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DIY Tip of the Month

interior_wall_dividerWant to add privacy to a room or define areas in a large, open space? Why not build a customized room divider or partition with multiwall polycarbonate. These light weight panels are easy to fabricate and install with basic carpentry tools.

A perfect solution for attractive yet durable partition and enclosure applications!

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A Workability Attitude

bonnie brienenBonnie Brienen joined AmeriLux in February of 2014, overseeing office housekeeping and landscape maintenance. Since then, she’s has taken on the additional responsibilities of fulfilling install component orders for one of AmeriLux’s largest key accounts and processing sample requests.

Getting the job done right is just one part of working effectively in a team environment. Having the right attitude is an equally important aspect. Bonnie possesses this “workability attitude”. She is not only conscientious of the importance of accuracy in her work; she also brings a “can do” positive and friendly attitude to work every day.

When asked what the most important aspect of her job is, Bonnie replied with this answer. “Keeping the warehouse and office spaces clean and safe. Housekeeping is not just about cleanliness. It reduces accidents, improves morale, reduces fire potential, and increases efficiency. It’s about creating a pleasant and productive working environment for everyone.”

“What can I help you with?” is a phrase often asked by Bonnie. Her caring attitude, willingness to help out when needed, and uncanny ability to get things done make her a valuable member of the A-team.

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What is LEED?

usgbcLeadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party building certification process developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. This green building certification program recognizes best-in-class building practices and is an internationally recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.

LEED is a performance-based rating system. The system measures a building using several metrics including energy savings, water efficiency, sustainable land use, improved air quality, and stewardship of natural resources. Certification is based on total number of points earned out of 100.

Buildings achieve certification by submitting an application to the Green Building Certification Institute for review. If all requirements are met, the GBCI awards LEED certification. The four levels of certification are: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Click here to send an email or call 800.602-4441 to find out how our products can help you achieve LEED credits and certification.

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate

101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #43 Hunting Blind

painted_hunting_blindBuild your own ground or elevated hunting blind with multiwall polycarbonate panels. Virtually maintenance free, polycarbonate panels are very durable and can withstand tough outdoor weather conditions. Exposure to snow, ice, wind, rain or sun will not degrade a polycarbonate hunting blind. A polycarbonate blind is light in weight and easy to move from one location to another.

To blend in with nature, panels may be painted using paint compatible with polycarbonate. (Polyurethane-based paints are usually recommended. Check with the manufacturer before painting. Solvent-based paints should never be used.) An available option is to have the panels printed with a camouflage pattern. Click here to inquire about details.

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Multiwall Polycarbonate Wall Dividers

“Translucent Panels Create a Modern Architectural Look”

polycarbonate_wall_dividers_sm_bLocated in Burbank, CA, The POINTE is a 14-story “LEED Gold certified” office building developed by M. David Paul Ventures and the Worthe Real Estate Group. FreMantle Media, one of the world’s largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands, recently joined the high-rise’s list of entertainment industry and new media tenants.

Shubin + Donaldson Architects, Santa Barbara, CA, designed the 72,328 square foot leased office space for FreMantle. The design-based architectural practice specializes in developing livable environments with a refined sensitivity towards sustainability. Overseeing the two-floors of construction was commercial general contractor Sierra Pacific Constructors based in Woodland Hills, CA.

Subcontracted by SPC, Pooles Construction, Inc., Anaheim, CA, began working on the FreMantle project in the “pre-construction phase”, developing pricing for different construction schemes which helped the tenant drive design and make budget decisions. The architectural design team was looking for a cost saving, translucent wall panel option to traditional glazing combined with visual appeal. The high quality, low cost, partition wall solution: LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 10mm clear twin wall polycarbonate panels.

polycarbonate_wall_dividers_sm_aIn this application, the design team deliberately left the framing exposed to view through the translucent panels. “The polycarbonate panels were screw fastened to the metal stud framing”, said Jordan Poole, Vice President of Pooles Construction, Inc. “We maintained a ¼” reveal between all panels and a uniform screw pattern throughout since the fasteners were visible.” This simple yet impressive design technique of integrating the clear multiwall panels with the framing members added dimension and a clean, modern, architectural look. Light permeates the panels while still offering privacy. The use of light transmitting polycarbonate panels allows daylight to penetrate the interior rooms of the office space, saving on the use of artificial lighting during the day.

LEXAN THERMOCLEAR is a trademark of SABIC.

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Webinar Announcement: LEXAPANEL™ Canopy Systems

AmeriLux International is hosting a webinar on the use of advanced polycarbonate standing seam technology in canopy design. Standing seam construction provides superior quality of diffused daylight, increased impact protection, and wind uplift capability compared to traditional translucent systems.

Tim Fikkert, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, will be instructing the webinar on Thursday, September 11th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST. Join us to learn how the LEXAPANEL™ standing seam system can be custom designed for your next architectural canopy project.

Click here to register for this free webinar.

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