THE PARKING GARAGE FEATURE
Innovative Parking Garage Exteriors with Kaynemaile
Creating beautiful and unique parking garage exteriors are easy with Kaynemaile. It is tough and impact resistant, yet flexible enough to be stretched over a frame to execute complex three-dimensional shapes. Unlimited design potential paired with exceptional performance makes Kaynemaile the ideal choice for parking garage exteriors.
Made from high-grade polycarbonate (the same material used in aeroplane windshields and astronaut helmets), Kaynemaile is extremely robust. Weighing close to half a pound per square foot (3kg per m2), the lightweight nature of the mesh is one of the reasons architects, designers and parking garage developers are so excited about the material. It can be used in place of traditional panel products or metal mesh and dramatically cuts the static load on buildings. This means labor costs for installation are reduced, a bonus in todays construction market.
Kaynemaile is not restricted by panel size—screens can be made to any height or width without joins or distracting gaps. This gives you freedom at the design concept stage that other materials don’t. Making screens to the size you need them means less structure, less fixings, and less time on site.
How Kaynemaile works to keep your parking garage cool
Kaynemaile has a unique three-dimensional mesh structure which, significantly reduces both radiant heat through direct sunlight (EMR) and thermal conductive heat from entering the building envelope by up to 70%. This gives you the ability to let daylight in and manage the passive solar gain—all while maintaining visual transparency. Air conditioning system design costs are also reduced.
The three-dimensional mesh structure enables free airflow movement through the mesh providing a cooling effect and keeps buildings well ventilated.
There are 3 key factors at play:
Deflecting sunlight: Kaynemaile has been shown to deflect up to 70% of visible and infrared light waves, which are linked to overheating. Kaynemaile provides an alternative route to solar gain protection. In many environments, shading systems like Kaynemaile have been shown to be even more effective at managing interior temperatures than costly, retrofitted glazing.
Insulative properties: Steel mesh products are highly thermally conductive, so under direct sunlight, their temperature rises, and they transfer radiant heat into the building. In contrast, Kaynemaile mesh is made from a high-grade polycarbonate, which is an insulator. Our mesh remains at a near ambient temperature, even at the height of summer, moderating the thermal environment, and reducing its running costs.
Cooling properties: In our three-dimensional mesh structure, a high proportion of the mesh surface area is always in shade, which helps to control temperatures. In addition, as air passes through the cross-sectional open area, it provides a cooling effect. A typical two-dimensional steel mesh or perforated sheet offers much lower visible open area, significantly less airflow, and higher air temperatures, increasing the building’s overall thermal load.
USA code compliance
In October 2018, Kaynemaile commissioned an independent fire code & engineering analysis of the USA building codes. This review was completed by the Fire protection dept, Jensen Hughes, USA.
This review identified a total of nine NFPA and ASTM fire tests required for the Kaynemaile Architectural Mesh product to be considered “compliant with the 2015 Edition of the International Building Code (IBC) and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, 2018 Edition”.
This review covered both interior finishing and exterior cladding applications.
Kaynemaile undertook these large-scale tests at the SWRI facilities in Texas and are proud to announce we have now successfully completed all the identified tests and are compliant with all these standards.
Detailed information on the tests completed is available here
Solar Shading Pyramids for Westfield Carousel Parking Garage
Kaynemaile worked with Scentre Group Design (who we had worked with previously on the Pacific Fair parking garage) to develop the exterior facade of the multi-level parking garage at Westfield Carousel in Perth, Australia. The three-dimensional design is made up of a series of projecting pyramids which are stretched across a steel sub-frame. The design covers all four sides of the large parking garage building with a total surface area of 650sqm.
The framing was installed first, then Kaynemaile was applied to each rectangular frame. Installation was fast given the scale of the job thanks to our simple fixing systems. The Bronze Kaynemaile mesh was an ideal choice for this project as it glistens in the sun creating a dynamic, shimmering effect. The three-dimensional design along with the shimmering colour are effective in breaking up the very long horizontal facade of the building.
As Western Australia has a sub-tropical climate, using a material that cuts heat but maintains air flow was crucial for the project. Kaynemaile significantly reduces both radiant heat through direct sunlight (EMR) and thermal conductive heat from entering the interior of a building by up to 70%. This gives you the ability to let daylight in and manage the passive solar gain—all while maintaining visual transparency.
Transforming a utilitarian parking garage into a stunning visual landmark
The design for the parking garage at Westfield’s Pacific Fair shopping center at Broadbeach, Australia was inspired from the waves and golden sand of the nearby Pacific Ocean. During the day the sun sparkles off the ten million or so individual rings of the champagne colored front screens. At night the rear layer of translucent sea green colored Kaynemaile mesh creates a rippling wave, highlighted by well-placed architectural lighting and moved by the ocean breeze.
The three-dimensional facade was designed as a series of vertical strips and fabricated to allow for a fast install, ready to go out of the box. This meant the strips could be installed easily at any point along the facade depending on site requirements.
Stephen Simpson, the project design manager sums up this project best:
"Using Kaynemaile really invigorated this project for us. It turned a parking garage into a compelling architectural statement".
Multistory single piece screens
The Agostino Group building in Adelaide, South Australia for Commercial & General was clad using only eight individual Kaynemaile mesh screens – the biggest being 190 foot wide x 52 foot high and completely seamless.
Making large screens with Kaynemaile mesh is possible as the material is incredibly lightweight and can be manufactured in seamless pieces to any size. The large Kaynemaile mesh screens don’t require the same level of fixings or substructure as traditional metal mesh products.
With install speed in mind Kaynemaile designed fixing systems to allow these large screens to be lifted and fixed off in a day, significantly reducing road closures and disruptions to the surrounding neighborhood.
Kaynemaile mesh is now being used to beautify and protect interior and exterior environments globally and is recognized by major players in the design and construction world for its incredible functionality and innovative properties.
Download the Kaynemaile Exterior Tech Sheet
Download the tech sheet for detailed information on Kaynemaile mesh for exterior use and it's solar reduction capabilities.
Pacific Fair Carpark, Gold Coast Australia
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