February 24, 2021
Is the selection of window shade fabrics purely about aesthetics and color? Not at all, and that’s a big misconception. Many factors influence these decisions. To discuss what those are and bring insights to listeners, host Tyler Kern talked everything fabrics with Jeff Miller, Director of Architectural Shading Solutions for Draper, and Colin Blackford, Director of Business Development for Mermet USA. Quantifying its performance, which includes many components, is key to choosing the right fabric.
January 1, 2021
Shade automation helps improve productivity by reducing glare and solar heat gain, while still allowing natural daylight and views to the outside. When we introduced our IntelliFlex® I/O scalable, automated shade control system, we knew we were onto something good. IntelliFlex I/O is highly customizable and can grow and adapt as needs change without replacing existing hardware and wiring, providing a scalable automation solution ideal for projects no matter how big or complex.
October 30, 2020
Whether it’s appliances, personal devices, or office tools, people are demanding more from their technology. Today’s tech needs to be able to offer convenience, safety, and the ability to interface with other devices on a network. Window shades have not escaped the smart tech trend. People are seeking solutions to maximize the benefits and sustainability of window shades without breaking the budget. Things like no touch tech, automation, and flexibility are key requirements.
August 24, 2020
Modern architecture relies more on windows than ever before. Glazing advances in modern windows lower heat loss, cut air leakage, and improve comfort and minimize condensation. However, glare, solar heat gain, and direct sunlight still can diminish the comfort of interior spaces. This makes it more difficult to perform basic work functions and endangers occupant comfort.
March 6, 2020
We humans spend more than 70% of our time inside a building. Yet we have a deep connection with the natural world. This dichotomy is the root of two recent design trends. One trend is biophilic design, where an effort is made to connect the indoors and outdoors. This is done by opening up buildings to natural views while also physically bringing elements of nature inside.
February 5, 2020
The construction industry has a significant impact on the environment. Much of the impact is in carbon dioxide emissions and energy use. Here are a few ways we can contribute to your efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings—during construction and operation:
Control the Sun with Sunshades: How to shade Southern, Southeastern/Southwestern, Eastern and Western exposures
April 26, 2019
The primary purpose of a sunshade is to control the amount of direct sunlight through your building's windows. The benefits can be found in so many articles that we will not go into them here. The intent of this page is to show you how it works and give you insight into designing a louvered sunshade system that is right for your building, whether it is to be located in Houston, TX or Minneapolis, MN. The explanation can be as simple or as complicated as we want to make it. We opted for simple, yet effective. We will cover these topics: Where to shade How to shade Southern exposures How to shade Southeastern/Southwestern exposures How to shade Eastern and Western exposures
March 25, 2019
The creative use of metal has become a modern design and construction trend. In addition to advantages such as recyclability and versatility, the aesthetic created by incorporating metal is a big reason for the increased use. Here are four ways Draper helps you incorporate the metallic look into a building, while also dealing with glare and solar heat gain as part of an overall daylighting strategy:
February 25, 2019
Privacy vs. daylighting: Who says you have to choose? Balancing the need for privacy with the positives of natural light doesn’t have to mean choosing one or the other. Here are four ways you can have privacy and enjoy the benefits of daylighting in the same window opening.
December 17, 2018
A new safety standard took effect on December 15 for window coverings with operable cords that are located in areas accessible by small children. The new standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018, was developed by the Window Coverings Manufacturer’s Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
July 23, 2018
A plethora of choices exist when it comes to customizing window shades. From color combinations and openness factor to panels built to fit individual window specs and environmental benefits, window shades are one of the most customizable design solutions you can find. And they add a personalized touch, especially when it comes to their controls. Control systems give users the ability to personalize shades to their needs and preferences. Here are just a few examples of how the right shade control system can create a custom experience.
April 27, 2018
Window shades have been the preferred daylighting control system of choice for several reasons. Shades allow natural light to enter the room while controlling unwanted, uncomfortable glare. They can provide a view to the outside world – even when the shades are down. Heating and cooling cost savings can be substantial and employee productivity improved with the right daylighting control strategy. And to get the most out of solar control shading, motorization and automation are key.
December 2, 2017
When we talk about daylighting, the first thing that comes to mind is often the image of natural light pouring into a space... but what happens when you need to bring light to a area that also demands privacy?
November 3, 2017
Major offers a wide range of glazing options, but even within translucent panel systems there are numerous ways to add customization to meet your project’s needs.
October 30, 2017
Gordon Parks Arts Hall at the U of Chicago Lab School's unique sloped facade called for a unique shading solution.
September 28, 2017
The Challenge: a down to the wire Boutique request to have two large, intricate, decorative metal screens completed in just 4 days. These laser cut panels also received custom plating.
September 21, 2017
The new 31,000-square-foot hangar at Chicagoland’s DuPage Airport spans 244 feet wide by 134 feet deep with 29-foot-high doors. It features EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440 and SKYGARD 3300 polycarbonate systems.
August 22, 2017
The right light is essential to experience and enhance the viewing of art, and Kalwall® has become the preferred choice of architects to provide museum-quality daylighting™ for cultural projects worldwide.
August 14, 2017
Sometimes the smallest detail can make a huge difference in our perception of interior design—even something as small as the pocket and hem bar on window shades. That’s why we have a hem bar solution for every design need.
May 29, 2017
Draper has announced EchoControl, an innovative acoustical treatment that improves the acoustics within rooms by utilizing sound-absorptive materials.