Translucent Daylighting Facade Systems

When implementing a high-performance daylighting strategy, choose a total system that works best for each project
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Sponsored by CPI Daylighting – A Kingspan Light + Air Company
By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP


Daylighting provides significant benefits to people and buildings. New and improved products and materials that address the latest concepts in good daylighting design provide architects with exciting new design opportunities. In particular, high-performance two-panel polycarbonate systems can combine the best of translucent daylighting with clear-view glazing. As a complete, coordinated system, the end result can be a striking building facade that meets both the design and performance requirements for buildings of all types.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a practicing architect, green building consultant, continuing education presenter, and prolific author engaged nationwide in advancing building performance through better design.

CPI Daylighting, a Kingspan Light + Air company logo. CPI Daylighting, a Kingspan Light + Air company, is an award-winning innovator of translucent daylighting technology for high-performance building envelopes, specializing in walls, skylights, and canopies. As a pioneer and leader of the industry, we are committed to advancing daylighting design and inspiring architects to push the envelope.


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Originally published in Architectural Record