More than just a pretty face: Polycarbonate sheet technologies from Bayer provide security without restricting design

Dallas, October 29, 2014 — Large, metropolitan regions are not only hubs for commercial construction, but they are also the areas that are most vulnerable to attacks and catastrophic losses from natural disasters, like tornados or hurricanes. Whether renovating or building new structures, protection of occupants and assets has become a top priority for today’s architects. The latest generation of high-performance plastics from Bayer MaterialScience LLC is being used by builders for security and protection, while providing the design flexibility and energy efficiency desired in modern façades.

Bayer’s range of adaptable, attractive and economical Hygard® polycarbonate laminate technologies provide all-in-one blast, ballistics, forced-entry and severe-storm protection for new construction or security-upgrade retrofits.

  • Hygard® security laminates offer high-performing, versatile solutions for a wide variety of glazing applications.
  • Lightweight, transparent Hygard® EX explosion-resistant panels enable appealing architectural aesthetics and comply with energy-efficiency requirements for fenestration products.
  • For those seeking a complete façade system, Bayer developed the Hygard® Sentinel structural façade – a fully-engineered solution that combines the aesthetics, daylighting and impact resistance of its Hygard laminate panels with a high-strength, energy-absorbing steel mounting structure. This façade system establishes a new level of blast resistance, especially useful for protecting mission critical buildings and other structures with limited stand-off distance.

The Hygard® EX panels and Hygard® Sentinel system meet and exceed federal government blast hazard mitigation standards for the GSA, Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State.

Polycarbonate makes it possible

“With our tough, durable, lightweight and transparent Makrolon® polycarbonate at the core, the Hygard® systems allow building planners to adapt their designs to meet specific project requirements, knowing that the end result will be a safe and secure structure,” said Karl Wiecking, emerging markets manager, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “These systems ensure exteriors that are tough enough to meet government requirements for blast hazard management, while offering practical benefits like climate control savings.”

Bayer will highlight these polycarbonate laminate technologies for building security and protection at its booth (#413) at Facades+. The conference, presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos, takes place Oct. 30-31 in Dallas.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

Bayer Contact:

Cindy Race, Phone: 413-528-7812
cindy.race@bayer.com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience's Hygard EX® polycarbonate laminate panels and Hygard Sentinel® façade system, call 1-800-628-5084 or visit www.sheffieldplastics.com.

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