IllumaWALL, LEED, Transparent Wall, LEDs
IllumaWALL, LEED, Transparent Wall, LEDs

Meditation Room in Blacksburg VA, Virginia Tech Design Team for ABC’s Extreme Makeover

We’ve been singing the praises of daylighting and translucent architecture ever since we began preaching the green design gospel here at Inhabitat. Using translucent daylight panels, you can fill your house with diffused sunlight during the day — aiding your health and well-being, and cutting down your electricity bills at the same time. There are plenty of building companies that have been making polycarbonate, nanogel-filled “Daylighting Panels” for awhile now, but Duo-Gard is the first company to push the envelope to its logical conclusion by bringing colored LED lights into the mix.

With Duo-Gard’s new IllumaWALL, you can flood your house with daytime sunlight AND make it glow like a colorful lantern after dusk in uneartly colors like green and pink. If you’re really ostentatious, you can even liven up the neighborhood with a pulsating spectrum of pink, yellow, green, and blue. Add in your favorite musical tracks and you’ve got yourself a party.

Made of translucent polycarbonate panels and custom-programmable LED’s, the applications for IllumaWALL seem both endless and endlessly entertaining. The array of Duo-Gard’s IllumaWALL’s colorful lighting schemes is made possible by the programming capabilities of LED’s, whose versatile nature can transform the wall from steady ambient glow to a light show of pulsating colors in seconds.

Current applications include both interior and exterior walls, as a canopy roof, and a countertop. As a simple exterior wall, the LEED applications are obvious, as the translucency of the IllumaWALL system allows diffused daylight into any space while minimizing both heat gain and glare. Architectural Record and Buildings Magazine sung the praises of IllumaWall this past December, including IllumaWALL on their list of top products of 2006.

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  1. »... May 6, 2007 at 2:39 pm

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  2. liz koerner March 25, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    hey, how come nobody sees the problem with making walls out of polycarbonate plastic?
    it’s made from petroleum (not sustainable). it leaches bisphenol-a, a carcinogen. what about the large amount of energy and money needed to produce it? then there is the problem with insulation. how much energy will be lost because it doesn’t provide good isulation? also, it looks really tacky.
    sky-lights, windows and solar panels make much more sense.

  3. Farzaneh March 23, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Friend,

    I do search about intelligent materials in building technology and building envelopes. Facade of buildings has a lot to say and transform as a show fabric. Would you mind kindly instruct me through net and inside famous univirsity/non-uni research istitutes?



  4. Lindsay P. March 20, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    I really like the green colour…. it’s definately sexy. And the idea is great too, natural sunlight is always the way to go.

  5. Joe Meredith January 17, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    This looks great, I am in the process of designing two different shopping centers in the Sacramento California area and I am certainly interested in getting all the info you will send me on these panels.
    Meredith Development Co. LLC

  6. Jill January 17, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Linda-

    Sorry we originally left out the label on this photo. Thanks for chiming in and explaining the building. I’ve just labelled it – I hope that helps. Congrats on a great product – we allo look forward to using it someday.


  7. Linda Byam January 17, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Mr. Krapp,

    It does indeed look similar because Nanogel-filled polycarbonate panels were used in both projects. The Duo-Gard project pictured is the Meditation Room in Blacksburg VA, designed by the Virginia Tech School of Architecture Design Team for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. We worked with Joe Wheeler on that. That identifying information is proudly included in our photo caption, which isn’t always picked up when folks show illumaWALL. We’re also proud to see ourselves in Inhabitat. Thank you, Evelyn!

    Best regards,
    Linda Byam, Marketing Director
    Duo-Gard Industries Inc.

  8. James Krapp January 17, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Looks very similar to the construction used in the solar decathalon by VT…

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