Solar Control/Sun Shading

Eco-Conscious

A line of woven sun control shading fabrics for interior roller shade applications, SheerWeave’s 4000/4100/4400 styles use DOW’s unique ECOLIBRIUM bio-based plasticizer. The options combine the durability of vinyl-coated polyester with the latest in green PVC technology. ECOLIBRIUM is a renewable alternative to traditional plasticizers that lowers greenhouse gas emissions as much as 40% vs. existing PVC compounds. It is also phthalate-free, lead-free, RoHS compliant, and can also be used in exterior shading systems. A companion calculator tool allows designers to estimate petroleum savings and greenhouse gas avoidance based on the quantity of plasticizers used. Judge’s

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Tight Tolerances

Keeping solar-control fabric under tension in top-down, bottom-up, sideways and skylight applications, the TZ100 Zipper Tension System aligns the shade precisely within an opening, eliminating light gaps at any angle, in any direction thereby providing complete light control. When used for exterior applications, the taut shades keep out objects or insects, and is capable of withstanding relatively high-wind loads when used in exterior applications. Judge’s Comment: “This is a nice tension system shade. The smaller gaps on all sides are a real benefit.”

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Heat Grain No More

The cassette-style FlexShade ZIP XL is delivered as a complete, enclosed unit, making installation easier. And its small profile incorporates an integrated cradle support system that minimizes the deflection that can cause wrinkles to develop in fabric shades over time. This exterior system prevents glare and heat gain from entering interior spaces.Judge’s Comment: “Excellent application for glazing that doesn’t have overhangs or louvers.”

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Sawtooth Shading

The 55-story 181 Fremont high-rise features a distinct sawtooth patterned façade which dictates that window mullions in the curtainwall angle slightly in against one another, essentially functioning as a shading device. Vitro’s triple-silver-coated Solarban 70XL glass blocks 70% of the sun’s heat energy while enabling 65% of the ambient daylight to pass through.

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Utility Plant Turned Landmark

The 55-story 181 Fremont high-rise features a distinct sawtooth patterned façade which dictates that window mullions in the curtainwall angle slightly in against one another, essentially functioning as a shading device. Vitro’s triple-silver-coated Solarban 70XL glass blocks 70% of the sun’s heat energy while enabling 65% of the ambient daylight to pass through.

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Shades and IAQ

Featuring Microban technology, Phifer SheerWave shading fabrics deliver the added benefit of sun control and protection against the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, particularly in healthcare applications.

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Innovation with Dimensionality

Ever since Herman Miller’s 12-ft. × 18-ft.-high shades were disconnected for safety concerns that might fall, the furniture manufacturer’s Holland, Mich. manufacturing facility was suffering with glare from southern-facing skylights. In seeking a system to operate the large shades, Draper was tapped to design a custom wheeled hem bar with side tracks to guide the hem bars along the curtainwall slope. Draper added intermediate rollers to support the fabric and minimize sag.

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Shading Meets Biophilia

Combining shading with biophilic design, the new Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in the suburbs of Philadelphia features a large overhang finished in a hazelnut brown, textured wood grain color at the outpatient facility’s entrance. The large, vertical aluminum sun shade fins and 8-in. to 12-in.-deep horizontal curtainwall cover plates were manufactured by Kawneer and the architectural aluminum components were finished by Linetec. The faux wood finish delivers the warmth of wood without the associated maintenance. The building also features two- and four-sided structural glazed curtainwall.

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Shading Systems Complete University's Residence Halls

The project team at Texas’ Tarleton State University needed a material that fit with the existing design blueprint and fulfilled solar shading requirements. Exterior coiled wire fabric panels were chosen to enhance comfort for building occupants. The growing academic institution demanded additional residence halls, which came in the form of two new, modern on-campus buildings—Traditions Halls—designed to be both a “living and learning” home for more than 500 students. Social spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows are a key feature of each building, acting as “lantern-like elements” along the bisecting pedestrian route, Rudder Way.

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Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center, Arlington, Texas

Sun Shades Help Define CTC’s Building Envelope

The Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center (CTC) is creating a world of opportunity for teenagers in Arlington, Texas. Offering 36 different trade certifications and 18 career pathways, the CTC gives local high school juniors and seniors a chance to tackle their career or college path before they graduate high school. From a precision manufacturing shop where students learn how to cut metal for gears and machine parts to a kitchen for culinary arts, the 169,800-sq.-ft. facility serves as many as 2000 students every day who split time between CTC and their home high school. The building was built with flexible infrastructure so the classrooms can be transformed as new trades emerge, and equipme

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