February 2013

Plastics in Architecture
Spartech’s Royalite® G-50 is used as a wall covering where flame-resistance and safety are a priority.

Several families of polymers, such as polyesters like PETG, perform extremely well even when made with recycled content. PETG is a common glass substitute, finding its way into atriums, fixtures and other displays. It can be a popular choice for environmentally conscious architects and designers. Many of these plastics are certified through third parties, such as the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for their use of recycled materials and other sustainable qualities. These certifications are vital for architects and designers who aim for their buildings to receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more.


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Plastics in Architecture
When is Fiberglass the Right Choice?
Let the light in with plastics in architecture

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When is Fiberglass the Right Choice?

Trying to decide what materials to use for a new structural development project? There are a number of materials to consider when engineering and designing a new structure, and fiberglass reinforced polymers (FRP) could be the right choice. These materials have outstanding properties that are well suited for a variety of environments.

Fiberglass reinforced polymer products weigh 80 percent less than steel, are corrosion resistant, have low conductivity, are nonmagnetic, strong, dimensionally stable and low maintenance. They are often the best choice for structural, architectural and design projects. FRPs are a great solution when other materials are ill-suited mechanically or economically.

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Technical Advisory: PETG Copolymer

PETG copolymer is a clear thermoplastic polyester that is amorphous in all forms. Produced by Eastman Chemical Company, PETG copolymers are generally of two types. The first type is Eastar® PETG 6763. This copolyester resin can be extruded into sheet or film and has a wide acceptance in the medical packaging and graphic arts industries. The second type, Spectar®, is a higher clarity PETG copolymer targeted at the heavy gauge point of purchase/display and industrial markets. Both Eastar® PETG 6763 and Spectar® provide excellent toughness, gloss and chemical resistance and are easy to fabricate and form.

• For more information, see Introduction to Plastics, the IAPD guide to plastic materials and applications.

Let the light in with plastics in architecture

Maximize natural light without compromising material strength, energy savings, design possibilities and fire resistance with plastics in building applications.

Did you know that polycarbonate has an impact strength that is 200 times stronger than glass and 10 times stronger than acrylic?

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More Plastics Resources

Introduction to Plastics is more than an introduction
It's everything you need to know about more than 50 plastic materials commonly used today in industry, signage and visual merchandising, building and construction, and pipe, valves and fittings. This book provides such details about plastics as:

  • Their comparative properties
  • How they're made
  • Appropriate applications
  • Processing and fabrication techniques

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Get to know your distributor

IAPD distributors are your best source for finding materials for your application.

Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.

The IAPD Magazine is online

IAPD is pleased to announce the digital edition of the December 2012/January 2013 issue of The IAPD Magazine, featuring a special focus on plastics in heavy construction applications.

The digital issue is easy to read on computers, laptops and tablet devices and can even be viewed on smartphones.

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Designing with Plastics is published by the International Association of Plastics Distribution. While every effort has been made for accuracy, IAPD encourages you to verify information with a plastics distributor to ensure you select the correct plastic products to meet your needs.