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Window Shades

Window Shades


Using controls to personalize shading systems

Using controls to personalize shading systems

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.

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The benefits of motorized window shades

The benefits of motorized window shades

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.

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Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

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?

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Lines, grids & aesthetics in translucent panel systems

Lines, grids & aesthetics in translucent panel systems

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.

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Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

Gordon Parks Arts Hall at the U of Chicago Lab School's unique sloped facade called for a unique shading solution.

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Artistry in Architectural Grilles Custom Laser-Cut Decorative Metal Screen

Artistry in Architectural Grilles Custom Laser-Cut Decorative Metal Screen

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.

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New facility at Dupage Airport in Chicago features Extech's systems

New facility at Dupage Airport in Chicago features Extech's systems

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.

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Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

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.

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Little things make a big difference

Little things make a big difference

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.

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Draper Launches Acoustical Shading Solution

Draper Launches Acoustical Shading Solution

Draper has announced EchoControl, an innovative acoustical treatment that improves the acoustics within rooms by utilizing sound-absorptive materials.

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Four new ways to think about solar control

Four new ways to think about solar control

There are four basic benefits most often used to promote solar control: reducing glare, solar heat and light pollution, while increasing privacy. While these are great reasons to employ solar control, they only scratch the surface. Here are four new compelling arguments to consider.

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Solar shading systems: fixed & motorized louvers

Solar shading systems: fixed & motorized louvers

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Use of louvers-between-glass can contribute up to 31 LEED certification credits

Use of louvers-between-glass can contribute up to 31 LEED certification credits

Unicel Architectural’s Vision Control® Integrated Louvers Contribute to LEED Green Building Certification. The leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today outlined how its Vision Control® integrated louvers can help attain multiple credits for high-performance green building certification through optimized energy performance, thermal comfort, acoustic performance, daylighting and more. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

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Make rooms quieter with a little help from EchoControl acoustical shading

Make rooms quieter with a little help from EchoControl acoustical shading

In a recent CEPro article entitled “6 Steps to Isolate Rooms for Sound,” Home Theatre Designer Scott Bourquin discusses how to make a room quieter. Bourquin points out that “the quieter you make a room, the greater impression it gives of quality workmanship.” So making rooms quieter can have benefits beyond the technical aspects.

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New Unicel white paper provides guidance for specifying privacy and shading solutions

New Unicel white paper provides guidance for specifying privacy and shading solutions

Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, published an industry white paper entitled: “Integrated Louvers VS. Integrated Blinds - Picking the Right Privacy and Shading Solution for Your Design Project”. This white paper tackles the differences and advantages of each solution and how these factor into a building’s specific privacy and shading requirements.

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Architects Inspiration Handbook for Glass applications in commercial interiors

Architects Inspiration Handbook for Glass applications in commercial interiors

AvantiSystemsUSA supplies and installs a family of architectural glass wall and glass door systems. Inspired by European interior design, Avanti glass systems profile a slim line appearance with frame-less panels and sleek metallic hardware.

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E2JS thin line louver used on Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo

E2JS thin line louver used on Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo

Recently, Architectural Louver's model E2JS louver was used during the renovation of the Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Blackout & mesh shades in the same window? Dual Roller Shades are the solution!

Blackout & mesh shades in the same window? Dual Roller Shades are the solution!

The motorized FlexShade® by Draper offer the ultimate in high-tech convenience in a functional shading system. The simplicity of shades with the versatility of motorized operation.

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Cut solar energy getting into buildings by up to 92% - stop it before it hits the glazing

Cut solar energy getting into buildings by up to 92% - stop it before it hits the glazing

Exterior shading is the most efficient way to keep solar heat gain outside the building envelope. Draper can help develop a system that utilizes both interior and exterior shading to maximize efficiency and occupant comfort, and reduce energy consumption. Each custom solution we provide has specific benefits and features to enhance your overall building design and daylighting needs.

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Hurricane Roof Equipment Screens

Hurricane Roof Equipment Screens

Hurricane louvers can be used as vision barriers to hide mechanical equipment and other unsightly items. These Florida Miami-Dade certified louvers are impact and high wind tested louvers that attach directly to structural framing (by others) on a rooftop or other locations where you need view blocking.

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Custom shade brackets solve big headache (May 11, 2016), Custom Pocket Headboxes (April 20, 2016), Decorative Panels & Screens (April 4, 2016), Maximize views with generous exterior glazing, while ensuring privacy and thermal efficiencies (February 19, 2016), Amager Resource Center (January 13, 2016), Print custom graphics on window shades (December 2, 2015), Sun Control Sunshades offer energy savings (September 28, 2015), Specialty Glazing (August 20, 2015), Sealed Blinds from Unicel Offer Flexibility, Low Maintenance (June 24, 2015), 10 Key Questions about Exterior Shading - free white paper (April 15, 2015), Sunshades provide aesthetic appeal to the building exterior (March 23, 2015), Bottom-Up FlexShades Offer Privacy (February 2, 2015)