THE CARPARK FEATURE
Cooling car parks with Kaynemaile-Armour
Kaynemaile has reimagined two thousand-year-old chainmail into a unique architectural façade product called Kaynemaile-Armour now specified and installed on car parks around the world. Kaynemaile-Armour gives significant solar reduction combined with a wide scope for design — all while maintaining visual transparency.
One of the unique properties of Kaynemaile-Armour is its solar reduction. By protecting the building from direct sunlight and not restricting the cooling effects of air movement, Kaynemaile-Armour significantly reduces the total energy costs required to cool a building in hot climates.
The three-dimensional mesh structure means a high proportion of the mesh surface area is always in shade, giving a cooling effect as the air passes through the cross-sectional open area. It significantly reduces both radiant and thermal conductive heat from entering the building envelope by up to 70%. Unlike steel mesh products which act as conductive energy stores, Kaynemaile-Armour mesh remains at a near ambient temperature protecting the building from heat conduction.
Made from high-grade polycarbonate (the same material used in aeroplane windshields and astronaut helmets), Kaynemaile-Armour is extremely robust and impact resistant. Weighing just 3kgs per square metre means it doesn’t need the same level of structure and fixings required for metal façade equivalents.
Kaynemaile-Armour was recently installed on the Loma Linda University car park facade in San Bernardino, California. The hot, dry climate of San Bernardino meant sun protection and airflow were critical requirements in the design. With a fast install time and simple fixing details Kaynemaile-Armour exceeded the project requirements — providing enhanced air flow through beautiful louver-like strips.
Kaynemaile's ability to make one-piece multi-story screens makes for a fast install - cutting labour costs down significantly. The material's light weight means handling on site is quick and easy. If our standard systems don't suit a facade concept then our team of specialised designers and fabricators collaborate with our customers on the perfect solution.
Technical Benefits at a glance
Kaynemaile-Armour mesh façade system can significantly reduce both radiant heat through direct sunlight (EMR) and thermal conductive heat from entering the interior of a building. This gives you the ability to let daylight in and manage the passive solar gain within the building envelope — all while maintaining visual transparency.
Stronger and lighter than glass. It weighs 3kg per m2 making it a perfect choice where a low static load on buildings is required. Plus our light weight mesh makes handling on site easy.
Our mesh is made from the highest performing thermoplastic (the same material used in aeroplane windshields and astronaut helmets). It is extremely robust and impact resistant. Thermally stable from -40°C to 120°C (-40°F up to 248°F).
For more information on fire resistance and other benefits of our mesh, visit our Technical page.
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