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Draper Launches Acoustical Shading Solution

Draper has announced EchoControl, an innovative acoustical treatment that improves the acoustics within rooms by utilizing sound-absorptive materials. Draper’s EchoControl will “officially” debut at InfoComm 2017, June 14 – 16 in Orlando.

Draper Launches Acoustical Shading Solution

Draper is proud to introduce a new line of acoustical shading products 

Draper’s new line of acoustical shading, EchoControl, is designed to address one of the most pervasive pollutants we battle today – noise.

According to the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, a national non-profit organization with extensive online noise-related resources, (www.nonoise.org), “Noise is among the most pervasive pollutants today…Noise negatively affects human health and well-being. Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction and lost productivity, and a general reduction in the quality of life and opportunities for tranquility.”

As commercial design trends continue to lean toward the contemporary – open spaces and sleek surfaces with the use of more glass and exposed ceilings – and with LEED objectives in mind, architects have been met with new acoustical challenges. Draper’s EchoControl addresses acoustical needs within the commercial and office environment. It has been shown to display increased absorption among human speech frequencies, making it even more effective at controlling sound in environments, such as office settings, in which privacy and noise reduction are key.

Why should we use sound absorbents?

  • To reduce reverberation inside a room (echo)
  • To reduce the overall level of sound
  • Acoustic treatments are used to improve the acoustics within a room by using sound-absorptive materials, like our EchoControl, to reduce echoing caused by sound reflecting off hard surfaces (like windows).

Walls, especially those with windows, offer good surfaces to install acoustic absorbers. This fabric offers a unique combination of acoustic and lighting control and comfort! Available on both motorized and manual shades.

Echocontrol fabric features:

  • Light-filtering – diffuses light, reduces glare
  • Controls solar heat gain
  • Reduces fading of interior furnishings
  • Certified to GREENGUARD GOLD standards
  • Infused with Micorban® antimicrobial product protection
  • NRC*: 0.60

*The noise reduction coefficient  astm c423-90a (NRC) rates the effectiveness of a material to absorb sound. The NRC scale ranges between 0 and 1 (0 being completely reflective and 1 being completely absorptive). This is calculated by averaging the frequencies of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 hz (rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.05).

Company: Draper, Inc.

Source: http://residentialtechnology.draperinc.com/acoustical-shading/

Tags: Acoustics | Interior Design | Window Shades

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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.

Productivity

According to the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Whole Building Design Guide, “Buildings can be more effective, exciting places to work, learn, and live by encouraging adaptability, improving comfort, supporting sense of community, and by providing connections to the natural environment, natural light, and view.”

But, bringing more natural light and views of the outside creates additional problems. Glare, solar heat gain, and direct sun on workers’ eyes or workspaces make it harder to perform basic work functions and lower productivity. So, the Whole Building Design Guide states, “Solar control solutions, including both exterior and interior shading systems, are … an important part of designing a productive building.” For a more detailed look at how solar control can have a positive impact on productivity—and on the bottom line—click here.

Security

When the Glen Ellyn Elementary School District in Illinois decided it was time to build four new schools, the architects specified that classroom windows in the new schools had to be furnished with motorized shades. The main reason for this is rather sobering.

“One of the concerns is that should there ever be a need to lock down a school, they wanted to be able to quickly throw a switch to lower the shades so your movements can’t be seen,” said Al Marx of Shadeology, who installed the Draper shades. “You don’t have time to be running to the windows to pull chains, while you’re trying to take care of a classroom of elementary children.”

There’s also more and more need to shade not just the exterior windows but also the inside windows, according to Marx, again citing the safety concerns about masking movement inside the classroom. For a case study illustrating how shades can contribute to a school safety plan, click here.

Home Health

More people are deciding to design and build homes where they can stay in their own home and age on their own terms. The design strategy for aging in pace includes more natural light, especially with dementia patients. Having access to natural daylight and being able to see outside views has been shown to reduce patient stays in healthcare facilities, reduce needed pain medication, and improve mood and productivity. Unshaded windows, however, can also introduce problems such as discomfort, glare, and heat gain.

Draper offers many solutions for handling these issues. For instance, our Bottom-Up FlexShade lets you enjoy natural light through the top of the window opening, while providing protection from glare—or even privacy, depending on the fabric—on the lower portion of the window. For more information on the role of shades in aging in place, click here.

Noise Reduction

The non-profit group Noise Pollution Clearinghouse calls noise one of the most pervasive pollutants in today’s built environment. “Noise negatively affects human health and well-being,” according to their website. “Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction and lost productivity, and a general reduction in the quality of life and opportunities for tranquility.”

To mitigate these problems, we offer EchoControl, a line of acoustical shading solutions. EchoControl reduces reverberation—echo—inside a room, as well as the overall level of sound in a space. Acoustic treatments are already used to improve the acoustics within a room by using sound-absorptive materials. With EchoControl, echoing caused by sound reflecting off windows can also now be addressed, even as glare and solar heat gain are reduced. To learn more about EchoControl, click here. To find out how window shades and solar control can help your project, contact your Draper representative. Click here to go to our online contact page.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Product: Solar Control Solutions

Of: Terry Coffey

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2017/04/new-ways-solar-control/

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Solar shading systems: fixed & motorized louvers

Solar shading systems: fixed & motorized louvers

North American weather ranges from extreme cold to extreme heat, with many variations in-between. Today’s design approaches need to consider weather patterns and how to best maximize energy efficiencies to address these. Unicel’s solar shading systems provide optimal weather protection for the harshest climates and temperature extremes, while ensuring interior comfort and desired levels of vision.

Key Solar Shading Benefits:

  • Daylight control - Glare reduction and greater comfort
  • Heat control - Optimal solar heat gain and energy efficiency
  • Sound control - Acoustic insulation and enhanced tranquility
  • Visual appeal - State of the art aesthetic features that enhance overall design
  • Low maintenance - Durable and easy to maintain
  • Flexibility - Adaptable to many building and architectural designs

Solar Shading Features:

  • 6063-T5 aluminum alloy extrusions
  • Hardware fits aluminum blade solutions
  • Custom colors in painted or anodized finishes
  • Fixed or mobile blades
  • Available in vertical , horizontal and cantilevered configurations
  • Remote controlled system

The fixed or motorized louvers can be installed as an independent structure or connected to the main facade system. Additionally, they can be painted in any color to enhance their visual impact.

When designing an architectural envelope, interior and exterior design requirements need to work together as a dynamic system to respond to variations in temperature, daylight and vision requirements. Unicel’s solar shading solutions complement almost any design and are highly adaptable to the most rigorous heat and vision control requirements.

Company: UNICEL Architectural Corp.

Product: Louvers

Source: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com/en/louvers.html

Tags: Design | Energy | Louvers | Window Shades

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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, 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.

“The operation of a building has a huge impact on the environment,” said Samuel Doyon-Bissonnette, Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional at Unicel Architectural. "Our Vision Control® integrated louvers can contribute significantly toward obtaining LEED certification and/or improving a building’s LEED score. In addition to environmental benefits, this also means long-term cost savings which are especially important for commercial and institutional spaces that need to optimize efficiencies and operations.”

LEED is a third-party verification system for green buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The operation of buildings and the construction of new buildings have had a negative impact on the environment for years. As a result, builders and building owners alike are now turning to LEED to assist them in retrofitting and designing more environmentally conscious buildings and communities.

Use of Vision Control® integrated louvers can contribute to LEED certification credits as follows:

  1. Energy & Atmosphere (EA) a. Optimize energy performance (up to 18 points)
  2. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
    a. Thermal comfort (up to 1 point)
    b. Interior lighting (up to 2 points)
    c. Daylight (up to 3 points)
    d. Quality Views (up to 1 point)
    e. Acoustic performance (up to 1 point)
  3. Innovation (IN)
    a. Intelligent control of louver tilt angle is used for controlling solar heat gain and enhancing daylighting (up to 5 points)

For more information, visit: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com/en/specialty-glazing.html

Company: UNICEL Architectural Corp.

Product: Specialty Glazing

Source: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com/en/specialty-glazing.html

Tags: Glass | LEED Certification | Window Shades

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Make rooms quieter with a little help from EchoControl acoustical shading

Draper’s 3% openness solution provides both echo and solar control
Draper’s 3% openness solution provides both echo and solar control

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. You can read the full article here.

While in his piece Bourquin offers ways to make a room “super quiet,” it did get us thinking about how our EchoControl Acoustical Shading can contribute to an overall plan to reduce noise.

The first and most obvious way to use EchoControl is on the windows—including skylights. Acoustical shading addresses the reverberation of sound off of the glass, and also helps with sound from the outside. EchoControl has a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.60. The Noise Reduction Coefficient (ASTM C423-90a) rates the ability of a material to absorb sound. Zero is completely reflective, and one is completely absorptive. The NRC is calculated by averaging the frequencies of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz (rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.05).

By the way, don’t forget—in addition to its sound absorption properties, Draper EchoControl brings with it the advantages inherent in light filtering window shades. It diffuses light, reduces glare, controls solar heat gain, and reduces fading of interior furnishings.

Another way EchoControl can help is in reducing echo off of the headbox or fascia behind which the motor and roller mechanism is hidden. That’s because one of our hardware finish options is to wrap the headbox/fascia with the EchoControl fabric.

Of course, there’s nothing that says a shade fabric is useful only on a window. Draper EchoControl with custom printed graphics can also be used in other areas in the space—especially in a commercial space where they can be used as signage or to add to the décor. When used in this way, the fabric panels can help provide added reverb dampening.

In Bourquin’s article, he discusses placing a felt curtain over a door. Instead of the felt curtains, why not an EchoControl roller shade. It can easily be retracted to allow easy ingress and egress through the door, then lowered to provide echo reduction assistance.

For more information on Draper’s EchoControl Acoustical Shading, click here. Or, if you have a project where you think EchoControl might be able to help, contact your Draper sales rep to discuss the details of making rooms quieter.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Of: Terry Coffey

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2016/11/making-rooms-quieter/

Tags: Acoustics | Interior Design | Window Shades

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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

Understanding differences and benefts of internal louvers versus internal blinds ensures optimal results

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.

“When specifying glazing solutions for vision, sound, light and heat control, architects and designers often come down to a choice between integrated louvers and integrated blinds,” said Jean-Francois Couturier, CEO of Unicel Architectural. “ While the solutions share many similarities, they also have very distinct qualities and strengths that need to be considered to get the best design results. To help specifiers, this white paper examines all the requirements – both by building type and performance objectives – to recommend the most appropriate approach.”

Integrated louvers are typically hermetically sealed glass units combining louvers within glass that commonly eliminate strings and cords, ensure alignment, require no maintenance and provide the ideal daylighting or privacy solution for many building types. Integrated blinds are usually a system of blinds that are permanently sealed within a double-glazed cavity for a dust-free environment.

The “Integrated Louvers VS. Integrated Blinds - Picking the Right Privacy and Shading Solution for Your Design Project” white paper closely examines functional needs - like thermal efficiencies, sound attenuation, adjustable visibility and more - to assess the optimal values of each solution. It further delves into the unique needs of building types (i.e. hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, commercial buildings etc.) to ascertain a preferred design approach.

To read the white paper, visit: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com/en/download/literature/Unicel-IntLouversVSIntBlinds.pdf

About Unicel Architectural
For over 50 years, Unicel Architectural has built a reputation for the most advanced aluminum and glass solutions. These solutions encompass louvered glazing, skylights and more, to enhance major global construction initiatives with utmost quality and reliability. With its proprietary technology, Unicel’s Vision Control® delivers unprecedented comfort and control of vision, light, temperature and sound with a patented combination of louvers between glass that are hermetically sealed and cordless. Unicel’s solutions are guaranteed for longevity, optimized for energy efficiency, and customizable to any design, environmental or cultural requirements. Unicel combines its market leading know-how with great design to ensure optimal aesthetics and sustainable performance. For more information visit: www.unicelarchitectural.com.

Company: UNICEL Architectural Corp.

Source: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com/en/download/literature/Unicel-IntLouversVSIntBlinds.pdf

Tags: Interior Design | Window Shades

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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.

Architects Inspiration Handbook for Glass applications in commercial interiors

Download the Avanti Systems Inspiration eBook for more design ideas.

Company: Avanti Systems USA

Source: http://files.avantisystemsusa.com/architects_inspiration_handbook_avanti.pdf

Tags: Acoustics | Interior Design | Railing System | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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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. E2JS is a 2" deep thin line louver with a standard blade. This louver style is ideal for a clean architectural appearance at a low cost. If you are intending the louvers to be used for general ventilation or air exhaust, this is the right choice. Deeper framed models are also available (E4JS). Louvers with a higher performance rating - more free area and lower pressure drop - are also available (E4JP, E6JP).

Features:

  • Made to order in sizes 8" wide x 8" high up to unlimited size
  • Made from heavy gauge 0.063" thickness aluminum extrusion
  • 2" frame depth, channel frame
  • 2" blade spacing
  • Standard blade
  • Internal Screen (Bird Screen)

Specs:

  • 48.7% free area for a 48" wide x 48" high louver
  • 725 fpm first point of water penetration
  • 30 psf wind load rating

Options:

  • A variety of metal finishes including paint and anodizing
  • Insect Screen (replaces bird screen)
  • Mounting: flange frame, glazing channel frame, "J" channel frame
  • Special shapes for architectural appeal
  • Higher wind load ratings

Company: Architectural Louvers

Source: http://www.archlouvers.com/Louver_E2JS.htm

Tags: Access Covers | Exterior Design | Metal | Window Shades

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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!

Draper offers the finest commercial window coverings providing almost unlimited flexibility in solar control. Since 1902 when we made our first school window shade we have continually led the industry in the development of new technology and products. Every window shade is checked and tested before it leaves the factory to make sure it meets the high quality standards for which Draper is known.

Motorized FlexShade®

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.

Motorized FlexShades Installed at Moriarty Middle School in NM

Draper Motorized Flexshades installed at Moriarty Middle School in New Mexico. These shades have Phifer's SW2920 Oyster Beige with a 5% openness. The openness allows for energy saving solar control while preserving the view.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Source: http://www.draperinc.com/windowshades/productdetail.aspx?detail=3

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

Offering Solar Control Solutions for Every Application

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

Solar Control Solutions provide precision control over the natural daylight entering the building, excellent energy savings and interesting façade design options. A wide range of custom products complements our traditional window coverings to meet all your needs for interior and exterior shading.

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.

Draper's Solar Control Solutions allow you to control daylight and manage solar heat gain. Using an exterior shading system such as the Omega venetian blind can significantly reduce the heat gain entering the building, allowing the use of smaller more cost effective HVAC systems. Additionally, artificial lighting can account for more than 40% of a building's electrical load. Balancing daylight and artificial light through the use of the right shading system can lead to significant savings in energy consumption.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Source: http://www.draperinc.com/solarcontrolsolutions/

Tags: Design | Energy | Window Shades

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Hurricane Roof Equipment Screens

All louvered panels open for full access to the air handling unit. Sight proof from horizontal and below.
All louvered panels open for full access to the air handling unit. Sight proof from horizontal and below.

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.

Hurricane_louver

Since the typical line of sight is from the ground on most buildings, a horizontal blade equipment screen will have the blades inverted to eliminate all sight-through from ground level. A variety of finishes are available from our Equipment Screens Finishes selection chart. Roof screens can be painted with a baked enamel or Kynar 500 finish, or anodized aluminum. A variety of standard colors are available. Custom colors can be selected by sending us a color chip. We will use our computer color match system to precisely match the equipment screen color to other building facade components.

Company: Architectural Louvers

Source: http://www.archlouvers.com/Hurricane_Equipment_Screens.htm

Tags: Roof | Safety | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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Custom shade brackets solve big headache

Custom shade brackets solve big headache

More and more, we are finding customers in need of custom solutions. An ongoing project-a very large project-serves as a perfect illustration of Draper’s custom capabilities. It’s the subject of a new case study entitled “Custom Shade Brackets Solve Big Headache.”

When Steve Hawes, the Principal at Progressive Commercial Interiors, LLC., in Tempe, Arizona got the job providing window shades to the Marina Heights project, he knew it was going to be big.

Small-XD_Special-Bracket.idwThe buildings, home to State Farm Insurance, required more than 8600 Draper XD Clutch FlexShades to be delivered and installed during the 19 month-long construction process.

“The sheer number of shades made this a big project,” Hawes says, “but there were other factors as well. There were five buildings, 47 floors, multiple floors often requiring simultaneous installation, plus these shades are 10 feet high so there’s the need for scaffolds and ladders.”

But those problems weren’t the worst of it. At a pre-construction meeting with the general contractor after being awarded the first part of the job, Building D, Hawes got the news.

“Custom brackets were required to avoid impacting the moveable storefront, which was designed to flex with building movement,” according to Hawes. “Attachments had to be made to horizontal mullions only, and they could not attach to vertical mullions.”

After discussions with Walters and Wolf, the company which designed the moveable storefront, Hawes’ next move was to contact Draper. He quickly brought Solar Control Solutions Technical Manager Clint Childress (LEED® AP) up to speed. Clint spearheads Draper’s custom solar control solutions efforts.

“It’s fairly straightforward in situations like this,” Childress says. “A problem is identified to us—in this case the shades, which are designed to mount side by side at a vertical mullion, cannot be attached to the vertical mullion. Our first step, as always, was to get a detail drawing of the mullion.”

To read the rest of this case study, or to download a free PDF copy of “Custom Shade Brackets Solve Big Headache,” click here.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Of: Jeff Miller

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2016/05/custom-shade-brackets/

Tags: Interior Design | Window Shades

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Custom Pocket Headboxes

Custom Pocket Headboxes

One of the services that make Draper unique among companies in all of our product areas is our custom manufacturing capabilities. This is especially useful in the solar control area. We recently completed a new white paper about our capabilities with custom shade headboxes.

Draper offers several pocket options for recessing window shades above the ceiling. Our standard boxes cover most installation situations, but what happens in those instances when a standard product doesn’t work or have the right options? In such cases, Draper offers custom designed and manufactured pockets that are not only specific to the need, but also cost competitive with standard pocket options in the marketplace.

Our Options

What are your options? You have numerous options when creating a custom pocket/headbox, and the Custom Pocket Headbox submittal is the best resource for guidance in this matter. Here is a list of the selections you need to make:

  • Size—Width, Height;
  • Color—Standard sheet metal or a custom PPC RAL;
  • Bottom Finishing—Hemmed, wall clip, or wall clip with ceiling tile lip;
  • Closure Panel—Size of closure, and front, back or both; and Holes—Vent holes and mounting holes.
  • Select your pocket requirement for Draper to detail and price.

Issues and Solutions

Here are a few examples of real-world issues, and how Draper might provide a custom pocket/headbox in each case.

Example 1

Issue: A project requires a dual recessed pocket. The height for the pocket is limited and the gap for fabric drop is to be minimal. The pocket needs to be formed at a minimum height, with a small gap for fabric drop and holes for installation.

Solution: A Draper custom pocket will be made with a minimum height. Pre-made holes will be placed in the top at the correct diameter for the required fasteners, and closure panels will be hung from the front and back of the pocket.

To continue reading this white paper, and to download a free PDF copy, click here.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Of: Jeff Miller

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2016/04/custom-pocket-headboxes/

Tags: Interior Design | Window Shades

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Decorative Panels & Screens

Decorative Panels & Screens

Custom laser-cut metal panels and screens have a wide scope of decorative interior and exterior applications that are only limited by your imagination. Architectural Grille can help turn your inspirational design/pattern into a sleek, contemporary panel that will complement any modern space with the right materials and finishes.

Applications:

  • Infill Panels: Stairways, Balconies, Railings
  • Ceiling and Skylight Panels
  • Room Divider and Partition Screens
  • Custom HVAC Grille Covers
  • Door Panel Inserts
  • Privacy Screens
  • Window Panels and Shutters
  • Artwork

Standard Features :

  • Commercial and Residential use
  • Interior and Exterior application (depending on material and finish)
Material Finish
Aluminum*

Satin, Mirror Polish, Primed, Anodized Colors (Clear, Black, Duranodic: Light, Medium, Dark), Powder Coating Colors

Brass

Satin, Mirror Polish, Statuary (US10B): Light, Medium, Dark

Bronze

Satin, Mirror Polish, Statuary (US10B): Light, Medium, Dark

Stainless Steel Satin, Mirror Polish
Steel Raw, Primed, Powder Coating Colors

*post-consumer 94% recycled aluminum

Company: Architectural Grille

Source: http://www.archgrille.com/collections/custom/products/decorative-panels-screens

Tags: Ceiling | Interior Design | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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Maximize views with generous exterior glazing, while ensuring privacy and thermal efficiencies

Maximize views with generous exterior glazing, while ensuring privacy and thermal efficiencies

Vision Control® is ideal for residential design that seeks to maximize views with generous exterior glazing, while still ensuring privacy and thermal efficiencies.

To be optimally efficient and private, homes need to consider glazing solutions for vision, sound, light and heat control.

Vision

The comfort of privacy is especially important in homes, particularly in urban environments. Vision Control® provides adjustable and complete privacy with the flip of a switch or other control mechanism. Depending on the time of day and preferred privacy setting, louvers can be angled to permit entry of daylight while still blocking a view to the home’s interior.

Sound

In noisier urban settings, ensuring a more tranquil home environment is essential to family living. Vision Control® has sound blocking capabilities on par with concrete blocks. This means that your home can feature ample glazing, but still ensure a quiet, more peaceful interior living space.

Light

Vision Control® ensures 100% light blockage, protects your furniture against fading from damaging ultraviolet rays, eliminates unwanted glare, and serves as light shelf to reflect light deeper into interior space, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

Heat

Vision Control® provides variable shading coefficients, ensures solar heat barriers for optimal thermal performance, delivers higher energy-saving performance throughout the year, and blocks excessive solar heat to reduce air conditioning costs.

For homes that value progressive design and optimal efficiencies, Vision Control® can be customized to virtually any shape for interior and exterior glazing applications. Vision Control® is ideal for residential design that seeks to maximize views with generous exterior glazing, while still ensuring privacy and efficiencies.

Company: UNICEL Architectural Corp.

Product: Specialty Glazing

Source: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com/en/expertise/residential/overview.html

Tags: Design | Window Shades

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Amager Resource Center

Photo courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
Photo courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Kalwall ® translucent sandwich panels are the industry leaders in diffuse natural daylighting and energy efficiency, but that’s not what made them desirable for one of the highest profiled sustainable design projects in the world currently underway, the Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The explosion venting capabilities of Kalwall panels proved to be a practical solution for Amager. The energy-from-waste plant is a transformative project in the movement of energy production and urban design, and the 79 Kalwall panels are part of the distinct checkerboard grid exterior on the sides of the 300-plus foot tall building.

Kalwall panels are recognized globally for providing museum-quality daylighting™ and superior thermal performance. In addition to delivering glare-free, diffuse daylight deeper and more evenly into spaces, Kalwall panels and wall systems are rugged, flexible and offer specialty applications such as explosion venting.

Explosion venting panels are used in areas of buildings where a potentially volatile event could occur. The panels work to vent pressure out of the building, allowing it to withstand an explosion without collapsing roofs or floors. They are designed to release from their mounting system, but remain attached to the side of the building to avoid becoming falling debris.

What makes the Amager design of the Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG (the world-renowned architecture firm based out of Copenhagen and New York) most notable is the innovative use of space. The outside of the structure will be used for recreational purposes, including a ski slope and climbing wall that scales one side of the building. In addition to keeping the building from collapsing in the event of a blast, Kalwall explosion venting panels were incorporated to ensure the safety of the recreational users.

Working through Sipral, a leading supplier of external building envelopes based out of Prague, the panels were delivered on schedule and required no on-site modifications.

“We were honored to be included in such a project,” says Amy Keller, vice president of international sales for Kalwall. “This BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group project is inspiring and visionary in the world of architecture and urban design.”

The Amager Resource Center will produce heat for approximately 160,000 households and electricity for 62,500 homes. The facility covers just over 1 million square feet and will annually process 400,000 tons of commercial, industrial and residential waste.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017.

Company: Kalwall Corporation

Source: https://www.kalwall.com/2016/01/07/amager-resource-center/

Tags: Exterior Design | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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Print custom graphics on window shades

I couldn’t help myself. I had to smile recently when Teri Boxell and Karen Reno, Draper’s window shade sales staffers assigned to work with Budget Blinds franchises, shared a story with us. It was a “Budget Blinds Commercial Services Franchise of the Week” story from “In the Spotlight,” a Budget Blinds e-newsletter, and it was all about a case of Draper to the rescue. This story provides an excellent example to Draper and our dealers that, as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over!”

Print custom graphics on window shades

The BBCS Franchisee of the Week is Shawn McCoul, Budget Blinds of Casper in Wyoming! Shawn worked for a year and a half on a motorized printed roller shade project at the University of Wyoming for their athletics building. The university had a committee that debated over all aspects, but Shawn was contacted directly by the contractor, bypassing competitors. He had worked with the contractor in the past and they felt he was both competent and dependable.

Another vendor was spec’d, but Shawn worked closely with Draper to provide better mock-ups and better service throughout the process. The motorized solar shades were 10’ x 40’ and weighed a hefty 320 pounds each!! … Fabulous work, Shawn!

In the end, Shawn stated, “Architects will specify manufacturers, but our clients trust us to be a resource for them. As a window covering expert, we have other vendors in our tool belt that may be a better fit for the application.” Well said, Shawn!

Teri and Karen expanded on the story a little bit. Shawn contacted Draper after another manufacturer had their graphics rejected. Due to the height on these three shades—40 feet—we went with Soltis 92, a very stable fabric from Ferrari which lays very flat. The Colossal FlexShades were installed in July, and judging from the photos the job was a soaring success!

In particular I was pleased by the “better mock-ups and better service” comment. Even on a job with challenges like this one—large, heavy units, graphics on both sides, and not being the first manufacturer specified—our commitment to quality and outstanding customer service shone through.

By the way, for more information on our graphic shade abilities, click here!

Company: Draper, Inc.

Of: Jeff Miller

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2015/11/draper-to-the-rescue/

Tags: Interior Design | Window Shades

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Sun Control Sunshades offer energy savings

Sun Control Sunshades offer energy savings

Ruskin Sunshades offer energy savings by reducing solar heat gained through glazing. With a wide variety of available blade styles and configurations, they also provide aesthetic appeal to the building exterior. Ruskin Sunshade models include airfoil, louver, tube and eggcrate blade styles. Custom Sunshade designs are also available. Ruskin Sunshades are constructed of extruded and/or formed aluminum components for reduced weight and excellent corrosion resistance. All models are available with a variety of Kynar or Anodize finishes.

Company: Ruskin

Source: http://www.ruskin.com/catalog/category/481~Sun-Control

Tags: Exterior Design | Window Shades

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Specialty Glazing

An interesting fact - integrated louvers with a 2” airspace have a Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating on par with drywall and concrete block walls for superior attenuation capabilities. Perfect for hospitals, educational facilities, board rooms and more!

Specialty Glazing

Company: UNICEL Architectural Corp.

Source: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com/en/specialty-glazing.html

Tags: Interior Design | Window Shades

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Sealed Blinds from Unicel Offer Flexibility, Low Maintenance

BuildingGreen.com showcases the Vision Control system in their article "Sealed Blinds from Unicel Offer Flexibility, Low Maintenance"

Vision Control louvers, shown here in a skylight at Ohzuma Gakuen University in Tokyo, Japan, are adjustable blinds sealed within the glazing units. Photo: Unicel Architectural Corp.
Vision Control louvers, shown here in a skylight at Ohzuma Gakuen University in Tokyo, Japan, are adjustable blinds sealed within the glazing units. Photo: Unicel Architectural Corp.

Placement of blinds can be a dilemma—should they go on the inside or the outside of a window? The best place to put them, some argue, is within the glazing, where they are potentially maintenance-free, protected from dirt and possible damage. A handful of manufacturers offer this option, but the most versatile offerings come from Unicel Architectural Corp., based in Longueuil, Québec. Unicel’s product, known as Vision Control, offers adjustable interpane louvers combined with any type of glazing.

Depending on the needs of a project, the extruded aluminum louvers in the Vision Control system can be fixed in place or mounted in a rack-and-pinion system for rotation by crank handle, thumb-wheel, or motor. Motorized systems can be integrated with daylight sensors or other building-automation systems. Vision Control does not offer up-and-down movement of the louvers. Unlike corded venetian blinds, which don’t fully close, the Vision Control louvers interlock when closed, blocking out 99.9% of the visible light, according to Unicel specifications. Glossy white is the standard color, for good light reflectance, but other colors are available on request.

The louvers sit in a completely sealed and moisture-free 2" (51-mm) space between two panes of glass. Unicel fabricates each sealed-glass unit based on an architect’s specifications, using any type of glass required for a project, including glass with low-emissivity (low-e) coatings, although it avoids soft-coat low-e, which could be scratched by the blinds. Depending on the glass specified, costs can range from $50–$100/ft2 ($500–$1,000/m2) of glazing, according to Viviane Chan, marketing and sales manager at Unicel. The company ships about 5,000 units per year.

Depending on how the Vision Control system is set up and used, it can accommodate a variety of needs: shading, reflection of daylight deeper into the interior, prevention of heat gain or loss, and privacy. The large air gap in the window also gives the units good acoustical performance, with a Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 43, compared with single- or dual-pane glazing, which typically has values in the 20s.

Venetian blinds are often used in cooling seasons to reduce heat gain, but because they are located inside, their only significant benefit is glare control—the heat is already in the building. Exterior shading is ideal for blocking heat, but Unicel’s interpane louvers effectively reflect heat before it comes inside, particularly in concert with a low-e coating on the outside layer of the inside light.

To test the energy benefits of Vision Control compared with standard double- and triple-glazed windows, Unicel sponsored computer modeling through the Solar Buildings Research Network, a Canadian research organization. In the simulations, which modeled conditions in Toronto and Los Angeles, Vision Control offered significant energy benefits compared with double-glazing under both heating and cooling conditions. Triple-glazing performed moderately better in heating conditions, but Vision Control performed much better in cooling conditions, particularly for south-facing façades.

Bill Dilatush of H&L Architecture specified Vision Control glazing for hallway windows to patient rooms for the Children’s Hospital Denver. “We want to have visual access, and then there are times when we have to close that off,” he described. “Blinds are always the easy solution, but you just can’t keep them clean enough in an environment like that.” Dilatush said that Unicel was responsive to the project’s needs and added, “I was really impressed with the engineering.”

There have been some reports of sealed blinds leading to excess heat being trapped in a window, leading in turn to failure of the units. According to several experts EBN spoke with, these problems are associated with poorly thought-out combinations of low-e coatings, or tinted glass, which tends to absorb heat. With proper design, and use of Vision Control’s high emissivity blinds, thermal failure is unlikely to be a problem. The units come with a 10-year warranty, including louver operation, and all parts are made with UV-stabilized materials.

Company: UNICEL Architectural Corp.

Of: Tristan Roberts

Source: https://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/sealed-blinds-unicel-offer-flexibility-low-maintenance

Tags: Exterior Design | Interior Design | Window Shades

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