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AIA Northeast Wisconsin Eat & Earn Program

Daylighting with Aerogel-Filled Multiwall Polycarbonate

Provider: AmeriLux International

Tuesday, June 17

  • 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
  • Appleton: Holiday Inn Appleton, 150 S Nicolet Rd, Appleton

Wednesday, June 18

  • 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
  • Green Bay: Titletown Brewing, 200 Dousman St. Green Bay, WI

Thursday, June 19

  • 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
  • Sheboygan: Highland House, 820 Indiana Ave, Sheboygan, WI

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Chemical make-up, production methods, sustainable nature, and high performance of aerogel?
  • How natural light improves our moods, health, and productivity. Sustainable features of natural light over artificial lighting?
  • Aerogel’s ability to overcome past daylighting issues such as thermal loss and glare?
  • Combining the thermal performance and light diffusion with the strength and usability of multiwall polycarbonate?
  • How aerogel filled multiwall polycarbonate is easily integrated into existing daylighting systems?

1.0 AIA/CES Learning Unit  |  Pre-registered members can attend for Free

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Available in June!

The Industry’s MOST ADVANCED multiwall polycarbonate panels will soon be available. These lightweight, high-performance panels will offer coextruded UV protection, superior energy efficiency, and field-proven performance in clarity, strength and light transmission.

These technologically-advanced polycarbonate panels will make ideal greenhouse coverings where the uniformity of the light delivered to the plants is key to successful greenhouse production.

Offering the only 15-YEAR WARRANTY in the Industry, these panels will not change more than 5 Delta from the original yellowing index of 0 or lose more than 4% light transmission over a fifteen-year period. Virtually No Yellowing! 100% full replacement for the first eight years.

To find out more about these Extreme High-Performance Polycarbonate Glazing Panels, please call Customer Service at 888-602-4441.

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Solar Transmission:

Building glazing’s that permit high levels of natural light may also lead to rapid interior heat buildup due to the penetration of near-infrared (IR) radiation through the glazing. The percentage of the directly transmitted heat that passes through glazing plus the absorbed and inwardly re-radiated heat is called solar transmission.

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Final Post of the Three Part Series: Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

(This is 1 of 3 Posts dedicated to: “What do the Performance Values Mean?”)

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is a measurement of the heat energy that comes through a glazing product. This includes heat energy from the visible and infrared portions of the light spectrum. The inclusion of infrared is very important as the majority of heat energy is transmitted by the larger infrared wavelengths.

SHGC is expressed as number between 0 and 1. The lower the SHGC, the less heat energy that comes in through the glazing. When considering the requirements of SHGC, it is important to consider location. In southern areas it would be important to minimize heat gain, while in northern climates it may be a benefit. Often the minimum requirements are determined by Building Codes.

In almost all situations, it is important to maintain a high Variable Light Transmission (VLT). Often to achieve a lower SHGC the VLT is greatly reduced. Finding the correct relationship between VLT and SHGC will depend on the building use and location. The testing of SHGC can be very intensive and often relies on actual sun light. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has specific requirements for SHGC testing by a third party.

There are many tests that can apply to polycarbonate or glazing. U-value, VLT and SHGC are three of the most common. Other tests may apply to specific materials or applications. For more information on product testing requirements, please contact us at 888.602.4441.

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PVC Panel Designed to Meet and Exceed Expectations

 “TRUSSCORE™ PVC Interlocking Liner Panel”

trussocre_garage_smTRUSSCORE™ PVC Interlocking Liner Panels offer a smooth, hygienic, abuse-resistant finish that is easy to clean and maintain. The panels unique inner truss design provides outstanding spanning capability. The “truss design” was incorporated to help prevent racking and increase the panel’s overall rigidity and high strength.

TRUSSCORE panels feature a tongue-and-groove interlocking system which makes ease of both vertical and horizontal installations. A pre-punched nailing flange serves as a pilot hole; saving both time and dropped screws. trusscore_retail_smThe panel’s half-inch thick wall design is lightweight and comes in standard and custom lengths. TRUSSCORE panels require no special training or tools to install and are safe to work with using normal construction practices. The waste material is also recyclable.

TRUSSCORE panels are well suited for all agricultural, industrial, commercial, and residential interior applications including: kennels, riding stables, restaurant kitchens, supermarkets, breweries, health care facilities, schools, and laboratories.

Click here to learn more about the PVC panel that is transforming construction practices in the United States and Canada.

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Frequently Asked Product Question:

Q: What is the recommended method for cutting multiwall polycarbonate panels?

A: Use a razor knife or a circular saw with a fine tooth blade that has at least 10 teeth per inch. (The saw blade that has worked the best for our guys in the warehouse cutting multiwall panels is the Diablo blade for Laminates & Laminate Flooring, Plastics & Non-Ferrous Metals. Key features: Teeth – 84 TCG on a 10″ blade, Max 7000 rpm, Triple chip design, 5 degree hook angle, .098″ kerf)

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Committed to Educating the Industry and the Architectural Marketplace

Tim FikkertEmployee Spotlight: “Tim Fikkert, AIA”

Tim Fikkert AIA, AmeriLux’s architect, joined the A-Team in March of 2012. Tim is a licensed architect with 4+ years of design experience that includes a concentration in detailing and sustainability. He received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois. Tim is also a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C.

Upon his initial arrival, Tim’s primarily focus was using construction project databases to locate potential project’s utilizing AmeriLux material and architecture firms interested in multiwall polycarbonate. Since then, his role has expanded to include product development, sales calls to new and existing customers, giving educational presentations, and technical/design support.

AmeriLux’s primary source for technical information on sustainability and glazing, Tim enjoys the research and development aspect of architectural design. Feel free to contact him at 888.602.4441 with your project questions. Tim will be able to match the most appropriate AmeriLux product with your exact design requirements.

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Part Two of: “What do the Performance Values Mean?”

(This is 1 of 3 Posts dedicated to: “What do the Performance Values Mean?”)

Visible Light Transmittance (VLT)

Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) is the amount of visible light that transmits through a product. Specifically, visible light transmittance is referring to the visible portion of the light spectrum – the portion that we can see. VLT is often used interchangeably with the term “Light Transmittance”.

To obtain the correct light levels with daylighting, it is important to use products with the proper visible light transmittance. Using a product with a higher VLT will often allow for less glazing, which can be a huge cost savings. As with the U-Value, standardized testing is important and the NFRC has third party testing requirements for VLT.

Another important consideration is the quality of the light that is being transmitted. While VLT is the most common requirement for light levels, diffusion can be equally impactful on the lighting of a space. Light diffusion distributes the light equally to all areas of a space and reduces glare. An even, glare-free light is easier for the eyes to adjust to and creates a more pleasant interior environment.

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Farmer Studios II

“THERMOCLICK™ Panels Create Dynamic Shade-Screen Element”

farmer_studio_windows_smFarmer Studios II is the second phase of a creative-class office campus located in Tempe, AZ. The addition, which recently opened in the spring of 2014, is a three-story, gray stucco building structurally tied together with the original two-story building and connected with bridges and external walkways.

Completed back in 2004, the original building used CMU construction with fiberglass shade screens. In contrast, the new addition is a lighter, floating volume composed primarily of steel and EIFS. The expansion features an extruded aluminum frame suspended outside the façade. Traditional sliding glass door extrusions were mounted inside the frame and custom fitted with LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ 40mm SCIR Gray polycarbonate panels. This created an operable shade-screen on the outside of the building envelope that could be operated by hand by the building occupants.

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Part One of: “What do the Performance Values Mean?”

(This is 1 of 3 Posts dedicated to: “What do the Performance Values Mean?”)

The need for high efficiency and sustainability is bringing greater performance requirements for buildings. For this reason it is important that all the products used in these buildings meet the specific requirements of the designers. To provide architects and engineers with the proper information, several performance values are commonly used with glazing products.

Part One of the Three Part Series: U-Value

U-Value is the overall heat transfer coefficient of a material. In simpler terms, it is a measurement for the insulation value of a product and is the inverse of the R-Value. The US unit of measurement is BTU/(h F ft2) and the value is between 0 and 1. This is important to know as the European value will look quite different than the US. The lower the U-value a material has, the better its thermal insulation. In short, a lower U-Value = Better Insulation = A More Efficient Building.

An example of a very low U-Value is a 40mm LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ panel filled with Lumira® aerogel at .10, this equals an R-Value of 10.

1/U-Value = R-Value or 1/.10 = 10

There are several ways to determine U-Value. Because thermal performance changes depending on conditions, such as temperature and humidity, designers and manufacturers rely on standardized test methods. These include calculations such as the ISO 10077 or a physical test like the ASTM C 1363. To ensure standardization across manufacturers, designers often require products tested by a Third Party, per NFRC requirements. The NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) oversees a variety of test methods and design calculations for windows, skylights, and doors. By using a standardized test completed by a third party, designers can confidently specify a product based on its ability to perform as needed. To best serve designers and customers, AmeriLux has approved NFRC testing for a variety of products.

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