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    Translucent replacement window panels provide a high quality and cost effective alternative for schools, factories, public transit facilities and commercial building owner. In this web page learn how these glare free panels can reduce energy and lighting costs – while simultaneously increasing productivity and reducing vandalism.

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    Benefits

    Benefits of Translucent Replacement Window Panels for Schools, Factories, Warehouses and other Commercial Properties

    Old windows in commercial, industrial and educational buildings can result in higher energy and maintenance costs and make it difficult for students and employees alike to be productive. Energy saving translucent window systems can provide these advantages over old factory and school windows:

    School classroom with Kalwall translucent windows and operable aluminum hopper windows for ventilation
    School classroom with translucent insulated windows and operable aluminum hopper windows for ventilation
    Warehouse windows at Central Ohio Transit Authority are using Kalwall diffuse light transmitting system
    Warehouse windows at Central Ohio Transit Authority are using a diffuse light transmitting system
    Translucent wall panels at this Cleveland railyard provide soft light transmission with energy efficiency
    Translucent wall panels at this Cleveland railyard provide soft light transmission with energy efficiency

    Reduce heating and cooling costs – Old windows provide poor insulation values.  Our translucent windows have U value options from .53 to .05 (or R values from 1.88 to 20). Use this product to save on heating and cooling costs in cities like Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

    Glare-free diffused, usable daylighting eliminates the need for curtains or shades – Screen out glare, harmful sunlight and UV rays. In schools and workplaces it will be easier to work and view computer screens. Even on a cloudy day more balanced diffused daylight creates a positive effect on attitude and productivity.

    Different shaped new or replacement window panels can accommodate different shaped opening or building penetrations – It can be very difficult finding windows to go around air conditioning units, pipes or other openings. These translucent panels can achieve this objective with style!

    Different colored panels can provide a decorative look for a classroom or building.

    Reduced lighting costs and controlled solar gain.

    Maintenance free – there is no need to scrape, paint or wash these windows.

    Shatterproof and vandal resistant

    Environmentally sound green building material that contributes to LEED certified projects – Translucent insulated windows and wall panels can contribute to optimized energy performance as a highly insulated light-transmitting system. The product contains approximately 20% recycled content.

    Quick installation system and service – Translucent wall panels can be installed one room at a time from the inside or outside to minimize disruption. Panels are factory prefabricated and built to the size and specifications of each opening and can be installed by our professional installation team.

    Insulated wall panels are made to match up to lower level glass block windows
    Insulated wall panels are made to match up to lower level glass block windows
    This Cleveland Ohio public power plant uses very long wall panels to provide high security and move light inside the building
    This Cleveland Ohio public power plant uses very long wall panels to provide high security and move light inside the building
    Large expanses can be covered with these energy efficient wall panels – Hiram College Gymnasium
    Large expanses can be covered with these energy efficient wall panels – Hiram College Gymnasium
    Products

    Product Options – Translucent Window Panels

    Description of a Translucent Window Panel

    Translucent window and wall panels are a structural composite "sandwich" which is created by permanently bonding (under heat and pressure) specifically formulated fiberglass reinforced translucent faces to a grid core which is made of interlocked structural aluminum I beams. These I beams are thermally broken. This product is not made of plastic, polycarbonate or glass. The panel can have increased insulating properties by adding translucent spun glass "batts" or aerogel.

    Kalwall panels overview

    Product Thickness and Size Options

    Window panels can range from 1", 1 9/16", 2 3/4" and 4" thicknesses. Standard panels sizes are 4' to 5' long and spans can vary based on material thicknesses, the internal core size and whether the orientation of the window will be horizontal or vertical. Engineering can help you to specify the correct final size and shape.

    1” thick panel system being installed in a Cleveland, Ohio
    1” thick panel system being installed in a Cleveland Ohio insurance business with an opening with a limited amount of depth
    Kalwall panel
    Light diffusing insulated panels with different grid colors
    Kalwall panels
    1" and 2 3/4" thick window panels 

    Shapes and Window Protrusions

    Many industrial and commercial retrofit windows are not all square or rectangular in shape. This is not a problem for our window and wall panel system. Window can be engineered in rounded shapes or spaces can be predetermined to allow for pipes or mechanical systems to extend out from the windows.

    Exterior view of protrusions of translucent window panels
    Exterior view of protrusions of translucent window panels
    Interior view of mechanical systems being vented through translucent window panels
    Interior view of mechanical systems being vented through translucent window panels

    Where to use Translucent Replacement Windows – schools, factories, public facilities, offices, industrial warehouses

    Translucent panels can be used in many commercial, industrial factories, schools and distribution facilities. Here are just a few examples.

    Hiram College running track
    Hiram College running track
    Large windows at a Cleveland factory
    Large windows at a Cleveland factory
    Large translucent window panels at the Central Ohio Transit Authority
    Large translucent window panels at the Central Ohio Transit Authority

    Color Options for Translucent Replacement Windows

    The standard colors for these wall panels are white and crystal (note – the crystal inside and outside color combination provides the most light transmission) – but there are a wide variety of other colors possible.

    Multi colored translucent panels for effect
    Multi colored translucent panels for effect
    Rosa colored panels in a Cleveland Waste Disposal facility
    Rosa colored panels in a Cleveland Waste Disposal facility
    FAQ

    9 Frequently Asked Questions about Translucent Insulated Replacement Window Panels

    1) Where can we use these windows?
    Translucent replacement window panels can be used in gymnasiums, hospitals, classrooms, libraries, warehouses, factories, transit stations and museums to name just a few.

    Hiram College gymnasium window panels reduce energy costs, minimize glare and cut UV light.
    Hiram College gymnasium window panels reduce energy costs, minimize glare and cut UV light.
    This granite fabrication factory is well lit, secure and more productive with translucent window panels.
    This granite fabrication factory is well lit, secure and more productive with translucent window panels.
    The Kalwall system provides an excellent daylighting system to allow softer light and air flow for students in this Cleveland Ohio elementary school.
    Translucent window panels provide excellent daylighting to allow softer light and air flow for students in this Cleveland Ohio elementary school.

    2) What is the thickness of the window panels? How large are the panels? How long of a span is possible?
    Our panels are available in 1" (for window glazing only), 1 9/16", 2 3/4" and 4" thicknesses. Standard panel sizes are 4' and 5' – although other widths are available. Span sizes will vary based on the thickness (thicker panels can span longer distances), the internal grid core size and the orientation (vertical or horizontal) of the panels. The span without a stiffener can range from approximately 12 feet (for the 2" thick) to approximately 20 feet (with the 3 1/4" thicknesses). It is possible to do very long window runs by putting stiffeners between spans as well.

    Tall exterior translucent window panels at Cleveland Public Power
    Tall exterior translucent window panels at Cleveland Public Power
    Long window panel at an Cleveland Industrial factory
    Long window panel at an Cleveland Industrial factory

    3) Can these windows be ventilated for use in classrooms, office or recreational facilities?
    Yes – aluminum windows can be incorporated to give you the best of both worlds – ventilation with the lighting and energy efficiency benefits of translucent insulated panels.

    Elementary school with Kalwall panels and operable windows
    Elementary school with insulating panels and operable windows
    Inside view of operable air vents in translucent panel system in a school
    Inside view of operable air vents in translucent panel system in a school

    4) Are different grid patterns available for the panels?
    Yes – The names of the standard grids are "shoji" (a vertical pattern) and "reverse shoji" (a horizontal layout). Optional grids are Verti-Kal (which have vertical lines only) and Tuckerman (which has a stacked bond look of glass blocks) or even patterns which can be made to mimic glass blocks.

    Stacked bond pattern in storefront replacement windows
    “Tuckerman” stacked bond pattern in storefront replacement windows
    Shogi vertical pattern panels in 2 small replacement windows
    Shogi vertical pattern panels in 2 small replacement windows
    Close up of reverse shogi horizontal wall panel
    Close up of reverse shogi horizontal wall panel

    5) Can we get colors in the windows for a unique style and design? Does the color of panels impact the amount of light transmission?
    Yes – the panels are available in limitless color palettes. Your choice of color does impact light transmission (see the chart below). The standard colors are white and crystal (the crystal inside and outside color combination provides the most light transmission).

    Multi colored translucent panels for effect
    Multi colored translucent panels for effect
    Rosa colored panels in a Cleveland Waste Disposal facility
    Rosa colored panels in a Cleveland Waste Disposal facility

    6) How does your system compare in cost to other commercial and industrial window systems?
    There are many options to consider for commercial windows ranging from glass block windows to insulated glass aluminum window systems. Translucent insulated panel systems generally have a more costly initial purchase price but their energy and light diffusing benefits create quick economic paybacks through lower heating, cooling and lighting costs and improved worker productivity.

    7) Can translucent window and wall panels solve the problem of too much heat gain, lost productivity, and fading caused by too much sunlight?
    Yes. Our manufacturing partner has been the leader in daylight modeling to improve inside building environments for workers, students, or anyone entering a commercial, educational or institutional building. These panels are highly insulating, diffuse light transmitting system it can solve lighting and energy cost challenges at the same time.

    Translucent panels provide diffused natural light to keep provide light without excessive heat in this Cleveland industrial facility
    Translucent panels provide diffused natural light to keep provide light without excessive heat in this Cleveland industrial facility
    Heat gain is minimized above this gym and running track
    Heat gain is minimized above this gym and running track
    Window panels in this transit station keep travelers comfortable
    Window panels in this transit station keep travelers comfortable

    8) How significant can my energy cost savings be?
    Since our system is custom designed for your application you can choose the range of R or U insulation values desired from a U of .53 to a U of .05. 

    9) Are these windows time consuming to install? Do they have the strength to hold up against vandals and bad weather conditions?
    Since these systems are factory fabricated and installed by factory trained technicians they are not time consuming to install.

    Translucent window panels have superior strength vs. standard glass systems. They are formulated by attaching fiberglass reinforced translucent faces to a grid core made of interlocked structural aluminum composite thermally broken I-beams for superior strength, insulation, and light diffusion. These systems cannot only be designed to withstand hurricane-force winds but the interior and exterior faces are shatterproof as well. They are an excellent addition in high risk and vandalism areas.

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