Polycarbonate sheet extrusion awards recognize excellence in design, innovation and sustainability

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    The winners of the ninth edition of the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders (EPSE; Brussels) awards were announced yesterday on the Trinseo stand at K 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany. They and the runners up in the three categories—innovation, sustainability and design—are featured in this slide show.

    ESPE is a trade association representing polycarbonate sheet suppliers and producers in Europe. It’s a small group of 10 member companies and three resin producers, one of which is Trinseo, which sponsored the awards ceremony. Any project using material coming from one of the ESPE member companies is eligible for the competition.

    And without further ado, the runners up and winners are . . .

  • Cernay Fire Station

    Runner up in the innovation category: DS Smith; Cernay Fire Station

    Multiwall polycarbonate panels were used to build a firehouse in the French town of Cernay. The vehicle hangar is designed to achieve energy independence thanks to polycarbonate facades and temperature maintenance devices that ensure thermal comfort whatever the season, said DS Smith in its entry form. The hangar is mainly heated passively by the south facade, with an automatic temperature control based on natural ventilation, with polycarbonate skylights.

    The polycarbonate is UV treated and filters part of the infrared rays to avoid important greenhouse effect. The first heatwave in the summer of 2018 demonstrated the effectiveness of the device, added DS Smith.

  • Kinetic Panel by Danpal

    Winner in the innovation category: Danpal; Kinetic Panel

    Depending on the viewing angle, the building clad in Danpalon Kinetic material shifts in lighting, color, opacity and translucency, said Danpal in its submission. The polycarbonate panel is produced via a unique extrusion technique that integrates alternating colored surfaces arranged diagonally, between two external translucent skins. These alternating bands of color provide for a completely unique experience, dependent on the viewer's perspective, said the company.

  • Slasky Stadium roof, Sabic

    Runner up in the design category: Sabic; Slasky Stadium roof

    Multiwall Lexan polycarbonate sheets were used to clad the entire 43,000-square-meter roof of Slasky Stadium in Chorzów, Poland, making it one of the largest roofs in Europe clad with translucent polycarbonate sheets, according to Sabic.

    To create a lightweight translucent roof structure, a spoked-wheel structure was designed in which the spokes made from almost invisible cable girders support the polycarbonate roof disc.

  • Featherston Studio

    Winner in the design category: Palram; Featherston Studio

    Featherston Studio in Melbourne, Australia, has been influential in Australian architectural design since the 1960s, writes Palram in its submission. It is a family-based studio in which two generations have lived and worked. Designed as a single open space with a translucent roof and very few internal walls, the Featherston Studio was an avant-garde experiment in its time.

    Palram’s translucent Sunpal polycarbonate was used in the studio to align with the open-space layout and connect with the outdoor environment. The thermal properties of the polycarbonate sheets and the quality of light transmission, along with soft, diffused light with very little glare, were very strong arguments in favor of Sunpal, said Palram.

  • Brett Martin beach huts

    Runner up in the sustainability category: Brett Martin; beach huts

    Clear multiwall polycarbonate was used to clad the outside walls of beach huts in Shoeburyness, UK, providing a contemporary design as well as thermal insulation. Clear polycarbonate sheet above the cavity wall allows natural daylight into the hut while protecting privacy. The wall cavities are filled with pebbles, gravel, glass chippings and other recycled materials from the surrounding area, which are visible through the transparent polycarbonate.

  • Palram

    Winner in the sustainability category: Palram; Strandbroke House

    The family home at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island  in Australia was designed to contribute to the streetscape at night through the use of opaque multiwall polycarbonate sheeting. Polycarbonate sheeting was used for external wall cladding, balustrades and courtyard roofs. In all those areas, a 10-mm multiwall polycarbonate standing seam system in solar ice was implemented, said Palram in its submission.

    The use of solar ice polycarbonate wall cladding ensured privacy while allowing extensive soft, diffused daylight into the house. Multiwall sheet was also extensively used on the deck where, as a balustrade infill, it again provided visual privacy to the deck from the street, and conversely, blocked the view of the bitumen street from the deck, focusing the occupants’ eyes to the ocean views beyond.

    A polycarbonate screen provides shading and heat reduction characteristics, enabling comfortable use of the deck while maintaining natural light penetration. By that, energy savings are achieved twice: The use of natural daylight saves the need for artificial electricity through the daylight hours; the heat-blocking solar ice tint combined with the polycarbonate sheet's thermal insulation properties reduce the need for air conditioning.

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