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AIA National Convention Recap

aia_wiLast month I had the pleasure of attending the AIA National Convention in Chicago. This was an opportunity to meet with architects, customers, and to observe the direction of the building and construction industry. It was exciting to see how multiwall polycarbonate and Lumira® aerogel products play a critical role in the construction industry.

The products featured at the Expo and in the Keynote presentations continue to show the importance of sustainable and green design. Speaker Ed Mazria, AIA, highlighted the impact that buildings have on the environment; they are responsible for 75% of all carbon emissions. He also outlined aggressive goals, such as striving for carbon neutrality by the year 2030. What was most encouraging is that the efforts of architects and designers utilizing new design methods. Advanced products are starting to make a difference, making goals such as carbon neutrality obtainable.

This is why it is exciting to have an advanced daylighting product like Lumira® aerogel filled multiwall polycarbonate. Carbon neutrality will require thermal efficient buildings. With an R-10, a 40mm THERMOCLICK™ panel filled with aerogel is one of the most thermal efficient glazing products available. Panels filled with Lumira® aerogel provide thermal efficiency as well as quality, diffused light. These features are important as architects and designers work to achieve important climate change goals, such as daylighting and sustainable design.

The AIA National Convention showcased what architects are doing to achieve these goals in local communities and around the world. AmeriLux International is also working towards achieving these goals, not just with our product offerings, but also with our technical and support resources.

Tim Fikkert, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Lumira® aerogel is a registered trademark of Cabot Corporation

THERMOCLICK is option a trademark of SABIC Innovative Plastics IP B. V.

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate

101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #73 Patio Furniture

patio_tablerevisedHave a shattered or cracked patio table top? No need to buy new, simply replace it with a piece of multiwall polycarbonate. Easy, practical, and cost effective, polycarbonate is a great way to update the look of older patio tables or replace a damaged table top, extending the life of your patio furniture.

A multiwall polycarbonate tabletop is stronger and more durable than a glass one. Because polycarbonate is lightweight, it is simple to install. Multiwall sheets offer the same traditional appearance as glass. With the ability to easily custom cut into any shape, a polycarbonate replacement table top is perfect for a Do It Yourself Project. You can even cut a hole for an umbrella pole!

Whether you need to replace or update your patio furniture at home, at a restaurant or business, multiwall polycarbonate is an ideal material that will last for many years. Please visit our website at www.ameriluxinternational.com for more information on multiwall polycarbonate.

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Polycarbonate Term: PAR

Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR) is a term that refers to the amount of light within the 400- to 700-nanometer wavelength range. This is the range of light within the visible light range that is used by plants for photosynthesis and is regarded by many horticulturalists as being critical for proper plant growth and development. Therefore, the glazing material used to cover greenhouse structures should have a high transmittance of PAR.

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate

101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #91 Sunroom

Polycarbonate SunroomMultiwall polycarbonate is an excellent product option for a sunroom, creating a comfortable environment. When compared to glass, structured polycarbonate is 200 times stronger, making it virtually unbreakable. Multiwall panels are lightweight and easy-to-install. Available in a variety of colors, polycarbonate multiwall delivers a high-quality, low maintenance glazing that is long lasting.

Providing a high degree of light transmittance, multiwall polycarbonate blocks
harmful ultra violet rays and diffuses direct sunlight. A sunroom built with multiwall panels will protect you and your plants and offer beautiful, natural daylighting. Bring the outdoors inside with multiwall polycarbonate panels in your sunroom.

If you would like to learn more about our multiwall polycarbonate products, please visit our website at www.ameriluxinternational.com.

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LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 is now available

The most advanced multiwall polycarbonate sheet is now available! The LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 sheet will not break due to loss of impact strength through weathering and will not display excessive yellowing or loss of light transmission for fifteen years.

Offering the only 15-YEAR WARRANTY in the Industry, this high-performance multiwall sheet 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. The warranty also covers fifteen years against breakage caused by hail. 100% full replacement value offered for the first eight years!

To find out more about the LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 sheet, please call the Customer Service A-Team at 888-602-4441.

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate

101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #7 Basketball Backboard

basketball_hoop_backboardMultiwall polycarbonate is an ideal material for a durable, long-lasting basketball backboard. The superior impact strength of multiwall polycarbonate allows it to withstand the toughest of abuse. It doesn’t matter how many times a basketball gets thrown against a polycarbonate backboard; the board will still look and play great.

Available in a variety of colors and the thicknesses, multiwall polycarbonate backboards are virtually unbreakable. Compared to acrylic backboards, polycarbonate is ten times stronger and won’t crack or shatter. Polycarbonate backboards are perfect for public recreation areas where vandalism may be a concern. Lightweight and easily fabricated, multiwall polycarbonate is a great replacement choice for a broken backboard without having to replace the entire basketball system.

Polycarbonate has the ability to endure the harmful effects of any kind of weather and extreme temperatures, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your basketball hoop outside at all times. Whether you are putting up a portable, in-ground, or wall-mount basketball hoop and want assurance that your backboard will last for many years, polycarbonate multiwall is an excellent product option.

If you would like to learn more about our multiwall polycarbonate products, please visit our website at www.ameriluxinternational.com.

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Frequently Asked Product Related Question

Q: What is the difference between direct light and diffused light?

A: Direct light is intense, bright light coming from a single source in one direction. Direct light creates sharply defined, deep shadows and flattens out three-dimensional detail. Diffused light is a soft light with neither the intensity nor the glare of direct light. Scattering in many different directions, diffused is spread over and reflected around objects, and does not cast harsh shadows.

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Introducing: LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 SHEET

“High-Performance Polycarbonate Panels offer 15-Year Warranty”

lexan_polycarbonate_sheet_logo_SmBlueAmeriLux International is pleased to offer the industry’s most advanced multiwall polycarbonate sheet: LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 manufactured by SABIC’s Specialty Film and Sheet Division. This high-performance, lightweight panel provides an outstanding balance of impact strength and stiffness, excellent thermal insulation, UV protection, flame resistance, condensation control, and long-term high light transmission. LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 is the INDUSTRY’S ONLY polycarbonate multiwall glazing panel available with a 15-YEAR WARRANTY!

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 SHEET multiwall polycarbonate (PC) sheet is available in a minimum gauge of 4.5mm to a maximum of 16mm in the following standard colors: clear, white, opal, bronze, Softlite and Solar Control IR*. An established brand name for over 40 years, the LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 panel is a perfect glazing alternative for a wide variety of horticultural, architectural, industrial, residential, and agricultural applications. Call the Customer Service A-Team at 888.602.4441 for more information.

LEXAN THERMOCLEAR is a trademark of SABIC.

Not all gauges and colors will be stocked by AmeriLux International. Call for availability.

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Join Us At Cultivate ’14 (Formerly OFA Short Course)

JoinUS_cultivate14_logo_2c_RGBUpcoming Event: Come and Visit AmeriLux International at Booth 1438!

When:

  • Sunday, July 13th 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, July 14th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 15th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215 USA

What: Formerly known as OFA Short Course, Cultivate’14 is an annual convention and trade show offering premiere educational and networking experiences, and more than 7 acres of tradeshow exhibits including technology, new products and services, and new plant varieties.

For more event information, please Click Here.

 

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