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Skylights

Product Description

Overview/Information

Skylights are horizontal windows or domes placed at the roof of buildings, often used for daylighting. Skylight systems admit more light per unit area than windows, and distribute it more evenly over a space due to their positioning in a building.

High quality, energy efficient skylights are an important part of building today's environment homes and buildings. The effect that natural light has on people physically, emotionally and psychologically has been well documented.

Available in various geometric shapes, Unicel Architectural skylight framing systems features a steady rain-screen system providing proper drainage and ventilation, while an internal condensation gutter is integrated into the profiles, for natural evaporation. Also, the polyshim sealing joint acts as a hermetic shield against air and vapor infiltration. The thermal break between interior and exterior profiles provides a good transmission coefficient.

Made of aluminum profiles with concealed stainless steel fasteners, the skylight structures feature snap-on cover plates of various shapes, which lead to a wide range of combinations for both commercial and residential use.

As a market-leading skylight manufacturer, Unicel also provides turnkey solutions to daylight control challenges, incorporating sunshade systems and Vision Control® panels into the skylight structures. Thanks to its tremendous thermal performance, Vision Control® insulated louvered glazing helps to reduce power consumption and saves on capital cost and annual operational energy cost. Therefore, architectural projects that use Vision Control® in skylight structures can earn LEED credits.

The optimum number of skylights (usually quantified as "effective aperture") varies according to climate, latitude, and the characteristics of the skylight, but is usually 4-8% of floor area. The thermal performance of skylights is affected by stratification, i.e. the tendency of warm air to collect in the skylight wells, which in cool climates increases the rate of heat loss. During warm seasons, skylights with Vision Control® shading systems will help minimize internal heat problems by controlling the percentage of rays entering the building.