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Glossary of Terms | Softlite Polycarbonate

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ Softlite is a 100% light diffusing panel utilizing advanced polymer technology to scatter light while maintaining a high level of light transmission. Natural light is scattered in many directions. The result is a softer light that helps to eliminate hot spots, glare and shadows.

The diffusion feature is excellent for greenhouse applications. Light encompasses both top and bottom leaves resulting in uniform growth and more usable energy to the plant.

According to several studies, natural diffused light increases occupant productivity and creates a more comfortable, safe environment for both people and animals.


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Ozanam Inn |New Sheltered Day Space

“Polycarbonate Panels create Translucent Canopy”

Located in the Louisiana city of New Orleans, the Ozanam Inn has been providing an emergency night shelter and services for the homeless and under-served for over sixty years. Last fall, the outside gathering area at the Ozanam Inn was transformed into a more functional and visually appealing day space. This was all made possible by a generous anonymous donor’s gift and the collaborative efforts of the Tulane School of Architecture’s community design center.

The Ozanam Inn’s new day space features a wonderful outdoor canopy and a large wooden decking area with plenty of seating. The canopy is built of steel and pressure-treated wood. The ‘folded’ roof surface was designed with several ridges and valleys. Preferring a transparent white or frosted roofing material, LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 Softlite twin wall polycarbonate panels were used to cover the structure.

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 was an excellent choice for this canopy project. These high-performance panels are extremely durable and can withstand a lot of punishment from nature’s elements. Softlite polycarbonate provides 100% light diffusion. The panels diffuse the natural light coming through, creating a comfortable outdoor space for the clients of the Ozanam Inn.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Ozanam Inn’s new sheltered day space was held earlier this month. “It was a great celebration of a long semester’s work. We’re doing some touch up here and there, but the shelter is being put to good use every day!” said Sara Allen Harper, M. Arch 2017 | Tulane University School of Architecture.

Tulane City Center brings together creative makers and doers working for a better city by advancing community-driven ideas through collaboration, design education and scrappy problem-solving.

Ozanam Inn offers aid and comfort to the poor and needy in its community by providing basic human needs such as; food, shelter and clothing.

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ is a trademark of SABIC


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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Jim Romenesko | Driver for AmeriLux Transportation

A Sprinkler Fitter for twenty-one years, Jim Romenesko decided to retire after his third knee surgery. During those years as Sprinkler Fitter, he also worked as a part-time truck driver and milked cows for a local dairy farm. Previous to his time spent in the fire sprinkler fitter trade, Jim was a full time truck driver.

With years of experience behind the wheel of trucks, Jim joined AmeriLux Transportation as a part time driver nearly two years ago.  “My role is to safely get products from point-to-point as efficiently as possible in a courteous manner,” Jim responded. “I like this job because it is physically easier on the body. I also like to drive, always did!”

Fun Fact: Jim played football for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Started as a Freshman and Sophomore. After three concussions and a back surgery, he decided to stop playing.

In case you were wondering: A Sprinkler Fitter is a very demanding trade and is responsible for installing all types of fire-protecting systems that save lives and property.

To continually provide value-added services and improve on-time delivery with key customers, AmeriLux International formed AmeriLux Transportation, a full-service freight transport company, in June 2012. Click here to learn more.


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DIY Tip of the Month: Snow Load

Snow load refers to the amount of “snow and ice” weight per square foot that a building’s roof is able to support.

In areas with high snow loads, several factors should be considered when purchasing polycarbonate sheets for a roofing project: Sheet structure and thickness, sheet width, purlin spacing, type of connection, slope direction, roof shape, and wind exposure.

Always consult with your local building inspector to determine the building code requirements for your area.


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Link of Interest: Polycarbonate Daylighting Solutions

Seven Stunning Examples of Polycarbonate Daylighting Solutions

Architectural building designs featuring translucent polycarbonate continue to increase in popularity around the world.

Click here for a article written by Lizzie Crook that highlights seven stunning examples.


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AmeriLux | Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Langford Elementary, Hartford CT

Lumira® aerogel

Q. What are the benefits to filling polycarbonate multiwall panels with Lumira® aerogel?

A. Multiwall polycarbonate daylighting systems are greatly enhanced by the inclusion of Lumira® aerogel. Lumira® aerogel increases the insulation factor, provides superior light diffusion, improves acoustic performance, reduces solar heat gain/loss, and decreases energy consumption.




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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Kyle Goehegan | Team Lead – Lumira® aerogel

Before joining AmeriLux in the summer of 2015, Kyle worked in warehousing and retail for several years. He is a hardworking, valuable member of the Distribution Center (DC) Team, leading the efforts of the Lumira® aerogel department.

On a day-to-day basis, Kyle operates the Lumira® aerogel filling machine. A unique piece of equipment used to fill multiwall polycarbonate panels with the high-quality silica particulate. Kyle executes and oversees the entire aerogel filling process from start to finish which includes: ripping, filling, tamping, taping, and final inspection of the filled panels.

When asked his opinion on the benefits of filling multiwall polycarbonate panels with Lumira® aerogel, Kyle replied, “It ups the insulation factor and eliminates hot spots. The aerogel also adds a cool look.”

Lumira® aerogel Filling Machine

Lumira® aerogel increases the thermal insulation properties of a multiwall panel. The use of insulated polycarbonate panels in architectural daylighting applications can aid in meeting today’s stringent building and energy code requirements. Call 888.602.4441 to learn more about the many benefits of this product.





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Langford Elementary School | Skylight Retrofit

“Superior Aesthetics. Superior Performance”

Architect: Capitol Studio Architects
Skylight System: Wasco Skylights
Wasco Sales Representative: PACE Representatives
Wasco Certified Installer: Angel Creek

The existing skylight at the John A. Langford Elementary School in East Hartford, Connecticut was in dire need of being replaced. It annoyingly leaked, created undue glare, and was thermally inefficient and aesthetically unappealing. The transparent glazing had discolored with age, reducing the amount and the quality of natural light entering the building.

The architect on the project, Capital Studio Architects, contacted Wasco’s sales representative at PACE for a skylight replacement solution. Since a new skylight would have involved rebuilding the curb, not to mention the cost of a completely new system, it was decided to retrofit the existing skylight frame with Wasco’s light-framed Classic system and 25mm Lumira® aerogel-filled polycarbonate panels.

The original 34.5’ x 34.5’ pyramid skylight had featured acrylic panels. Replacing the glazing with glass would have required extensive framework reinforcement to support the additional weight, increasing both material and installation costs.  Lightweight, durable, and easy to install, multiwall polycarbonate was the ideal replacement glazing choice for this renovation project.

Additionally, the light diffusion benefits from the inclusion of Lumira® aerogel will eliminate the glare of direct sunlight, and the superior insulating properties of the dry silica particulate will help the school reduce their HVAC energy usage and its costs.

Headquartered in Wells, Maine, Wasco Skylights offers a full line of commercial and residential daylighting solutions made in the U.S.A. Click here to visit their website.


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WFBA 2017 Annual Conference & Tour | Stop at AmeriLux

The Wisconsin Frame Builders Association (WFBA) held their 2017 Conference last week at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel and Convention Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. This annual meeting provides its attendees with many opportunities to advance their industry knowledge as well as learn about new ideas to incorporate into their building designs.

Each year, the conference includes a tour to local building designs that use the latest designs and engineering along with manufacturers of products used in the Post Frame Industry. This year’s tour included stops at an 80 x 200 post frame building at Manitowoc County Fairgrounds, robotic milking parlor at Clover Edge Dairy, AmeriLux International, and the Stone Cellar Brewery.

AmeriLux was honored to be a part of this year’s WFBA tour schedule. Following a company overview presentation, forty-plus conference attendees were split into groups and taken through the distribution center to observe key areas. On the tour, the groups were shown a broad range of products, fabrication services, and component assembly operations.

WFBA is an organization of builders, affiliates and suppliers whose business is supplying materials and the construction of frame buildings for the Wisconsin Consumer. Click here to visit their website.



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AmeriLux | Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Q: What are closure strips?

A: Typically made of foam or plastic, closure strips are designed with a profile that matches the configuration of a corrugated panel. Closure strips seal the opening created where the corrugated polycarbonate sheet meets a flat surface, filling the gap in corrugated roofing and sidewall applications.

Closure strips provide a finished, professional appearance and increase the weather-tightness of polycarbonate corrugated panels by preventing moisture, insects, and debris from getting under the panels.

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