Panel Systems reports increase in demand for Aluglaze
Panel Systems, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of architectural panels, has reported an increase in demand for its aluminium composite panels from architects and specifiers choosing an infill panel solution to bring old buildings to life or create vibrant new buildings.
Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, explains: “Aluminum is one of the most widely specified materials for architectural panels, with composite panels being increasingly used as infill panels within windows and curtain walling to create a contemporary or authentic appearance.”
He adds: “We are seeing a rise in demand for Aluglaze because of the unique combination of stunning aesthetics with reassuring long term low maintenance. We are able to offer specifiers a variety of options to help them create engaging buildings by providing a wide range of surface textures and colours.”
Aesthetics are still the number one reason that architectural panels are chosen – especially for modern urban and city centre locations. On a recent project, the architects for The Link, a flagship community building for young people in Thamesmead, London, chose Aluglaze panels in four distinctive colours – red, orange, yellow and green.
Aluglaze was specified due to the wide range of powder coated colours available which were used to create a vibrant building façade that complemented the colour of the curtain walling. Panel Systems also worked closely with contractors to ensure the panel edge profile was compatible with the specified glazing system.
By supplying aluminium panels with an insulating Styrofoam core, Panel Systems was able to achieve a U-value of 0.35 W/m2K, which met the high level of thermal performance required for the building.
This project achieved what it set out to do – create a vibrant and engaging building for the local community, with a high level of energy efficiency.
Specifiers and developers know that with composite panels they have the reassurance that performance is guaranteed, due to the fact that the panels are manufactured in factory-controlled conditions.
The exceptionally low U-values possible with modern composite panels allow designers to increase the amount of glazing to maximise natural light in the building. The result is that rather than windows having to be smaller, in order to conserve energy, gains in thermal performance from high performance composite panels offset some of the losses of incorporating large glazed areas.
And, with a wide choice of colourful and aesthetically pleasing materials available, there are endless possibilities for creating striking buildings through composite infill panels.