Danpalon Multicell Panels vs Polycarbonate Sheets

Here we will address several important differences between standard polycarbonate sheets, most often used for outdoor shading and roofing applications, and the Danpalon multicell panel. A Danpal derived, high-performance version, which is designed for use in a complete panel solution for the entire building envelope. The development of the Danpalon panel has since lead to its inclusion within fully famed Danpal systems, each uniquely tailored for a variety of architectural applications.

Polycarbonate Sheets

Polycarbonate sheets have often been traditionally sought after, for building projects where the specific requirements have been heavily in favour of a lightweight, translucent, cost-effective yet durable building material. In the past, when used for this purpose, simple corrugated or even twin wall panels have been the go-to solution. This is no longer considered to be best practice, as these sheet types have been shown to be incapable of withstanding the long-term effects of harsh UV rays.

Times have since changed, and today’s building projects are demanding better performance of their materials in all aspects. Fortunately, our Danpalon Multicell polycarbonate sheets were developed exactly for this purpose. To provide the industry with a higher standard panel system, which exceeded all of the current specifications in the market, at the time.

Danpal and Danpalon Panel

Over 30 years ago, Danpal produced the world’s first patented standing seam multicell Danpalon panel. This was a game-changer for the marketplace, as our panels could now offer all the benefits of traditional polycarbonate sheets, but also offered all the additional benefits of a dry mechanical sealed, weather-proof system.

The evolution from simple monolithic polycarbonate sheets, to our patented Danpalon panel, brought about several changes to a number of key attributes. This went on to define the performance of lightweight translucent glazing, found in buildings projects today. These crucial key features refer to the panel’s longevity, safety, thermal performance, strength, specificity, and aesthetics.

The term ‘multicell, is derived from the multiple fluted layers that constitute the structure of the panel itself. These 3.5mm channels give our Danpalon panel its immense strength and rigidity, which is unmatched by standard corrugated sheets or by industry-standard twin-wall panels. This feature also ensures that our Danpalon panel provides superior U-Values, which can be comparable to much costlier double or triple glazing glass-based options.

Danpal offers its panels in a variety of colours and finishes that can also be tailored to the needs of each specific project. This important manufacturing ability of ours, allows Danpal to provide panels with architecturally specific finishes that comply with the design concept originally intended. A key attribute, which contributes to achieving the overall aesthetics envisioned by the architect’s design.

Each Danpalon panel can also be produced with thermal performance in mind. This means that we can provide panels with a variety of co-extruded finishes such as Low-E, SoftLite or that are Reflective in nature. These performance options drastically reduce heat gain, a problem, which has often been associated with other translucent glazing panel solutions, found within the market.

Difference Between standard polycarbonate sheets and our Danpalon Panels

The difference between standard polycarbonate sheets and our Danpalon Panel system does not end there. Danpal not only pioneered the original dry-glazed standing seam system but has since gone on to produce solution-specific systems for the architectural marketplace. This range of systems provides solutions for cladding, facades, skylights, shading, interiors, and roofing.

We have successfully integrated our Danpalon panels into fully-framed, weatherproof systems which offer the architect freedom of creative design, still considered to be new in the industry. Whether it be the need for an organic shaped lightweight translucent roof or thermally insulating opaque cladding on an existing building, there is a suitable Danpal solution.


Danpal takes the quality and performance of its systems seriously, and in doing so, has achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification. Our production facilities are where all our Danpalon multicell panel-based systems are manufactured, are also company operated. This is part of the key to Danpal’s success in overall quality control. We also ‘hot-stamp each Danpalon panel produced with a unique identification code. This enables us to test each production run and to track projects over time.

The comparison between standard polycarbonate sheets and a Danpalon Multicell panel highlights the vast difference between what was and what is. In a world where green building performance and safety regulations are taking precedence. Clearly, the Danpalon panel is the future of lightweight translucent panel-based systems. We like to call this ‘Light Architecture’, designing and building with natural daylight in mind.

Contact Danpal to learn more about our Danpalon polycarbonate sheets for your next architectural project.

Putting the Elements of Green Architecture Together

Green architecture is all about sustainability, from design to construction, the concept of sustainability is the guiding principle on which green architecture is measured. Architects who embrace this philosophy are often referred to as, Green Architects – and for good reason. A Green Architect sees their role in conservation as paramount, and this reflects in their over-all design and choice of materials. With this holistic approach, an architect has the opportunity to create a positive net effect on the environment. Danpal has embraced the movement toward green architecture by developing and supplying the built environment with a range of green building solutions.

Green Architecture

As green architecture is measured in part by the energy efficiency of the building designed by the green architect, the choice of ‘greener’ building materials becomes increasingly important. Recognizing this fact, Danpal has developed a complete range of building envelope systems, designed with energy efficiency in mind. In order to reduce the overall energy requirement for a building, there needs to be a reduction in the implementation of both the lighting and temperature control systems. An elegant solution for this, is to introduce the use of natural light, whilst reducing unwanted heat gain or loss, usually associated with glazing.

Natural daylight and green architecture go hand in hand, as it enables the building to take full advantage of a limitless supply of renewable solar energy. Studies have shown that when increasing a building’s occupants’ exposure to natural daylight, there is a net positive effect on their over-all health and wellbeing. The result of this is increased mental performance and psychological wellness that cannot be replicated by the use of artificial lighting. With a Danpal roofing or façade system in place, a green architect can effectively shape a building’s interior with natural light to its maximum effect. In this way, the building is able to radically reduce its energy requirement for architectural lighting and at the same time, deliver a high quality environment.

A high-quality environment (HQE) is also about thermal comfort, which can be a defining experience for the building’s inhabitants. Balancing the thermal and solar properties for any building is usually a challenge all on its own. All too often, building engineers have relied on excessive HVAC systems to overcome this problem. The result is always, high monthly running costs, and a substantial increase in energy usage. This practice does not align well with the concept of green architecture and necessitates the need for alternative solutions so as to achieve thermal balance. Danpal has met this challenge head-on, and has developed a range of building envelope systems specifically designed for thermal performance. This is made possible due to the integration of our lightweight Danpalon microcell panel, within more advanced fully framed Danpal building systems.

Danpal Building Envelope Solution Systems

Our Danpal façade, cladding, roofing, shading, interior, and skylight solutions have been purpose-built to deliver on thermal balance and solar efficiency. This trait makes any one of our systems an excellent choice for use as a green building material. The manufacturing of our Danpalon panels employs the use of highly advanced thermal extrusion technology. This allows for high accuracy and quality standards, attested to by our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. This production process includes co-extrusion of the highest quality UV inhibitors, directly into the surface of each Danpalon microcell panel. Without this crucial step, our panels would not be able to withstand the harsh African climate. Danpalon panels have been externally tested by international bodies against extreme solar conditions, and as a result, demonstrate an effective 25 year lifespan. The extended lifespan of our Danpalon based dry glazed systems translates to a maintenance-free building envelope solution.

Organizations such as the Green Building Council of South Africa, have been established to spearhead the green architecture agenda. With it, there has been the development of the Green Star system. Initiatives such as the implementation of Green Star accreditation are fast becoming a motivating factor for prospective building owners. With systems such as those which Danpal has to offer a green architect, achieving Green Star status, has become increasingly achievable. Danpal has the technology to support an architectural team with all the necessary technical back-up to ensure the successful implementation of each system.

Danpal has an international presence with exposure in over 50 countries around the world. This translates directly to localized solutions, complete from design to installation. This partnership is an essential element in creating the best performance-based solution for each project on which we are involved. This peace of mind is what really sets us apart from other internationally sourced green building systems. Yet another motivating factor that Danpal delivers on when an alternative building envelope system is needed, for your next green architecture project.

Contact Danpal to discuss about our solutions for green architecture for your next architectural project.

A Building Façade Always Creates the First Impression

The first thing anyone notices when approaching a building, is its façade. A building façade offers the architect a prime opportunity to create a distinct design concept for the entire structure. Architects devote countless man-hours in the concept and design of their new project’s façade. This architectural feature tends to dominate and project the building’s true nature. It is no wonder then, that so much time and effort is placed in the selection of the right materials and building envelope system to fulfil this role.

Over the course of modern architecture, the building envelope has tended towards the use of various translucent glazing materials. The driving force behind this trend, has largely been to create dynamic open interiors spaces, where natural daylight can be used to its maximum effect. The introduction of all this natural light, however, comes with its own set of performance-related challenges.

Danpal Façade Systems

This is where Danpal’s range of façade systems really come into their own! Over the course of the last 50 years, Danpal has pioneered a select range of solutions for the building façade. These systems are based on the translucent Danpalon microcell panel, which was originally developed as a practical solution for balancing thermal and solar performance. In particular, Danpal has 3 distinct building façade systems, each developed for specific aesthetic and performance requirements. The Danpal traditional single glazed Façade System, has been the start of an evolution in façade solutions, pioneered by Danpal, which has led to the development of both the Danpatherm and Controlite systems.

Building Façade Solutions

With these building façade solutions, 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 Danpatherm system, is based on an industry-unique double wall unitized cassette structure, delivering exceptional U-Value performance. Another advantage our Danpatherm offers is the ability to have all the cassettes manufactured off-site at our production facilities and delivered completely ready to install. This removes any potential errors or damage to the unitized cassettes, resulting from on-site fabrication.

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 that of a set LUX level. This unique feature can be an invaluable tool for the architectural team, when considering necessary solutions for areas of the building façade, which receives most of the incoming solar radiation. The orientation of buildings is a critical factor which is taken into consideration, so as to maximise natural daylight. This uncontrolled light and heat often leads to the retrofitting of external louvres or blinds to the affected façade. In our opinion this is an incomplete solution, as not only are the building’s aesthetics compromised, but so is the quality of the incoming natural daylight entering the building.

Danpal’s original single glazed Traditional Façade system, is provided in 3 distinct faming options. Our traditional TP system is the most basic and offers an economical solution for facades where there is already a sub-frame in place. This flexible lightweight system is easy to install and delivers all the weather-proof, solar and thermal balance properties which our Danpalon microcell panels are renowned for. The next option up, is our Advanced NM system, which builds on the TP system, by adding an integrated sub-frame to the system. This opens up design options for the building façade, and has the added ability to span much longer distances. Lastly, our most advanced single glazed façade system, utilizes the Thermal Advanced AIRPT framing system. This frame has the addition of a built in sub-sill, as well as the inclusion of a thermal break, which further increases the system’s ability to resist unwanted thermal conductivity.

Green Building Status

With the increasing demands on our modern buildings from SANS regulations and further aspirations toward attaining Green Building status, the choice of building envelope system, is critical. Danpal has answered the call, and our range of solutions, developed specifically for the building façade, delivers. We deliver on the promise of thermal and solar balance, complete weather protection and modern aesthetics. All of these attributes are provided by lightweight façade systems, backed by Danpal’s international warranty. Our turn-key solutions have you covered from design, right through to installation. Make your buildings first impression count, and rely on our range of Danpal building façade solutions, to make a statement that lasts.

Contact Danpal to discuss building facade for your next architectural project.

Architectural Lighting Brought to Life

The field of architectural lighting is broad and encompasses many separate elements such as interior design, architecture, electrical engineering, and the proficient use of natural daylight. The knowledge and correct application of these fields, allows for the creation of interior spaces that are shaped from light. Danpal has a term for this, we call it ‘Light Architecture’, and it is our core driving force. Natural daylight not only plays a role in architectural lighting, we believe that it should also be the foundation of best practice within lighting design.

Introduction of Natural Daylight

We think best practice, due to the positive effects that result from the introduction of natural daylight to your building project. It is a documented fact that natural daylight has a measured positive effect on both the emotional and physical health of the inhabitants of the space. Research from case studies has also gone so far as to state, that without sufficient exposure to natural daylight each day, individuals suffer from poor sleep quality and are less active. The conclusion of these studies is that office workspaces and other daily interior environments should heavily promote the introduction of natural light, and in so doing, promote the health and well-being of the occupants.

Too often designers have turned to expensive artificial lighting systems when considering the building’s architectural lighting needs. Over the last +30 years, Danpal has developed advanced building envelope systems based on the integration of our translucent multicell Danpalon panel. Selecting a Danpal façade, roofing or skylight system for use in your building project, will result in the introduction of more natural daylight to the structure’s interior. Our solutions not only allow for a substantial increase in natural light, but are also designed with performance in mind. Our systems have been purpose built and designed to limit unwanted heat gain and to minimise the rapid heat loss associated with other glazing materials.

Modulate Light Transmission and Take Control of the Architectural Lighting

Danpal gives the architectural team the ability to modulate light transmission and take control of the architectural lighting for each project. Our Danpalon multicell panel has been designed to offer excellent thermal performance by mitigating the effects of heat transfer through the panel, by use of microcell insulating channels. These channels slow down the movement of heat and in so doing, assist in modulating the temperature of the building’s interior spaces. Typical glazing systems such as glass curtain walls, have to rely on double or triple glazing in order to replicate this type of performance. This can result in sky-high costings that blow the budget and framework systems which add a hefty amount of unnecessary weight to the building’s façade.

Seeking balance in architectural lighting means that equal consideration must be given to not only the amount of light but to the quality of light introduced. To create a HQE (High Quality Environment) the light allowed into the interior space should be homogenous and without hotspots. Our Danpalon panel-based systems transmit natural daylight in a diffuse manner, which assists in creating a harmonious interior space. Our Softlite co-extrusion finish completely diminishes glare and can be considered to be a key factor in shaping a HQE interior space.

Building projects which need to promote learning and concentration, such as schools, universities, and libraries in particular benefit greatly from the use of natural daylight. This fact should to be taken into consideration when designing an architectural lighting solution. Again, studies on the effects of the impact of natural light on learning and cognition have demonstrated a strong correlation between improved performance and exposure to natural light. It is no wonder then that Danpal has continually sought to improve the performance of its purpose built building envelope systems by introducing more advanced Danpalon panel based solutions.

Danpal’s Controlite system offers the world of architectural lighting a unique and powerful tool to modulate daylight entering the interior space. The system achieves this by automatically adjusting itself to match preprogramed LUX levels set for the interior. The Controlite system can be installed as either roofing, skylight or façade solution. We call this an intelligent daylight system, which has been used to great success around the world. Having access to such new and innovative daylighting technology, allows architectural teams to design for interior spaces without the constraints of old. Danpal remains committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible through our research and development into Light Architecture. We believe in an integrated and holistic approach to architectural lighting, which is why Danpal has taken the lead in bringing the industry the best qualities daylight has to offer.

Contact Danpal to discuss Architectural Lighting for your next architectural project.

Color Planet Earth Happy With Green Buildings

Warmest month on record. Years of drought. Record-breaking floods. Mudslides and landslides Category Five hurricanes. Named winter storms and blizzards that cut a paralyzing swath of snow and freezing temperatures through entire regions. No matter what the season, it seems as though the weather has a catastrophe to match it. As even skeptics become more aware that climate change is a reality we must address, everyone wants to know how we can adapt our lifestyles to counter the threat posed by this looming crisis. Because we are largely indoor beings, we recognize that we must alter our buildings to be more sustainable if we have hopes of rescuing the environment from the perils that climate change can cause.

Environmental responsibility strives to balance the fact that in industrialized countries, buildings account for 40% of the energy that’s used by those nations. Our buildings don’t just dominate the skylines; if they are not in harmony with environmental measures, they also determine whether or not we are hurting our world. Green buildings are a way to balance that excess with deliberate ways of using materials responsibly so that the places where we work and live pose less of a threat to the planet that we all depend upon for life.


Danpal is more than a leader in the building industry. We’re also a partner in the sustainability movement. Our motto, Global Vision, Local Focus, is an acknowledgment that in order to provide quality materials for our customers, we must create products that support sustainability. Households all over the globe have adopted sustainable measures to support energy efficiency. At Danpal, we do the same.


This generation knows that if we fail to protect the planet, we run the risk of having an environment that will be radically different from what we know. Resource efficiency builds upon that theme by encouraging the use of natural, renewable, and recyclable materials. Using materials that can be transported from local sites rather than long-distance destinations is another way of practicing the resource efficiency that supports the green buildings way of life.


At Danpal, we live by our motto and we’re proud of the role we’ve played, thanks to the products that we create, in supporting the green building movement. We comply with federal regulations and building codes that outline specific rules to safeguard the environment. We are all engaged in a vital quest to keep the planet healthy, whether we’re a corporate entity or an individual. The standards that determine whether a structure can be regarded as a green building include an awareness of its Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Materials that emit minimally or no carcinogens or chemicals, are moisture-resistant, use non-toxic cleaning substances, and are installed with a minimum of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) support IAQ. Cleaning materials have traditionally been violators of these precepts, but today, it’s easy to find environmentally responsible, sustainable cleaning products that do the job without adding more toxic substances to the ecology.

Cladding Outside, Dry Insulation Inside

These days, listening to a weather report from any point on the globe can be alarming. Sure, we’ve always had weather, but the weather we’re having today isn’t the same as what we experienced years ago. Monsoons in India that are so severe villages have to be evacuated; wildfires in California that are so deadly entire towns are wiped out; droughts that dry up rivers and floods that ruin a harvest.

No matter where you are, there’s some form of weather that’s going to make its presence known. The weather might be beyond our control, but at Danpal, we believe that the buildings in which we live and work need to be designed so that they can stand up to weather because the weather doesn’t have to be catastrophic to create problems. If weather manages to invade your building and leave moisture behind, you’re going to have to make repairs before that little bit of mold turns into a crisis that strikes at both the structure and the health of the people inside. We recommend cladding, which is a way for you to protect your building so that moisture can’t penetrate.


Everyone has seen the images of a community after a tornado has struck, or a hurricane has passed through. Buildings uprooted as if they were made out of cardboard, vehicles tossed into trees by the force of the wind, household goods floating along the river that didn’t exist before. But the structural damage that weather can cause can start out so small that it’s almost invisible. What if a small bit of moisture gets the building insulation wet?

Eventually, a leak forms. You may think that it’s a small leak, one that’s handled by putting a pail underneath the spot where it drips. But the water that came inside is affecting the building itself and over the expanse of time, if not attended to, that leak can compromise the structural integrity of the building. Danpal’s cladding, which protects a building from the invasion of moisture, can also protect it from the risk of damage caused by mold.


Never mind the risk caused by cold and flu season; we’re all aware of those and that’s why many of us line up for flu shots when the cold weather is on the way. But moisture is the health factor that you may not even think about; you may not even be aware that it’s in your house. Once the insulation has taken in moisture, mold has found its dream house.

Mold will grow and thrive, causing health problems for people. The growth of mold is particularly harmful for people who suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma. Cladding is designed to keep moisture out, and that means that mold can’t build its home inside.


Microcell technology is the secret for Danpal’s cladding effectiveness. Danpal has designed connector-bound, double-notched microcell polycarbonate sheets so that the insulation inside a building doesn’t fall victim to moisture from rain or snow. The air gap and convective motion in the panels create natural ventilation that prevents insulation from the dampness that moisture can cause. Cladding on the outside of a structure means dry insulation inside.

Wall cladding won’t let moisture damage insulation

Maybe you’re planning to move to a warmer climate so that you can escape the winter cold. Or maybe you’re already living somewhere where the sunshine is a daily presence, and you miss the seasons. Maybe you’ve been transferred to a new location and you’re researching the area so that you know what to expect. As you make your moving plans, have you considered that no matter where you go, there will be some kind of weather that you’re going to encounter? No matter where you’re going to live and work, the weather is waiting for you.

Weather is a factor for human beings, but it’s also an important consideration for architects who design the buildings in which we spend our days. Whether it’s the rain or the snow, the wind or the rain, the weather demands respect, just as buildings require protection so that they can withstand the elements. That’s why, at Danpal, we tout the advantages of our wall cladding. It’s an excellent way to show weather that no matter what it brings, your building isn’t going to surrender to it.


Architectural design is more than just planning a building. It’s creating a place where people will live and work and spend a significant portion of their active lives. In order for the investment to be worthwhile, a building should be constructed out of high-quality materials that will last a long time.

The economics of construction is a major aspect of design, but along with the cost of the building itself, it’s vital that the long-term life span of the building is assessed. If you build with quality materials, using a reputable company like Danpal for your project, you can count on a satisfying return on your investment. Don’t disregard the way that weather can undermine all the work and cost that have gone into the building. Using wall cladding that is designed to protect your structure will enable your building to provide superior performance over the years.


So much planning goes into the design of a building that it would be easy to forget one of the most important details and that’s making sure that the insulation is protected. If insulation absorbs moisture, your building is facing a series of problems that can begin with leakages and higher heating and cooling costs resulting from wasted energy, and possibly end with structural stress or even building collapse.

And that’s just what can happen to the building itself. But damp insulation eventually leads to the growth of mold, which has a negative effect upon the occupants of the building, as mold leads to respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies.


Danpal wall cladding has the exclusive double notching that keeps everything watertight. Moisture caused by rain and snow can’t penetrate and, because of the air gap in the cladding, energy efficiency is maintained through the natural ventilation of the convective motion. Wall cladding saves you money because it protects your insulation, and it supports better health for the building occupants because it helps to keep insulation dry.

Green buildings can count on Danpal

The way Danpal sees it, the planet is our neighborhood and just as we look after our communities, we also need to do what’s necessary to treat our environment with care. One way that we can support sustainable lifestyles every day is with green buildings. By doing this, we create a holistic bond between ourselves and nature.

Green buildings are one of the most effective ways of ensuring the long-term viability of Planet Earth, a vital mission for our society. Danpal is so dedicated to strengthening the connections between the natural world and the man-made world that we’ve pioneered the practice of daylighting architecture, which incorporates natural light into our buildings. Our systems are highly regarded for their high insulation properties and their mechanical resistance.

Danpal is a partner with both the Agency for Economic Development and Energy Control (ADEME) and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Danpal is so committed to the concept of sustainability that maintenance of our products just requires the freshwater used for pressure washing and minimal detergent or soap. Green buildings can count on DanPal for the most innovative, environmentally friendly building materials on the market.

green buildingsAs an international company with a presence on other continents, we understand the connectional nature of our regions better than other companies with a more limited market. Developing building materials which support green buildings while maintaining the Danpal standard of excellence reflects our experience with the climate and weather patterns of different regions.

We design with the future in mind so that our structures will still be standing for generations to come. Creating products today that will take us safely and responsibly into tomorrow is a smart business practice that reinforces our Global Vision, Local Focus motto.

Planet Earth has been good to us. Green buildings are an important way that we can return the favor.


We tend to think of sustainability in terms of products. But our lifestyles are also a sustainability issue. Danpal doesn’t lose sight of the fact that labor is also an environmental concern. Just as shoppers are encouraged to “buy local” so that they are purchasing products that needed less transportation time to reach the market, Danpal’s façade, cladding, skylight, roofing and shading systems are manufactured so that they arrive at the site ready for installation.

Reducing on-site labor hours is an enormous time-saver for clients and it’s also popular for building sites that are located in open environments or under conditions which could be problematic.


Green building living has completely transformed the way we live and work. We strive to use products that promote the conservation of resources that are nonrenewable. This philosophy encourages all of us to lessen the impact on the environment that comes with the extraction, transportation, fabrication, processing, installation, and disposal of building materials. When we re-use and recycle, we advocate habits that make us responsible stewards of our planet.

Facades deliver superior function and appearance

Take a good look at what’s going on outside a building. What do you notice? If you’re observing the exterior of a building during rain, you’ll see that the skies open up and pour rain down everything below.

There’s no shelter for the building. It’s the same with snow, which falls and lands and piles up on the roof of a building. Cold winds are merciless. A building has nowhere to escape from the wrath of the elements. Weather is a tough adversary and at first glance, a building seems to have no way to defend against the elements.

But even though a building is locked into its location, that doesn’t make it defenseless, as long as it’s equipped with a façade by Danpal. If you’re looking for a way to give your building more protection from the weather, Danpal is here to help.


Facades are probably more well known for what they do to improve the appearance of a building, but in reality, they’re also performing a vital function. With a Danpal façade, you can be confident that your building has superior thermal insulation to provide energy efficiency and comfort for a building’s occupants.

Danpal facades also deliver wind load resistance, reinforcing the ability of a structure to withstand the elements. Our facades are easy to install, so you’re going to reap the benefits in time and cost that come with less on-site labor. Less on-site labor causes less disruption for the building occupants and less cost for the building’s owner.


Danpal has a well-established history for designing and manufacturing products that lead the pack when it comes to innovative performance. Keeping the weather out of a building’s interior is one of our areas of expertise. That’s because our facades employ a double-click locking system for powerful impact resistance. When it comes to the other side of the weather spectrum, our facades offer co-extended UV protection. Rain, shine or snow, we’re the façade experts in the building industry.


We don’t always like the rain and the snow, but everyone agrees that daylight is one of nature’s best gifts! As pioneers in daylighting architecture, Danpal has perfected the art of utilizing natural light to enhance the appearance of a building. By hiding or integrating building elements with conventional glazing, the amount of light can be controlled so that it creates striking visual contrasts in the amount that you prefer.

Variable levels of light transmission are the way to design an appearance that will impress and amaze. Daylighting is a dynamic, exciting way to enhance a building with an esthetic feature that pleases everyone.

In addition to daylighting, Danpal also offers a dazzling palette of colors from which to choose. We have special effects, textures, and finishes that allow you to give your building exactly the right image. Danpal designs products that give buildings strength, beauty, and efficiency.

Cladding: The bodyguard for your building

Your building needs to be protected from its enemies. Those enemies include the pounding rain of seasonal storms that challenges a building’s defenses, finding the weak spots and causing damage that can be costly. Snow is another foe that your building encounters during the cold seasons. The freezing winds blow, ice forms, and snow builds up on roofs. Hail is no friend to a building as it punishes a structure with relentless fury. In order for a building to remain watertight and airtight so that weather can’t cause damage, a bodyguard is needed.

Cladding is your building’s bodyguard. It’s placed upon the building’s exterior to establish a barrier against the weather. Choosing your cladding bodyguard involves selecting a building materials manufacturer with a proven reputation for excellence. You’re looking for a company that is well known for developing high-quality materials that deliver a high-quality performance.

Weather is a 24/7 opponent and so your cladding bodyguard must be ready at all times to defend against whatever strikes. As we all know, weather can be unpredictable and in our current era, where we’re witnessing the increased strength of storms, we want to provide ample protection for our buildings. Danpal is the company that can provide the cladding that will serve as your building’s bodyguard.


You expect a bodyguard to be strong and powerful, right? That’s certainly the case with Danpal cladding, which is made of microcell polycarbonate sheets. Microcell technology and polycarbonate sheets have teamed up like superheroes to bring their best to the battle against the weather. The cladding panels are double-notched to reinforce their watertight strength and prevent moisture from penetrating.


Microcell technology is three times lighter than other building materials on the market, but that just means that it’s more flexible and easier to work with. Being lighter in weight doesn’t mean weaker; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The flexibility of our Danpal cladding is a benefit to the client because it’s so easy to install. Connections are made while the system has support, and that means that additional framed support structures aren’t needed. When clients are able to save money because the installation takes less work and less time, they’re happier with the results.


If you’re looking for a cladding system that makes your building look like it’s protected by a superhero, you want to learn more about Danpal’s Ventilated Rain Screen System (VRS). Our VRS is a model for other systems because it meets the existing federal regulations. It’s both flexible enough to be quickly installed and versatile enough to be placed on a wide range of structures because it connects readily. It’s pleasing to architects because, with so many options, the color choices are plentiful.

A bodyguard can be tough but also attractive; at least, that’s how Danpal feels out cladding as a bodyguard for your building.

Green buildings are the goal for the future of construction

In today’s environmentally conscious society, green isn’t just a color, it’s a message and a commitment. Companies are proud to boast of their ecological practices. Politicians include climate issues in their campaign promises and many even tackle the controversial topic of greenhouse gas emissions and what industrial societies must do to pollute less. Celebrities use their fame to promote sustainable practices. Children in school are taught to take care of the planet. We realize that our soil, our waterways and our air are all fragile partners in the circle of life in which we are all connected. Our planet has endured much in the way of pollution but thanks to modern-day awareness, people from all walks of life are making a commitment to remember our obligation to Planet Earth. We have all made a promise to “go green.”

That promise also extends to the building industry. As environmental consciousness increased, the commercial world recognized that we have a part to play in this venture. Danpal has always operated under the slogan Global Mission, Local Focus, so for us, paying attention to the holistic practices that help the planet is nothing new. For us, green buildings are the only way to build.


Using natural materials, renewable materials, and natural materials is how we practice resource efficiency. In order to be efficient with our resources, we should use products that are locally available, refurbished, or salvaged. Packaging is an important part of resource efficiency. Using products that are packed with materials that are reusable or recyclable defines our lifestyle as one of better stewardship of the planet.

In order to be a truly green building, it must be the product of a process which pays close attention to every segment of the construction process and the materials that are used. That means that the extraction, fabrication, processing, transportation, installation, recycling, reuse and disposal of the materials used in construction must support a philosophy of sustainability.


One way of identifying whether or not a building is green is to determine it’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). By using materials that emit few or no carcinogens or chemicals, that are non-toxic and resistant to moisture and can be installed with minimal volatile organic compounds (VOC), IAQ is supported and this helps to identify a green building.

Water is another resource which is part of the green building identification process. Using products that reduce the consumption of water helps in the conservation of this natural resource which we all depend upon, but which is in short supply in far too many parts of the world.

The global economy also factors into the identification of a green building. Materials used in the construction of green buildings should be affordable so that they can be universally accessible.

Danpal is an eager participant in this crusade for resource efficiency. We obey federal regulations and building codes that are designed to make sure that products adhere to ecologically sound practices.

Polycarbonate sheets make building stronger

No one disputes the need for strength in our building materials. A building is intended to last for generations. While repairs to a structure are an expected part of maintenance, a building should be strong enough to withstand the effects of weather. But standards for strength have evolved as innovative research has discovered newer and better materials. Danpal, always at the forefront of the most cutting-edge products manufactured, has made the use of polycarbonate sheets a primary component in our efforts to build better.


In recent years, the weather has become more extreme. We’ve witnessed terrible storms throughout the seasons as blizzards, rainstorms, and other manifestations of nature seem to behave as if they’re in a contest to overpower the landscape. Buildings must be constructed out of materials that give them the stamina that they must have in order to outlast the furies of nature. Every season seems to bring its own special form of nature’s wrath and all over the world, people are experiencing weather that’s unlike anything they’ve known before. That’s why polycarbonate sheets have become so popular. Polycarbonate is light and easy to work with, while at the same time displaying a phenomenal strength. In fact, polycarbonate sheets, although only half as heavy as glass, are two hundred times stronger. As the weather has become more powerful, buildings are now stronger thanks to polycarbonate sheets.


Building materials that are equipped with versatility can offer more to architects and clients. Polycarbonate sheets are available in two different forms. You might choose solid polycarbonate, which resembles glass in its clear, flat sheeting form. Although solid polycarbonate looks like glass, it has far superior strength. Or you might choose multiwall polycarbonate, a structured sheet which has hollow air chambers. Whichever one you select, you can be confident that you’ll benefit from the same reliable polycarbonate strength.


You’ve heard a lot about the strength of polycarbonate sheets, but you may not realize why that strength is so important. Buildings are very vulnerable to the forces of weather.

Keeping insulation dry is one of the most important ways to protect a building. Damp moisture can lead to problems that begin with leaks and a loss of energy and can turn into structural stress and, ultimately, the possibility of building collapse. The damage isn’t merely confined to the building. Damp insulation creates an atmosphere in which mold thrives and once mold has found a home, it doesn’t want to leave. It leads to health problems for the occupants of a building, and if there’s someone who has asthma or allergies, they’ll feel the effects of mold very quickly. You don’t want to live or work in a building that adversely affects your health. Damp insulation also leads to financial issues because you’re paying for energy that you aren’t using. It’s escaping outside and that’s bad for the environment. Dry insulation is the formula for a healthy building and healthy people.

Not just another pretty facade

Neighborhoods and commercial districts all have unique identities that take their image from the buildings that are located there. People come and go but the structures remain, instilling an identity in the landscape that adds to the character of the area. Buildings are designed and constructed according to architectural plans based upon certain styles and functions, but there’s a way for a structure to add to its appearance beyond its original design and that’s through facades. Facades, which offer choices of colors, finishes, and textures that deepen the esthetic appearance of a building, are a popular option for architects who want their creative work to impart an extra level of imagination.


Architects enjoy the opportunity to let a building take on an artistic presence as if it were a work of art with people inside. If you’ve ever seen a façade which alternates dark and light colors, you know how vividly this impression catches the eye. Adding depth to the perspective of a building is easily accomplished by layering different shades of a particular color. Other ways to add pizazz to a building are to incorporate columns or brick stacks or feature lighting. Danpal has so many variations on the theme of color that it will be a challenge to choose from all the selections that are available.


Danpal facades bring beauty but they also help to resist weather. The facades are made of microcell technology which provides strength. The façade’s thermal insulation prevents energy from being wasted by escaping out of the building. The double-click locking seams provide high-load resistance and security. The structural function of the façade is as much a part of its purpose as is its attractive appearance. All of these features are designed to keep your building strong no matter what the weather is doing outside.


A Danpal facace, with this microcell technology and double-click locking seams, is well-equipped to handle the harsh elements that weather brings. The world outside your windows might look as if a flood of rain is coming from the skies. You might open the door to a landscape that’s covered in white from heavy snowfall. You might hear the wind howling outside, or hail striking the building. But the building itself is shielded by the power of the façade’s defensive barrier that allows you to stay snug and warm inside.


We’ve all heard a lot about the dangers of mold and how it can cause serious harm for people with respiratory problems. If you work in a building or live in a home that has a mold problem, you may have noticed that allergies and asthma are worse. That’s because mold is born in damp places where moisture has attacked insulation. Once the insulation is no longer dry, it becomes a breeding ground for mold that quickly spreads.

A Danpal façade can make a world of difference in the health and wellbeing of your building and the people inside it.

Wall cladding won’t let weather ruin your insulation

Budgets have a lot to do with the purchases that we make, but no matter what you’re buying, remember that if you skimp on quality, you’re going to end up paying in repairs and replacements what you thought you were saving in the beginning. At Danpal, we remind our clients that, when purchasing wall cladding, it’s important to buy smart. What does that mean? Well, wall cladding can make the difference in your energy bills, the structural integrity of your building, as well as the comfort of your living and working space. We’ll explain why wall cladding makes such a difference in your building’s ability to keep the weather out and keep savings in.


In the majority of the world’s International Energy Agency (IEA) countries, 40% of the individual nation’s energy usage stems from what their buildings use. That’s a lot of energy! But imagine how much worse that number would be if energy is being wasted. Energy waste isn’t always detected at first. Moisture from rain or snow can get into the interior of a residence or a business and spread dampness to the insulation. After that, the cost of wasting energy begins to make itself known. Wall cladding can protect your insulation from the threats of weather damage.


What is the temperature inside your structure? It should be consistent all year round so that, even when it’s very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter, you can maintain a steady temperature and not have to turn the thermostat up and down to be more comfortable. If you do have to adjust the temperature as the weather outside changes, it’s time to see if your insulation is wet.

Another clue that your insulation has been affected by moisture comes when you’re paying your heating and cooling bills. If you notice an unexpected increase in the amount you’re paying, you might want to check to see if your insulation is in good condition. Wet insulation lets energy escape and you’re the one paying for energy that you aren’t using.


Danpal has invested a great deal into the research and development aspect of our business and we’re pleased with the results. We’ve developed products that suit the client’s needs while also meeting the needs of the environment. This formula for success has been a popular one with customers and that’s why we continue to be in the forefront of the industry.

Our wall cladding is designed with an air gap. This gives the wall cladding natural ventilation that keeps insulation dry and uncompromised by moisture. Another feature that prevents moisture from striking insulation is the convective motion behind the wall.

The high-quality performance of wall cladding’s connector-bound microcell polycarbonate panels keeps moisture out. Your building will be around for a long time because Danpal wall cladding keeps the leaks out.


When you’re considering choices of building materials, what are you looking for? Function? Appearance? Do you feel like you have to choose one over the other? Why should you have to choose whether you want to use a building material that is strong and easy to work with, or one that is attractive? When you select polycarbonate sheets, you’re choosing a product that is extremely strong and also esthetically pleasing. In fact, polycarbonate’s advantages are so pronounced that it has replaced glass in popularity. Glass, once a favorite, just can’t compare to the versatility of polycarbonate sheets. At Danpal, we are constantly seeking new and innovative products that deliver the utmost satisfaction for our clients. New and better products mean that older, traditional products can no longer compare to what’s now available. As a leader in the building industry, Danpal stays on the cutting edge of research and development so that new products like polycarbonate sheets deliver a better performance.


The weather forecast in a typical week explains why polycarbonate sheets are an architect’s first choice when designing a building. Weather is unpredictable; a week that starts out with record cold temperatures and heavy rain might end in heat and humidity. We’ve all heard how March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb; in weather terms, that shows us that we have to expect the unexpected when we’re dealing with the natural elements. In order for a building to have the utmost in protection against the potential ravages of weather, it needs to be able to rely on materials that are able to keep weather out. Danpal has developed its Ventilated Rain System, which uses polycarbonate sheets to prevent weather outside from making its way inside. The polycarbonate panels in the system come with an air gap that lets natural ventilation keep the insulation dry and free from moisture.


Architects like to work with polycarbonate sheets because they’re flexible and customizable. That makes polycarbonate sheets very easy to install. The workload is lighter, the time needed is reduced, transporting the sheets is easier, and the disruption of the routine inside the building is reduced. When less work is needed, that means that less time is taken. That, in turn, means that less money is needed to finish the job.


Polycarbonate sheets are available in two different styles. There’s multiwall polycarbonate sheets, which are made of hollow air chambers. For those who want the appearance of glass, there’s solid polycarbonate, which is a flat, clear sheeting. Both versions are strong and flexible and that’s a decisive advantage for a building material. Can the same be said of glass?


Architects aren’t the only ones who’ve discovered that polycarbonate is a superior product. Windshields, security screens, moving machinery parts and farming machinery are also made out of polycarbonate because its flexibility and strength make it a favored choice.


Buildings. In many instances, it’s a case of “seen one, seen them all.” But Danpal believes that buildings can be more than just one-size-fits-all structures that fulfill a functional purpose. A building can also look great while it’s fulfilling the purpose for which it was designed and built. That’s why Danpal facades are so popular with architects. Our facades offer a variety of ways for a building to show off and become something more than just another structure. We provide colors, textures, and finishes that turn an ordinary building into a functioning work of art. You’ll be amazed at the options that you’ll find when you explore the world of Danpal facades.


You may not be considering beauty as a standard feature of a building, but after you’ve seen the difference that facades can deliver, you’ll be excited about the choices you can make. A building can take on different dimensions merely by the selections you make for your façade. Do you want to add depth to the perspective? You can do that by layering different shades of color. We offer feature lighting, brick stacks, and columns so that you can give your building a dazzling appearance. Seeking a bold, eye-catching image? Try alternating dark and light colors. With Danpal facades, beauty is an option that you won’t want to do without.


Even while looking gorgeous, a Danpal façade is hard at work making sure that weather doesn’t ruin the building. No matter where you live, there’s a weather manifestation that can be particularly harmful. In some parts of the world, winter is a season to dread because it brings snow, cold temperatures and wind. Other places have rainy seasons that deliver torrential downpours. All regions of the globe have weather, and they all have buildings. That’s why Danpal has designed facades that are able to protect a building’s interior from weather worries.

Some of the problems that weather causes are immediately noticed. But others, like the mold that can develop if insulation gets wet, may not be detected as quickly until they’ve already created a problem. In houses or workplaces where insulation is compromised by moisture that penetrated a building’s exterior, the occupants may find themselves suffering from health issues. This is particularly true for people who already have respiratory conditions such as asthma or allergies. When that happens, the building in which these people live and work is actually making them sick. A façade by Danpal is a great way to keep your building and the people inside it healthier.


We’ve dedicated our decades of experience to devising products that are strong enough to stand up to weather. Microcell technology is the secret to the strength of our facades. Our thermal insulation prevents energy from escaping. The result? Your heating and cooling remain at consistent temperatures all the year around. Hail can’t get past our snap-lock connection systems. With our double-click locking seams, a building can count on security and high-load resistance. That’s Danpal innovation in action!


The twenty-first century has seen the growing prominence of the sustainability movement advance to the point where lifestyles have dramatically changed. We make decisions on the foods we purchase, vacations that we take, and the buildings where we live based on how the environment is affected by what we do. As the movement has progressed, we now pay close attention to the use of materials and products in the construction of green buildings. We know the advantages of using green building materials. We benefit from the energy conservation, the reduction in maintenance costs, the improved productivity and health of the building occupants; the lower cost of changing space configurations; and an increased flexibility in design. Choosing the right materials is a straightforward process that puts the planet first. By doing that, we also support our own wellbeing.


Using green building materials and products has a multifaceted role in protecting the environment by promoting the conservation of nonrenewable resources. Another benefit is the reduction of the environmental impact that’s associated with the extraction, transport, fabrication, processing, installation, reuse, recycling and disposal of building materials. Because green building materials are made out of renewable resources, they promote environmental responsibility, especially as we consider their impact over the life span of the product.


Resource-efficient materials

  • are made of recycled content
  • come from natural and renewable materials
  • are manufactured with resource-efficient processes
  • are made from locally available materials and components
  • use materials that are salvaged; refurbished; reusable; recyclable
  • are packaged responsibly

Energy efficiency is maximized

  • by using materials that help reduce the consumption of energy in buildings and facilities

Indoor air quality is enhanced by using materials that

  • emit few or no carcinogens
  • release minimal chemicals
  • are installed with minimal VOC-producing compounds
  • are resistant to moisture
  • require simple, non-toxic cleaning
  • promote healthy indoor air quality

Other criteria include the affordability of the material and its role in water conservation.


After establishing project-specific environmental goals, the environmentally-minded consumer can rely on research, evaluation and selection to choose green building materials. Research includes collecting all available technical data to be evaluated so that you can be sure you’re identifying all options. Evaluation consists of confirming the technical information and, where there are gaps, finding the missing information. When selecting the products to be used, an evaluation matrix is needed to score the project-specific environmental criteria. The product with the best environmental attributes will be identified by the total score of the individual products.


As a company, Danpal has remained committed to the principles of sustainability throughout our existence. With the motto of Global Vision, Local Focus, we reinforce our practices by adhering to the policy that what we produce must not harm the planet or the people who live upon it. That’s a lofty goal but we feel that it’s also a practical one. Taking care of the environment is a way to take care of ourselves as well, because what affects the planet ultimately affects each of us. Our natural resources must be protected if they are going to continue to sustain us. We cannot live without water that is clean and drinkable, air that we can breathe, and soil that can grow food for us to eat. The buildings that we design and construct can play a harmonious role in the overall sustainability of this planet that is home to us all.

Facades Are The Beautiful Way To Protect Buildings From Weather Damage

Danpal, a leader in the building industry with over half a century of experience, has always emphasized the importance of manufacturing high-quality products that deliver superior performance. Our commitment to the environment assures our clients that the materials we produce support their own ecological concerns. These are the factors which have established our company as a trailblazer in the field. But we also have a creative influence on the buildings that are designed by architects. That harmony of creativity and performance is exemplified by our facades. The façade of a building is both an esthetic and a functional component of the structure.

Matching A Façade To the Neighborhood

We provide many options for colors, textures, and finishes so that architects can have a wide variety of choices when deciding how the building will look. A building has a designated purpose for the occupants within; whether it’s a home or a workplace, the interior of the structure must be safe and comfortable for the people who spend time there. But a building also has its own neighborhood; how it looks on the exterior will play a part in the way it fits into the community. Is your building located in a part of the community where the architectural style is more traditional, or is it in an area that’s know for its modern look? The façade that you choose can blend with the style that’s best suited for the building’s location. Facades can enhance the outward appearance of a building so that it helps to create a positive impression.

FacadesFaçade Strength Keeps Weather Damage Away

Microcell technology is at the heart of the strength of a Danpal façade. The high-impact resistance capitalizes on microcell technology to enable a building to withstand the damage that hail can cause. The snap-lock connection system keeps water and air from invading the building and letting moisture thrive. There’s also co-extended UV protection with Danpal facades so that the power of the sun won’t cause harm to your building over time.

Facades And Esthetics

Daylight is one of the most attractive features that’s provided with Danpal facades. The glazing panel of the façade has tight spacing between the ribs so that the natural light from outside can be evenly diffused inside. Light also opens the possibilities for visual contrasts, as building elements, whether hidden or integrated with conventional glazing, create fascinating impressions. There is also a wonderful range of colors and finishes to transform a building into an artistic masterpiece.

Other Advantages of Facades

Architects appreciate the flexibility of Danpal facades which makes them much easier to work with. The flush external of the concealed joints can warp and twist if necessary. Another feature is the system certification, which is compliant with ISO9001 and CSTB requirements. As the “R” values of roofing insulation have almost tripled in recent decades, Danpal facades play a role. That’s because the unique cell structure of the façade works with superior thermal insulation. At at a time when environmental responsibility is the universal goal, Danpal’s facades do their part to make the world a better place.

Facades Make Buildings Stronger, More Appealing, More Energy Efficient

There are a number of considerations that go into the design of a building. An architect has an image of a building as she or he works, but throughout the creative process, a very analytical procedure is taking place simultaneously. Weather is always uppermost in the architect’s planning: is this building located in a region where it will be subjected to particularly wet weather in the form of rain and snow? Will sunlight be intense? Is the area a windy place? How extreme are the weather conditions and how will they impact the building? Architects build with the weather, environmental regulations, and esthetics in mind, and throughout all of this, they are also eager to please the client for whom they are designing the building. The client is also concerned about the cost of the building: Will it require much maintenance? Will it last a long time? Will it perform its primary function and meet expectations?

All of these considerations matter a great deal. Danpal, a leader in the building industry, recommends its facades as a way of putting architect and client concerns to rest. Danpal facades combine impressive strength with light weight for a product that’s easy to work with and built to last.

Danpal Strengths Create Superior Facades

A façade by Danpal can resist the impact of weather while preventing moisture from penetrating a building. Our microcell technology keeps the building watertight and airtight, and our double-click locking system offers impressive impact resistance. The snap-lock connection system also contributes to the prevention of penetration by moisture.

FacadesFacades Can Handle The Light

Natural light is a great innovation in building materials and Danpal facades lead the way for this popular feature. The tight spacing between the ribs of the façade’s glazing panel transmits evenly diffused natural light to enhance the internal working and living spaces. At the same time, we’re well aware that sunlight, as much as we love it, can be a problem for a building. That’s why we offer co-extended UV protection so that the building will enjoy a long life span.

Energy Efficiency Is Supported By Danpal Facades

The unique cell structure of our facades can be credited with improvements in the “U” and “R” values that support better thermal insulation and increased energy efficiency. Today’s consumers expect their places of work and residence to mirror their own environmental concerns and Danpal is pleased to do our utmost to meet this expectation from our customers. We’re all about Global Vision, Local Focus as we support the environment and the expectations of our clients.

Esthetic Appeal Is Part Of the Danpal Façade Attraction

There’s no need for a building to be dull. Not when Danpal offers so many options in the form of colors, finishes and textures that can dazzle the eye and enhance the look of the community. Our facades allow the architect to release those creative instincts that make a building more than a construction project.

Danpal Facades Are Easy To Work With

Danpal is committed to creating products that are easy to work with. Our facades are designed with concealed joints that create a flush external. If necessary for performance, the flush external can twist and warp.

Choosing a Danpal façade means choosing strength, esthetics, flexibility, and sustainability. It’s the smart choice!

Danpal Wall Cladding Won’t Let Your Building Down

When making the choice of what company to use for the building materials that are needed in your construction project, you’re going to be faced with a number of different questions that need to be answered. Which company has the experience that suits the ever-changing needs of the industry? Which company has a reputation for producing innovative building materials that meet the needs of the design while also meeting federal environmental regulations? Which company has the staffing that keeps up with the latest technological advances? When you’re in the market for wall cladding, you want to use materials providing by a company that has proven its merit in construction. That company is Danpal.

The Danpal Team Designs Wall Cladding That Protects Insulation

We’ve been in the business of building buildings for more than three decades. We’ve seen energy efficiency become a major priority for our clients as the public becomes more invested in the safety of the planet. We’ve witnessed the expanding role that technology has played in adapting building designs to reflect a “smart” living and working environment. Through it all, we have continued to concentrate our work ethic as a Global Vision, Local Focus mission that keeps the needs and expectations of each individual customer at the forefront of our efforts. We aim to build buildings that fulfill their purpose. That’s why our Danpal wall cladding is designed to protect insulation. Insulation that has been compromised by moisture is failing the building it’s supposed to maintain.

Wall CladdingWhy Does Insulation Have To Be Protected By Wall Cladding?

The only thing that weather can be relied upon to do is to challenge a building’s lifespan. Whether it’s a season when cold weather predominates, or a time when heavy rains are expected, or a period when winds are a threat, all we can be sure of is that a building will need to be protected. If moisture manages to penetrate a building’s defenses, the insulation can no longer perform its function under optimum conditions.

Energy efficiency is threatened because failed insulation forces the heating and cooling systems to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature inside. The occupants of the building are threatened by the growth of mold, which thrives in a moist environment and can lead to health problems that harm people who may already suffer from allergies and asthma. Money is lost because when insulation isn’t working, energy is escaping and you’re paying for energy that you aren’t using. Wall cladding can make the crucial difference in how your insulation performs.

Danpal Wall Cladding To The Rescue

Danpal’s innovative team has created wall cladding that is designed to resist weather and prevent moisture from invading the interior of a structure. Not only do our designers and engineers know how to develop a product that is able to fend off nature’s advances, but our company operates on five continents. There’s no better way to be schooled in the various kinds of weather and the threats that they represent than to actually function in areas where that weather is present.

Polycarbonate Sheets: Strong, Flexible, Better Than Glass

We’ve always heard that opposites attract, but this isn’t a phrase that we typically use when we’re discussing building materials. However, polycarbonate sheets are a building material that is gaining popularity in the industry because polycarbonate is a product that is made up of opposites. It’s strong but it’s light in weight. It resembles glass, but it’s flexible. With these opposites attracting the way they do, the end result is a product that is so amazingly versatile that it gives architects a dynamic new option for creating customizable structures designed to please. If you’re not convinced that something so easy to work with could possibly be so strong, we’re going to prove it to you.

What Is Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate is a building material that’s incredibly strong and, at the same time, flexible so that it’s easy to work with. Can you imagine a product that resembles glass and yet is unbreakable? That’s polycarbonate. Polycarbonate sheets come in two different forms. It’s the solid polycarbonate, which is a clear flat sheeting, that resembles glass. Multiwall polycarbonate is a structure sheet made of hollow air chambers. Whichever one you choose, you’re getting unbeatable strength.

polycarbonate sheetsPolycarbonate Sheets Deliver Flexibility

When a product is flexible, it’s much easier to work with. Ease of installation pleases architects because it means that the process can take place in less time with more efficiency. Less disruption of schedules pleases clients; workers can continue with their tasks without a great deal of disruption while the installation is taking place.

How Strong Are Polycarbonate Sheets?

Polycarbonate sheets are very, very strong. Polycarbonate is 200 times stronger than glass and much easier to work with. Polycarbonate has been hardened to withstand very high levels of resistance, which helps to explain why it’s the ideal material for defending a building against the ravages of weather. Weather has a lot that it can throw against a building, but polycarbonate sheets pose a pretty strong defense against the forces of rainstorms, snowfall, hail and high winds.

Danpal’s Ventilated Rain System Has The Edge In Weather Protection

Polycarbonate’s ability to keep moisture from penetrating the interior of a building is the reason why it delivers such an impressive performance against weather. The polycarbonate sheets of the Danpal Ventilated Rainscreen System insulate a building on the inside so that the weather going on outside the building can’t get through. The air gap in the panels allows natural ventilation to keep insulation effective by preventing it from getting wet.

Glass Can’t Compare To Polycarbonate Sheets

If you need more proof that polycarbonate sheets are the building material that is superior to glass, just consider some of the products that are made of polycarbonate. Products like security screens, windshields, farming machinery and moving machinery parts all need to be flexible in order to work. Polycarbonate is flexible. But these products also must be strong. Polycarbonate is strong. As you can see, polycarbonate sheets are proof that opposites attract.

Wall cladding that’s both efficient and esthetic

In order for a building to operate at a top level of efficiency, its various components need to be performing at their peak levels. For the occupants of a building, that efficiency tends to be based upon their own personal comfort. If a building is too warm or too cool, the occupants are likely to blame the heating and cooling systems. But the culprit may be something that is easily ignored when energy bills seems to be running higher than usual. If a building’s insulation is performing flawlessly, the heating and air conditioning systems should be able to run at a consistent temperature. If you’ve had to change the thermostat, the reason may be because your insulation has been compromised by a leak in the building that allows moisture to enter and energy to escape. Wall cladding is a building’s defense against leaks that cause harm to insulation.

Wall Cladding Excels At Keeping Weather Outside

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Weather is a natural phenomenon that has no business invading a building. But if rain or snow manages to penetrate a building’s exterior, moisture can develop and, all of a sudden, outdoor weather has managed to find a home in the interior. That quickly leads to problems that can start with a leak and, in a worst-case scenario, actually develop over time into structural collapse if the problem isn’t detected. The best way to avoid that threat is by choosing Danpal wall cladding.

Wall CladdingThe Formula For Wall Cladding Success

The great advantage of wall cladding is that it does so much for a building, both in terms of its protection against the elements and also in its appearance. Danpal’s wall cladding is comprised of connector-bound polycarbonate panels that employ microcell technology to provide optimum protection against weather penetration. Our exclusive double notching is key to keeping the building watertight and safe from penetration by moisture. The air gap’s natural ventilation operates with a convective motion that keeps insulation dry and energy running efficiently.

Danpal wall cladding, with its exclusive double notching, makes sure that watertightness is secure in order to prevent moisture from penetrating. Thanks to an air gap, the wall cladding’s natural ventilation has a convective motion that sustains its energy efficiency.

Color and light are two features of wall cladding that can turn a building into a structural portrait of beauty. Architects love the variety of options that Danpal offers in our wall cladding because it lets the building perform its required function for the occupants who are within, while creating a dazzling display of beauty for those who are looking at the building from the outside.

How Danpal Makes a Quality Difference in Building Material Choices

Three decades as a leader in the building industry have shown Danpal that the key to success is to deliver what the customer wants and needs. Our efforts to stay on top of the latest technology and trends have paid off, thanks to our investment in research and development. We’re committed to the mission of Global Vision, Local Focus, so that we are attuned to the components of construction that appeal to customers; at the same time, we never lose sight of the fact that our biggest customer is the planet. Everything that we do is designed to maintain the highest standards of efficient energy usage.

Satisfied customers, from the people who buy our products to Planet Earth, keep Danpal in the lead in the building industry.

Contact Danpal to discuss wall cladding for your next architectural project.

Green Buildings are Building a Better, Healthier World

Green building design has become an integral factor in contemporary architecture. As our society has incorporated the concept of sustainability into our everyday lives, we have come to expect our buildings to do the same. Green buildings are winning fans everywhere because they are constructed upon a foundation that includes energy conservation, lower maintenance costs, greater flexibility in design, less expense in configuring space, and improved health and productivity for the occupants of the building. By considering its effect on the planet and the people, a green building is able to build a better community.

Why Green Buildings Are Making A Difference

In the past, when the environmental movement got underway, buildings were not a primary factor in the philosophy of adopting a greener lifestyle. But, as we began to realize that the use of nonrenewable resources was having a negative effect on our environment, we started to explore our ecological options. A 1995 study by Roodman and Lenssen revealed that three billion tons of raw materials are used annually for building and construction activities all over the world; that amounts to 40% of total global usage. Statistics like that led everyone to realize that when we’re trying to save the planet from the harm that human activity causes, we can no longer leave buildings out of the solution.

Green BuildingWhat Are Green Building Materials?

Green building materials are environmentally responsible; that’s why they’re made of renewable resources. Green building materials take into consideration the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of the products that are used in the construction. Instead of designing and constructing a structure that disregards its own potentially massive carbon footprint, green building materials are selected on the basis of specific criteria.

Resource And Energy Efficiency Are Green Building Trademarks

Resource efficiency relies upon the usage of recycled content, natural and renewable materials, products that are manufactured with resource-efficient processes, materials and components that are available locally, products that have been salvaged or refurbished, and packaging materials that are reusable and recyclable. The energy efficiency comes into play by maximizing the use of materials, components, and systems that aid in the reduction of energy consumption in buildings.

Other Key Factors In Green Building Materials

  • Indoor Air Quality
    Indoor Air Quality or IAQ can be enhanced with the usage of materials that emit minimal or no carcinogens or chemical emissions. These materials are installed with minimal VOC-producing compounds. They’re moisture resistant. Materials that use non-toxic cleaning materials are the ones that promote healthy IAQ.
  • Affordability
    The green building material bandwagon also promotes affordability in the products that used, as part of the overall economic health of our society and our planet.
  • Conservation of Water
    We shouldn’t take water for granted. Countries which are dealing with droughts know this, and the rest of us need to take it to heart. By using products that help reduce the consumption of water, we are conserving one of our most vital natural resources.

Making the world a better, healthier place, one building at a time, is part of our company’s motto: Global Vision, Local Focus.

Cladding and Climate and Insulation

Design a building. Build the building. Enjoy the building. Many people may think that these steps indicate the life cycle of a structure, but architects know that the process isn’t nearly that straightforward. The design for a building begins with a keen awareness of what the building’s purpose will be, where the building is located, and an understanding of the climate in that region. After the building is completed and the occupants have moved in, the success of the next phase hinges on whether or not the structure has what it takes to resist the threats of weather, particularly rain and snow and how they will impact the insulation of a building. This is cause for worry for many building owners, but not for those whose designs were completed with Danpal cladding. For them, the insulation is secure and the moisture can’t enter, so the building is on its way to a long life.


Danpal’s business presence extends to five continents, which is part of the reason why we take our global responsibilities so seriously. But at the same time, we know that concentrating our innovation locally makes our company stronger and more responsive to all the building needs in the industry. Cladding needs to be strong so that it can prevent leakages from invading the interior of a building. Climate and cladding are closely interwoven; cladding can’t change the amount of precipitation that falls in any given area, but it can prevent that precipitation from causing damage to the structure. Danpal cladding has an inner sheet, an outer panel, and a ventilated cavity; between the building’s exterior and the cladding is a gap that supplies a consistent stream of air to block the penetration of moisture.


In most of the world’s International Energy Agency (IEA) counties, buildings account for nearly 40% of the primary energy usage in the individual nations. That high number shows that, as nations advance, they use more energy. How, then, can energy usage be controlled so that there’s no waste? Cladding plays into that formula because if the cladding is working as it’s designed, insulation stays dry and energy isn’t escaping. A consistent temperature is maintained internally.


The most effective cladding on the market is the Danpal Ventilated Rainscreen System or VRS, which employs Danpalon® panels to keep insulation free from moisture. The convective motion behind the panels is what keeps the insulation dry. The standard panel length is 12.0m, but if you need longer lengths of panels, just let Danpal know and we’ll be happy to customize. Our system is 100% watertight and easy to install, so customization is no problem.
In a way, customization is the key to Danpal’s success in meeting the needs of our clients. We design building materials with the client in mind. You’ll appreciate the work that goes into our products when you see for yourself what a difference Danpal cladding makes in the long-term life of your building.

Polycarbonate Sheets Score Better in Strength and Appearance

In the construction industry, the products used to create a building must, first and foremost, fulfill the function for which they were designed. They must be strong enough to withstand the harshest elements of weather. They must conform to current environmental standards. All of these items are important. But for Danpal, a company which, during its 50 years in the industry, has always maintained the highest standards of quality in its products, there’s something else that’s important. Esthetics. A building has a purpose and its components are designed to make that purpose happen. But a building, very often, is occupied by people and Danpal believes that people are better served if the buildings where they work and live can provide an attractive appearance, as well as comfort and safety. The advance of technology has provided new ways of making things so that they emphasize all of these priorities. One of the strongest, most versatile, and most customizable products in today’s market is polycarbonate. Polycarbonate sheets have become the favorite of architects looking for a building material that meets industry requirements while satisfying client preferences.

Polycarbonate SheetsPolycarbonate Sheets Build For Today’s Market

In the history of the building industry, there was a time when glass was one of the most popular products for architects. It was strong and attractive. True, scratching was a problem and it wasn’t particularly to work with, but for its time, it was a favorite. But times have changed. Now there’s a new product, one that is so superior to glass that it’s easy to understand why architects are making the shift to polycarbonate sheets. As we already noted, strength is a primary consideration when choosing a building material, and polycarbonate is 200 times stronger than glass. You might think that something that strong would be difficult to work with, but actually, polycarbonate is so flexible that customization is easy. Polycarbonate sheets, which have been hardened so that they are capable of standing up to very high resistance levels, are virtually impossible to break.

Energy Efficiency Is Certain With Polycarbonate Sheets

Did you know that in the industrialized world, 40% of the primary energy usage comes from buildings? If you want to build with sustainability in mind, you’re looking for materials that enhance energy efficiency. Polycarbonate sheets offer a superior performance when it comes to protecting a building from the damage that weather can cause. Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System, with its natural ventilation, keeps insulation dry and free from the moisture that can cause significant damage over time to a building. The building maintains its energy efficiency by keeping energy from escaping.

Still Like The Look Of Glass? Polycarbonate Can Still Be Your Choice

There are two different choices for polycarbonate sheets, and one of them, solid polycarbonate, is a clear, flat sheeting that resembles glass, but with the strength of polycarbonate. The second option is multiwall polycarbonate, a structured sheet with hollow air chambers. You’ll love the strength of polycarbonate and you won’t have to sacrifice anything in strength or resistance when choosing it.

Green Buildings by Danpal Support Sustainability

Today’s architect can no longer be content merely to design green buildings for clients. Architecture has become a crucial component in the goal to keep the planet healthy; the more we learn about our environment, the more we realize that everything we do has a consequence. In order to keep those consequences holistic, architects have taken on the responsibility of designing buildings that support sustainability. Buildings in the developed world, because they are so sophisticated and so technologically advanced, account for 40% of the primary energy usage in their countries. At the same time, building materials may account for a significant proportion of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. It might seem as though the goal to build in a manner that supports our environment might be too difficult. But Danpal has taken up the challenge and, by investing in the research and development that looks to the future, we are helping architects build for a better, greener world.

In order to bring all these factors into balance so that each newly designed and constructed building conforms to federal standards, architects have expanded their professional sense of responsibility. They’re doing their part, and that’s why, at Danpal, we’re doing our part to promote the construction of green buildings.


Danpal’s slogan is Global Vision, Local Focus. With that motto in mind, we’ve been able to focus upon the ways that the overall mission of our company impacts the daily lives of our customers. Danpal is widely respected in the building industry for the sustainable characteristics of our innovative projects all over the world. With a business presence on five continents, Danpal is firmly committed to the interconnected nature of our planet. That requires us to manufacture building materials that are both strong and sustainable: strong, because a building must be able to stand up to the adverse elements of nature; and sustainable because the life of a building extends through generations for whom Planet Earth is also their home.


A transformative revolution in architecture has taken place and Danpal is proud to be a part of it. As pioneers in the concept of daylight architecture, Danpal recognizes that one of the best ways to promote the environment and its benefits is to include it in our buildings. We are a global leader in the designing and manufacturing of daylight systems that have high thermal insulation and mechanical resistance. We have enabled architects to harness one of the planet’s most holistic resources—natural light—in a cost-effective manner that is environmentally responsible.


On-site labor hours are reduced thanks to Danpal’s popular ready-to-install systems for facades, cladding, roofing, skylights and shading applications. This feature is especially useful for installations in open environments or in conditions that are problematic. Saving time and saving money are always popular when they’re made possible by a company like Danpal, which is known for its high-quality products. Doing both in a manner that supports sustainability is the right thing to do for our planet.

Facades That Are Built To Last

Buildings look so imposing, don’t they? Externally, they stand tall and dominate the landscape with their height. Inside, we expect to see a flurry of activity as people interact, work, and conduct business. But architects know that every building, regardless of its purpose, is only as strong as the materials that were used to make it. Every building is at the mercy of the elements; if a building is constructed from inferior materials, each drop of rain and each flake of snow is part of the arsenal of weather that can lead to its downfall. A façade system by Danpal is the best way to protect your building from weather.

Danpal Facades Are Built To Last

Weather has been around for a long time, right? Danpal knows that. That’s why we build products that are designed to last. With a façade system from Danpal, a building can stand up to the storms, hail, and winds that the seasons bring. A façade system will be around for a long, long time. Danpal understands that different facades are suited for different styles of architecture and different settings. The climate where the building is located is an important factor to consider when choosing your structure’s façade. A rainy climate calls for very different specifications than what would be needed if your building is located where the sun is a major factor. When choosing a façade system, you want to be sure that it blends well with the façade that suits it.

FaçadeDanpal Facades Enhance Your Building’s Appearance

Façades do a lot to make a building work better. They promote energy efficiency, which is always a priority in today’s environmentally conscious markets. They have another advantage that makes them an asset. Facades encourage creativity and originality and Danpal adds a flourish with lots of options, including a variety of colors, finishes, and special effects.

Natural Light is a Façade Favorite

The idea that external light can become a feature of interior design is a bold concept. But Danpal, a pioneer in daylighting architecture, has developed facades that know how to work with the natural light of the outdoors in order to create a more holistic indoor setting. Knowing the angles from which sunlight will enter your building allows the architect to adjust for the changing patterns of natural light. The result is an interior that benefits from exactly the amount of natural light that makes a difference, making it easier to see and also transforming the atmosphere within the building so that it nurtures productivity and coziness.

At Danpal, a building isn’t just a combination of assembled products. It’s a home, or a workplace, a stadium or a store . . . it’s a structure that provides comfort, shelter, and purpose for the people who gather inside. That philosophy has made it possible for Danpal to blaze a trail in the building industry that joins our expertise in research and manufacturing with our understanding of what a building should provide for the people inside. Danpal is your destination for facades that last.

Cladding Keeps Weather Where It Belongs

Danpal is in the business of providing products that meet your needs. From conforming to building regulations to surpassing industry standards to designing with function and beauty in mind, Danpal has a proven track record for excellence. At Danpal, we never lose sight of the fact that first of all, a building product has a purpose. We’re equally committed to the esthetics of a building so that with our products, its appearance and its function blend together for a finished result that works for everyone. However, if a building, no matter how functional and no matter how beautiful, fails to keep out moisture, it’s not going to be around very long.

Choosing high quality cladding is key to keeping moisture out of your building. Cladding is the part of a structure that’s placed on the exterior to protect the wood or the brick, creating a barrier between the weather and the building. When choosing the cladding that’s right for you, remember that you’re looking for a product that can stand up to the extremes of heat and cold.

When you make the right choice of cladding—the Danpal choice—you are making an investment today that’s going to last well into the future.

claddingThe Advantages of Danpal Cladding

Danpal’s connector-bound wall cladding is made of microcell polycarbonate panels. Microcell technology which is superior in strength, is three times lighter than other options available on today’s market. The panels are easy to install because the connections are made while the system is already supported, so there’s no need for additional framed support structures. Money, time and energy are saved in installation, a budget boost that pleases architects and clients both.

The double-notched cladding panels achieve a watertight level of impermeability that keeps the panels from being compromised by moisture. Remember what we said about moisture? If your building can be kept free of moisture, it’s going to be in good condition for a long time. Moisture in a structure leads to mold; mold isn’t healthy for a building or for its occupants. For people with respiratory ailments like asthma, or for those who suffer from allergies, mold is going to cause problems. But moisture, because it weakens the integrity of a structure, is also dangerous for buildings and can, in a worst-case scenario, lead to collapse.

The Ventilated RainScreen System

Wall cladding hits new heights of excellence in the Danpal Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS). The system conforms to existing regulations, meets high quality standards, and can be used on a variety of buildings from stadiums to skyscrapers because it connects so readily with the structure. Architects prize the ease of installation and so do clients. But they also value the impressive assortment of features that make the ventilated rain screen system so attractive. In addition to its superior performance, the ventilated rain screen system is designed so that it adds visual appeal to wall cladding because Danpal offers so many options and colors.

Architects enjoy the freedom that the esthetic choices offer and the building shows what can result when there’s a wide range of choices.

Contact Danpal to discuss about cladding for your next architectural project.

Polycarbonate Sheets Beat Glass

Times and trends change, and the building industry changes right along with them. But some things never change. When you’re designing a building, you want the structure to maintain its function and strength for a very long time. Technology and Danpal’s research have brought about impressive advances in the building industry. If you’re looking for a building product that surpasses everything else in strength, you’re looking for polycarbonate sheets. But their superior performance doesn’t just include strength. They also help to keep a building well-insulated, resistant to weather, and attractive in appearance. Polycarbonate has transformed the building industry and you’ll be dazzled by what it can do for your structure.

Polycarbonate Sheets Beat the Competition

Polycarbonate is 200 times stronger than glass, yet it’s so flexible to work with that it makes customizing easy. It’s virtually unbreakable and has been hardened to withstand impressively high levels of resistance, unlike glass, which, as we all know, is prone to breakage. There was a time when glass was one of the most popular building products, but that was before polycarbonate, with its strength, versatility and ease of installation, came along.

Polycarbonate SheetsGlass also lacks the flexibility of polycarbonate sheets. It’s not as easy to install and it can’t be customized the way that polycarbonate sheets can. Architects who want the freedom to use a building product that adapts to their design enjoy working with polycarbonate.

You have two different options when choosing polycarbonate sheets. Solid polycarbonate, a flat, clear sheeting, resembles glass. Of course, since it’s polycarbonate, it may look like glass but doesn’t have the inherent weaknesses of glass. Multiwall polycarbonate is a structured sheet that has hollow air chambers. It doesn’t matter which version you select because both are equally strong and high in quality.

Insulation Protection in Action with Polycarbonate Sheets

Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System has earned a reputation for being able to shield a building from the damage that weather can do. Polycarbonate sheets are the reason for the spectacular performance of VRS because of the way they insulate a building’s interior from rain, snow, and hail, which can cause terrible damage to a structure. VRS, with its weather-resistant exterior, has natural ventilation, thanks to an air gap, so that insulation stays dry. Dry insulation is vital for a building’s long-term life.

Polycarbonate Sheets Enhance Energy Efficiency

Household budgets are designed to pay bills. But if your insulation isn’t working properly, you’re going to have to budget for the cost of wasted energy. That’s because energy is escaping from the inside of your building and you’re paying for energy that you aren’t using. Buildings are already responsible for 40% of primary energy consumption in the world’s developed countries. The goal for industrial societies is to safeguard our planet by being aware of our energy usage. By building with polycarbonate sheets, you can keep energy usage under control so that household budgets reflect what’s actually used, and not what’s unintentionally wasted because of compromised insulation.

Wall Cladding for Long-Lasting Protection Against Weather

A building is a major investment for a company or a family. Anyone who goes to the time and effort of constructing and owning a building wants to do everything possible to make sure that the investment delivers a profitable return. One of the best ways to do that is to provide the right kind of protection so that the building isn’t compromised by the harm that weather can cause. All it takes to bring a building to ruin is for moisture to invade the interior of a structure.

As the moisture spreads, mold grows, and with mold comes harm to the physical health of the occupants and structural health of the building as well. How can you protect your building from the dangers of mold-causing moisture? Many homes and offices today have opted to install wall cladding so that the property remains in good condition. Danpal products are known for their durability, energy efficiency, and versatility and you’ll find that our wall cladding meets these standards.

Wall CladdingWhy Wall Cladding Is Better Than Tile

As we learned more about the need to change our habits in order to protect our planet, we’ve found out that everything we do affects the world in which we live. That’s also true for the building materials that we choose. Wall cladding is the environmentally smart decision to make for your building. In recent years, we’ve discovered how important sustainability is for the long-term health of our planet and that lifestyle has changed the way we build. People used to choose tile instead, until they realized that because tile breaks and needs to be replaced, it doesn’t support sustainability the way that wall cladding does.

Wall Cladding Installation Is Easy

The light weight of wall cladding makes it so easy to work with that an entire structure can be installed within days. The lightness of its weight is equaled by its long-lasting durability. Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System (VRS), which is made of microcell polycarbonate panels, is three times lighter than traditional rainscreen cladding. Danpal’s microcell technology has proven to deliver superior performance in our building products. Polycarbonate is today’s popular choice because of its impressive strength. The installation is easy, the performance is long-lasting.

Why Choose Danpal Wall Cladding?

Choosing Danpal is the smart choice because, with more than thirty years of experience in the building industry, we’re the go-to company for state-of-the-art light and thermal systems in architecture. We’ve become leaders because we field a team that has a broad range of knowledge and expertise. We respect our clients and we’re eager to help you make the building decision that meets your needs. When you meet with us to discuss your expectations for the project, our experts will offer you our recommendations. We’re patient with all questions and we’ll guide you through each step of the purchasing and installation process. Because we have a presence on five different continents, we offer terrific global distribution channels. We can help you choose the wall cladding that suits your climate, your building and your preferences.