frequently asked questions
What is Innergy AP?
Innergy AP is our premium line of custom-engineered commercial fenestration system components. Pressure plates, structural thermal struts, reinforcements and curtain wall components.
What is the material science advantage behind Innergy AP?
Innergy Architectural Products are engineered from ROVEX Fiber-Reinforced Polymer, a revolutionary composite material technology that sets a new standard for extreme performance applications.
ROVEX is a solid material technology comprised of 80 percent continuous-strand glass fibers, molecularly fused with 20 percent polyurethane polymer resin. Using a specialized process called pultrusion, chemically-modified glass fibers are pulled through an injection box during which the glass fibers are impregnated by polyurethane (PUR) reactants.
Why polyurethane (PUR)?
The unique set of high-performance properties of PUR make it an ideal thermal break material with a cross-linked structural strength that provides aluminum-like performance.
Polyurethane polymer is a super stable polymer, incredibly tough, durable and resistant to the effects of extreme heat and cold. It is a thermoset polymer, so it is highly resistant to heat distortion and thermal expansion and does not crack or break with fatigue. When loaded with 80 percent continuous glass fiber the resulting polymer composite, PUR, is a strong, solid and tough framing material technology that is 25 percent lighter than aluminum with exceptional thermal insulation properties. And it is naturally resistant to water, salt and most common chemicals.
Does Innergy AP have a standard line of products for sale and use?
Innergy Architectural Products are not off-the-shelf solutions. Each company maintains their own designs and systems. We work with each customer to develop custom parts that precisely fit their systems.
Why does Innergy outperform aluminum, fiberglass and polyamide?
Innergy provides aluminum-like stiffness with low thermal conductivity equal to that of wood and PVC.
- 2 to 3 times stiffer than conventional fiberglass
- 20 times stiffer than PVC, yet only weighs 45 percent more
- 900 times better as a thermal insulator than aluminum, yet nearly as stiff
- Virtually 100 percent fatigue resistant – repeated flexing does not deteriorate strength
- Does not absorb water and is impervious to most common chemicals
- Contains no styrene (like polyester-based fiberglass)
- Does not release or out-gas toxins during production process
- Consumes very low levels of energy during manufacturing process
- Paint and adhesive friendly. A wide variety of coatings, paints and adhesives commercially available that are specifically formulated for use with polyurethane polymers.
How does ROVEX compare to other competitive materials in terms of stiffness, density, strength, and additional essential qualities?
ROVEX performance across a wide variety of attributes compares draws a strong comparison to fiberglass and other materials. Taken in total, ROVEX offers a superior combination of necessary qualities for commercial fenestration demands.
Are Innergy Architectural Products compatible with paints and powder coatings?
ROVEX FRP, the material Innergy AP components are engineered from, is a very coating-friendly product, compatible with most paints and powder coatings.
A wide variety of commercially available paints and coatings are specifically formulated for use with polyurethane polymers. Arkema® has approved ROVEX for applications requiring high-quality outdoor color performance using the Kynar® Aquatec® coating technology.
Does ROVEX work well with most adhesives?
Yes, ROVEX works well with commercially available adhesives formulated for use with polyurethane polymers.