Inspired by Natural Light in Architecture

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre’s Danpalon Polycarbonate Awes

If you have no light, you have no architecture – Shaun Carter, Architect(*1)

If you are looking for a consistent element in Shaun Carter’s work, it is the exploration of natural light in architecture.

Shaun Carter, architect and founding architect of the architectural firm, Carter Williamson draws inspiration from(*1):

  • Light;
  • People;
  • The greats of architecture;
  • Contemporary architecture, and;
  • The serenity found in everyday moments and experiences.

Carter’s skilled application of natural light is exemplified in the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre’s Danpalon polycarbonate vertical panels. The neighbourhood centre was designed around daylight. Light was used as an architectural material for the community building.


Why Design with Natural Light in Architecture?

Without lightness and shadows, architecture lacks form and depth(*2). Meaningful architecture calls for light, darkness and texture. Light should be considered as an essential architectural material in all designs(*3).

A better life in the built environment includes light and darkness(*2).


Natural Light in Architecture Awes

The holistic application of daylighting in design:

  • Inspires creativity and emotion during design and for those using the built space.
  • Evokes curiosity and fascination.

Natural light is not stagnant. It is always changing, getting lighter and darker, moving with the time of day and the movement of the clouds.


Daylight Architecture is the Foundation for Connection

Light connects and creates a flow between the features of the building that surrounds us. It connects:

  • Interiors with the outside world. It creates a flow between spaces.
  • People and communities. Where there are light and warmth, people gather and share.

Architecture Provides a Platform for Connection:

  • Connection to the community and with each other.
  • It is the link to the local region and the global community.

The built environment is more than a practical solution to urbanisation and development. Meaningful architecture is inspired and creative. It gives purpose to a place, and it connects individuals and groups.

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre

“Architecture is the creation of human imagination” – Shaun Carter, Architect(*1)

Diffused light radiates into the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre. The curved roof flows through the parkland as if the park was built around the centre. The softly diffused light gives the user a sense of comfort, safety and serenity.

A lantern effect takes hold of the building after dusk. Light glows from within the building at night as it travels out of the polycarbonate that follows the shape of the curved roof.

For Carter(*1), architecture represents our values and thoughts. The Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre was designed to seamlessly integrate into its natural surroundings. Located in Sydney’s west, on Darug Country, the building serves a culturally diverse and inclusive community(*4).

What Danpal Product Was Used for the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre?

The flowing panels you see installed above the brickwork and which follow the roof are(*5):

  • Danpalon Seamless Facades.
  • 16mm thickness.
  • Colour used: Clear.

Daylight Applications for Framing and Featuring Other Elements

Danpalon panels frame building features and the people in the space. Daylighting design is about using light and dark to highlight key features(*3). Light applications should:

  • Provide warmth.
  • Highlight design features.
  • Improve user comfort.
  • Reduce artificial lighting needs.

According to Mende(*3), the light fixture (or panel) doesn’t have to be the feature. Daylight applications can be the elements that showcase and bolster other features. Depending on the design intention, Danpalon panels can be an eye-catching feature. They can flow with the shape of the building. They can complement the design rather than being the focal point. Or, they can be a bit of both.

The Star is Light and What is Important is How we Introduce Light into Buildings

  • Natural light in architecture is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.
  • It is practical, purposeful and energy-saving.
  • It inspires and evokes creativity.

Trusted advisors at Danpal are available to consult on your daylighting application needs.


Contact Danpal Australia in your state today.


Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre Credits

Designed by Shaun Carter of Carter Williamson Architects.

Built by Westbury Constructions.

Photographed by Brett Boardman.


*1. Danpal Australia. Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre. YouTube; 2020.
*2. Heide RV. Why Light Needs Darkness. Amsterdam: TEDx; 2010.
*3. Mende K, Associates KMLP, Inc LPA. Designing With Light and Shadow: Images Publishing; 2000.
*4. Carter Williamson Architects. Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre Sydney: 2020.
*5. Danpal Australia. Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre Sydney

What Do You Get When You Use Translucent Daylighting Panels as a Façade Cladding System?

External Polycarbonate Facade Wall Daylighting creating Illuminated exteriors as shown with this Fire Station

A Stunning Façade Wall and The Highest Possible Green Building Certification

Madison 14 Fire Station in Wisconsin, USA, has achieved Platinum LEED certification. In addition to the translucent daylighting panels that make up the large façade walls and façade cladding systems, 14 Fire Station has a suite of state-of-the-art sustainability components. All components were holistically integrated into the design from the start.

The design promotes staff wellbeing and exceeds social and environmental standards. By incorporating light, shade and temperature control, Madison Fourteen Fire Station Design:

  • Lowers staff stress.
  • Improves staff productivity.
  • Increases staff focus and concentration.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Promotes healthy circadian rhythms.

Fire Stations Have Evolved

Fire stations are more than a kitchenette, bunks and bays for trucks. They are city structures that provide staff with(*1):

  • A home during long shifts;
  • A gym;
  • Training areas;
  • Meeting areas;
  • Cooking facilities.

They provide the city with(*1):

  • Community education areas;
  • Community meeting areas;
  • In some cities, they are used as polling locations.

Due to their size, fire stations are also a significant contributor to the city’s landscape. Their design can boost or hinder the look and appearance of a community.

Madison 14 Fire Station’s Sustainability Components

  • 2630 square feet of insulated Danpatherm translucent pre-fabricated cassettes.
  • A 50kw solar system was installed along the length of the structure. The solar panels also double as building shade(*2).
  • Automatic sensors control artificial lighting and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) (*2).
  • Automatic daylighting control.
  • Ground source heat pump (*2)
  • Low emitting materials.
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures (which reduce water wastage by 40%)(*2).
  • Recyclable materials (including the translucent facades).
  • Locally-sourced materials(*1-2).
  • On-site recycling program which has reduced waste going to landfill by 84%(*2).

Impressive Building Design Considerations

  • High traffic and regularly visited areas were built with outside views to promote a sense of time and place, and wellbeing(*2).
  • A matte finish was extruded into the façade cladding system to reduce glare. Reducing glare was particularly pertinent for Madison 14 Fire Station. Madison experiences bright summers and snow-white winters.
  • Superior quality insulation systems to retain heat gain during the icy Madison winters.
  • The translucent façade walls which were installed have high ‘U’ and low ‘R’ values. They greatly assist with naturally maintaining comfortable temperatures during all seasons.

Thorough planning of emergency services buildings and stations result in excellent outcomes. Staff are healthier and happier. Initial and ongoing costs can be lowered. Design concepts should incorporate light architecture. If you’d like tips or ideas on how best to incorporate light architecture into your project, contact Danpal today. Danpalon solutions can be used as walls, facades, roofs, exterior building shade and much more. You may be surprised how versatile Danpalon is.

Insulate, shade, light and protect buildings and occupants with Danpalon quality systems.

What system will be the best fit for your project? Find out here.


*1. Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. Nine Major Trends Shaping Modern Fire Station Design. USA, 2020.
*2. City of Madison Fire Department. Fire Station Fourteen. Madison, WI, 2020.
*3. The city of Madison. City earns LEED Platinum certification for fire station 14. City of Madison, 2019.
*4. US Fire Administration. Safety and Health Considerations for the Design of Fire and Emergency Services Stations. US Department of Homeland Security. May 2018.


What Types of Roofing Systems Offer the Greatest Health Benefits?

Hexagon polycarbonate roofing, natural daylighting systems

Breathtaking Standing Seam Roof Skylight Installed in Veterans Office

Healthy work environments are essential for staff and client health, productivity and wellbeing. An effective way to boost health and morale is by bringing natural light inside. Architects are using alternative types of roofing systems made of quality polycarbonate as opposed to traditional roofing. Alternatives include standing seam roofs and flat roof systems. Traditional roofing systems protect against the elements and insulate. However, they do not introduce natural light into the building.

 The importance of daylighting design grows the more we learn about the extensive benefits of natural light.

Given the incredible benefits to mental health and cognitive function, it is no wonder organisations such as Veterans Affairs are renovating with light in mind.

Buildings can Improve or Hinder Health

The buildings we live and work are significant contributors to our health. Dark, poorly ventilated buildings promote poor mental and physical health. Studies show that prisoners in isolation suffer dramatic deterioration to their:

  • Physical state;
  • Mental resilience;
  • Attitude and motivation(*1).

Six Health Benefits Your Building Could Be Providing to Staff and Clients:

  1. Improved concentration(*2, 3);
  2. Greater levels of productivity(*2-4);
  3. Enhanced sense of wellbeing(*2);
  4. More in-tune with the time of the day(*2);
  5. Higher rates of satisfaction(*2, 4);
  6. Lower stress and fatigue levels(*2, 3), and much more.

Where we spend our time impacts us in a myriad of ways.

Sunlight has a multitude of chemical reactions with the physical body, nervous and endocrine systems(*3).

High-Performance Buildings for High-Performance Staff

Staff on the front lines in health, social services and emergency response are boosted in healthy work environments. These industries are under constant pressure to perform well because people are relying on them.

Daylight, PTSD & Staff

Daylight has incredibly positive effects on mental health. This is particularly relevant to veterans. Veterans have higher rates of post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) and major depression(*5, 6). Daylight, access to and views of nature are consistent building design inclusions. They are essential for buildings with clients undergoing physical and mental health recovery(*2, 7-9).

Staff experience lower stress, greater resilience, increased concentration and productivity(*2, 3). Healthy work environments empower front line staff in their delivery of high-quality support and care.

Design Example – Veterans Affairs Regional Office Renovation, Tampa, Florida

The Regional Office for Veterans Affairs in Tampa replaced their old, yellowed roofing system. The new roof filters natural light into the entirety of the building. The benefits are extensive in this situation. The office caters to staff working with veterans and veterans themselves.

What Type of Roof System Was Used at the VA Office?

Danpal’s multicell standing seam roof system was used as both a roof and a skylight. Danpalon’s panels can span up to 12 metres (or more on request) because they are self-supporting(*10). The panels solve practical goals for the building and space from:

  • Off-site manufacturing to;
  • Being fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan.

Because of their long-spans, colours and finishes, they also give architects freedom in design.

Aluminium frames bring a contemporary feel to the panels encompassing the building’s roof. Matte, ice white with blue glazing Prevent glare:

  • Subtly introduce colour, and;
  • Filter light naturally into space.

The panels’ insulative properties contribute to the maintenance of heat gain and loss and improve user comfort(*11).

Learn more about Danpalon’s roofing systems and their specifications on the Danpal website.

Roof systems used in Australia must be strong enough to withstand heat, wind, rain and hail. The VA Office is a commendable example of how the multicell standing seam roof system can be used.

Give the gift of light’s healing properties in your next renovation or build.

Contact your trusted advisor at Danpal to discover what system will be best suited to your project.

*1. Arrigo BA, Bullock JL. The Psychological Effects of Solitary Confinement on Prisoners in Supermax Units: Reviewing What We Know and Recommending What Should Change. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 2008; 52(6):[622-40 pp.].
*2. Boubekri M. Daylighting, Architecture and Health: Building Design Strategies. Amsterdam: Architectural Press; 2008.
*3. Çakır AE. Daylight for Health and Efficiency: A New Career for an Old Friend. Ergonomic Institut, Berlin, Germany. 2010.
*4. Pniewska A, Brotas L. Daylight and Productivity in a School Library. Proceedings of CISBAT. 2013:[341-6 pp.].
*5. Brangwin N. Mental Health of Military Personnel and Veterans. Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section. 2020.
*6. Van Hooff M, Lawrence-Wood E, Hodson S, Sadler N, Benassi H, Hansen C, Grace B, Avery J, Searle A, Lannos M, Abraham M, Baur J & McFarlane A. Mental Health Prevalence Mental Health and Wellbeing Study 2018.
*7. Khanade K, Rodriguez-Paras C, Sasangohar F, Lawley S. Investigating Architectural and Space Design Considerations for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Patients. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 2018; 62(1):[1722-6 pp.].
*8. Verderber S. Innovations in Behavioural Health Architecture 2018.
*9. Shepley MMC, Pasha S. Design for Mental and Behavioral Health: Routledge; 2017.
*10. Danpal Australia. Danpal Compact System. Sydney 2020.
*11. Danpal Australia. Danpal System Glazing Materials & Finishes. Sydney 2020.


AIS Equinox Gold Coast 2020 Unveiled

AIS Equinox Resort Surfers Paradise Gold Coast after event Danpalon Australia Expo Stand. Equinox 2020 was hosted at The Island

The Danpal Team Look Back at Equinox Surfers Paradise

Looking back on AIS events are always humbling. For those who couldn’t come, here we share our experience at Equinox Gold Coast 2020 (and our prize give-away!). For those who came, the Danpal team want to say thank you for stopping by the stand. The Queensland team thoroughly enjoyed every minute and are looking forward to collaborating with you all.

AIS Equinox Resort Surfers Paradise Gold Coast after event Danpalon Australia. Equinox 2020 was hosted at The Island

AIS Equinox

What was the recipe for success of Equinox Gold Coast 2020? Teaming creative minds and an inspiring venue with canapes and drinks. AIS Equinox events combine the excitement of an expo with the relaxed feel of after-work drinks.

  • Typical office and meeting formalities are stripped back.
  • Formalities are replaced with creativity and knowledge sharing.
  • What remains is the freedom to explore and discover.

Unlike larger expos, Equinox is small and intimate. Everyone has room to move and mingle. Many AIS events also offer CPD, which is another bonus.

AIS Equinox Resort Surfers Paradise Gold Coast after event Danpalon Australia. Equinox 2020 was hosted at The Island entry

Equinox (Resort Style) Surfers Paradise

Equinox Gold Coast 2020 was hosted at The Island, a stunning resort in Surfers Paradise. It was a typical warm, slightly humid autumn day. However, it wasn’t an average Thursday for manufacturers, architects and specifiers. Upon leaving the office, they would be heading out for a unique night of inspiration and relaxation.

AIS Equinox Resort Surfers Paradise Gold Coast after event Danpalon Australia. Equinox 2020 was hosted at The Island with a healthy crowd

50 New Relationships!

The Danpal team love meeting architects, specifiers and other industry professionals at AIS Equinox events. The Gold Coast event brought lots of new and familiar faces to the Danpal stand. Over the two hours of the event, the team spoke with around 50 different attendees!

Architects, Specifiers, Engineers and Manufacturers

Danpal were excited to see so many architectural students rubbing shoulders with seniors in their field. The event also welcomed engineering experts which was great to see. When we all come together to share ideas and network, we are building relationships for the future.

AIS Equinox Resort Surfers Paradise Gold Coast after event Danpalon Australia. Equinox 2020 was hosted at The Island Danpalon Queensland

AIS Events Unveil New Innovations

There was a lot of interest in new innovations from Danpal, and discussions around daylighting. With Danpal being a passionate leader in light architecture innovations, there was a lot to chat about. Energy efficiency and designing with light for health were among the conversations. Danpalon applications assist architects in solving both of these challenges.

Luxurious Give-Away

At every Equinox event, Danpal gives away a special prize. Gold Coast attendees went in the draw to win a Champagne Breakfast for two at the Marriott, followed by a Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Gold Coast. The winner was announced at the event.

AIS Equinox Resort Surfers Paradise Gold Coast after event Danpalon Australia. Equinox 2020 was hosted at The Island. The prize handed to the winner

Danpal is Open Around Australia

If you can’t get to an office, you are welcome to book in a video meeting, email or call. Danpal Australia contact details are listed here.

As pioneers in the field, Danpal is committed to adapting to new technologies and new challenges.

In the meantime, please feel free to browse the Danpal Australia website.

Insulated Daylighting Systems Achieve Design Goals for Bioclimatic Architects

Commercial Roofing Systems Viva Villavicencio

Commercial Roofing Systems made from quality translucent roof panels

Bioclimatic architects are turning to insulated daylighting systems for energy-efficient, ecologically sustainable solutions:

  • Bring natural light indoors;
  • Insulate and assist with solar heat gain, and;
  • Can be easily installed without specialist labour.

Efficiency and Reduced Running Costs

Achieving short and long-term energy efficiency goals and reducing running costs is possible from day one. Ecological designs are unique to each building location and purpose. There is no one-size-fits-all, but there are common considerations:

  • The local climate.
  • The local weather patterns.
  • What materials and technologies that can be sourced locally.

All successful ecological designs have one thing in common: an intrinsic thread of sustainable initiatives woven through the design from the beginning. Cohesive solutions involve careful planning and design strategies that can’t be retrofitted.

  • Collaborate with experts such as energy efficiency consultants and leading manufacturers.
  • Incorporate energy-efficient materials from the initial concept stage.


Is Sustainability Realistic for Commercial Buildings?

Sustainable architecture has been a topic for study and discussion since the 1970s. However, never has it been as important for the future of architecture as it is now. A significant challenge in modern design is energy efficiency in large-scale developments. The 7000m2 Viva Villaviencio shopping mall is one such example.

Case Study: Viva Shopping Centre, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia, South America

Product: Danpalon 3D Lite 22mm white with softlite technology

Designers and environmental consultants collaborated with Danpal to ensure Viva would be sustainable in its energy use from the outset, and over the long-term.

Microclimatic conditions:

  • City in Meta, Columbia, South America.
  • Hot, humid tropical climate with solar heat gain.
  • Eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range.
  • Regular rainfall.
  • Up to 120km/h wind speeds.
  • Approximately 5km from the Guatiquía River.

Julie Waldron (BVG Bioclimatic Architects) and Ana Maria Cadavid (Contexto Urbano) chose 3D Lite Danpal for the shopping centre.

Danpalon Engineered Roof Systems

7000m2 of 3D Lite white was installed across seven sections of the mall. The 22mm panels maintain the balance between light diffusion and solar heat gain.

Having proven their longevity with numerous similar local examples over extended timeframes, all stakeholders were confident in Danpal delivering.

Danpalon systems are:

  • Durable
  • Resistant to high impacts (so they won’t shatter like glass)
  • Superior in terms of thermal insulation
  • Ideal for long-term solutions
  • Suitable for flat or curved applications
  • Available in a wide range of design configurations.

Green Building Certification (LEED)

Viva Villavicencio is leading the way in sustainable, ecological, large-scale commercial design. We are looking forward to seeing Viva’s green building certification proudly displayed in the future!

Can it Be Done? Energy Efficient Shopping Centres?

Yes – large-scale commercial developments can be sustainable using holistic planning that is mindful of the site opportunities, local climate nuances and expected building usage patterns.


Be a part of the future of sustainable architecture. Contact Danpal to discuss your project requirements and energy goals, with your trusted advisors today.




*1. Contexto Urbano. Home. Contexto Urbano, Bogotá, Columbia, 2020.
*2. Danpal Australia. Glazing Material. Sydney, 2020.
*3. Pinterest. Discover Ideas About Commercial Center. 2020.
*4. Green Building Council. LEED Rating System. Washington, 2020.


Stylish & Modern Inspiration – The Contemporary Façade

How Glazed External Facades Restored the Charm of Bridgeway Hotel

Single and double glazed facades come with numerous options for colours, finishes and structural configurations – providing endless potential for designers. Here, we look at contemporary façades visually and technically. Why should polycarbonate facades be considered in your next project? What are their benefits? And how did interesting façade choices contribute to the incredible transformation of the Bridgeway Hotel?


Colours and Finishes

Be bold or sleek with extensive colour palettes featuring gloss, matte, three-dimensional and dynamic finishes.

Framed and Seamless Facades

Choose polycarbonate facades with clean aluminium framing or seamless joints to create a floating effect.


Extruded Polycarbonate

Extrusion technology allows colours, finishes and special effects to be extruded into polycarbonate sheets. This avoids:

  • Adding unnecessary layers to panels;
  • Increasing panel thickness, and;
  • Reducing light diffusion.

Multi-Cell Technology

Quality polycarbonate is made with multi-cell technology. What is multi-cell technology? The cells that make up each panel of polycarbonate are tiny with minimal spacing in between. A higher number of cells means panels are much stronger and durable. Multi-cell panels last longer and are more resistant to weather damage. They also will not shatter like glass.

Why Should Polycarbonate Facades be Considered in Your Next Project?

People around the world enjoy being outside but don’t have a lot of spare time to get out during daylight hours. Bringing the outside inside improves happiness, health and reduces energy costs.

Indoor Environmental Quality Enhancement

Given the amount of time we all spend indoors, improving the quality of indoor environments is a must.

Six Keys of Indoor Environmental Quality Enhancement:

  1. Natural light
  2. Natural ventilation
  3. Temperature
  4. Outside views
  5. Colours and design
  6. Limited ambient noise

What are The Benefits of Polycarbonate Facades?

Quality polycarbonate facades (whether single glazed, double glazed, seamless or framed) address the six key aspects of indoor environmental quality enhancement.

For example, Danpalon facades:

  • Evenly diffused light inside the building.
  • Have inherently superior insulative qualities.
  • Reduce solar heat gain and loss.
  • Provide outside view and engagement.
  • Are available in colours to suit any design and purpose.
  • Provide sound dispersion.

How Did External Facades Contribute to The Incredible Transformation of Bridgeway Hotel?

The Bridgeway Hotel is promoted as having great food, service and atmosphere. It now has the aesthetic appeal to match! Bridgeway was built in the 1960s, and its last refurbishment was over 10 years ago. The new-look brings the hotel into the 21st century, and it has restored the charm of the hotel’s heyday.

During the eight-month-long refurbishment, Bridgeway Hotel was completely refurbished to make way for a contemporary and vibrant beer garden. The beer garden hosts a bar, a massive seven-metre screen, and ample seating.

What makes the design stand out is the innovative use of natural ventilation and daylighting.

Managing Daylight  Provides Optimal Thermal Comfort.

Danpalon 3D Lite panels feature a combination of transparent and opaque internal louvres, creating unique visual and thermal transmission properties. The unique 22mm deep panel structure provides visual transparency from certain angles while still maintaining exceptionally low solar transmission levels.

The contrast between the external facades and charred timber are eye-catching and bold. These are complemented by pastels and greenery inside. The contrasting materiality creates a vibrant backdrop for Bridgeway’s live events.


Danpalon Seamless Facades with white 3D Lite panels were used at Bridgeway Hotel.

View Danpal’s Façade Brochure for more inspiration and information or contact your trusted advisor here.

 Be Creative! Imagine the façade you want and make it happen with Danpal.



• Archlovin. Bridging Dry Creek is Contemporary Indoor-outdoor Beer Garden in Adelaide -Danpalon Seamless Facades with white 3D Lite panels were used at Bridgeway Hotel; 2019.
• Danpal Australia. Bridgeway Hotel; 2019.
• Schiavello. Bridgeway Hotel; 2020.

The Equinox Venue (The Island Resort, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, QLD)

AIS Events, Equinox Resort Surfers Paradise Gold Coast Queensland.

The Glasshouse function room in the newly renovated ‘The Island’ will host Gold Coast Equinox.

The Island is a boutique, high-end hotel in the Gold Coast’s, Surfers Paradise. It is set to be a one-of-a-kind, uniquely Queensland location for the event.

Soak up the Surfers Paradise beach ocean breeze on the 12th of March at AIS Equinox Gold Coast 2020.

Danpal is Looking Forward to Meeting you on the Gold Coast

Innovative and creative uses of engineered Danpalon systems allow freedom in design and bring buildings to life.

The team will be sharing inspiration and knowledge on all domestic, commercial and industrial applications, including;

  • Facades
  • Cladding
  • Roofing
  • Skylights
  • Shading
  • Interiors

Rub shoulders with professionals from across Brisbane, the coast, north Queensland and Northern New South Wales at AIS Equinox Gold Coast.

The Danpal team, your trusted advisors are looking forward to sharing inspirational products and innovative solutions in the beautiful Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast on March 12th. See you there!

AIS Equinox Gold Coast Event Details

Date: 12/03/2020
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: The Glasshouse function room at The Island Hotel
3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
Register for Tickets: Eventbrite Equinox Gold Coast 2020


More Information
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Danpal at Sydney Equinox Evolution 2019 AIS event

Hobart Airport Leads in Energy Efficiency with New Airport Façade

Innovative Ways to Utilise Industrial Building Facades and Commercial Facades

What is Hobart International Airport doing differently? They are building with daylighting and energy-efficient materials in creative and innovative ways. Hassell architects have created a unique, energy-efficient airport façade from a system often used as an industrial building façade or a commercial façade.

Reducing aviation carbon emissions is a global priority as set by the United Nations, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Aviation emissions encompass everything from jet fuel to travel distance, the makeup of the airports on the ground, and more.

Hobart International Airport is one of Australia’s top leaders in becoming carbon neutral. Let’s learn how they are doing it.

Why Are Airport Emission Reductions Important?

With continued growth in air travel, emissions are rising, but ground-based emissions can be neutralised.

  • Airport ground-based emissions make up 2%-5% of the global aviation carbon footprint(*1).
  • By 2035, air travellers will number 7.2 billion(*2).
  • Asia-Pacific’s share of global air travel is 34.7%(*3).

Based on these numbers, Asia-Pacific airports will need to cater for just under 2.5 billion passengers – all while being energy efficient.

Airport operators are taking on the responsibility to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral. From their choice of building materials, building design, how they use energy, to the fuel they use on the ground.

Role Models With Low Running Costs

Airports who become carbon neutral industry are not only role models; they also have lower building maintenance and running costs.

Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACI) Starts with Airport Building Design

ACI is a globally recognised achievement that places accredited airports as industry leaders. It is a voluntary scheme with four ambitious accreditation levels:

  1. Mapping
  2. Reduction
  3. Optimisation
  4. Neutrality

To achieve accreditation, airport operators start with incorporating low energy materials, daylighting and quality insulation into building design from the outset.

  • Old buildings are analysed for energy efficiency and upgraded where necessary.
  • All new builds are designed from the beginning with energy-efficient materials(*4).

Case Study – Hobart International Airport

What is Hobart Airport Doing Differently?

Hobart International Airport is one of seven Australian airports to reach level two airport carbon accreditation. The airport has received a complete makeover to improve ground-based emissions(*5):

The plan included using energy-efficient materials in all new extensions and upgrades to:

  • Increase energy efficiency;
  • Reduce heating and cooling;
  • Reduce lighting;

Hobart airport has had a 6% growth in passengers with more than two million annual flyers(*6). Every effort is being made to balance the airport’s carbon footprint. With more upgrades planned, Hobart is set to become Australia’s second carbon neutral airport.

Energy Efficient Building Materials

The northern baggage handling hall allows baggage handlers to work comfortably in a naturally lit environment (*7). 16mm large-span translucent facades house the 2870m2 hall, flooding it with diffused daylight(*8-9).(The Danpalon was supplied in 2007)


The airport facades:

  • Provide insulation.
  • Manage heat loss.
  • Manage heat gain.
  • Diffuse light into the interior space.
  • Protect travellers and staff from harmful UV rays.
  • Require minimal cleaning and ongoing maintenance.
  • Are manufactured off-site, eliminating on-site delays and construction time.

With the installation of Danpalon seamless facades, electrical costs and emissions associated with temperature control and lighting are reduced.

Positive Airport Experiences

At night, the baggage hall emits a warm glow to arriving passengers as light radiates from the Danpalon facades.

Danpal wants to collaborate with you to see you become a leader in your industry!


Innovate and think outside the box with Danpalon Seamless Facades to achieve energy efficiency and beauty in design. Contact us and speak with your trusted advisor today!


Hobart Airport Product: Danpalon 16mm Seamless Façade in Reflective Grey




*1. Bylinsky M. Airport Carbon Accreditation – Empowering Airports to Reduce Their Emissions. In: 2019 Environment Report – Aviation and Environment Destination Green The Next Chapter. Montreal: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); [168-70].
*2. International Air Transport Association. IATA Forecasts Passenger Demand to Double Over 20 Years 2016.
* 3. International Air Transport Association. Air Passenger Market Analysis – December 2019.
*4. Airport Carbon Accreditation. Airport Carbon Accreditation Europe: 2009.
*5. Hobart Airport. Hobart Airport Celebrate Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation 2019.
*6. Hobart Airport. Hobart Airport. Our Story: Using Danpalon Airport Wall Facade Seamless Systems for the Building Envelope 2019
*7. Core Logic. Hobart International Airport Northern End Upgrade, Stages 3 & 4: 2019.
*8. Hobart Airport. 2015 Hobart Airport Master Plan 2015.
*9. Danpal Australia – Hobart Airport Sydney; 2019.

Are You Up-to-Date on Your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Architectural Information Services (AIS) CPD Provider Criteria

Continuing professional development (CPD) points are to be obtained by all practising architects. In NSW, QLD, WA and TAS, architects must provide a formal declaration of the CPD attained in the prior 12 months. Points can be obtained by attending CPD presentations, such as those approved by the Architectural Information Services (AIS).

Why Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

CPD requirements are in place to keep practising architects updated on:

  • Changing codes and standards;
  • Updates to best practice;
  • New technology, and;
  • New products and materials.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Presentations

CPD presentations must be accredited to ensure they satisfy strict criteria regarding their educational content. Manufacturers and industry experts can deliver CPD:

  • In-house, at the firm’s location, i.e. board room.
  • At industry events such as conferences and expos, i.e. Equinox.

CPD AIS -Danpal Light and Building 2020 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and architectural information services

Educational and Informative Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD presentations are educational and specifically written to develop the architect’s professional skills or knowledge. For example, they can explain how to integrate new technologies into daily practice or how a new regulation change will impact project design.

CPD in architecture enables architects to stay updated without having to stretch themselves thin across a vast range of expected knowledge topics.

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Niche Product Manufacturers Provide Value to CPD

Manufacturers of niche products are experts in their fields. To maintain their positions, top manufacturers must stay current and lead in innovation, technology and consumer demands. As such, their presentations are rich and full of value.

Specialist manufacturers such as Danpal Australia can provide insight into:

  • All relevant changes to Australian building codes and standards;
  • Emerging trends;
  • Innovative solutions for major architectural challenges such as climate change;
  • Latest research and evidence;
  • Best practice for working with particular materials/products, and;
  • The evolving governmental and cultural changes which are influencing the future of architecture.

Formal vs Informal Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The primary difference between formal and informal CPD presentations is an assessment element. Formal CPD includes an assessment while informal does not. Most states and territories have minimum standards and regulations for assessment materials.

Expert Light Architecture Consultations

The depth of knowledge and skills specialist manufacturers can provide is invaluable. As pioneers in light architecture with unparalleled industry knowledge, Danpal can provide expertise on:

  • Climate change – defining the issue in Australia and what it means for Australian architecture.
  • Wet weather events including cyclones, and bushfires in Australia and New Zealand – wind load, moisture and vapour control, fire hazards, UV requirements.
  • How the health of the building’s user can be improved through architectural design.
  • Strategies for incorporating light architecture into the design from the outset of a project.

Regulation Guide

Are you new to architecture? Or, do you want a refresher on the regulations that impact your ongoing registration? View the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) regulation guide here.

Build your firm’s knowledge and skill base with Danpal CPD presentations. Click here to book.


Contemporary Building Facades Bring the Light Inside

Intelligent Designs with Polycarbonate Wall Cladding

Every day around the world, people get up in the morning, go to work and return home. The buildings seen most often are the house and workplace. For Australians, outside based hobbies and leisure activities come with the climate. However, Australians aren’t spending as much time out in the daylight as expected. Five hours per day is spent on digital devices. Many sports traditionally held outside have moved inside. This has primarily been to avoid poor weather conditions and increase comfort. Sporting facilities have picked up on this trend and are now bringing light inside.

Kinetic Contemporary Building Polycarbonate Facades Panels - St Columba College Gymnasium, South Australia
Kinetic Contemporary Building Polycarbonate Facades Panels – St Columba College Gymnasium, South Australia

Why is Light Important for Sporting Facilities?

Natural light benefits the health and amenity of building users, as well as potentially making a building more energy-efficient if it is appropriately filtered. We have covered the benefits of daylight in many of our articles. All animals, plants and humans need sunlight to function. From sleep quality to bone strength, light plays an integral role in human health. Natural light is a critical factor in performing well and recovering from exertion. Vitamin D deficiencies exist in approximately 77% of the population, including athletes(*1).

With more time spent indoors, it is essential for architecture to bring light inside.

Building Benefits:

  • Natural light is sustainable. It reduces the need for artificial lighting during the day in almost all weather conditions.
  • Daylight design reduces, and in some cases, eliminates cooling and heating requirements.
  • The visual appeal of internal spaces increases when they are illuminated with natural light.

Lighting, cooling and heating requirements differ for sporting facilities. Each location’s natural climate, sun direction and level of luminescence varies. These factors influence the type of products used and wherein the building envelope they are best applied.

Athletes, Spectators and Staff Benefits:

Sporting facility design that benefits athletes also benefit spectators and facility staff.

  • Daylight improves cognitive function(*2). Athletes’ minds are sharper, and reflexes improve with access to natural light.
  • Natural light repairs and regenerates the body(*3). The exertion from playing sports drains the body. Natural light reduces inflammation, pain and improves recovery.
  • Sunlight interacts with the body’s chemical processes that provide us with vitamins, minerals and energy(*4).• Muscle strength improvements occur with sunlight exposure(*3).• Glare at sporting events is not only uncomfortable; it can cause headaches. Everyone benefits from daylight applications that reduce glare and evenly distribute light.
Custom Tinted Polycarbonate Facade Panels - St Columba College Gymnasium, South Australia
St Columba College Gymnasium, South Australia

How are Architects Integrating Light into Sporting Facilities?

Sporting facilities need various light levels with and between different spaces(*6). For example, basketball and netball courts need higher luminescence on the court than in the stands. Contrasting light improves comfort for spectators and it is functional for players. Luminescence requirements drop in areas such as stairways and locker rooms(*5).

Architects are working hand-in-hand with polycarbonate façade companies to obtain optimal results.

 Here are four products architects are integrating into designs.

  • Intelligent polycarbonate systems that respond to natural light levels.
  • Coloured and clear polycarbonate wall cladding for entrances, bar, café and merchandise areas.
  • 3-Dimensional kinetic facades for external wall cladding. Kinetic facades make a colourful statement. Choosing home team colours personalises the facade.
  • Polycarbonate skylights with co-extruded glare treatments.
Kinetic Contemporary Building Facades, Polycarbonate Panels - St Columba College Gymnasium, South Australia
Kinetic Contemporary Building Facades, Polycarbonate Panels – St Columba College Gymnasium, South Australia Interior

Building Example: St Columba College Gymnasium, South Australia (SA)

Custom Tinted Panels

Phillips Pilkington Architects collaborated with Danpal in their design of the St Columba College gymnasium in South Australia. The new gymnasium boasts an innovative use of contemporary building facades. The façade panels were custom made by Danpal to obtain a perfect balance between natural daylighting and managing passive heat gains.

Featured on one side of the sports hall are vertical, geometric precast concrete walls. Narrow openings in the western elevation allowed for the installation of Danpal’s polycarbonate daylighting panels with appropriate control of afternoon heat gains.

Larger daylighting areas on the north, east and south elevations provide abundant daylight, especially in the morning. Danpalon panels prevent glare by dispersing light evenly through their cellular panel structure. The multicell panel structure also provides insulative properties that naturally manage solar and thermal gains and losses.

Danpal’s expertise in light architecture and daylight design is unparalleled.

Work with Australia and New Zealand’s most experienced polycarbonate façade company. Contact your trusted local advisor here.


*1. Ogan D & Pritchett K. Vitamin D and the Athlete: Risks, Recommendations, and Benefits. Nutrients. 2013; 5(6).
*2. Kent S, McClure, LA, Crosson, WL, Arnett, DK, Wadley, VG & Sathiakumar, NEffect of sunlight exposure on cognitive function among depressed and non-depressed participants: a REGARDS cross-sectional study. Environmental Health. Environmental Health. 2009; 8(1):[34 p.].
*3. Mead N. Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2008; 116(4).
*4. Helix. How DNA Helps Humans Harvest Energy From the Sun: Light Sensing Machinery Transforms Sunlight into Body Chemistry. San Mateo, California: 2018.
*5. Sport Scotland. Understanding Daylighting of Sports Halls 2018.

NatSpec Specifications and Where to Get the NatSpec Free Download

Plus – The Benefits of Branded Worksections

As a non-profit run by the industries who use it, NatSpec is the forerunner in all building specifications. NatSpec specifications are nationally endorsed and used across the construction, architectural, engineering and design industries. What makes up the core of NatSpec specifications are their worksections. Comprehensive, quality worksections are linked to project success in the following ways:

  • Meeting budgetary limits;
  • Fulfilling value, quality and functionality goals, and;
  • Completing projects on schedule.


NatSpec Free Download

Specifiers, students and designers alike can access generic and branded worksections from NatSpec. Other valuable resources available with a free account include TECHnotes, TECHguides and TECHreports. These documents cover everything from specifying R values to energy efficiency provisions. They also suggest what worksections to include in the documentation.

Benefits of Branded Worksections

NatSpec and a suite of product partners have collaborated to prepare branded worksections. All data and information are updated twice a year by Natspec and their product partners such as Danpal, to ensure conformity with all standards and codes.

3 Major Benefits of Branded Worksections

  1. Up to 90% more pre-filled data than generic worksections;
  2. Direct links to manufacturer technical and product pages.
  3. Options for customisations via adding or modifying text.

Natspec Specification and where to get the free download - Danpalon Roof Glazing

Worksection Building Codes and Standards

  • Australian building code standards.
    · Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) – green star, BCA.
    · Bush fire and fire hazard requirements.
    · Wind loading.
    · Thermal insulation – U values, and more.

Accurate Danpalon Product Data for Technical Writers

  • Product types;
  • Minimum/maximum panel lengths;
  • Optional co-extruded finishes;
  • Stocked colours;
  • Connectors, and;
  • Sub-frames.

Natspec Specification and where to get the free download - Danpalon Translucent Facade Cladding

Budget and Risk

NatSpec specifications in generic and branded worksections save time and project costs.

Branded worksections clearly outline what Australian building codes they meet. With this kind of critical information on hand, specification writers can reduce risk ahead of time. Early and informed product and material choices reduce risks to building quality and project budgets.

Building quality:

  • Meet and exceed minimum building requirements with confidence.
  • Construct with products that can withstand the local environment.
  • Reduce the risk of building damage from bush fires, cyclones and hazards.


  • Choose long-lasting products and reduce the long-term costs of the building.
  • Analyse energy efficiency over the lifetime of the building to reduce energy demand.
  • Compare maintenance requirements of building materials and applications to balance costs.
  • Eliminate costly replacement products or redesigning at the end of the project.

All critical information is provided directly from the product manufacturer, and technical documents are linked from within the worksections. As a result, comparing product functionality and specifications can be done seamlessly and in less time.


Save time, increase building efficiency and reduce costs today.

Danpal NatSpec branded worksections:


NatSpec Free Download

To view all of NatSpec’s resources, products and downloads, please visit their website.

Talk to trusted advisors, Danpal Australia. Learn more about Danpalon specifications and how Danpalon can enhance your project.


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NatSpec Product Partners Magazine: See how Danpal branded worksections were used at the Curtin Central Bus Interchange (page 29).

Immense Mental Health Boost for Perth


Danpalon Façade Meets Criteria for International Mental Health Facility Design and Green Star

Almost half of Australians will have a personal experience with mental health illness in their lifetime(*1). Just as some physical ailments require medical care, so do some mental health illnesses. According to the World Health Organisation(*2), the experience inside mental health units for patients is often degrading and inhumane.
Western Australia’s (WA) Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has gone above and beyond to develop a safe, environmentally friendly workplace and mental health unit (MHU). This facility does not fit the historical stereotype of mental health facilities. Sir Charles Gairdner’s MHU promotes safety, health, and world-class patient support and treatment.

International Standards for Mental Health Facility Design

Designing health care facilities which meet patient needs and fulfil international standards can be complex. But it is achievable. Through knowledge shared between designers and product manufacturers, solutions are a conversation away.

Tip: Talk to manufacturers about your project. They know their products inside and out and may be able to provide a custom solution for a specific need.

Sir Charles Gairdner Mental Health Unit

In Nedlands, the Mental Health Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has undergone a dynamic transformation. The original building was completely cleared to make way for a larger, future-focused, modern ward with more beds to accommodate more acute mental health patients. From the outset, the new MHU incorporated curtain wall glazing in its design plan. The WA government and the design architects at GHD wanted to achieve the best quality daylight inside the building during the day(*3). Danpal’s Danpatherm facades feature along the front of the building.

Where should health facility designs start?

Start with products that provide solutions to multiple criteria. For example, a high-class polycarbonate façade wall that:

  • Transfers natural light into secure indoor and outdoor areas that won’t shatter under load like conventional glazing to meet patient safety requirements (*4);
  • Improves patient and staff wellbeing and;
  • Provides good thermal insulation so it contributes to the building’s green star rating.

The Sir Charles Gairdner MHU used a high-performance composite façade system known as Danpatherm utilizing 16mm polycarbonate sheets from Danpal for their main entrance. The insulated Danpatherm facades provide calming aesthetics and functionality:

  • Clearly shows where emergency responders and visitors can access the building.
  • Transfers natural light into the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting.
  • Resistant to high impact. No risk of patients or equipment shattering the panels or injuring themselves.

Natural Light Improves Recovery Rates in Health Care Settings.

All health care settings call for the maximisation of natural daylight. Mental health units are no exception with international standards echoing the call for the integration of natural light wherever possible(*4).

It is well understood that natural light has numerous benefits to health – whether that is of the patient, medical staff or visitors. Daylight speeds up recovery rates. Light architecture is fast becoming synonymous with health care facility design.

Hospitals and health clinics look to the length of stay (LOS) as a key marker in the rate of patient recovery and resource management(*5). Studies show that patients situated inwards with natural light or an outside view have shorter stays and faster recovery rates.

The same positive results occur in mental health units. As an example, patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder, the length of stay reduced from 4 – 6 weeks to 2 weeks(*5). In a sunlit environment, these patients recovered much quicker than only being treated with medication.

With mental health knocking on the door of heart disease for the top cause of mortality worldwide, the time is upon us to make a difference(*2). Architects, designers, product specifiers and the construction industry can all do their part in building world-class health facilities.

To do your part in speeding up recovery rates for people facing illness, contact Danpal today.

*1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Mental Health Services In Brief 2018.
* 2. World Health Organization (WHO). Geneva. Mental Health Disorders Affect One in Four People. 2001.
* 3. Government of Western Australia Department of Treasury and Finance. QEII Medical Centre Development Application Mental Health Unit. Perth, WA: 2011.
*4. TAHPI Pty Ltd. Part B – Health Facility Briefing & Design. 180 Mental Health Unit – Adult. 2014.
*5. Park MY, Chai C-G, Lee H-K, Moon H & Noh JS. The Effects of Natural Daylight on Length of Hospital Stay. Environmental health insights. 2018.

UNSW New College Masters Natural Lighting in Building Design

Commercial flat roofing, Polycarbonate Glazing for Energy and Health

The UNSW New College refurbishment solved natural lighting, protection from the elements and thermal insulation challenges with one product. Opal polycarbonate panels on Freespan bars were installed in on a relatively lightweight independent steel frame over the courtyard. The college had faced years of leaks and constant, costly repairs. The final solution designed by Hassell Architects has solved all of the goals for the roof.

Natural light fills the courtyard where students and staff can come together and relax. The Danpalon system is completely water-tight and requires minimal cleaning and maintenance. The Freespan roofing has allowed the college to focus on what’s most important – the students and staff.

Architectural Determinism: Understanding the Importance of Architecture on Learning

Through intelligent and purposeful design, educational facilities and their respective accommodation and relaxation areas can strengthen students’ mental and physical health. Increasing student focus, memory and idea generation are critical considerations for architecture.

Designing college buildings which promote learning, naturally moves the designer away from square shapes and rigidness. It also encourages students to step outside their study nooks and share ideas. Designs which evoke positive learning behaviours in and outside of the classroom are essential(*1).

Natural lighting in building design encourages learning and sharing through(*2):

  • Increased cognitive function.
  • A sense of safety.
  • The promotion of curiosity.
  • Delighting the users of the space, by creating awe

Light, Temperature Control and the Brain

Light and temperature have far-reaching impacts on student learning and recovery. Artificial lighting, poor ventilation and heat are counter-productive to comfort and concentration. Furthermore, dark, windowless, fluorescent rooms tend to increase stress levels(*3). With an increase in cortisol, the fight, flight or freeze reactions can occur in students. As soon as residents in the college accommodation step out of their rooms, they are connected to the outside world via the natural light provided by the courtyard roofing.

In Rooms Filled With Natural Light, Cortisol Reduces

How? Sunshine strengthens and protects the nervous system, reducing the likelihood of cortisol overload. Daylight also boosts serotonin, boosting the mood and concentration abilities of students. Furthermore, they will sleep better each night after learning and relaxing in sunlit rooms.

US data shows that students’ learn and test better in schools with natural daylight and, inclusive, colourful designs(*2, 4). Absenteeism due to illness drops with improved daylighting, temperature control and ventilation(*5). Researcher, Gregory Kats(*5) refers to this as “educational enrichment”.

Building Example: University of NSW (UNSW)

At the UNSW New College, the entire accommodation facility underwent a remarkable transformation. Small, dark rooms were opened up. Everything from the shelving, nooks, kiosks, communal areas and kitchens were upgraded. Hassell architects incorporated modern, clean styles along with the latest technologies in light architecture.

Danpalon Freespan roofing delivers natural light across the four levels of the student accommodation facility. The 16mm opal Danpalon used in conjunction with conventional glazing provides ample daylight for the building without glare(*6). The solar and thermal insulative properties and daylighting contribute to the building’s energy performance. The flat roof, Freespan system naturally manages temperature inside the building, adding to user comfort and reduced energy costs.

New College has built for the future with applications that can withstand the test of time, reduce long-term energy costs and promote staff and student health.

Build for the future of your students with Danpalon polycarbonate light architecture solutions. Feel free to browse the website and don’t hesitate to contact your trusted advisors today.

Contact Danpal to discuss natural lighting in building design for all refurbishments and new builds.


• 1. Lippman PCEvidence-Based Design of Elementary and Secondary Schools: A Responsive Approach to Creating Learning Environments: Wiley; 2010.
• 2. Taylor A, & Enggass K. Linking Architecture and Education: Sustainable Design for Learning Environments: University of New Mexico Press; 2009.
• 3. Wurtman R. Biological Implications of Artificial Illumination 1968; (Oct):[523-9 pp.].
• 4. Cheryan S, Ziegler SA, Plaut VC & Meltzoff AN. Designing Classrooms to Maximize Student Achievement. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2014; 1(1):[4-12 pp.].
• 5. Kats G. Greening America’s Schools: Costs and Benefits. A Capital E Report. 2006; (Oct):[26 p.].
• 6. Danpal Australia. University of NSW Sydney; 2019.

Autodesk Revit Architecture BIM Made Easy with New Danpal Library

Plus! Share Content with AutoCAD (DWG or DXF)

An updated Danpal Revit library is now available for Autodesk Revit 2020 in Australia. The new library reduces design time, accurately illustrates product details in 2D and 3D and offers increased flexibility in design. All content can be imported from and exported to AutoCAD and all Danpal systems are available in DWG format if this is preferred.

Revit Building Information Modelling (BIM) Software

Individuals, small and large companies and in particular, architecture, engineering and construction industries use Revit. Revit offers users:

• Smart design features. From inserting walls, windows and doors to choosing specific manufacturer products for building elements such as facades.
• Building performance analysis.
• Life-like visuals so you can see what the final product will look like.
• Cross-industry collaboration. Share projects with other stakeholders such as engineers, architects or contractors.

IGS Danpal Revit2016 Virtual Showroom
IGS Danpal Revit2016 Virtual Showroom

Made to Australia and New Zealand Revit Standards (ANZRS)

Danpal’s Revit library delivers on quality and end-to-end design needs. Created with the ANZRS in mind, it easily meets best practice standards.

The featured Danpal Range

• Everbright Roof and Façade System
• Danpatherm K7 Façade System
• Seamless Façade System
• Solarspace Roof System

The featured systems can be modelled as curtain walls and sloped glazing or as standard walls/roofs. Visualise with new systems easily with the updated Danpal Revit library.

Everbright Danpalon Facade Roof Polycarb detail uploaded in ReVit
Everbright Danpalon Facade Roof Polycarb detail uploaded in ReVit


Reduce Design Time

Danpal product specifications are embedded in each Revit ‘family’. Manual input of installation elements and product parameters are not required. Automating this time-consuming aspect frees up valuable time to focus on design.

Value Engineering

The integration of Danpal content into Revit is a significant step forward in value engineering.

The ability to easily compare product applications gives flexibility to the designer and each individual project. It provides a platform for Danpalon solutions to demonstrate their ability to:

· Reduce project costs, and;
· Increase value through functionality and product features.

An entire design can now be completed within the Revit environment. This is not limited to full 3D visualisations; it also includes documentation and scheduling.

Start reducing project and energy costs over the lifetime of the building with Danpal and Revit.

Collaborate with Danpal, the pioneers in light architecture. Contact your trusted advisor in your state across Australia.
More on Revit, features, and examples of how people are using Revit can be found here. For help with using the software, visit the Revit help page here.


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How Translucent Danpalon Roofing sheets improves health by streaming in natural light

MK Lawyers Surpass Wellbeing and Health Goals for Their Staff and Clients

The global population is suffering from a lack of exposure to daylight and an over-exposure to artificial light. Architects can have a positive impact on the lives of staff, clients, patients and families.

We have learnt a lot since the discovery that daylight helps prevent and treat children with rickets(*1). Understanding the daylight is the first step towards designing healthy architecture. Integrating natural light into work and living spaces counter-acts any lack of opportunity to get outside.

How Translucent Danpalon Roofing sheets improves health by streaming in natural light. MK Lawyers installation of polycarbonate skylight

Here are the top four reasons why daylight is essential for building design.

1: Psychological and Physiological

Lack of exposure to natural light results in increases to:

  • Poor sleep;
  • Low metabolism;
  • Reproductive health concerns;
  • Cognitive difficulties;
  • Neurodevelopment issues;
  • Cancer, and;
  • Heart disease(*2).

How does sunlight make us ‘feel’ good?

When exposed to UVB sunlight, we experience a boost of beta-endorphins. Nerve cells in the brain and spinal column excrete beta-endorphins. They are ‘feel-good’ chemicals, anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.

How Translucent Danpalon Roofing sheets improves health by streaming in natural light. MK Lawyers installation of skylight for more daylight

2. Cardiovascular Function

Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and America(*3-6). A free preventative is available from the sun. UVB rays open arteries, reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and hypertension(*1, 2, 7).

What architectural applications improve cardiovascular function?
High-quality polycarbonate that blocks harmful UV radiation  (replaces that doesn’t block 100% of UVB rays).

3. Quality Sleep and Mental Health

The crucial factor for maintaining sleep patterns and quality sleep is through daily exposure to natural light above 1000 lux and reducing artificial lighting(*2). Natural light promotes the healthy synthesis of melatonin. Every night, Melatonin sends signals to various ‘clock genes’ that together, maintain the circadian time structure (CTS). Additionally, Melatonin protects and strengthens the nervous system(*2).

How Translucent Danpalon Roofing sheets improves health by streaming in natural light. MK Lawyers installation of skylight for more daylight V3

4. Strong Bones

UVB is absorbed by skin tissue and then circulated throughout the body. It’s structure changes as it interacts with other organs, tissues and cells to become a type of vitamin D known as 1,25(OH)2D(*1, 2). This vitamin D increases calcium absorption, antioxidant production and repairs and regulates DNA(*1). Its high level of calcium absorption improves bone strength and helps with diseases such as osteoporosis(*8).

The challenge for architects is finding products which protect from harsh UV rays while allowing natural light in. Incorporating natural light into existing and new building envelopes is achievable with the right products.


Design Example: Macpherson Kelley (MK) Lawyers

MK Lawyers now have a wonderful working environment for their 100 staff in Dandenong, Melbourne. A huge Danpalon skylight features as the centrepiece on the top level. It radiates natural light to create a comfortable internal ambience and reduces the need to use artificial lighting. The skylight was a significant contributor to MK Lawyers achieving their goal of increasing worker and client wellbeing and comfort.

A lack of daylight in living and work environments can impact mental and physical health. Danpalon panels protect from over-exposure heat and harmful UV radiation while providing high natural light levels (*9).

 Together, we can improve health and wellbeing through innovative designs and applications.
Contact Danpal today to help you transform your work and living environments.



*1. Holick M. Biological Effects of Sunlight, Ultraviolet Radiation, Visible Light, Infrared Radiation and Vitamin D for Health. Anticancer Research. 2016; 36(3):[1345-56 pp.].
*2. Smolensky M, Sackett-Lundeen, LL & Portaluppi, F. Nocturnal Light Pollution and Underexposure to Daytime Sunlight. Chronobiology International. 2015; 32(8):[1029-48 pp.].
* 3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Deaths in Australia. Canberra; 2019.
* 4. Ministry of Health. Major Causes of Death. Auckland; 2018.
* 5. Public Health, England. Major Causes of Death and How They Have Changed. 2017.
* 6. Nichols H. Medical News Today. Brighton, UK: Healthline Media UK Ltd. 2019.
* 7. Weller R. Sunlight Has Cardiovascular Benefits Independently of Vitamin D. 2016; 41(1-3):[130-4 pp.].
* 8. International Osteoporosis Foundation. The   National   Osteoporosis   Society Launches   Sunlight   Campaign to   Boost   Vitamin D   Levels in   Summer   Months 2017.
* 9. Danpal Australia. Danpal Facade System; 2016.

Equinox Evolution Melbourne, AIS Australia

Equinox Evolution Melbourne and AIS Australia Architectural Expo. Exhibition showcasing polycarbonate Roofing, Skylights and Wall Panel Cladding

Everbright panels and Danpalon Facades Set the Scene

Staged annually in Melbourne, Equinox Evolution is a uniquely successful event. Equinox connects architects, interior designers and design specifiers with product suppliers. Architectural Information Services (AIS) Australia hosts the boutique event across Australia and New Zealand throughout the year. Equinox is all about networking, connection and learning in a relaxed atmosphere.

What a Location!

This year, Melbourne’s Equinox Evolution organised by AIS, was once again held at the beautiful world heritage listed, Royal Exhibition Building. It was an ideal and picturesque location for the event.

The Victorian era architect, Joseph Reed, designed the building in 1879. He surely would’ve been impressed with the advancements in architecture, building products and design that took centre stage at the event.

Equinox Evolution Melbourne Logo and AIS Australia Architectural Expo. Exhibition showcasing polycarbonate Roofing, Skylights and Wall Panel Cladding


Danpal Australia prides themselves on cross-industry collaborations which is another reason why they took the opportunity to participate in Equinox Melbourne. It was all hands on deck with sales and warehouse staff co-operating to install the walls the day before the event. Jason and Josh from the warehouse assisted James Rodrigues and Aaron Furnival-Monk to help make the set up go smoothly.

Everbright Wall Panels for Education Hub Equinox Vic Melbourne AIS

Everbright Panels and Danpalon Facades Set the Scene at the Education Hub

Danpal participated in the event organised by AIS on October 24th by providing and installing the walls for the Education Hub area. During the event, the Education Hub hosted multiple CPD presentations. Presentations were held by innovators, designers and suppliers from across the industry.

The stylish and practical blue walls were custom made for the event. They were a combination of Everbright panels and, opal and blue 16mm Danpalon façade panels.

Everbright Wall Panels for Education Hub Equinox Vic Melbourne AIS filled with architects and influencers

Celebrating Innovation

On the evening of the event we welcomed the opportunity to chat to architects and designers at our stand. Danpal continuously develops and releases new products and systems. Our latest product we were delighted to share were the new Kinetic panels which we had on display. They certainly caught people’s attention! They were a key talking point. Chatting to graduate and senior architects was a rewarding and fun experience – as always. Equinox gave us the opportunity to promote our brand and showcase our products.

Danpal Stand featuring the latest – Danpalon Kinetic panels (Equinox Evolution Melbourne, AIS Australia


Although the event was full of professionals and extraordinary levels of expertise, the event was laid back and relaxed. Everyone was able to get to know each other while indulging in canapes, desserts and drinks throughout the evening. Every aspect made for a fun, informative and interesting night.

Canapes Desserts and Drinks at Equinox Expo

Door Prize Giveaway

Because it was such a long event, we decided to draw our door prize the following day so as not to disadvantage those attendees that got in and left earlier. The winner was Felicity Brown from Y2 Architects. Felicity won a great pair of Beats Wireless Headphones.

Prize winner, Felicity Brown from Y2 Architects at Equinox Victoria AIS Event
Prize winner, Felicity Brown from Y2 Architects at Equinox Victoria AIS Event

Equinox Evolution was a successful networking event which left smiles on our faces while creating brand awareness.
We are looking forward to next year’s event!

In the meantime, search through our site to find out more about our products and systems.

Light – The Accidental Hero of Architectural Design

How To Promote Health and Happiness with Science and Light

Light architecture that saves money, improves health and doesn’t cost the earth. Is this possible? Makers’ Workshop in Burnie, Tasmania is proof. 2019 marks 10 years since their opening. How did Terroir architects achieve such a great feat and how has it survived the test of time?

At the time of building, Burnie City Council were looking to revive their local tourism industry. The Makers’ Workshop would grow community pride and offer a ‘homely’ multi-purpose space for tourists and locals.(1) It has achieved this and more. 105, 000 visitors soak up the coastal view, learn about the creative and industrial history of Burnie, shop and relax at the Makers’ Workshop annually.(2)

What Makes the Makers’ Workshop so Special?

There are two heroes behind the success. Light architecture and local people. Light architecture provides 3 main benefits:

  1. Invites outsiders in via a warm, welcoming, translucent curtain wall.
  2. Fills the interior with light to increase happiness, productivity and health.
  3. Improves thermal comfort.


Photobiology is the science of daylight and human biology. From light treatments for cancer, improving cognitive function, increasing happiness and regulating sleep.(3, 4) Light is an aesthetic and practical tool to illuminate and shape spaces.

Light is processed via retinal sensors and then travels along neural pathways to the brain.(5) In the brain, a range of chemical reactions occur. Hormones stimulated by light include cortisol, serotonin and melatonin.

Health Benefits

  • Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone. Having too much cortisol can lead to a weakened immune system.(6) Light encourages a natural balance of cortisol.
  • Serotonin influences mood, behaviour, stress management, body temperature, circadian rhythms, and neuroendocrine secretion.(7)
  • Melatonin is the key hormone in regulating sleep and the body’s circadian rhythm.(8)

Studies even show improvements to women’s fertility from exposure to morning light.(9) Daylight influences bone health, blood pressure, temperature, cognitive function and much more. The combination of architecture and daylight is essential for the human body and mind.(3, 10)

Architectural Innovation

The long-standing industrial history of Burnie was reflected in the design of the building. The ‘box-like’ industrial building type is softened by transparent curtain walls. The building radiates light as night falls, beckoning ships back to shore like a lighthouse. During the day, natural light is evenly diffused by the Danpatherm (11) transparent curtain wall.

Danpatherm has superior thermal and solar insulative properties, making it ideal for the cool climate and coastal breezes. Other Danpal systems such as Controlite or Freespan could have also been used.(12)

Major shopping brands, SMEs, government, commercial and industrial operators are putting their money into light architecture to generate staff happiness, productivity, customer satisfaction and to reduce energy demands.


Looking for more information? Need advice on your next project? Email or call us and we’ll be happy to help.


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2 • Burnie City Council. Burnie City Council, Annual Report 2016-2017 2017 20 Jun 2019. Available from:…/2016-2017-annual-report-single-page-view.pdf.
3 • Altomonte S. Daylight and the Occupant2009 9 Jun 2019:[6 p.]. Available from:
4 • Oswald A, Proto, E & Sgroi, D. Happiness and productivity. Journal of Labor Economics [Internet]. 2015 9 Jun 2019; 33(4):[33 p.].
5 • Veitch J. Light, Lighting, and Health: Issues for Consideration. LEUKOS: The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America [Internet]. 2013; 2:[9 p.].
6 • Cleveland Clinic. What Happens When Your Immune System Gets Stressed Out? 2019 16 June 2019.
7 • Gore A. Neuroendocrine Systems. 2013 [cited 21 Jun 2019]. In: Fundamental Neuroscience [Internet]. San Diego: Academic Press. 4. [799-817]
8 • National Sleep Foundation. Melatonin and Sleep 2019
9 • Danilenko K, Samoilova, EA. Stimulatory Effect of Morning Bright Light on Reproductive Hormones and Ovulation: Results of a Controlled Crossover Trial. PLoS clinical trials [Internet]. 2007; 2(2):[8 p.]
10 • Smith K. What is Photobiology? 2014 9 Jun 2019
11 • Danpal Australia. Danpatherm: Danpal Australia; 2019
12 • Danpal Australia. Danpal Light Architecture 2019


How Do Children Thrive and Grow with Light and Colour in Architecture?

Light in Architecture and Psychology of Light Showcased in School Wall Design

There is a lot more to light and colour in architecture than what we can see. Daylight and colours interact with human biology. They improve health, focus, growth, hormones, behaviour, moods and more. Recreation centres, educational facilities and children’s hospitals can particularly benefit from designing with daylight and colours. St John Paul II Catholic Primary School, Banksia Grove has embraced light in architecture and psychology of light in their school wall design. Have you given light and colour the appropriate consideration?

The Science of Colour

Most of us could explain how colours make us feel and intuitively choose hues for specific themes or events. Explaining why exactly we choose certain colours is tricky. It usually comes down to a tradition (e.g. a bride’s dress should be white) or a scientific reason. There is a wealth of knowledge behind light in architecture and psychology of light that can be used to benefit our children.

Did you know……

  • Red encourages autistic children to engage in activity? (1, 2)
  • Magenta in kindergartens promotes mental and physical imaginative play essential to their age-specific development(1)
  • Ocean blues stimulate intellect in teenagers, making it ideal for exam rooms?(1, 3)
  • Blues seen by the elderly are duller and yellowish due to the aging of the eye.(4)
  • 88% of parents aren’t aware that daylight protects the retina, reducing the risk of children developing myopia (near-sightedness).(5)

Artificial or Sunshine?

The stark, neon-like fluorescent lights most of us sat under every day at school provided zero health or cognitive benefits. Artificial lighting causes headaches, moodiness, loss of focus, near-sightedness(5), fatigue and reduced metabolism. As children are more sensitive to light than adults, choosing the right light is important.(6)

Daylight improves bone strength, concentration, memory, hormones, cortisol, body temperature, protects against myopia(5) and boosts metabolic rate (protecting against obesity and its related health issues).(6)

St John Paul II – Banksia Grove Catholic Primary School

St John Paul II Catholic Primary School, Banksia Grove(7) is an awe-inspiring use of light and colour in architecture. By incorporating an array of colours and daylight into their school wall design, shade and play equipment, students are given every opportunity to succeed. Not only that, they are promoting healthy growth, learning and development.

Product Application

Danpalon Seamless Facades were used extensively in an array of colours at St John Paul II Catholic Primary School. Dry glazed panels are ideal because of their durability. They can withstand stray sports balls and equipment without shattering. Integrated UV protection shields the panels and their users from the harsh Australian sun. There is a colour and finish available to enrich any project. Imagination is the only limit when designing with Danpalon.(8)

Colour and daylight can combine to unleash a world of opportunity for supporting and encouraging our children to be at their best and do their best, naturally.

To enrich your interiors and exteriors with the best light and colour in architecture, please visit or contact Danpal via


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2. Gaines K, Curry ZD. The Inclusive Classroom: The Effects of Colour on Learning and Behavior. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences Education [Internet]. 2011 8 Jun 2019; 29:[57 p.].
3. Barrett P, Zhang, Y. Optimal learning spaces: Design implications for primary schools2009 8 Jun 2019.
4. Best J. Colour Design: Theories and Applications: Woodhead Publishing; 2017 25 Jun 2019].
5. Ngo C, Saw S, Dharani R, Flitcroft I. Does Sunlight (Bright Lights) Explain the Protective Effects of Outdoor Activity Against Myopia? Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics [Internet]. 2013 24 Jun 2019; 33(3):[368-72 pp.].
6. World Green Building Council. Lighting in Schools n.d. 24 Jun 2019:[2 p.]. Available from:
7. Slavin Architects. Fremantle, W.A.: Slavin Architects. 2017 30/05/2017. [cited 29 May 2019].
8. Danpal Australia. Danpal Framed Facade: Danpal Australia,; 2019

How a Commercial Building used Environmentally Friendly

Architecture to Cut Energy Costs and Emissions

Explore the World of Danpalon to Find Out How Sustainable Architecture Can Help You

Engineers, architects and designers are not only reducing costs but eliminating them through eco architecture. Eco friendly architecture is literally powering a commercial office building in Coffs Harbour. With multiple suites and occupants, you’d think the power bill would be high no matter how good the environmental building design is. It is running without energy costs or emissions thanks to sustainable architectural design.

Eco Friendly Architecture is Not Expensive

The entire project in Coffs Harbour, including all site fees was $270,000. The office sources little to no energy from the grid and uses no town water thanks to a massive storage tank. The office used 1209 kWH in its first year (sourced from 100% green power). The average office building in NSW is expected to increase to 6.3PJ in 2020. That is equivalent to 1.7+ billion KWH annually. The office will be reducing energy demand to zero with the installation of solar panels.

Australia has seen energy price increases of 117%(1). Queensland, NSW and Victoria have the lowest amount of renewables, the highest energy demands and the highest energy price increases.(2) In Queensland, solar and wind prices increased 3% while electricity increased 136%. As most commercial (and industrial) buildings rely entirely on electricity(3), there is no better time to embrace the natural resources, technology and expertise Australia has on hand.

The National Construction Code was revised in May 2019 to include an energy reduction target of 35%.(4) Architects, designers and engineers are actively updating their preferred products and materials with innovative solutions that respond to this challenge.


What Can Be Done Now?

Lighting and temperature management are our largest energy burdens.(5) There is a lot that can easily be done to existing and new buildings right now.

Reduce Lighting Costs

Install translucent, high quality insulated roofing
The Coffs Harbour office installed insulated Danpalon canopies allow diffused light in and manage heat gain and loss.

Add building and window shades
Natural shade from large trees is the perfect solution. Established trees located exactly where we need them are hard to come by. Danpal’s Controlite Systems(6, 7) are ideal for complete intelligent shading solutions that require no manual adjustments. Louvre systems(8) are often used for adding shade to buildings and outdoor spaces. They are also beautiful!

Reduce Temperature Costs

Upgrade insulation

Ensure facades provide insulation to the building! They should effectively manage heat gain and loss. 18 – 27°C was the temperature range in the Coffs Harbour offices over 12 months using no air-conditioning.

‘U’ and ‘R’ values

Install products with low ‘U’ and high ‘R’ values for optimal heat gain and loss management.(9)

Looking to improve energy efficiency or reduce power bills to your home, workplace or other building? Talk to the experts at Danpal ( You’re invited to browse the Danpal blog and project gallery for inspiration!


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• Bonnefin J. U and R Values and Energy Rating: BASIX, NatHERS and Section J 2019 11 Jun 2019. Available from:


Jacob’s Creek is ‘Everbright’ in Bennelong

Jacob’s Creek is ‘Everbright’ in Bennelong - Modular System Architecture by SpaceCube

Danpalon’s Ice Roof Façade used in this modular system

A perfect compliment to a glass of Jacob’s Creek white wine

In the crisp air of Sydney’s midwinter, there was only light and warmth felt at the Jacob’s Creek space cube, modular system architecture. When you think the pop-up and modular architecture trends can’t evolve any further, they take a whole new direction. Spacecube modular systems with Jacob’s Creek and local suppliers have levelled up modular building. In Bennelong, spacecube modular systems brought in local light architecture experts, Danpal Australia.

They have upgraded the quality of building materials and finishes. Together, Spacecube and local suppliers have set new standards in modular housing. Read on to learn how a coastal façade was integrated into the Jacob’s Creek, Bennelong pop up design.

Jacob’s Creek is ‘Everbright’ in Bennelong - Modular System Architecture

Danpal was excited to be a part of the project destined for the beautiful Bennelong banks in Sydney Harbour. It took shape seamlessly. Spacecube’s inventiveness, attention to detail and local manufacturer collaborations are impressive.

During the day, the light-diffusing into space was akin to a sweet rosè. As sunset fell, the depths of the orange and red sky called for a red as moonlight struck the translucent panels used for the pitched roof, the space filled with crisp whites. Danpal panels allowed natural and artificial light into space. As a result, the interior and outside environment was one during the day and the night. Danpal’s roof façade and Jacob’s Creek white wine are a match made in…Bennelong.

Jacob’s Creek is ‘Everbright’ in Bennelong - Modular Architecture

It’s not very often Danpal is synonymous with wine, but in this case, it was a perfect fit. The Jacob’s Creek project saw Sydneysiders taking on the kitchen – Master Chef style. It was an exceptional dining experience, mixed with some fun and a quality glass of red.

This wasn’t the first time our roof facades have been used in unique and novel applications. Everbright clear span panels were foundation features of The Australian Open’s Kia Display. They also made up vital elements of displays at the Australian Grand Prix in March.

Jacob’s Creek is ‘Everbright’ in Bennelong - Modular Architecture clear Danpal panels

Danpal products are easy to install on the biggest of building envelopes. The cassette-style panels make for quick installation and pack down. As the panels are made to size in strict factory conditions, they’re suitable for years of Australian weather. Coastal facades can take on the sun, summer storms, sports equipment and even salty air. That’s exactly right – a coastal façade made for the Australian coast.

Our translucent panels are up for the task. From installation, pack down, and transportation to a new site to do it all over again. Our products have proven to be reliable, quality products with long lifespans.

What’s also great about our architectural facade panels is they are 100% recyclable. When displays, such as those mentioned above, are entirely retired, the panels are recycled.

Danpal continues to celebrate Australia in the projects they support and the building envelopes they protect and illuminate every day.

To turn your idea into the next one we raise a glass to, contact the professionals at Danpal Australia.

Jacob’s Creek is ‘Everbright’ in Bennelong - Modular Architecture clear Danpal roof panels

AIS Equinox Evolution Expo in Australia

AIS equinox_architectural wall panels by Danpal Australia

Equinox Evolution is a sell-out architecture & design event

Staged annually in Sydney, Equinox Evolution is a sell-out architecture and design networking evening. The boutique event connects architects, interior designers and design specifiers with product suppliers. Knowledge is shared freely on the latest products, advancements and technologies available across the industry.

Danpal participated in the event organised by AIS on September 19th in three ways: Donation, installation and as a stall exhibitor.

Everbright Blue panels being unpacked at Equinox Sydney
Everbright Blue Wall Panels for the Education Hub were assembled and installed by Danpal colleagues

Danpal donated and installed custom-made architectural wall panels for the Education Hub area. Everbright panels from the Danpal roofing system range were used. The team chose a combination of opal and blue panels of 16mm thickness for the walls.

Danpal colleagues Krishneel Chandra, Hein Lourens and Haide Segura did an excellent job at Equinox. They worked together to assemble and install the walls one day before the commencement of the event. The Education Hub hosted multiple CPD presentations throughout the evening.

Everbright Blue Wall Panels set up by the Danpal team, to create the Education Hub as seen here.
Everbright Blue Wall Panels set up by the Danpal team, to create the Education Hub as seen here.

Equinox provides a foundation for everyone in the industry to get together, have a drink and catch up on the latest in products and technologies. As we know at Danpal, technology is continually changing. Equinox is an opportunity to share our advancements directly with the people at the forefront of architecture and design.

The Danpal team proudly presenting their architectural systems and solutions to architects at the Equinox Expo in Sydney
The Danpal team proudly presenting their architectural systems and solutions to architects at the Equinox Expo in Sydney

The Danpal team loved the relaxed feel of the event and revelled in the opportunity to mingle with more than 300 of Australia and New Zealand’s best. The presentations provided technical information and provided a platform for architectural discussions.

Once the event started, we welcomed everyone who came to ask about our products at the Danpal stand. Talking to graduate and senior architects was a rewarding and fun experience. We valued every chance we had to promote our brand and showcase our products.

The Danpal team proudly presenting their architectural systems and solutions to architects at the Equinox Expo in Sydney Australia
The Danpal team proudly presenting their architectural systems and solutions to architects at the Equinox Expo in Sydney

The atmosphere of the event was laid back yet professional. The canapes, desserts and drinks helped to create an indulgent and interesting night.

Canapes Desserts and Drinks at Equinox Expo
Canapes Desserts and Drinks at Equinox Expo

Before the event ended, all the suppliers gave away prizes. Danpal gave away a three day stay in the Hunter Valley valued at $600. Those who had left business cards in the bowls at our stand were in the running. The winner was David McCrae, principal of MMJ Architects in Manly who happily received the prize. We hope Mr McCrae has a great stay in the Hunter Valley!

Danpal Prize Winner Prize winner David McCrae
Danpal Prize Winner Prize winner David McCrae

Equinox Evolution was a successful networking event which left smiles on our faces. The connections we made with architects, designers, up and coming graduates and more were invaluable.

Danpal had such a great experience at the AIS Equinox in Sydney that we’re getting ready for Melbourne! On October 24th, we’ll be mingling with architects, specifiers and designers in beautiful Carlton. We hope to see you there!

For anyone who can’t make it along to these brilliant events, drop into a Danpal office in your state or get in contact.
We can send you samples and give you first-hand expert knowledge of our products and how to apply them in your project. Simply fill out the form on our Contact page, so we can send out the request.




Health Benefits of Daylight Design

Daylight Design with Danpatherm Enhances Health

Natural Light in Architecture at Cardiocéan clinic, France

The health benefits of daylight design and the use of natural light in architecture are often discussed separately. At the Cardiocéan clinic in France, the two have come together to enhance the health of patients, staff and visitors.

Jean-Luc Cortella was the lead architect on the two extensions at the clinic in Pauilboreau. Cortella. He initially incorporated Danpal’s Danpatherm double glazed panels as an aesthetic design choice, with the health benefits of daylighting being an additional welcomed bonus.

What are you missing out on by being inside?

Daylight benefits our health in a multitude of ways, so it is paramount that it is considered in the architectural design process. Exposure to natural light helps people improve bone strength, reduce blood pressure, enhance cognitive function and improve sleep patterns. The two leading causes of death and disability globally are heart diseases and depressive disorders. Here is how natural light in architecture helps:

• Heart Health: The leading cause of death in 2020 was predicted in the 1990 Global Burden of Disease to be ischemic heart disease.(1) Put simply, ischemic heart disease, also known as coronary heart disease is a thinning of the major arteries and their blockage which leads to heart attacks and strokes.(2) Sunshine naturally expands blood vessels and improves blood flow. Studies show that it is not vitamin D that causes this health benefit, but exposure to daylight.(3)

• Mental Health: Hand-in-hand with heart disease were depressive disorders in the 1990 predictions.(1) Daylight strengthens and protects the central nervous system. Through melatonin and retinal sensors, it keeps our circadian rhythms in check.(4, 5)

The 2017 study(6) of the Global Burden of Disease shows the 1990 predictions are on track to being accurate. With 2020 just around the corner, reducing the prevalence of these diseases have become top health priorities.


Daylight Design at French Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Clinic

The extensions of the clinic included two buildings: a two storey health office spanning 330m2 and a day clinic spanning 240 m2.(7) Danpatherm was used as an alternative to building the walls with conventional materials. In using the double glazed polycarbonate panels, Cortella was able to provide health benefits to occupants and improve:

• Shape – The building is curved creating a dynamic offset against the square buildings already on site.(7)
• Insulation – The double glazed Danpatherm panels have additional transparent insulation inside the cavities, further increasing their existing insulative properties.(8)
• Light diffusion – The transparency of the panels provided a sleek, luxurious contrast to the stark, traditional materials used on other buildings on the site and reduced energy demand inside thanks to natural lighting.(7)
• Acoustics – Danpal products such as Danpatherm provide superior acoustic properties (up to 27 dBa). They are ideal for public buildings including concert halls and sports centres.(7)
• Fire rating – Danpatherm met the criteria for European thermal insulation (RT 2000) and fire ratings (M1).(7)

Danpatherm is one of a suite of products from Danpal which are used in building envelopes around the world. Whether chosen as a design choice, specifically for daylighting benefits, decreasing energy demand, fulfilling thermal or fire ratings or green energy requirements, Danpalon has become a reliable, long-lasting brand to turn to for architects, designers and consultants.

For further information, product specifications and systems available to transform work and living environments with daylighting please click on this link to call or leave us a note via the form.


The Global Burden of Disease The Harvard School of Public Health on Behalf of the World Health Organization and the World Bank; 1996.
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• Danpal Australia. Danpatherm: Danpal Australia; 2019

Sample Brew Festival Tent Pushes the Envelope with…

Internal Partition Interior Wall Cladding Sample Brew, Sugar Mountain Festival Melbourne by day

Internal Partition Wall Systems and Interior Wall Cladding. By Danpalon Polycarbonate Commercial Facade

An Awe Inspiring Celebration

Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain Festival is an annual celebration of cutting-edge music and art. Treasures in the two tastiest offerings (music and art) are complimented by creative site design and tasty food and drink. Sample Brew decked out their tent design with some clever applications. A completely immersive sensory experience was created with Danpalon internal partition wall systems and interior wall cladding.

By Day and by Night

Day and night saw two completely different experiences to be had while sipping Sample Brew’s iconic beverages. The Sample Brew site was outfitted to create a miniature party space within the greater festival site. During the day, the partitions glowed with natural light. At night, the translucent panels were alight with colour.

Design by Folk Architects, Melbourne

Folk Architects referred to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in their design. At the gallery entrance, light streams out through the brickwork arches from inside the building. Sample Brew’s festival layout was essentially an inversion of the NGV concept.(1). The NGV lights up the brickwork façade at night with striking imagery, as many Melbournians have come to appreciate.(2)

8mm Interior Wall Cladding

The design for Sample Brew featured a distinctive illuminated arch, creating a visual presence that was equally inspiring as the beers themselves.(3) Danpal’s(4) ice coloured interior wall cladding and internal partition walls provided the perfect canvas for illumination in the area above the archway. The colours and patterns of the panels changed throughout the festival. The rich illumination of the panels created a sense of intimacy even though the area was open and spacious, luring passers-by inside for a boutique ale.

Easily Removable and Recyclable Panels

Danpalon systems are fully demountable and recyclable if necessary, making them ideal for temporary events such as this.

Interior Wall Cladding and Internal Partition Wall Systems

Danpal’s interior systems are made with the same technical mastery as Danpal’s well-known exterior façade systems. Microcell technology expertly diffuses light to create a light-filled space with no glare. The interior systems can be illuminated any number of ways, putting the cherry on top of a design that looks great day and night. Ambience, moods and messages can all be expressed with different colours, finishes and shapes.

Sugar Mountain Festival and outlets such as Sample Brew certainly gave festival-goers a completely new experience that was one to remember.

To bring designs out from the background to become a part of the space, contact Danpal Australia

Interior Wall Cladding Sample Brew, Sugar Mountain Festival Melbourne by night

1. Electrolight. National Gallery of Victoria (Facade Lighting), Melbourne, Australia: Electrolight; n.d. [9 Jul 2019].
2. Xenian. National Gallery of Victoria: Xenian; n.d. [9 Jul 2019].
3. Sample Brew. Sample: Sample Brew; 2017 [9 Jul 2019].
4. Danpal Australia. Sugar Mountain Festival – Sample Brew: Danpal Australia; 2019 [9 Jul 2019]

Lifestyle Working way of the future, Sydney – Renewable Energy

Translucent Polycarbonate Canopy Roofing, Controlite - Lifestyle Working Brookvale Sydney

Innovative Application with Translucent Polycarbonate Canopy Roof in a Ground Breaking Commercial Building

Built for the Future – Translucent Polycarbonate Roof, Waterless Urinals and Daylight Panels

Sydney’s ‘Lifestyle Working’ commercial building is leading the way in Australia and the world. Not only is the building ground-breaking and innovative, it is inspiring. The first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. With this development such a success, renewable offices, schools, apartments, homes and shopping centres are only around the corner.

A green future is a viable option for Australia with our rich renewables and world-class technology. The benefits to wellbeing and the economy are boundless. How? You may ask. Through clever technology and applications of things like a translucent façade system used in buildings. Or! Even a waterless urinal. Both of these applications were used at Lifestyle Working. Architects and designers are ready to deliver environmentally sound, green buildings with a positive bottom line. We’ve got the technology, the applications and the expertise to build a green future.



Energy Demand

Australia currently draws 85% of its energy from coal and gas(*1). There is no industry that isn’t feeling the pinch on the hip pocket when bills roll in. Turning off the lights can save 6%(*2) per electricity bill but that is not enough.

What about heating, cooling, ventilation and days where you need the lights on?

Many commercial buildings lack effective daylighting systems. Occupants of office buildings, hospitals, schools, universities and shopping centres (to name a few) are suffering physically and mentally while building owners are paying outlandish energy bills. Most workers see daylight on their breaks and rely on air-conditioning for temperature control (which is usually dispersed unevenly leaving some sweating and others looking for an extra pair of socks).

‘Lifestyle Working’, Brookvale, Sydney

The Northern Beaches, just outside the Sydney CBD is home to Lifestyle Working, Brookvale(*3). Nettleton Tribe architects, Patio architects, Jamie Durie, and Stable Innovations have delivered the first strata commercial precinct of its kind in Australia(*4). In addition to being an ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and receiving a 5-star NABERS(*5) energy rating and NABERS’ 6-star water rating, it offers a triple bottom line (environmental, social and economic performance)(*4).

Ecologically Sustainable ‘Verandah Society’ Developments

Lifestyle Working offers quality of ‘work-life’ and reduced energy costs to occupants. The design is modern, reflective of the industrial history of the site, community-centric boasting key concepts of the ‘verandah society’(*4, *6, *7), and offers a swimming pool, café and restaurant. It also offers meeting and work-spaces outside of the open-lit offices, access to Warringah Mall and a Northern Beaches location that would inspire anyone to go to work each day(*4).
Energy saving applications include water harvesting and storage, waterless urinals from Uridan(*8), solar energy, VRV air-conditioning, and engineered ventilation, passive energy and daylighting(*4).

Polycarbonate Canopy Roof

What makes projects such as Lifestyle Working stand out are the innovative product applications used. 16mm Danpalon was installed across the 1000m2 roof canopy(*9). The system, made of micro-cell polycarbonate panels illuminates interiors with glare-free daylight. It also increases building heat retention and reduces heat loss(*10). The roofing has a direct impact on energy use with building electricity demands reduced for heating, cooling and lighting. For Lifestyle Working, this has a massive impact on the overheads for each tenant, not to mention future-proofing the building.

If moving towards a sustainable future was a marathon, Lifestyle Working has passed the finish line. Many industries have moved past preparation and into action for a renewable future. These future-thinkers are saving money right now, doing their part for the future and setting the benchmark.


*1. Australian Government: Department of the Environment and Energy. Energy Supply Canberra: Australian Government; 2019
*2. Australian Government. Energy: Australian Government; 2019
*3. Homely Pty Ltd. Brookvale Melbourne: Homely Pty Ltd; n.d.
*4. Stable Innovations Pty Ltd. & FKP Limited. Lifestyle Working – Brookvale: Stable Innovations Pty Ltd. & FKP Limited,; n.d.
*5. National Australian Built Environment Rating System. NABERS: Australian Government; 2019
*6. Tribe N. Lifestyle Working, Brookvale: Nettleton Tribe; 2019
*7. Lewis E. Hub Station. Monument [Internet]. 2008 13 Jun 2019:[3 p.].
*8. Waterless Solutions Belrose, NSW: Uridan; 2019from:
*9. Architecture ECL. Lifestyle Working (Australie) – Danpalon – Roofing: Everlite Concept Light Architecture; 2019
*10. Danpal Australia. Danpalon Roofing Light Architecture 2019

Danpalon Polycarbonate at Cannington Leisureplex, Western Australia

Polycarbonate Danpal Seamless Facades 16mm thick used by Christou Architects at Cannington Leisureplex, Western Australia

A Playful, Modern Façade Stands Proud with Danaplon’s Colour Palette

The Canning Aquatic Centre, Queens Park Recreation Centre and Queens Park Library have been united to become the Cannington Leisureplex. Cannington in WA is now home to a $34 million centre with spaces and activities for the whole community. The challenges of such a massive project included lighting, acoustics and insulation.

The building has been future proofed by the forward-thinking architects. Danpalon facades in ice and bright colours directly address the lighting, acoustics and insulation challenges. Not only is the façade practical in every sense, it is fitting for the location where families, children and the community can delight in colour.

Acoustic and Thermal Insulation

The aquatic centre was fitted with 16mm x 7m vertical seamless facades in reflective grey.(1) Traditional facades require extensive steel framing and on-going maintenance to prevent oxidisation caused by chlorine. The façade system installed was self-supporting thus required no intermediate framework.

Acoustics: Sound attenuation must be considered in large spaces such as the Leisureplex. In using Danpalon, Christou architects reduced the need for acoustic insulation.

Thermal and Solar: The facades’ micro-cell structure provides excellent thermal and solar insulation to the building with low ‘U’ values. Using traditional glass in the ten-lane pool complex risked introducing too much light and glare into the complex. Danpalon facades eliminate these risks as they reflect and diffuse solar radiation, thus managing heat and light during harsh Australian summers.

Curtain Wall Facades Diffuse Light

As light permeates the Danpalon facades, it is diffused and dispersed evenly inside the building. Effective light diffusion reduces glare, brings natural light into the space and eliminates the need for external building shades.


Danpalon Colours and Finishes

As public buildings can fall victim to graffiti damage, facades were treated with Danpal’s High-Protection (HP) treatment. HP makes graffiti removal easy without damaging the facades and provides superior protection against environmental pollution.(2) Christou architects used six colours to create a playful welcome to visitors and introduce colour into the interior of the building.

More on finishes, colours and treatments can be found here at Danpal System Glazing Materials and Finishing

Seamless Polycarbonate Curtain Wall Facade at Cannington Leisureplex, Western Australia

Customised Contemporary Facades with Easy Assembly

Working with Danpal to customise panel lengths, types and finishes allowed products to fit to the building envelope and design. This reduced the need for structural supports or a change to the preferred design.

Using Danpalon meant quick installation on site and easy-handling due to the panels being naturally lightweight.

‘Green’ Tick of Approval

The manufacturing process of the panels produces less waste than traditional ‘standard’ sized materials due to the panels being custom made. Fewer fixtures, supports and their waste materials compared to traditional materials were needed. Fewer breakages or products shattering were experienced on-site due to the durability of the panels. Less long-term maintenance costs and replacement products will benefit the building and budget well into the future.

Danpalon can withstand high wind loads and is impact resistant. Panels are recyclable and they reduce temperature and lighting energy demands of the building through their insulative properties and light diffusion.

Feel free to browse through the applications, systems and project examples on our website
For the right Danpalon solution for your project please visit the ‘contact us’ page.


1. Danpal Australia. Cannington Leisureplex: Danpal Australia; 2019
2. Danpal Australia. Danpal System Glazing Materials & Finishes: Danpal Australia; 2019

The Heart of Wollongong Lights Up

Lightweight Translucent Roofing Systems - Lighthouse Church Wollongong

Lightweight Roofing Solutions Welcome the Community

Lightweight roofing solutions welcome the local community to the Lighthouse Church. In the heart of Wollongong sits a building that was built for the community by the community. Lighthouse Church has undergone a massive facelift. The result?

  • A building that is practical with multiple dual-purpose rooms and a café and;
  • A building that reflects the values of the community it serves.

The partnership between the Lighthouse Church community, Aibee Architects combined with Danpalon products has delivered warmth and connection to the inner city.

A Welcoming Design

The aim of the ‘Lighthouse at The Station’ design was to promote community and connection. The building was to be as welcoming as the people inside. The Lighthouse offers meeting and multi-purpose spaces for the diverse community that makes up Wollongong. From weekly services, community group meet-ups, mum’s and youth groups, to sharing a meal at the weekly pop-up restaurant, everyone is welcome. The design needed to be innovative and promote connection, family, community and belonging.

Lightweight Roofing Solutions

What you see before entering the building during the day or night are long, curved awnings. The awnings stretch out to passers-by, welcoming them into the spaces within. As well as providing an inviting entry point, the awnings needed to be strong and self-supporting. The Danpalon Solarspace roofing solution used for the awnings achieved this and more. It also allows natural light to filter through rather than blocking the light and warmth. The awnings block all harmful UV radiation, providing all the benefits of daylight without exposure to the elements. An added benefit of the polycarbonate awning is a requirement for less artificial lighting. The awnings vary in appearance from day to night, being illuminated in the evening to make the building spectacularly radiant.

Danpalon in Australia and Around the World

The roofing solution used for the awnings and the glazed curtain wall were manufactured by Danpal Australia. As with all Danpalon products, the awnings were made of the highest quality polycarbonate panels. Architects around the world trust Danpalon systems for many reasons, including their:

  • Lightweight and flexible nature;
  • Strength and durability;
  • Ease of installation;
  • Environmentally friendly (from manufacturing to installation and long-term green benefits to the building);
  • Thermal and insulative properties;
  • Extensive testing and high manufacturing quality;
  • UV protection and;
  • Unparalleled ability to diffuse and transfer light.

For more on how Danpalon has been used in other projects, specifications and projects Danpalon has been used in here in Australia, please visit


1. Aibee Architects 2019, ‘Working with Churches’, Aibee Architects, viewed 6 June 2019
2. Danpal Australia 2019, ‘Danpal Light Architecture’, Danpal Australia, viewed 11 June 2019
3. Lighthouse 2019, ‘Lighthouse At The Station’, Lighthouse, viewed 6 June 2019

Brooke St Pier’s Polycarbonate Roof Architecture Highlights the Design Potential of Everbright Roofing and Facades

Brooke Street Pier, Tasmania designed by Circa Morris Nunn Architects - Everbright Facade, Everbright Roofing, 74mm thickness - best of light architecture

Top Glaze Roofing Panels Prove Lightweight, Strong and Beautiful

Circa Morris-Nunn Architects turned to a premium polycarbonate solution for the multi-level transformation of Hobart’s historic Brooke St Pier Ferry Terminal. The floating pier functions independently of the mainland just as any boat would, though it is much more than just a pier or a boat. Everbright wrap around the entire roof and wall structure. Top glazed roofing panels protect the structure from harsh temperature extremes and salty air.

Day and Night

The Brooke St Pier is an attraction to tourists and the Hobart community day and night. The pier feels warm and the breadth of daylight is surreal. It’s hard to believe you are inside a building at all. Daylight warms customers as they order coffee and shop. Children contemplate tasty dessert menus while being protected from polar winds off the coast.

During the day artificial lighting and heating costs are significantly reduced. The polycarbonate panels feature insulative properties and inherent protection for occupants from harmful UV radiation.

At night, the lights from the restaurants and shops filter out through the roofing panels and facades. The light is softened as it travels through the panels and dances along the water. The same effect occurs for users inside the pier during the day as the diffused light eliminates glare. As if looking at a photo that has had softness applied, the Brooke St Pier needs no filters.

How did they do it?

The concrete pontoon (weighing 4,300 tonnes!) that the structure sits on is anchored to the sea floor with a flexible cable that allows the pontoon to move with the tides. Upon the pontoon sits a multi-level structure that is fully self-sustainable, just like any boat. The shape of the structure was based on the pre-existing pier as a reference to the 150-year history of the site.

  • Clear Everbright E610 facades and wall panels stretch 700sqm’s around the structure. Most walls and roof panels were treated with translucent nanogel insulation, except where clear panels where required to offer a blade view to the outside.
  • The top glazed roofing panels cover 1630sqm. Everbright polycarbonate panels can be made to long lengths so no step joints were required. Each panel measured 10.2m x 80m.
  • All 74mm panels interlock together, allowing designers to achieve seamless joins without losing structural integrity.
  • As panels are manufactured off-site in factory conditions, the risk of dust and moisture build-up is eliminated and on-site installation is simple.
  • Nanogel insulation improves climatic performance and eliminates glare over large areas, ensuring the stark neon effect from artificial lighting is removed.
  • Brooke St Pier features clear polycarbonate panels. An enormous colour palette including gloss, matte, pearl and metallic finishes can also be chosen to create different effects.
  • Environmentally sustainable. As panels are made to size, there is no wastage. Furthermore, the panels are self-supporting thus requiring minimal additional supports and fixtures. The insulative properties see the pier requiring less artificial lighting, heating and cooling and contributes to the building’s green energy rating.



• Brooke Street Pier 2019, ‘The Good Ol’ Days’, Brooke Street Pier, viewed 5 June 2019
• Circa Morris-Nunn Architects 2019, ‘Brooke Street Pier’, Circa Morris-Nunn Architects, viewed 5 June 2019
• Danpal Australia 2019, ‘Brooke Street Pier’, Danpal Australia, viewed 5 June 2019
• Everbright Roofing 2019, ‘New Ferry Terminal Brooke Street Pier Hobart Tasmania’, Everbright Roofing, viewed 5 June 2019,

Opposite Lock-‘Down’ on North Queensland Sun in New Townsville Showroom

External Vertical Louvres Townsville, North Queensland

External Vertical Louvres and Translucent Walls Simultaneously Protect and Promote Business

When you think the worst heat of the day is over in north Queensland, the sun begins to set. Western facing houses and businesses are cooked from the sun pouring through their windows. Opposite Lock, Townsville have installed a clever solution – Danpalon external vertical louvres and translucent walls.

Inspiration and Practicality

The Danpalon external vertical louvres and translucent walls were not only chosen for their UV protection and heat transmission qualities. They were also a marketing choice.

“The four-wheel driving adventure in Australia is what Opposite Lock is all about.”

What better way to fuel inspiration in their clients than a massive translucent wall panel spanning across the front of the showroom displaying forests, mountains, rivers and deserts. It gives the sense that no matter where someone may be going for a 4WD adventure, they’ll be able to pick up what they need from Opposite Lock.

Outside light emanates through the translucent wall into the showroom filling the space with the colours of Australia.

Opposite Lock-‘Down’ Translucent walls QLD

Stepping outside of the showroom, you can see they have continued the theme of customised panels. Images of sunsets, sand, ocean, palm trees, mossy rocks and more are used in the Danpalon feature element. This more than decoration thought: Danpalon offers the ultimate in customised, user-friendly shading which is lightweight and resistant to impact.

Westerly Sun Now Welcome

Danpalon protects the building envelope and – most importantly – the staff and customers inside. 99.9% of harmful ultra-violet rays are blocked.

During the manufacturing process, the micro-cell panels can have numerous additional features integrally co-extruded into them. This is how Danpal can offer so many benefits in one product. The insulative properties of the panels will help to manage the internal temperature.

For Opposite Lock in Townsville (or anywhere in Queensland for that matter), reducing the costs of cooling a building are essential as energy prices continue to increase. For any location in Australia, the balance between abundant daylighting and sensible heat gain management is critical.

Polycarbonate Translucent Walls Townsville QLD

With Danpalon, Australians can have good natural light without overheating an internal space.

  • 99.9% UV protection.
  • Weather resistant.
  • Waterproof.
  • Allows natural light into space.
  • Reduces artificial lighting needs.
  • Reduces heat transmission.
  • Reduces cooling and heating needs.
  • Made with minimal waste.
  • Made with recyclable materials.

The Building Design Howls ‘Outback Adventure’

The Opposite Lock building design howls ‘outback adventure’ before you get near the front door. Most notably, from afar you can see the metal roof of brown and beige. The beige lines represent tracks left in the wake of a passing 4WD. They have also used plywood throughout the design which further accentuates the Danpalon panels and gives the building an earthy tone.

Guymer Bailey Architects have captured the core business and values of Opposite Lock through creativity, architectural expertise and sustainable products to create a perfectly well-rounded and modern design.


• Architizer 2019, Opposite Lock FWD Retail and Showroom, Architizer,
• Danpal 2019a, Danpal Framed Façade, Danpal, viewed 8 May 2019,
• Danpal 2019b, Danpal Louvre System, Danpal, viewed 8 May 2019,
• Guymer Bailey 2019, Opposite Lock 4WD Retail and Showroom, Guymer Bailey, viewed 8 May 2019,

Curtin University Looks to The Future with $15 Million Bus Interchange

Blue Tinted Clear Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets, Curtin University Bus Exchange, WA

Translucent Polycarbonate Roofing Danpalon Panels - Curtin University Bus Exchange, WA

Innovation Abounds with Translucent Roofing Panels

Blue tinted Clear Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets and Panels

Curtin University in Western Australia is not only living up to its global reputation, but it is also looking the part too.

The innovative provision of daylighting provides students and visitors to the university a modern, future-focused design while they also benefit from weather and UV protection. The Central Bus Interchange is not only aesthetically pleasing and practical, but also environmentally friendly with the use of high-quality insulating polycarbonate roof systems using recycled materials.

Transport at Curtin is an integral part of moving students to and from the university and was a key part of the Greater Curtin Master Plan. The $15 million development caters for the 500 buses that pass through the Central Bus Interchange daily during the semester (Curtin University 2019b). By 2031, the university expects to see 73,000 visitors pass through the campus each day while also housing 20,000 students (Curtin University 2019a).

Drawing the eye is one long silver and black canopy spanning the entire length of the interchange. The canopy features Danpalon’s Softlite and High Protection finishes to maximise longevity and visual comfort.

Coniglio Ainsworth Architects (CAA)

CAA look to create modern designs that push the envelope every time they start a new project (Coniglio Ainsworth Architects 2019). The Central Bus Interchange was no exception. It was so successful it drew the attention of judges at the Planning Institute of Australia in the category of Planning Excellence in the 2016 WA Awards (Planning Institute of Australia 2016).

This massive feat couldn’t have been completed without the minds and hard work of CAA, Curtin University, Arup Group, Place Laboratory and the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia (Planning Institute of Australia 2016).

Blue Tinted Polycarbonate Roof Plastic

Sky Blue Canopies

The transparent blue roofing material used in the 16 over-hanging canopies enhance the blue sky on sunny days and bring a touch of spring to rainy days. The tops of the canopies have Danpal’s (2019) anti-glare, ‘Softlite’ finish applied while the undersides were given their ‘High Protection Treatment’. A wide range of finishes can be applied to Danpalon polycarbonate roofing panels through their high quality polycarbonate co-extrusion process.

Softlite surface treatment gives the panels with a matt appearance, which reduces glare during the day and at night. Polycarbonate’s inherent glossiness isn’t always desirable. Softlite ensures the design remains glare-free with even light dispersion.

High Protection Treatment is ideal for high pollution areas and structures that may be prone to graffiti attack or vandalism. The surface of the panels has an applied protective lacquer, making graffiti removal a breeze.

The Central Bus Interchange is well prepared for the 500 buses passing through daily with minimal graffiti removal maintenance requirements if needed.

Hidden Secrets
The clean yet fluid appearance of the canopies was achieved in three ways.

  1. The Danpalon canopies were engineered by Danpal to be fully self-supporting without cumbersome steel framing.
  2. The fabrication flexibility of Danpalon’s aluminium edge framing system allowed the canopies to have rounded corners for a more organic appearance.
  3. The geometric flexibility of Danpalon’s concealed standing seam connection system allowed the central canopy to have a unique twisting shape.


• Coniglio Ainsworth Architects 2019, About, Coniglio Ainsworth Architects, viewed 8 May 2019
• Curtin University 2019a, Centre of Innovation, Curtin University, viewed 8 May 2019
• Curtin University 2019b, Facts and Figures, Curtin University, viewed 8 May 2019
• Danpal 2019, Danpal Seamless Façade, Danpal, viewed 9 May 2019
• Danpal 2019, Danpal System Glazing Materials and Finishes, Danpal, viewed 9 May 2019
• Planning Institute of Australia 2016, ‘Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 Western Australia’, Planning Institute of Australia, p. 40, viewed 8 May 2019,

Gait Pays Homage to Post-War Residential Design and Adds a Twist of Modern Architecture

Danpalon Translucent Wall Panels by Gate Pays Architects

LVL, Translucent Sheet Facades, Danpalon Custom Skylights and Architectural Genius Bring the Project to Life

Architect Kieran Gait has elevated a post-war Grange residence into the 21st century while retaining its charm. The property oozes creativity and opportunity with crisp whites, un-masked pine laminated veneer lumber stud walls and light. Gait chose Danpalon translucent system for walls and custom skylights throughout the project.

Edinburgh was where Gait gained his degree, but it was Brisbane where he found a career and a wife to share both work and life with. 17 years on Kieron and his wife Wei Shun Lee have completed countless projects from residential properties to resorts (Keiron Gait Architects 2019). Designs are humble, refreshing and welcoming while also being practical, economical and timeless. The pair share an abundance of architectural and design skills that far surpasses their years.

The Grange Residence is no exception. Read on to learn about the project brief, plan, results and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the project during the build.

Best Skylights and Exterior Wall Panels by Gate Pays Architects

The Project Brief:

Two extensions to an existing post-war home in the Brisbane suburb of Grange in Queensland: a back deck and a room known as ‘the garden room’. The garden room would have multiple uses including a studio and guest quarters. The yard was typical of suburban backyards with a fruit tree and plenty of undergrowth (Bailey 2013). With a growing family living in the house, the spaces needed to accommodate for outdoor activities and quiet escapes.

The post-war period saw a shortage of building supplies, increase in population and an influx of international builders and designers (Brisbane City Council 2019). Homes were often built with timber, weatherboard or brick, when available and affordable. Key periods of influence were the art deco, contemporary and brick veneer periods (House of Home 2019).

Grange Residence model by Kieran Gaite Architects QLD using Danpalon custom skylights and panels

The Plan:

An L-shaped extension spans across the rear of the house and includes a north facing deck and the garden room. The deck would provide an additional living space with protection from the elements. Parents would be able to relax and entertain on the deck or the garden room while the children played outside.

The image on the far right shows the Extension from the rear of the post-war home being the deck and garden room for the growing family and to host their overseas guests.


Laminated veneer lumber LVL and Translucent Façade Systems used in the Grange ResidenceThe Final Results incorporating Translucent Wall Systems and LVL:

Keiron Gait Architects successfully incorporated economical, high quality materials (LVL and Danpal Translucent Façade Systems) into a design that merges 3 eras of Australian residential design. It is no wonder this Grange residence was shortlisted by the 2013 Houses Award (Architecture AU 2013).

Hallway with translucent Sheets framed by wooden posts

Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) was used as structural supports and an eye-catching feature. LVL pays homage to the use of timber in the post-war building period. The framing of the wall studs by white plasterboard reflects the modern era’s clean finishes and the lines of the art-deco period.

Translucent sheets wall facade Grange Residence by by Kieran Gaite Architects

The photo to the right displays 3mm was planed from all 150mm x 50mm LVL mullions which increased the sharpness of the finish and removed unappealing lumber stamps. In addition to the aesthetics, LVL is economical and made from locally sourced pine. As a result of the manufacturing process, LVL is perfectly straight, very strong and manufactured to size.

To the left, the facades stretch the lengths of the northern and eastern walls and are further enhanced by LVL framing.

Grange Residence Interior custom Skylights by Architect Kieran Gait
Top Left: A custom skylight was made with Danpal roof systems for the guest bathroom. Top Right: The glazed translucent sheets allow natural light into the bathroom and provide thermal insulation and UV protection. As with the timber, Danpalon facades are economical, beautiful and practical. The custom skylights and translucent façade systems effortlessly pair with the HYNE timber supplied by Finlayson’s Timber and Hardware. Bottom Left: All timber was treated for termite prevention. Internal timber received ‘hazard level H2S’ while the deck balustrade received H3. It also received four coats of satin Feast Watson Weatherproof to prepare it for the elements and UV rays. Bottom Right: The bonding in the LVL used on the eastern side of the deck was vulnerable to extended periods of direct sunlight. In order to protect it, the mullions were fitted in between zinc plates.


Grange Residence Interior Exterior Detail3
Top Left: As morning emerges and the day takes shape, one could sit in the garden room and become immersed in the moving pictures cast on to the translucent facades. Top Right: Interior lighting radiates from the property as night falls. Danpal’s translucent panels soften both daylight and artificial light through micro-cell technology. Bottom Left: Construction – Rebates were meticulously carved into the mullions by the carpenters. The rebates make for a professional finish and increased strength at the joins (Woodwork Basics 2019). Bottom middle: Timber laminates disguise the aluminium connectors for the Danpalon facades. Bottom Right: The construction period experienced rain, causing some challenges. The exposed grain on the faces of the LVL absorbed moisture and caused horizontal swelling. As a result, the builder had a few headaches in realigning the structural supports to ensure they were exact. In order to prevent this from happening again, future projects should see LVL frames fabricated off site and once on site, erected and protected from the weather immediately.

Keiran Gait Architects
• Product – Danpal Facades
• Product – HYNE LVL

Danpal products have been the best choice for architects and designers world-wide for years. From school yards, sports stadiums, residences, apartments, exhibitions and more. Danpalon satisfies design and practical needs and showcases what can be achieved with the best in light architecture.

• Architecture AU 2013, ‘2013 Houses Award Shortlist: Alteration & Addition Under 200m2’, Architecture AU, viewed 1 May 2019
• Bailey, M 2013, ‘Grange Residence’, Architecture AU, viewed 1 May 2013
• Brisbane City Council 2019, Recognising House Styles, Brisbane City Council, viewed 01/05/2019
• House of Home 2019, Australian Home Periods, House of Home, viewed 01/05/2019
• Kieron Gait Architects 2019, Grange Residence, Keiron Gait Architects, viewed 01/05/2019
• Woodwork Basics 2019, Rebate Joint, Woodwork Basics, viewed 1 May 2019



Danpal marvels the world with light architecture

Three decades. 26 countries and counting. Danpalon marvels the world with polycarbonate light architecture

The new edition of Danpal’s Light Architecture magazine will soon be released, delivering inspiration from around the world. From Danpal’s translucent façade system at the highest ski resort in the French Alps to Mexico’s Monterrey stadium.

• T’Station Platinum, Gwanggyo – South Korea Mark Fran
The innovation Hankook offers their customers is showcased upon entering the building with the installation of Danpal Façade Systems. Fran designed the building with harmony as a priority. At night the building erupts with orange and ice coloured translucent façades radiating a harmonious glow to passers-by.

• Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli – Wales, UK  Mark Anstey, Ellis Williams Architects
One-of-a-kind multi-purpose building in a unique location.
Danpalon facade and roofing panels were cold curved on site to fit the round building envelope and give long-term durability against the Irish Sea and Afon Erch River. Micro-cell technology allows optimal natural light and warmth to be transmitted inside the building. The design culminated with LED lighting installed in the facades illuminating the academy at night.

• Ski-Lift, Val Thorens – France Yves De Préval, Agence Séguineau De Préval Architecte
Yves De Préval used Danpal’s facades to address both climatic and aesthetic objectives. Extreme winds, heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures meant materials had to be durable in severe conditions. Due to the lightweight nature of Danpalon panels and their modular configuration, installation was a breeze. The Danpalon façade system’s transparency allows skiers to be shielded from the weather while enjoying the views.

• City of Arts (La Cité des Arts), Saint-Denis – Réunion Island, French Overseas Territory Elisabeth Pacot, Frédéric Griffe, L’Atelier Architectes
The City of Arts stands as a monument to the long-held artistic history and future of Réunion. The 1500m2 design offers light architecture experiences at every turn across workshop and studio areas, concert hall, shop, bar, administration and outside retreats. The 350+ seat concert hall resembling a candle-lit lantern was created with Danpalon facades and 700+ lights.
Inspiring light architecture that is practical and beautiful.

• Harvey Nichols, Birmingham – England, UK Ewald Damen, ED Reeves Edit Photo
Home to high-end fashion shows, boutique shopping and a designer café, Harvey Nichols has been refurbished using a 600mm by 900mm Danpal interior system of 12-metre lengths along the walls and a suspended ceiling. The result? An immersive, exciting and inspiring store emanating luxury and exclusivity.

• Acne Studios, Cheongdam Dong – Seoul, South Korea Sophie Hicks Architects
Set amongst the chic designer streets of Seoul is the flagship store of Stockholm’s Acne Studios. Renowned architect Sophie Hicks has created a commanding contrast between the concrete interior and soft luminescence of Danpalon facades on the exterior.

• BBVA Bancomer Monterrey Stadium – Mexico City, Mexico VFO Arquitectos, Juan André Vergara and Luis Fernández De Ortega
Mexico’s monumental stadium features translucent panels that border the last 12 metres of the 50 metre cantilevered roof over the field. Waterproof joins protect the stadium and thermal glazing transmits diffused light into the stadium. The diffused light assists with live broadcasts and the spectator’s glare-free view of the field. The sweeping shape of the stadium honours the local history of steel mills and breweries.

• Alberca Universidad Politécnica Metropolitana – Pachuca, Mexico Instituto Hidalguense De La Infraestructura Fisica Educativa (INHIFE)
Principles in the refurbishment of Alberca uni Poli Metro’s pool complex were thermal retention, daylighting and protection from strong winds. A 16mm ice Danpalon panel spans the length of one side of the pool. 22mm grey and red 3D Lite panels feature at the end of the pool. Danpalon translucent façade systems cater for daylight during the day, illumination at night and satisfy all structural needs.

• L’Alqueria Del Basket – Valencia, Spain José Mart Erre Arquitectura
Two levels, 19 courts, light, comfort and durability for families to enjoy was the objective for the fast-growing basketball club. Danpalon polycarbonate panels are strong and can withstand impact from sports equipment. The glazing on the panels keeps the interior temperature balanced, free from glare, ventilated and comfortable for players and spectators.

• Oriam, National Sports Performance Centre – Edinburgh, UK James Grimley of Reiach and Hall Architects
The inspiration for Oriam’s roof design was Roberto Carlos’ impossible free kick that had enough spin to curve in its trajectory. Trusses extending 25m high support the Danpalon system that is ideal for sports stadiums and centres. Danpalon can withstand severe impact whilst transmitting comfortably diffused daylight. Danpalon removed the need for day-time artificial lighting without the glare and opened up the playing and training spaces.

• Extension of Global Standard Technology (GST) Factory – Hwaesong-Si, South Korea Han, Young-Keun, Archipoly Architecture Studio
The aesthetics of natural daylighting and environmentally friendly materials made Danpal Facades an ideal choice. The natural diffusion of light transmitted through the panels provides softened light, without harsh glares creating the signature look of the GST building.

• Porte Des Alpes Shopping Centre – Saint-Priest, France Sylvie Levallois, Arte Charpentier Architectes
The first project in the urban redevelopment of the Porte Des Alpes district. The 32ha site was last updated in 1981, but now has contemporary multi-coloured panels around its perimeter. The facades are installed with invigorating light displays behind them to illuminate the streetscape.

• The Moor City Centre Cinema Complex – Sheffield, England Simon Brown, Leslie Jones Architecture
Danpal’s VRS not only offers the building envelope water-tight protection but it keeps insulation free of moisture, dust, and vermin. It also reduces heating costs in the cool Sheffield climate. The cinema façade draws the eye and captures the imagination of passers-by.

• Intu Victoria Centre – Nottingham, England  Simon Brown, Leslie Jones Architecture
The Intu Victoria Centre was given a cutting-edge makeover. Danpal VRS was installed in customised lengths, widths and finishes to create a dynamic and appealing look. Ice facades see the building looking sharp and modern while the Softlite finish reduces glare. At night the building is awash with light. Softlite eliminates the stark neon effect common to building signs and promotes a welcoming atmosphere.

• Flagship Building – Silpakorn University, Thailand Geodesic Design
Danpalon polycarbonate sheets and metal used in harmony at Silpakorn University. Lightweight Danpalon panels were manufactured off-site and easily installed with minimal waste. The project had a tight turn-around. The façade’s insulative qualities see the inside of the building cooler during the hot and wet summers of Bangkok.

• La Lainière Office Accomodation – Roubaix, France Olivier Jost, EKOA
The primary requirement of La Lainière was to use sustainable materials, be quick to construct and reflect the local area’s resources. Danpalon polycarbonate panels do not release VOCs and are made with minimal wastage – reducing energy consumption for lighting, heating and cooling.

• Seebeyond 2016, ‘Store Check Seoul’
• Arch20 2019, BBVA BANCOMER Stadium Populous, Arch20
• Arch Daily 2017, ‘Maison du Projet/Carlos Arroyo’, Arch Daily,
• Arch Daily 2019, ‘Flagship Building/Geodesic Design’, Arch Daily,
• Arte Charpentier Architectes 2018, Porte Des Alpes Shopping Centre, Arte Charpentier Architectes
• Cradle to Cradle 2018, Maison du Projet de la Lanière, Cradle to Cradle
• Danpal 2016, ‘A Monumental Work That Brings the Best Together’
• Danpal 2017, ‘Extension Building of Global Standard Technology (GST) Plant’, Danpal
• Danpal 2019, ‘Gaining Heat in a Windy City’, Danpal
• ERRE 2019, L’Alqueria Del Basket
• Everlite Concept n.d., State-Of-The-Art Sailing Centre and Multi-Purpose Venue.
• Everlite Concept n.d., ‘A Vibrant Shopping Centre, By Day or Night’
• Everlite Concept 2016, ‘Danpalon Wall Cladding and Suspended Ceiling in a Fabulous Interior Refurbishment’
• Everlite Concept 2019, A Picture Perfect Multi Screen
L’Atelier Architectes and Ingénieurs 2017, La Cité Des Arts
• Metalocus 2018, ‘L’Alqueria Del Basket by Erre Arquitectura’
• Val Thorens 2019, Val Thorens
• Sophie Hicks Architects 2018, Acne Studios Seoul
• Urban Realm 2017, ‘Oriam: Pitch Perfect’

A Timeless Hub at Southport Broadwater Parklands QLD

Southport-Broadwater-Danpalon translucent facade wall. Comes in ice white, green, red and many more colours.

Danpalon translucent facade wall, survives the test of time along the tropical coast

September 2010 saw the construction of the Hub workshop and administration buildings. They were completed in the second stage of the massive $17 million redevelopment of the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

10 years on, the Hub’s Danpalon translucent facades continue to stand strong against coastal winds, Queensland summers, tropical humidity, sand and salt.

The Hub was constructed in the shape of a lantern emerging from the Parklands. The illusion of the lantern brings creativity, playfulness and a sense of wonder to the site while also satisfying practical needs in innovative ways. Architects Simon White and Jeff Brown of WHITEARCHITECTURE are known for their effortless abilities to combine both the natural environment and contemporary design into their projects. The duo’s values and style were embodied in the project through the Hub’s design, homage to local flora, and use of innovative, environmentally friendly materials such as Danpalon panels.

The wide choice of colours offered, helps to inspire architects. Our Green polycarbonate wall facades offer dramatic effects for any design.

Danpalon translucent facade walls comes in green, ice and a variety of colours

The Danpalon translucent facades around the exterior of the building compliment their natural surroundings during the day and see the building transform into a glowing lantern emerging from the earth at night. Vinyl graphics in the shapes of Pandanus (a tropical tree local to the area) were positioned on the backs of the facades. The graphics are highlighted with daylight radiating through them during the day.

WHITEARCHITECTURE was tasked with the challenge of creating a spectacular world-class design for the site in anticipation of the 2018 Commonwealth Games bid. The Parklands were subsequently used for all five Triathlon events at these Games, including the first ever Para Triathlon in Commonwealth Games history. With 1.2 million ticket holders at the Games, the Broadwater Parklands were on show to the world.

The timeless beauty of The Hub was recognised by the industry twice in 2011. A regional commendation in Urban Design was awarded by the Australian Institute of Architecture and it was also awarded the Queensland commendation for Small Project Architecture.

Danpal translucent facades such as this have been proven in Australian conditions for decades. The strength of the facades can withstand any stray sports equipment or other incidental contact. Danpal polycarbonate panels do not shatter in the way that conventional glazing can. Unique protective lacquers are available for highly exposed situations if necessary. The strength and durability of Danpal systems are just two of the reasons they are market leaders throughout Australia and around the world.

For an inspired design or architectural solution, contact the Danpal Australia professionals. There are offices in every state of Australia.


‘Light’ Pleasures and a Journey to 18th Century England with Interior Designer Lee Broom

Illuminated Danpalon Panels Lee Broom Interior Designer, Space Parklands exhibition contribution of Internal Wall Facades and Sheets

Warmly lit Danpalon Facades lure visitors to Broom’s masterpiece, ‘Park Life’ in Sydney – Lee Broom.

2019 saw leading British designer Lee Broom create one of his most significant landmark exhibitions to date with a presentation for Space Furniture in Australia. At 4,000 square feet, the presentation was the largest show Lee Broom has presented and took place below the flagship showroom of Space Furniture within an underground car park. Employing the urban surroundings of the location, Lee Broom completely transformed the industrial car park and created a contemporary interpretation of a traditional garden park. Taking the form of a maze, ‘Park Life’ took guests on a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes showcasing the brand’s lighting, furniture and accessories in a whole new light.

Since opening his London studio in 2007, Lee has been mixing art history with modern technology and style, premium quality craftsmanship and an eye for detail. Light is applied in creative and innovative ways to Danpalon facades, marble, crystal and brass to reinvent what was and what is.

 ‘Park Life’ is elegant, haunting and poetic.


The exhibition featured objects from Space Furniture, while the illuminated panels at the start of the maze were donated by Danpal Australia. These Danpalon panels added light and shadow to create a sense of depth and grandeur. As Lee said, “Danpal was the perfect architectural solution for creating the right lighting effects and structure for our installation”.

Prior to the opening of his studio, Lee interned with Vivian Westwood and studied at the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Just some of the notable alumni from Central Saint Martins include Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Richard Deacon and Stella McCartney.

Sydney Architects, Designers and the Public were awed with ‘Park Life’.

Just as many pleasure gardens offered miniature mazes to thrill and excite visitors, Lee Broom created his own theatrical experience. ‘Park Life’ was more than just an exhibition, it was a theatrical experience. Visitors were lured into the mysteries of the maze by following a long runway towards a screen of warmly lit Danpalon Facades. Upon reaching the end of the runway, a door displaying the initials ‘LB’ was revealed. Through twists turns, large and small rooms, visitors experienced first-hand the effects of light in design and the romance and mystery that abounded in ‘Park Life’.

The pleasure gardens of Georgian England were an escape. They provided art, music, fine food and beautiful, landscaped gardens and played host to many a ball, masquerades and fireworks. The light and shadows in ‘Park Life’ lend to both the exclusive and more diverse pleasure gardens of 18th century England. London high society were the main attendees at the pleasure gardens however one particular garden in Vauxhall had a lower entry price and attracted a more diverse crowd. Hidden in the darkness were treachery and debauchery.

Lee Broom has been listed in The London Evening as one of the most influential people in London. Other esteemed designers and architects listed included Amanda Levete, Edward Barber, David Adjaye, David Chipperfield and Jay Osgerby. In 2015 Broom was presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Queen.

Broom’s first experience in Australia was as a keynote speaker at Melbourne Fashion Week in 2012. Following on from a whirlwind and highly successful tour of America in 2018, Lee turned his sights back to Australia for the exclusive release of ‘Park Life’. Australia has welcomed Broom and his talents with open arms, quickly becoming Broom’s third largest global market.

Danpal Australia has a range of light architecture and design applications that are only limited by one’s imagination.


SpaceTruss Canopy delivers light without the glare to students

Golden Grove Primary School Courtyard Danpalon Roofing Space Truss System, exceptional suite of polycarbonate cladding and roofing structures from Danpal with a Thickness of 16mm

Danpalon Spacetruss Curved Roofing built for Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School

In the courtyard at Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School, a new system from Danpal has been installed. The Space Truss system is a further development on an already exceptional suite of polycarbonate cladding and roofing structures from Danpal.

All of Danpal’s polycarbonate cladding offer thermal and UV protection. Danpal’s polycarbonate roofing systems can be finished with a range of colours and textures. The canopy panels at Golden Grove were finished with a reflective grey tint that eliminates glare and creates a harmonious glow across the courtyard. Danpal are world leaders in light architecture. This project is yet another example of Danpal roofing systems solving both architectural design and practical needs for the user.

Danpal’s range of roofing and façade systems are strong, durable, watertight (due to mechanical lock joints) and have a proven life-span of 30 years in the harsh Australian environment. Space Truss is pre-engineered for large spans in non-cyclonic areas, making it perfect for the project at Golden Grove. The system required no heavy steel roof framing, reducing the cost of the project and installation disruption times significantly. Other products in the Danpal range are suitable for applications in cyclone areas.

The panels and self-supporting frame were easy to handle during installation, ensuring minimal disruption during school holiday periods.

The Danpal polycarbonate roofing panels span across the courtyard, protecting classrooms on either side of the 17-metre length. Curved Space Truss designs can span up to 45 metres with an astonishingly clean visual appearance, without risking strength or durability.


danpalon roofing spacetruss system created for the Lutheran College

What made this product perfect for this application?

  • Thermal and UV Protection

Children, staff and visitors benefit from UV protection and thermal insulation throughout to year thanks to Danpal panels blocking virtually all harmful UV radiation and having exceptional insulative properties for a lightweight cost-effective material. Danpal polycarbonate in roofing systems, skylights and facades provide superior insulation against the harshest temperature extremes of the summer and winter months.

  • Strong and durable

The Space Truss system features micro-cell technology to increase impact strength while reducing heat and glare. The Danpalon panels suffer no loss of strength and longevity from the screw fixings that are traditionally required in roofing systems. Danpal systems have not only been proven to withstand Australian rain and wind extremes for decades, but they have also demonstrated countless times they can withstand impact from sporting equipment common in school environments.

  • Structurally sound and cost-effective

Space Truss reduces installation time, cost and wastage. The panels are clipped into place at 1040mm cntres, requiring no heavy and expensive steel roof framing or additional safety mesh.

Danpal’s Space Truss system provide unparalleled benefits to users and greatly simplify the process of erecting large scale shade structures. The experts in light architecture Danpal have delivered a magnificent canopy to the staff, children and visitors to Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School that will stand the test of time.

For more information and inspiration on the Space Truss system plus all of Danpal’s other products, please visit the systems section of our website here.



Danpatherm Façade exterior wall cladding panels, bring light and warmth to ‘Little Big House’

Internal Wall Cladding Panels By Danpalon - Danpatherm Facades

Danpatherm Façade exterior wall cladding panel systems

An unconventional take on traditional Tasmanian architecture

Little Big House has the heart of Australia and the soul of Tasmania. Room11 Architects bring light to this design with Danpatherm Façade exterior wall cladding panel systems. Set amongst the picturesque snow-capped birch trees of Mount Wellington, Little Big House showcases light and warmth.

Little Big House is only 17 kilometres from Hobart but sits among the forest canopy at 450 meters above sea level with views of the Derwent River. Megan Baynes and Thomas Bailey of Room11 Architects designed the house for themselves. The house is located on a steep slope between a road and adjoining properties giving the architects plenty of points to consider in their design.

Aesthetics, practicality and a small environmental footprint have been remarkably achieved in Little Big House. Danpatherm features on the western and eastern elevations, allowing abundant diffused light while also offering privacy to building occupants. Danpatherm insulates the interior in cooler months and reduces heat gains in the warmer months. It also provides protection from wind loads high up on the mountain with seamless joints are 100% watertight. Danpatherm is ideal for this project due to its exceptional insulative properties and even light dispersion.

Purposefully designed to be quaint, Little Big House gives a nod to Southern Tasmania’s traditional architecture relative to its immediate environment and landscape. The conventional use of timber is reminiscent of this part of Tasmania’s heritage. The timber feature at the front of the property cleverly frames the entrance.

The clean white walls open up the interiors main living areas while the compact bathroom area provides an iconic contrast in black. Windows are more akin to photo frames filled with birch trees, forest and garden outside.


The seamlessness offered by the Danpatherm Façade system eliminates unattractive joints. As passers-by look towards the house at night, they will see a warm glow as internal light radiates outside while protecting the privacy of those inside.

The simplicity of the Little Big House shape in this organic natural setting creates a brilliant contrast. All wants and needs are catered for (including privacy) across the two levels of the home.

For more inspiring projects using Danpal’s Danpatherm Facades and other products, please click here.

Danpal is Australia’s leader in light architecture. They boast a suite of polycarbonate cladding solutions and inspiration for any project.


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Controlite and Danpal Roofing systems bring thermal energy into the 21st Century

Fluid Solar House - Controlite Louvre system with Danpalon roof cladding. Internal view looking up

Fluid Solar House with Danpal Louvered Roof System

Formerly a renewable energy company, Fluid Solar have built the world’s first 100% renewable, off-the-grid office building. Fluid Solar has been in the business of offering affordable renewable energy solutions and are now proving that residential and commercial buildings can flourish while being 100% off the grid. How have they achieved this? With Danpal’s world-class Controlite and Louvered Roofing systems and Fluid Solar photo-voltaic solar panels and concentrated solar thermal technology.

The 3000 square metre multi-level building provides offices and medical consultation spaces. Users in the space are left wanting for nothing with potable hot water, temperature management, natural daylighting and ventilation.

Grieve Gillett Anderson architects have combined the Controlite Louvre system, with Danpal roof cladding.

What they’ve ended up with is an intelligent system that can respond to the outside environment and which is fully insulated from extreme temperatures. The Controlite system has adjustable louvres to ensure the ultimate comfort and optimal daylight within the building. In this project, the Controlite system can be seen in the atrium above the central foyer. Controlite is in effect a skylight combined with a shading system. What is especially clever is the added use of a Danpal Roofing system above the Controlite, included for an extra layer of insulation and weatherproofing to ensure maximum thermal comfort over a large skylight area.

Fluid Solar is located in Adelaide, Australia where temperatures range between 8 degrees Celsius and over 45 degrees Celsius along with heavy seasonal rainfall. Grieve Gillett Anderson designed the project and it was built by Harrold and Kite. The firm’s sustainability values and goals made the firm an ideal match for the Fluid Solar House project.

The project works in three ways:
1. Smart energy
2. Advanced thermal and solar technology
3. Green building materials

Smart energy: The building is fitted with smart LED lighting and ventilation is incorporated into the design. A thermal energy bank is located under the lower carpark which stores energy for use on days where less power is collected.

Advanced thermal and solar technology: Photo-voltaic thermal solar panels on the roof and the aforementioned thermal energy bank ensure none of Adelaide’s abundant solar radiation resources are wasted. Fluid Solar House provides itself with enough power to run the entire building without being connected to the grid.

Green building materials: What takes this project to the next level is the application of Danpal’s Controlite and Roofing systems. These materials cleverly reduce the need for artificial temperature control. Air-conditioning systems are normally one of the highest ongoing costs of operating a building such as this. However, in this case it will very rarely be needed given the thoughtful design combined with the application of Danpal’s micro-cell polycarbonate cladding.

Fluid Solar, Danpal and Grieve Gillett have well and truly proven that both residential and commercial buildings can deliver function and beauty on zero energy.

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External Wall Cladding Materials raise the standard in light architecture at Port Coogee Marina

external wall cladding materials Port Coogee Marina, Western Australia

Danpalon external wall cladding materials

Using the latest material technology such as Danpalon external wall cladding materials, the experts behind the Port Coogee Marina Estate found the balance between functional spaces and cutting-edge design.

The estate’s apartment building features 50 apartments across five levels overlooking a landscaped public park and the pristine Coogee coastline.

Situated 150 metres from the beach and a world-class marina, Port Coogee Marina Estate offered plenty of inspiration and a few challenges to navigate. The team at M/Constructions, Match property and With Architecture Studio aimed to exceed rather than just meet standard building requirements. The final result speaks for itself.

Match is a boutique property development company with key philosophies to be met for all their projects. Each project should be unique in that it responds directly to its specific environment and landscape. Culture and heritage are essential, as is the lifestyle that the project will offer its residents and community.

M/Constructions are master builders and ideally placed to move the project from foundation to completion (finishing two weeks early). M/Constructions boasts a safe and healthy work environment and expert staff. From removing basement level rock to adding extra stormwater run-off, M/Constructions used their foresight and expertise to meet each challenge presented. Products and materials were chosen specifically for the location. With sea breezes and pristine views of the coastline also came additional considerations for weatherproofing and long-term corrosion protection.

With_Architecture Studio designed the building to provide coastline views from protected balconies and a bold ‘signature’ design with a practical, clean interior. Architect Geoff Warn needed quality materials that offered the best of both worlds to achieve the design intent – the feel of an urban lifestyle situated in a quiet, pristine beachside location. Geoff has extensive experience with Danpalon systems and knew it would be ideal here.

Danpalon was used extensively in stairwells, walls and service risers due to its compatibility with the project brief and philosophies.

• 100% waterproof low maintenance system.
• Microcell technology ensures high durability, even in a coastal location.
• High thermal insulation reduces energy costs and increases thermal comfort.
• Lightweight panels make for simple and efficient installation.
• Codemark-certified manufacturing ensures full quality control.
• Comfortable ambient daylight. The panels capture the light and diffuse it evenly, reducing glare and washing the space in natural light.
• Panels can be illuminated at night to create a ‘lightbox’ effect.
• Available in an array of colours to compliment any design and environment.

Danpalon external wall cladding is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is also durable, weatherproof and energy efficient.

The Port Coogee Marina Estate raises the standard in modern, sustainable, quality coastal and urban living using the most advanced material technology in Australia.

Danpal and Everbright Polycarbonate Glazing Lights up Byford Secondary College

Danpalon Polycarbonate Cladding Glazing Interior, Byford College, Western Australia

Architects use Everbright polycarbonate interior cladding

Architects Donaldson and Warn (now renamed With_Architecture Studio) and Cooper and Oxley builders put their expertise together to bring the $38 million Byford Secondary College project to life in Western Australia. The development features Danpalon polycarbonate interior cladding, roof-lights and vertical glazing on the sports hall interior, as well as Everbright roofing in other areas.

Their design challenges included strict product selection criteria, requiring materials that:

• Met BCA Section J requirements for energy efficiency.
• Provided abundant natural light without any glare.
• Offer high thermal insulation to ensure thermal comfort for occupants.
• Was durable enough to withstand damage by sports equipment.
• Could span a vertical opening 6.8 metres high with a flexible curved frame.

Danpalon polycarbonate systems were used to diffuse light

Byford College Interior Cladding, Translucent Polycarb Roof WA

Danpalon polycarbonate systems were used to diffuse light into the sports hall via roof-lights and high level glazing, bringing light into the area while effectively managing heat transmission and glare. At night the building is transformed into a radiant beacon of light.

The frame of the 1040mm wide facade panels was curved to give the design liveliness and fluidity. A double layered façade system was chosen to maximize thermal insulation and to create a seamless appearance both externally and internally.

Advanced Architectural Products in Western Australia produced shop drawings and carefully fabricated the curved aluminium framing to precise requirements, ensuring the installation process was completed efficiently on-site. Danpalon’s light weight nature for easy handling and simple standing seam connection system made installation quick and cost effective.

The building of the sports hall was completed in June 2016. Since then, it has played host to countless sports teams, students and visitors. All have experienced the awe and beauty of the building’s well-lit but thermally comfortable internal environment. The architects were awarded the AIA WA award for Educational Architecture in 2017 in recognition of the quality of this project.

As with countless global projects over many years, the Danpalon translucent glazing system provided such benefits as:

• Strength from the application of micro-cell technology.
• Protection from ultra-violet radiation.
• Solar and thermal insulation.
• A Codemark-approved waterproof installation.
• Colour options to suit any design.
• Complete visual comfort through translucent glazing.
• Long panel lengths with minimal weight.

Not only do the panels offer protection from damage caused by sports equipment, but also protects from harsh winds and hail damage due to the micro-cell technology in the manufacturing of the panels. Micro-cell technology has more layers and more cells than basic polycarbonate sheets, making Danpalon stronger with enhanced durability.

Glare and heat can cause significant difficulties for all building occupants. The Danpal Seamless Façade panels naturally diffuse light, reducing glare and eliminating visual ‘hot-spots’ for players and those trying to get a good view of the game. Heat management is a major cost for any building. Danpalon polycarbonate panels insulate and reduce the amount of heat transferred to the space, reducing both HVAC costs and increasing user amenity. This benefit fits with Byford Secondary College’s sustainability goals and greatly assisted in achieving compliance with BCA Section J requirements for energy efficiency.

The wave design for the seamless façade system inside the sports hall brings a sense of movement.

The application of Danpalon and Everbright polycarbonate systems at Byford Secondary College have given school staff, students and the wider community an aesthetically pleasing landmark project to use and enjoy for years to come.

Supporting the Blak Box Arts Project at Barangaroo in Sydney

Danpal Polycarb Blak Box Barangaroo Arts Project in Sydney Australia

Danpal polycarbonate panels have been used to bring to life the stories and sounds of Australia’s First Peoples.

Urban Theatre Projects and curator Daniel Browning teamed up with Australian architect Kevin O’Brien to create Blak Box. Kevin was asked to design an easily relocatable lightweight structure that would showcase recorded sound and light design, allowing the user to become fully immersed in a dream-like state within a visually and aurally interesting space.

In a conversation with ABC, Kevin O’Brien explained why the Danpal polycarbonate panels appealed to him as a material choice. “It diffuses light, but it also receives light” (Blueprint for Living, 2018). Danpal panels provide an intriguing visual and textural contrast with the natural environment in which they’re located. Nestled within Sydney’s Barangaroo reserve, the panels picked up sunlight during the day and were spectacularly back-lit with artificial lighting at night. The transition between day and night creates particular visual interest:

“Around sunset when the sun’s hitting it and penetrating it, you get this fabulous kind of watery transparency and it’s those sorts of things that sit in the mind and they make the thing interesting immediately because of the material condition” (Blueprint for Living).

Kevin went on to describe how the artificial lighting design used within the double layered translucent Danpal facade completely transformed the space internally and externally after dusk.

Blak Box at Barangaroo in Sydney on Video, presenting the stunning effects of polycarb


Kevin spent considerable time searching for the ideal daylighting material. As he explained to ABC, he remembered a house while working on the initial design that he had seen almost two decades ago in New Zealand. It had a central room that was reported to be the best room for conversation. The shape and material of the room had resonated with him at the time and he had never forgotten it. He researched the original architect of the house which led him to Stockholm and then finally to Danpal Australia.

The material he needed to properly showcase both natural and artificial light was found. What he didn’t realise at the time was just how visually stunning it would turn out to be and how well it would fit with the other elements of the project’s initial brief.

Blak Box has no floor, thereby promoting direct connection between visitors and the country they are standing on. The lighting system was custom designed for the project to supplement and blend cohesively with natural light during the day, as well as reflect and represent the environment in which it is placed. The sounds used are also reflective of the surroundings in which they are located and will change to reflect the individuality of each site Blak Box travels to.

We are proud to be sponsors of Blak Box and enthusiastic to see where Urban Theatre Projects take it next.
The project was first revealed at Bangaroo Reserve. It will take in the surrounds of Blacktown Showgrounds when it travels there for the Sydney Festival in January and February 2019.

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