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THE DAYLIGHT JOURNAL HELLO DAYLIGHT!

Why you can continue to rely on AG.Plastics in the future.

THE DAYLIGHT JOURNAL HAS LIFT-OFF!

l. to r. Frank Wolfvelde, Jean Glorieux, Dimitri De Bue, Jan Desmet, Bernard Delbarre, Dieter Pillen and Tom Vandamme

“Dear customer or building professional,

CONFIDENCE: EVEN IN TURBULENT WATERS

Congratulations, you are reading the very first issue of The Daylight Journal! I’m delighted you are, because I’m certain that our brand-new newspaper can help support you in your business. The Daylight Journal also fits in with the new ‘Hello Daylight’ story that we want to get across to you – a story about the world’s cheapest and healthiest resource: daylight.

In actual fact, my aim is to turn the spotlight on you, because it is thanks to you that AG.Plastics is where it is today. I would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of our 220 employees for the confidence you have always shown in us as we have worked together, year after year. Working with one another like this makes us a strong team – which is a good thing.

This newspaper fits in with a broader story that AG.Plastics will be telling from now on. Using the motto ‘Hello Daylight’, we are launching a campaign that emphasises the many benefits of daylight – and how the products made by AG.Plastics can bring this daylight free of charge into our everyday lives. The campaign itself will be focused mainly on both consumers and professionals, so you will be hearing a lot more about it in construction magazines, online and on the radio. In addition to the benefits of daylight, ‘Hello Daylight’ also revolves around you. ‘Hello’ is the start of a conversation that we will enjoy having with you. Not only via this newspaper, but also via the channels you are familiar with. In other words: we are standing by ready to help you.

Read more on p. 2

PRODUCT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SKYLUX WINDOW

The superinsulating window that lets in the maximum light Skylux Window is the latest addition to our light domes. This particular light dome guarantees maximum light. You can combine this window with any of the domes from our range. Skylux Window is totally airproof,

waterproof and provides optimum protection against break-ins or heavy objects falling in. See the other qualities of Skylux Window on p. 3

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I have also been pleasantly surprised to see that your confidence has stood the test of the more difficult times recently. As most of you know, 2014 was a difficult year. Both for AG.Plastics and for me personally. The death of my father was a huge blow. Following in the footsteps of Rik Glorieux, who built up the company from nothing, is no small beer. I realise that I still have many years of hard work ahead of me before I get anywhere near what my father achieved. However I can assure you that I will be working on it day and night. CONTINUING ON THE SAME PATH

In the 11 years that I have been working with the company myself, I learnt a great deal from the ‘quiet strength’ of my father. We intend to continue full steam ahead with the team that AG.Plastics has built up over the years. And we can only make that intention come true because – more than ever – we know we have the right people in the right place. FACING STORMY WEATHER TOGETHER

I also have another reason for wanting to thank you. In 2014, after June’s hailstorm, you continued to believe in AG.Plas-

tics, even though we didn’t do very well in terms of service. This natural disaster was a poisoned chalice for us: the vast amount of damage it caused meant that demand for our products rose at a rapid and unsustainable rate. Even our suppliers couldn’t keep up with demand. As a result, we were not always able to offer you the service you are entitled to expect of us. Thanks to your patience and trust in us, we came through the ordeal stronger than ever. Today, we are prepared for adversity like never before: our production and storage capacity have been increased further. The fact that you are relying on AG.Plastics today strengthens my faith in the future. You can rest assured: we will continue to develop new products and fine-tune our service continually. It will enable you to anticipate the wishes and needs of your customers even better than before. On behalf of the entire management board at AG.Plastics, I wish you lots of bright viewing and reading enjoyment!” Jean Glorieux Managing Director AG.Plastics

The staff at AG.Plastics are standing by every day to bring daylight into your life.

3 smart

answers

to frequently asked questions.

1 WHY DO I NEED A PVC UPSTAND FOR A DOME? This is because there must be a distance of at least 15 cm between the underside of the light dome and the upper surface of the roof covering. Therefore water splashes cannot reach the dome and it remains free of moisture and condensation. A Skylux PVC upstand compensates for this gap. It also has the same stretch coefficient as the dome. The result is a stable base, which means that the dome cannot be cracked or broken either.

2 CAN I BURN ROOFING ON A PVC UPSTAND? Yes, because PVC does not burn. The internal honeycomb structure of the PVC also ensures that it does not distort when heated. So you can install this type of upstand using cold roof covering – known as cold gluing – as well as by heating the roofing. This enables you to incorporate a PVC upstand into the roof without any problem – and it’s waterproof, too!

3 CAN I USE OPENING ALUMINIUM WINDOWS IN DAMP AREAS? No, aluminium is a thermal conductor. If you use an aluminium window in a moist or warm space, such as a bathroom, you are guaranteed to get condensation. So don’t think that the light dome is leaking – it’s only drops of condensation forming. How do you prevent this problem? Opt for PVC windows in these spaces, because they do not conduct heat. LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS? AG.PLASTICS IS STANDING BY TO HELP YOU! JUMP ONLINE TO WWW.AGPLASTICS.COM | E-MAIL US AT INFO@AGP.BE | CALL US ON +32 (0)56/20 00 00 |

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THE DAYLIGHT JOURNAL IS PUBLISHED BY AG.PLASTICS, SPINNERIJSTRAAT 100, B-8530 STASEGEM | TEL: +32 (0)56 20 00 00 | WWW.AGPLASTICS.COM | INFO@AGP.BE PUBLISHERS: JAN DESMET AND DIETER PILLEN | CONCEPT & CREATION: FOCUS ADVERTISING | PHOTOGRAPHY: BEELDCOLLECTIEF | ALL OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS NEWSPAPER WAS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF GOING TO PRESS AND HAS BEEN ASSEMBLED WITH THE GREATEST CARE. AG.PLASTICS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS.


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Three-wall, four-wall & five-wall light domes are becoming the norm

Calculate the U value your light d of o www.agpla me at stics.com

Installing a roof light dome and yet want to be able to insulate the space properly? Then in many cases a double-wall light dome will not be sufficient. If the space does not meet EPB requirements when there is too high a U value, your customer may even risk a hefty fine. Make sure your customer doesn’t get an unpleasant surprise and opt for the three-wall, four-wall, five-wall or super-insulating EP domes from AG.Plastics. Each additional inner wall provides a lower U value: from 0.88 W/m²K with a three-wall dome, to 0.77 W/m²K with the EP 16-dome.

DOUBLE-WALL DOME + SKYLUX WINDOW + 16/20 EP UPSTAND

THREE-WALL DOME + SKYLUX WINDOW + 16/20 EP UPSTAND

FOUR-WALL DOME + SKYLUX WINDOW + 16/20 EP UPSTAND

FIVE-WALL DOME + SKYLUX WINDOW + 16/20 EP UPSTAND

EP 10-DOME + SKYLUX WINDOW + 16/20 EP UPSTAND

EP 16-DOME + SKYLUX WINDOW + 16/20 EP UPSTAND

U VALUE: 0.90 W/m2K

U VALUE: 0.88 W/m2K

U VALUE: 0.83 W/m2K

U VALUE: 0.80 W/m2K

U VALUE: 0.83 W/m2K

U VALUE: 0.77 W/m2K

PRODUCT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SKYLUX WINDOW

For maximum insulation and light Our Skylux range features numerous bright ideas with light domes. From this range, it is now our pleasure to shine the spotlight on the brand-new Skylux Window. This glass dome guarantees maximum incoming light. The Skylux Window also combines perfectly with other domes and upstands from the Skylux range. With Skylux you’ll find an extensive range of light domes and matching upstands. They include the high-insulation EP dome, the sun-protective dome, impact-proof Heatstop PC Dome or our windows in PVC or polyester. A newcomer to the range is Skylux Window. What makes this PVC window so outstanding? Take a look at its many qualities: • Skylux Window provides the optimum ratio between clearance and the amount of light let in due to the minimal additional thickness of 2 cm. This means that the clearance space – the dimension on the inner side of the dome – allows in maximum sunlight. • Skylux Window features super-insulating HR++ safety glass. Combined with the EP dome, this gives you the best insulation value on the market. • You can combine this window with any dome or upstand from our range. Ideal for renovating with additional roof insulation. • The three coextruded lips guarantee a totally airtight and watertight seal. • The thick glass can absorb an impact of 3500 joules. Combined with the glass Skylux Window, brand-new PVC window for light domes with super-insulation that allows maximum daylight in

slats under the glass, the Skylux Window proved it has extra protection against intrusion. • Skylux Window looks beautiful on account of the fluid outer contour that flows into the drip edge. • Thanks to its outstanding soundproofing qualities, the Skylux Window offers the best acoustic muffling (40 dB) on the market. And have we already mentioned that we have the largest range in dome lights? More than 10,000 combinations are possible, with domes in 180 different dimensions, in acrylic or polycarbonate, and from single-glazing to nine-wall domes. Simply choosing the right combination is a job in itself…


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“IN THE RIGHT LIGHT, EVERY ARCHITECTURAL FORM AND STYLE COMES INTO ITS OWN.” Skylux


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INFORMATION

Why is daylight so important for our health? What does daylight do to our bodies? And why do we need so much of it? We asked Martijn Vyncke, project engineer and energy adviser at Bureau Bouwtechniek. “The importance of daylight has to do with the evolution of humans,” says Martijn Vyncke. “From prehistoric times right through until the industrial revolution, we mainly lived our lives outside. As a result our bodies have always adapted to the light. Even today we are still affected enormously by daylight.” EFFECT ON OUR HORMONES

“Our body reacts to the colour differences and intensity of daylight,” continues Martijn. “When we see the sun come up in the morning, our brain produces cortisol. This hormone makes us active. As the day progresses and the daylight changes, our hormone levels adjust accordingly. As the light level falls, we start producing melatonin. This hormone calms us down and prepares us for the night.” “Through the ill-considered use of coated or layered glass, we disrupt our hormones and our biorhythm, which has a negative effect on our mood. You could compare it to a jetlag. For example, glass with a coating that protects us from the sun or layered glass with PVB film turns the light blue. As a result, our body continues producing cortisol all day

long, keeping our activity level permanently high. Hence the importance of taking the light into account when designing a building. The more the quality of the light corresponds with daylight the better we feel.” BRINGING DAYLIGHT INSIDE

Due to our busy lives in offices, we tend to stay indoors a lot. This means that getting sufficient daylight through windows and light domes is vitally important. “Light domes are the ideal solution for areas where the daylight finds it difficult to penetrate. They provide daylight from above, or what is called ‘zenithal’ light. This light is three times as strong as light that comes in horizontally. Theoretically speaking, you should only light a room or space using zenithal light, however people also like to be able to see outside. So the best combination is both zenithal and horizontal light.” Having too much light inside is also not good necessarily. “Daylight – and especially sunlight – produces heat as well as light. Too much sunlight quickly generates too much heat. This risk should not be underestimated, particularly with zenithal light. Too much direct light can also be dazzling.

The benefits of daylight in a nutshell

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Daylight makes us more productive. Through the production of the hormone cortisol, we become more active and our concentration increases

3

Using daylight also means that we save energy, because we use less artificial light.

Adopting the same pace as daylight, ranging from pleasantly warm light to efficient and productive white light, has a positive effect on our biorhythm and our mood.

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4

Pure daylight helps us to have safe working conditions. Insufficient (as well as too much) light can create a risk for the safety of workers.

Martijn Vyncke, project engineer and energy adviser at Bureau Bouwtechniek

High light dome upstands solve this problem.” “To sum up, we simply need daylight to be able to function properly. This means that the carefully selected placement of windows and light domes is very important. With any building design it is vital to allow the correct quantity of daylight to come inside – which also creates optimum comfort for users.” There is more information about this at the Bureau Bouwtechniek website: www.b-b.be.


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EMPLOYEE IN THE DAYLIGHT

Geert Malysse

“Trust is about continuing to rely on one another through tough times” HOW DID I COME TO BE AT AG.PLASTICS?

Geert: “Rik Glorieux, the previous business manager, was a friend from my younger days. Thanks to him, I was able to get a job with the previous company, Alpiri, which is an abbreviation of Albert, Pierre and Rik – the father and his two sons. After two years as an employee at the company, I became a sales representative. My job had me crisscrossing the whole of Belgium. It was our double-wall

“OUR YOUNG TEAM GOES FOR IT 100%. I KEEP THE AVERAGE AGE HIGH.” light domes that created the breakthrough. At the time, these were significantly superior in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation, such as our four-wall and five-wall light domes now.” DID THE PRODUCT REACH BUYERS VIA REGISTERED DEALERS BACK THEN?

Geert: “Absolutely! There were only a few conditions you had to meet to become a dealer: your name needed to be well-known and you had to have a showroom. These conditions became even tougher at a later stage. Our products were becoming more complex, so we also asked for more technical knowledge. Today, we have more than 100 dealers in Belgium, in four categories: timber yards, building trade outlets, roofing wholesalers and plastics merchants.” WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BEST MOMENTS OF YOUR CAREER?

Geert: “One thing I will never forget is the immense support I got from my work colleagues and customers when I was

battling with throat cancer eight years ago or so. As a result, I was able to come through this period in a positive frame of mind. I would like to thank everyone for that right here and now. My customer contacts have also brought me some great moments. For me, our product launches have been highlights. Because they have maintained the challenge for me in the job I do.” AND THERE HAS PROBABLY BEEN SOME LESS GREAT TIMES?

Geert: “Inevitably. Such as the death of my boss and good friend, Rik Glorieux. I was in my car when I got the telephone call. My first reaction was disbelief. We were due to see each other that evening and have a bite to eat. We shared joys and sorrows together over 40 years. And more than anything else, we worked hard. His death came just as he was finally beginning to enjoy his life.��� “From a work point of view, last year’s hailstorm was a huge blow. My colleagues were working their socks off to keep up with the huge demand for new light domes, but we were simply unable to maintain the service. It was a case of force majeure. But our customers waited patiently and I am most grateful to them for that. That’s also what trust is about: knowing that in tough times you can still rely on one another.” WHAT IN YOUR OPINION IS THE COMPANY’S GREATEST STRENGTH?

Geert: “AG.Plastics is financially healthy, which is a basic requirement. In terms of staff, we have a young team that goes for it 100%. I keep the average age high (laughs). Logistically speaking, we are at the top of our game, particularly when we had to increase our production and storage capacity after the big hailstorm. And our service is second to none: all of our customers receive their orders from stock items within a week, without exception.” DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE MANY CHANGES NOW THAT JEAN GLORIEUX IS AT THE HELM?

Geert: “I don’t think so. Jean has a great deal of his father in him. But the most important thing is that the right people are already in the right positions. Every decision is carefully

“WE ARE A WELL-OILED MACHINE THAT WILL SIMPLY KEEP ON RUNNING.” considered with the management board. We are a well-oiled machine that will simply keep on running.” WHAT GOLDEN PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO JEAN?

Geert: “Keep on going and don’t look back. Follow in your father’s footsteps. But in actual fact I don’t need to give him any advice. Jean is already on the right path. Having a young director offers a great many benefits: he is totally au fait with new forms of marketing. Such as this newspaper!” WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE UP YOUR SLEEVE FOR COLLEAGUES WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH CUSTOMERS?

Geert: “Always be 100% honest. Because only by being honest will you build trust. The same goes for promises: you must always keep them. Also, as a salesperson you should never be intrusive. Try to understand your customer properly: who is the person sitting in front of you or at the other end of the line, and what does that person feel is important? Everyone is different, so always adjust your way of communicating accordingly.”


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THE RIGHT ROOF FOR EVERY VERANDA Whatever system you choose for your veranda or awning, AG.Plastics has the roofing solution to go with it: spans up to 7 metres in length, thermally broken or not, in every possible colour and structural option – and to suit every budget. Allow yourself to be guided by our handy system diagram and make your choice. RANGE OF TERRACE COVERS

SELF-SUPPORTING TERRACE COVERS

NON-SELF SUPPORTING

TERRACE COVERS

WARM ROOFS

COLD ROOFS

WITH THERMAL INTERRUPTION

WITHOUT THERMAL INTERRUPTION

PERGOLUX®

CLIMALITE®

CLIMALUX®

CLIMAX®

- Budget-friendly - Cold and warm versions - 5 different series - For 16 mm / 32 mm veranda sheets and glass - Standard colours

- Budget-friendly - Maximum depth: approx. 4 m - For 16 mm veranda sheets - Standard colours - RAL colours - Structural paint

- Budget-friendly - Maximum depth: approx. 4 m - For 16 mm veranda sheets - Standard colours - RAL colours - Structural paint - Projecting roof possible

- Numerous options - For 16 mm / 32 mm veranda sheets and glass - Standard colours - RAL colours - Structural paint - Pre-rubbered

CLIMAX® PANORAMA - Spans up to 7 m between 2 posts - LED lighting possible in the gutter - For 16 mm / 32 mm veranda sheets and glass - Standard colours - RAL colours - Structural paint

CLIMAX®

CLIMAX® GD2

- Numerous options - For 16 mm / 32 mm veranda sheets and glass - Standard colours - RAL colours - Structural paint - Pre-rubbered

- Spans of up to 7 m between 2 posts - For 16 mm / 32 mm veranda sheets and glass - Standard colours - RAL colours - Structural paint - Pre-rubbered

PRODUCT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

CLIMAX PANORAMA

Enjoy space and light from the outside The Climax Panorama makes the ideal roof for the outdoor veranda or terrace cover for genuine lovers of life and good living. Spans extend as far as 7 metres and beyond with no support posts in between. This provides amazing views without any disruptive elements getting in the way. Climax Panorama delivers pure living pleasure round the clock: during the day, the Polyclear polycarbonate sheets allow maximum daylight to stream in, while in the evening, the energyefficient LED light strips incorporated into the gutter enable you

to enjoy outdoor living into the wee small hours. The stylish rounded profiles with their softline look make the entire structure wonderfully good-looking. Installation is a piece of cake: the aluminium Climax canopies are supplied to exact size. The delivery lead time is short and the canopies are compatible with all of the products in the Climax range. Better still: they are entirely maintenance-free.

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL

“Unsurpassed ease of installation”

Group Vrebos in Overijse specialises in installing windows, doors and awnings. “We produce the windows and our external partners supply the accessories,” explains business manager Donald Vrebos.

Group Vrebos has been working closely with AG.Plastics for installing its awnings and pergolas for 20 years. It is the unique ease of installation of the Climax roof systems in particular that is decisive, says Donald Vrebos. “The profiles come to us made totally to size,

pre-assembled and painted,” he continues. “Even the screws and rubber stops are in place. The only thing we have to do is erect the structure. It couldn’t be easier. I don’t have to tell you how much time that saves us on installation. We can put up a standard veranda measuring 6 metres by 3 in a single day.” Another benefit is that the pre-assembly doesn’t make the delivery lead time any longer. “When it’s in standard colours, we receive the order within 2 to 3 weeks,” says Donald. “You won’t find it faster anywhere else. The extensive range that AG.Plastics has to offer is also an enormous advantage: whatever dimension you need or whether you want a warm of cold roof, they’ve got it in stock. So it only makes sense that we install roof and awning systems made by AG.Plastics.”


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PROJECT IN THE DAYLIGHT

Skylux Window brings light into Poperinge home

An Snick and Filip Puyck built their house in a quiet location on the outskirts of Poperinge. The northfacing orientation of the house meant that they had to be extremely creative in terms of the light. So they combined Skylux Window roof domes with a void to let the sun in. The eye of architect An and her husband was attracted by a site of a former farm. Just like the farm, they designed their newbuild in a U shape to keep the road noise out. The couple were aware that the northerly aspect of the house was a disadvantage, but they had a smart solution up their sleeve. They opted for Skylux Window roof skylights combined with a void that allows the light to stream in from above. This solution meant that the house did not need windows on that side and so An and Filip avoided anyone being able to see in from the street. PLAY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW

Skylux Window

The Skylux Window light domes were the perfect choice because they bring in a maximum amount of sunlight. This is achieved by the small clearance space of 2 cm between the inner and outer side of the dome. An and Filip were also very happy with the excellent insulation provided by the PVC glazing. The sunlight that shines in through the light domes also creates a lovely play of light and shadow on the walls, providing even more atmosphere for the house.


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PRODUCT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

CINTRALUX EP 16/16

Superinsulating and condensationfree skylight The Cintralux EP 16/16 skylight from AG.Plastics: unique for its extremely good insulation and airtightness. An innovative skylight solution for the European market. With a U value of 0.9, the Cintralux EP 16/16 delivers incredible insulation. This low U value is achieved by the thickness of the polycarbonate cavity sheets. Unlike standard skylights with 10 mm sheets, the sheets used in the Cintralux are 16 mm thick. There is a layer of air between the two sheets to provide additional insulation. There is also no condensation with the Cintralux EP 16/16: the aluminium edging profile is protected by a PVC covering cap. Without this cover, the aluminium – which is a thermal conductor – would cause condensation, created by the temperature difference between the outside and inside.

Cintralux EP 16/16

WHY OPT FOR CINTRALUX EP 16/16? • The very high insulation value delivers a dramatic reduction in your energy costs. The price of the skylight will pay for itself within a couple of years. • The thermal interruption makes the skylight ideal for heated areas. • There is plenty of opportunity for polycarbonate cavity sheets: from a standard clear or opalescent sheet to a heatstop sheet that keeps the warmth of the sun out. • You can combine the Cintralux EP 16/16 with the ventilation and Cintramax RWA element. Connecting it to the Skycom smoke and heat discharge unit, the skylight will open automatically in the event of a fire, carrying the toxic smoke gases outside. • Assembly is very quick and requires minimum tools and fittings. • Cintralux EP 16/16 delivers equal distribution of light through the entire building. Cintralux EP 16/16


EVERYONE

DESERVES LIGHT!

SEND US YOUR PROJECT PHOTO AND WIN A WAKAWAKA POWER+ If you have recently completed a project using one or more of our AG.Plastics products, then please send us your photos. We’ll then be happy to shine the spotlight on your project in the next issue of The Daylight Journal*. We will also reward the three best photos with a WakaWaka Power+ unit. A WAKA WHAT?

The WakaWaka Power+ is a powerful, compact charger and (pocket) lamp that works using solar energy. It charges up just like any type of telephone or small domestic appliance and delivers 150 hours of safe, sustainable light. WakaWaka (‘bright light’ in Swahili) is a social enterprise that aims to combat energy poverty. The proceeds from the sale of WakaWaka products in the West will be used to make the same products available in developing countries all over the world.

HOW CAN YOU WIN ONE?

Send in your photo before 1st February 2016 to referentieproject@agp.be with your company name, your name and telephone number. We will notify the three winners personally. * By sharing your project with us, you grant us permission to use your image material and information in various publications, as well as on our website, brochures and reference films, both nationally and internationally. You will always be notified of any publication. The competition rules will be sent to you on request via referentieproject@agp.be.


The daylight journal - 2015