn but it will burn at a very slow rate. Self-extinguishing when removed from the flame source.

Polycarbonate sheets have good fire behavior characteristics. Their flammability rate is low and they do not contribute significantly to the spread of a fire nor do they release toxic fumes.

Polycarbonate sheets receive high fire performance ratings, meeting the requirements of stringent fire-performance building codes and standards.

Because of their high fire resistance, polycarbonate sheets are a recommended choice for glazing applications in school, hospitals, and other public venues.

FRP vs. Polycarbonate Full-Scale Fire Test Video


 

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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Sadig Huseynov | Account Manager – AmeriLux Logistics

This past January, Sadig Huseynov joined AmeriLux Logistics, a full-service freight brokerage division of AmeriLux International. After working for Schneider National for almost two years, Sadig was excited for a new opportunity to expand his experience and knowledge of the logistics industry.

As an Account Manager, Sadig coordinates incoming and outgoing freight shipments for both AmeriLux International and AmeriLux Logistics. His role involves finding unique solutions to customer’s logistics challenges. “I enjoy helping customers keep their promises to their customers,” said Sadig.

When asked what the most challenging part of his job is, Sadig responded with this answer: “Waking up in the morning,” he said with a smile. “I’m just kidding. I would have to say some of the miscommunication or lack of communication by carriers.” This challenge, of course, is taken in stride. Follow-up and accountability by the logistics team keeps everything running smoothly!

Fun Fact: Sadig speaks four languages – Azerbaijani (native), Russian, Turkish, and English.

AmeriLux Logistics views freight transportation as much more than just a simple forwarding operation. For more information on the brokerage services offered, please contact AmeriLux Logistics at 920.425.3550.


 

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Progress Report on Our New Building

Our new building is coming along well. The construction crew continues to make great progress. The steel framework is finished and the covering of the sides and ends has begun. Incorporating natural light into our new building was an important design feature. All four sides of the building will feature our 40mm Blue LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ interlocking sheet system. Below are a few photos of the construction site as of Friday.

Follow our Expansion Progress. Updates will be posted regularly.

 

 

 


 

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Kalahari Pocono Resort

“Natural Light Creates an Outdoor Atmosphere”

The Kalahari Resort in the Poconos recently earned the title “America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark” with the completion of an 110,000 sq. ft. expansion.

The waterpark offers guests a tropical feel even when the outdoor temperatures are plummeting and snow is falling. The abundant daylighting is provided by three skylights, two large translucent roofs, three glass clearstories and two high glass walls.

Two of the three skylights are large (50’ x 50’) pyramid style structures glazed with CoverLite® 25mm Triplewall panels. Lighter, easier to install, and more cost effective, polycarbonate is often used in waterpark or pool enclosure glazing applications. Click here to read full article.


 

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AmeriLux | Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Q: Are polycarbonate panels “virtually unbreakable”?

A: No product is completely indestructible. However, polycarbonate is a durable, exceedingly tough transparent thermoplastic that is virtually unbreakable and shatterproof.

One of the biggest advantages of polycarbonate is its high impact resistance and outstanding strength. Polycarbonate panels have the ability to dissipate the energy of an impact without breaking.

In other words, polycarbonate gets its strength from being flexible, meaning, it “gives a little” when impacted.


 

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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Diedra Wilmet | Customer Relations Representative

Before coming to AmeriLux, Diedra Wilmet worked as a merchandiser for the Indianapolis Fruit Company, a distributor of fruits, vegetables, and other produce items. After being with the company for seven years doing the same thing, she realized there was little to no room for growth.

Looking for a change in direction, Diedra joined the Customer Relations Department at AmeriLux in January 2017. Her primary duties are answering incoming calls, responding to customer’s emails, estimating and order entry, as well as, numerous other support functions.

When asked what she is enjoying most about her role at AmeriLux, Diedra replied, “Every day is different. I like the challenge and I enjoy having to stretch my brain a bit!”

Fun Fact: Diedra spends most of her spare time at a local boarding facility, riding and caring for her horse “Val”.


 

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East Harlem Grand Pavilion

“2016 Parsons Design Workshop Project”

Located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, near Union Square, the School of Constructed Environments (SCE) is situated within the Parsons School of Design. The SCE is an internationally recognized center for the study of the urban built environment.

 The Design Workshop is SCE’s signature design-build program; providing pro-bono design and construction services to NY nonprofits while offering graduate architecture and lighting design students the opportunity to work on projects for real clients. The East Harlem Garden Pavilion is the latest project in a long line of design-build projects completed by Workshop students.

Starting within the design portion of the Workshop, students re-imagined the East Harlem community garden known as El Sitio Feliz or “The Happy Place”. The garden features a playground and is used throughout the year for community gardening activities as well as a variety of cultural and musical festivals.

Under the supervision of architecture faculty, students constructed a new pavilion and seating space using both purchased and donated building materials. The steel and cedar pavilion design incorporates elements that are both functional and visually appealing, including lighting, planters, an outdoor sink, and translucent roof panels.

Having had great success with similar systems in the past, the LEXAPANEL™ polycarbonate standing seam panel was used to glaze portions of the pavilion roof. Compared to other glazing materials, the LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 20mm 5-Wall X-Structure panel is an extremely durable yet lightweight panel, offering ease of handling and installation. Students from the Workshop found the installation method of the LEXAPANEL™ panel easy to grasp, installing the panels in one day.

While most of the 2016 Parsons Design Workshop project is complete, there are a few details that still need to be wrapped up. New playground equipment and landscaping will be put in as soon as the temperate is consistently above 50 degrees in NYC. The plan is to finish by late spring or early summer.

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ and LEXAPANEL™ are trademarks of SABIC.

The Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE) encompasses a unique array of design principles, challenging students to take on the cultural, environmental, and technological forces shaping the world today.  Click here to visit their website.


 

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AmeriLux is Expanding … Again!

Since being formed in May 2004, AmeriLux International has expanded its facility twice. In 2009, we expanded the distribution center and operations space, nearly doubling the physical plant size. In 2012, we completed another expansion to the distribution center; bringing the total square footage of operations space to just under 60,000 square feet.

This time, AmeriLux is adding an additional building. The 30,592 square foot facility is being built on the vacant property adjacent to our current East De Pere location and will house our extensive inventory of multiwall polycarbonate products. The new building will have 161 unique storage locations; providing us the opportunity to improve our lot control, minimize double handling of material, and allow for a true FIFO inventory system.

Follow our Expansion Progress. Updates will be posted regularly.


 

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