What is Kalwall?
Museum-Quality Daylighting | Highly Insulating | Load Capacity, Codes and Certification | Details and Technical Summaries | Assembly and Installation | Operation and Maintenance | Availability and Cost | The Daylighting Story | The Inspiration, The Original, The Innovator | Email
|Metea Valley High School, Aurora, IL
DLR Group, Architects
Photo by James Steinkamp
Kalwall can be all or part of the walls or roof of any building or be an entire freestanding structure. Typical configurations and systems include Wall/Window Systems, Skylights, Clearspan™ Skylights/Skyroof®, Walkways/Canopies, Window Replacements, and Complete Structures.
Kalwall is NOT a plastic, polycarbonate or glass. It is far superior in integrity, performance and value to products that superficially may appear similar. Kalwall's primary element is a structural composite sandwich panel formed by permanently bonding, under heat and pressure, specially formulated, fiberglass-reinforced translucent faces to a grid core constructed of interlocked, structural aluminum/composite, thermally broken "I" beams. The panels can be curved or flat, 2-3/4 inches (70mm) or 4 inches (100 mm) thick.
|The David Geffen Foundation Building, Beverly Hills, CA
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
Tom Bonner Photography
Kalwall dates back to 1955 to the invention of the translucent, true sandwich panel by inventor and company founder Robert Keller. No other company in the world has dedicated more years, resources, creativity and innovation into the science and art of daylighting. Kalwall provides building designers and owners with the most advanced technologies in the world to fulfill their own visions of creating better buildings.
Here is an 8-point introduction to the dynamic world of daylighting with Kalwall…
1. Museum-Quality Daylighting™
The process of tapping into the free energy of the sun to effectively illuminate a space is the art and science of daylighting. Kalwall has the unique ability to fill a space with well-balanced, diffused, natural daylight. Millions of prismatic glass fibers imbedded in Kalwall's face sheets refract sunlight to provide a balanced, diffuse wash of glare-free, usable light.
|Crocker Art Museum
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
Bruce Damonte Photography
The positive impact of proper daylighting upon building occupants is well proven. Kalwall's properties are receiving more recognition than ever as medical science continues to proclaim the significant positive role that exposure to daylight plays in the general health and well being of all living things.
2. Kalwall Is Highly Insulating
Kalwall is exceptional at reducing thermal heat/cooling loss and controlling solar heat gain to deliver significant savings in HVAC costs while creating a more balanced and comfortable space. During the manufacturing process, the panels are infilled with translucent insulation in various densities, including the revolutionary Kalwall+ LumiraTM aerogel. Optional thermally broken panels yield the ultimate in energy performance and condensation control. U-factor performance ranges from a standard .29 to include options from .53 to .05. Unlike gas-filled technology, which eventually leaks out, Kalwall's highly insulating properties remain constant.
3. Load Capacity, Codes and Certification
The structural integrity of Kalwall building systems significantly outperforms other products that may appear to be similar. Stringent testing, demanding code compliance, and advanced engineering result in proven performance that stands up to hurricane-force winds and the rigors of virtually any climate world-wide!
Kalwall products are linked to building code-, insurance-, designer-, and owner-driven performance requirements. They are tested and approved to meet or exceed the most demanding requirements and field-proven in virtually every climate. Kalwall is engineered and manufactured to these optional standards…
Kalwall's impressive quality control, product design and engineering are driven by standards that ensure life-safety, product durability and an ongoing commitment to meeting and exceeding the most demanding requirements to endure the life cycle demands of the buildings. Anatomy of the Kalwall panel.
Factory Mutual approved Class I Wall and Roof Systems for unsprinklered buildings
FM approved for Pressure Venting Systems
U.L. tested and listed
South Florida Hurricane Systems developed, (Windborne Debris compliant)
ICC-ES requirements of "Criteria for Sandwich Panels and Systems" AOC177
AAMA 1503.1-88 tested for air and water infiltration, structural integrity and overall thermal properties
NFRC thermal and solar certification
UFC 4-010-01 DoD Anti-Terrorism Specifications
European Technical Approval certificates for CE mark
4. Details and Technical Summaries
Complete CAD details, 3-part specifications and technical summaries are available on this web site or by contacting Kalwall directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Technical Service Department is eager to assist and Kalwall personnel are available worldwide to become a key member of your team during the design stages of a project. The support, people and expertise of Kalwall are considered an invaluable resource by the most noted architectural and design firms.
5. Assembly and Installation
All Kalwall Systems are pre-engineered and factory prefabricated to the greatest extent practical, delivering the ultimate in quality control. Large, lightweight modular units are created in the factory to eliminate most field joints. Installation costs and time are reduced and performance greatly enhanced. Although Kalwall panels are created from standard specifications, a wide variety of options are available to meet the needs of every application. Every system is job-specific, factory-fabricated to precise specifications.
|Prefabricated curtainwall panels arrive by the truckload,
factory pre-finished and ready to install.
|No need for cranes; a come-along-scaffolding scales
the building and panels are lifted into place.
6. Operation and Maintenance
Kalwall is as maintenance-free as it gets! Unlike glass, natural rainfall is all that's needed to keep the surface clean and streak-free. Kalwall is also shatterproof and highly vandal-resistant. The exclusive glass veil erosion preventer overcomes periodic maintenance. Graffiti is easily removed. With minimal care, Kalwall systems will perform for decades.
7. Availability and Cost
Since 1955, Kalwall has been renowned for its quality, performance, engineering expertise, aesthetic value and total company integrity. But there is even more to the Kalwall story. The cost effectiveness of this lightweight, highly durable, unique translucent building panel technology is unparalleled. Kalwall is also more affordable. From initial purchase price to installation costs, maintenance and energy savings, Kalwall is the most affordable solution to countless design challenges.
The process of beginning to estimate a job is as simple as contacting Kalwall. Real people -- helpful, experienced, and fully qualified are ready to go to work for you. Contact us at email@example.com to begin the process of connecting with Kalwall field sales and support personnel throughout North America and most of the world.
8. The Daylighting Story
|U.S. Pavilion at the 1958 World's Fair, Brussels, Belgium
Designed by Edward Durell Stone
Kalwall's many "firsts" in the composites industry:
|New York Hall of Science,
Polschek Partnership, Architects
|St. Louis Priory Chapel,
St. Louis, MO
Designed by Gyo Obata, FAIA, of HOK, Inc.
|Pavilion for Japanese Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Bruce Goff; Architect: Bart Prince
The world's most talented and renowned architects continue to expand the horizons of design with their imaginative use of Kalwall. From the genius of Edward Durrell Stone's monumental Skyroof at the U.S. Pavilion in Brussels (1958), to Philip Johnson's imaginative New York State Pavilion Skyroof (1964), to Gyo Obata's monumental St. Louis Abbey (1970) to James Polshek's inspiring New York Hall of Science (2004)… there really is no "equal"…
Kalwall: The Inspiration, The Original, The Innovator
Kalwall spans the present and reaches into the future! Imitators have tried and failed the test of time, and others will try again. Kalwall stands alone as the sole inventor/developer of the world's leading insulated, translucent sandwich panel. With over five decades of research and development, product refinement and proven performance, no one can match the total integrity of Kalwall and its product… and performance and aesthetic advances continue.
There may be times and applications when the products of other companies are considered as a possible substitute. But no one else can deliver the performance and integrity of genuine Kalwall; yesterday, today and tomorrow! In the world of daylighting, Kalwall will be there… Light-years Ahead!™
For immediate assistance, Call 800-258-9777 (N. America) +1-603-627-3861 (International)
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Copyright Kalwall 2012.
Kalwall and Skyroof are registered trademarks of Kalwall Corporation.
Museum-quality Daylighting, Clamp-tite and Light-years Ahead are trademarks of Kalwall Corporation.
Clearspan is a trademark of Structures Unlimited, Inc.
LumiraTM aerogel is a registered trademark of Cabot Corporation.