What Sets Danpal’s VRS Exterior Wall Cladding Ahead of the Rest?

Exterior wall cladding is an excellent option to consider when renovating or upgrading your existing building. There are multiple reasons to upgrade a building when the time comes for scheduled renovation. Often, the structure has suffered severe weathering and no longer has the appeal it once had. The building façade might have become dated since its original design was in vogue, or perhaps the building serves a completely different purpose to that which it was originally intended.

This is when an exterior wall cladding solution, becomes the option of choice to refresh and uplift the buildings overall appearance. There are, however, many options currently in the market that appear to offer a suitable system for this purpose. So how can we differentiate between all these cladding materials and systems, in order to make the right choice? Danpal had put a lot of thought into this question, during the development of the Danpal VRS cladding solution. The purpose behind the VRS cladding solution, was not just to create another aesthetically pleasing cladding option for the market. Rather, it was to introduce a new concept, where equal consideration is given to both the performance and aesthetic aspects of the intended cladding.

One of the more important variables which are often overlooked, is the impact of the added weight from the new exterior wall cladding that is to be fitted to the existing structure. Danpal recognized this concern as an opportunity to develop a system which, would alleviate the problem completely. The answer was to fully integrate our lightweight Danpalon multicell panel within the cladding system. This development created a solution that is incredibly strong, durable but also lightweight. How lightweight? Up to 10 x lighter than some of the other more common cladding materials used in the industry. From a structural engineering perspective, the Danpal VRS cladding solution can be rated as adding no additional weight to the building.

Traditionally, wall cladding options already used in the market, have primarily offered the building an aesthetic upgrade, but have done very little for thermal performance or protection against weather conditions. With the modern cityscape being subjected to pollution and a harsh micro-climate, the building’s exterior is challenged on a daily basis. The solution for this, is to install a fully weather-proof exterior wall cladding system, which is able to both protect and extend the lifespan of the building’s exterior. Danpal’s answer, is a system which delivers a dry mechanical seal against the elements and is also installed proud of the exterior walls, in doing so – creating an airgap.

Danpal VRS Cladding Solution

Our Danpal VRS cladding solution has been specifically designed to allow for the natural circulation of air, via an updraft effect created between the existing wall and our Danpalon panel cladding material. This free movement of air, along with the use of our multicell Danpalon panels, is a key element in thermally insulating the existing building. By this unique process, our VRS external wall cladding system, is able to assist in modulating the temperature of the structure. Ultimately by doing so, contributing to the reduction of the monthly running costs of any existing HVAC systems.

At Danpal, we also understand the need for building envelope systems to be eye-catching and visually appealing. Over the last 30 years of development, Danpal has introduced an extensive range of Danpalon microcell polycarbonate panels. Our Danpalon panels are offered in a range of colours and finishes, unmatched by any other wall cladding manufacturer. We have developed panels with a metallic finish, a completely opaque colour range and a translucent colour range with varying degrees of opacity. Our extensive selection of options allows for unprecedented lighting effects and a visual aesthetic completely unique to a Danpal solution. This all translates to a VRS cladding solution, with all the aesthetic elements necessary to take your upgrade to the next level.

Any exterior wall cladding system must offer quality guarantees in both its manufacturing and performance. Danpal is no exception, which is why you can rely on our ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited production facilities. We manufacture all our building envelope systems in-house, which allows for the strictest levels of quality control to be applied. During manufacturing, we hot stamp all or Danpalon panels with a unique serial number, allowing us to keep track on the performance of any panel used around the world. This helps ensure, that when you install Danpal VRS exterior wall cladding on your building, our international 10 year warranty has you covered.


What sets Danpal’s VRS solution apart from traditional cladding systems in the marketplace? We have pioneered a dry glazed weather-proof system, based on the tried and tested lightweight yet durable Danpalon microcell panel. Our cladding system is offered in a palate of colours and finishes unrivalled in the market, allowing for a completely unique result. The VRS solution provides a combination of stunning aesthetic value and outstanding performance, all backed by a trusted international warranty. This is why there are no other external wall cladding option that can keep up with our innovative VRS external wall cladding solution.

Contact Danpal to discuss about our exterior wall cladding solution for your next architectural project.

How Danpal Makes a Lightweight Curtain Wall Possible

The concept of a curtain wall in architecture dates back to defensive walls used to protect castles. In modern times, however, a curtain wall is a term that refers to non-structural exterior walls, which protect the interior space of a building from the elements. Since the walls are non-structural, there is an opportunity to use lighter-weight building materials. These exterior walls are designed to span multiple floors, which allows for a contemporary modern finish.

Curtain Wall Façade Systems

As modern buildings have grown in stature, curtain wall façade systems have been engineered, so as to accommodate these new heights. With the trend toward designing multiple-story buildings being the norm, highly developed systems are highly sought after. These curtain wall envelopes, traditionally rely on the glass as a medium for transmitting natural daylight into a building. The glass panes used within the curtain wall are held in place with the use of hefty aluminum framing systems. Unfortunately, this has the potential to add a significant amount of unwanted weight to the overall structure. Even though this type of curtain wall system is considered lightweight when compared to structural loadbearing exterior walls, Danpal has taken the concept a step further. Danpal has addressed this concern by integrating its lightweight Danpalon microcell panels within more advanced Danpal building envelope systems.

It is now possible to have a curtain wall type translucent building façade that is lightweight, weatherproof, offers solar control, thermal balance, and has aesthetic appeal. Danpal’s solution-driven systems include the Danpatherm system, which provides an industry-unique, double wall unitized cassette structure, delivering exceptional U-Value performance. In comparison, the Danpal Controlite system was developed to adapt to a wide range of solar conditions, automatically adjusting the amount of incoming daylight, to a set LUX level. These advanced Danpal curtain wall systems allow for a greener building envelope solution. This is an important aspect to consider, especially with SANS building regulations defining acceptable energy efficiency guidelines.

Danpal Curtain Wall Façade System

By installing a Danpal curtain wall façade system, you also remove the need for including an exterior louver system. This is a great benefit, as it allows for the original design concept of clean lines to dominate the building’s exterior facade. Removing this unwanted clutter, will further reduce the weight of the building envelope and simplify the construction process. Having a clean curtain wall, clear of added shading systems, will result in the ability of the building’s façade to transmit more natural daylight to the interior. More natural light translates into energy savings and the creation of higher-quality interior spaces. This can only be accomplished however if the curtain wall is able to effectively mitigate unwanted heat gain. This in particular, is considered a strength of any Danpal façade system, as our Danpalon microcell panels have been engineered to limit excessive solar heat gain.

Danpal has submitted our building envelope solutions to various international regulatory bodies for rigorous testing. In doing so, we have attained certification on all major performance aspects pertaining to our systems. Danpal’s solutions can confidently perform under the toughest of weather conditions. Our systems have been certified against solar degradation, thanks to our advanced co-extrusion technology, which embeds UV protection directly into the surface of the Danpalon panel. We can show that our Danpalon microcell panels deliver an effective 25-year lifespan, during which, your building is protected against the elements. With a Danpalon panel-based system in place, protection against the harsh African sun is guaranteed!

The current trend for the building envelope has been to move away from completely translucent curtain wall systems. Architects are designing exteriors that grab attention and have a greater visual impact on the viewer. Fortunately, over the last 30 years, Danpal has developed a range of constantly evolving color and finish options. Our Danpalon microcell panels are extruded in a wide range of both opaque and translucent colours. Added to this, are advanced finishes such as metallic, reflective, low-e and Softlite. When combined, our Danpal systems offer in a stunning variety of visual aesthetics, unmatched in the industry. We can take this a step further, and customise the colour of our Danpalon panel either for light transmission or purely for the design concept intended by the architect.

Danpal has taken the initial concept of a curtain wall, and developed it further still. When compared to a Danpal solution, any traditional curtain wall system that was once considered to be lightweight, is now downright overweight. All Danpal systems once correctly installed, are maintenance free and under warranty. Our solutions are based on encouraging maximum natural daylight into the building interior whilst providing solar and thermal balance. Our range of colour and finish options are unparalleled, giving architectural teams the ability to design freely and to produce buildings that make a bold statement. Ultimately, Danpal has taken the initiative and the moved the curtain wall industry forward in a brave new direction.

Contact Danpal to discuss our curtain wall solutions for your next architectural project.