Solar Control/Sun Shading

The Outdoor Connection

Guardian SunGuard glass products balance high performance with light transmittance and the right aesthetic at state-of-the-art Owego Elementary School. Architect Highland Associates were charged with replacing a structure destroyed by Tropical Storm Lee with a high-performing envelope that meets LEED Silver certification.“The spaces have a sense of relaxed vitality that comes only with a strong connection to the outdoors,” explains David Degnon, senior associate, Highland Assoc. “This would not be possible without the strategic use of specialized glass products such as Guardian SunGuard glass. With glass making up such a large part of the façade, the color and appearance ha

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Brewery Throws Shade on Solar Heat Gain

Situated above the French Broad River just outside Asheville, NC., the Sierra Nevada Mills River Brewery features a warehouse and bottling facility, taproom and restaurant, gift shop, amphitheater, and indoor music venue, making it a “temple to craft beer.” To increase brewing capacity, Sierra Nevada decided to open an East Coast facility— their second brewery—in North Carolina. Longtime collaborator, R.G.A. in Chico, Calif., was selected to serve as the principal design firm for the project.

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Opened in Sept. 2016, the library’s prominent glazing, supplemented with SEFAR’s Vision fabric interlayer, contributed to credits for BREEAM, the UK’s sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings.

Library Doubles Down on Daylight

Innovative fabric interlayer allowed extensive glazing without a need for exterior or interior shading. Officials at the University of Birmingham Library in Birmingham, England, wanted a lot of daylight for their new library, but wanted alternative options for dealing with the accompanying solar heat gain. The new library is one of the key features of the university’s £300 million campus regeneration.

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Business School Improves Student Experience with Renovation

Designed by architects at Kohn Pederson Fox Assocs., the Stephen M. Ross School of Business opened new facilities last year that provide classrooms, study space, offices and nonacademic spaces to serve the student and faculty community. Kohn Pederson Fox Assocs. sought to improve the student experience at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and maximize site usage by constructing a new building, Jeff T. Blau Hall, and renovating the connected Kresge Hall.

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Stuck on Stucco

Phifer’s latest color addition to the SunTex 95 exterior sun control family is a nod to the natural exterior finishes found in warm climates. The new hue, Stucco, joins the current range of nine neutral color options in this fabric collection designed specifically for exterior roller shade applications. 

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Super-Tight Shading

Delivering a high-performance shading system for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Mich., KPF specified a Hunter Douglas Zipper Tension System. With zero light gaps, the small, compact design keeps fabric under tension in all directions. Able to sustain high wind loads on the exterior, the system features ultra-quiet motor operation.

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A Perfect Weave

Constructed from 100% polyester, the Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze Style 8000 shading fabric from Phifer, SheerWeave features a unique 2 × 2 basket weave, leveraging improved dimensional stability and enhanced outward visibility. The durable fabric is available in 118-in. widths, at a 3% openness factor.

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New Heights in Customization

To support a beautiful façade design with unique angles and breaks in the glass for the University of Chicago’s Lab School, a highly customized shading solution was required. Draper rose to the challenge, designing a motorized shade system on tracks with re-directional rollers to help the shades follow the changes in slope. “With the changing break-line in the curtainwall glass per shade, each shade was slightly different with different length tracks, different length brackets and different numbers of brackets,” reports Draper’s director of engineering Harold Seib. “Another issue was bending the side channels/tracks. We used 3D engineering rapid prototyping mach

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Inner Tilt

ODL Glass’ TILT blinds-between-glass, insulated glass panels for windows offers a tilt-only addition to its Blink Blinds + Glass collection. TILT is designed for single and double hung windows with openings from 12-in. to 80-in. in height, and 8-in. to 54-in. in width. Like the rest of the Blink line, TILT is a contemporary and streamlined alternative to traditional blinds that offers superior home light control in six neutral colors.

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Daylight Control

The Flatiron Building employs good daylighting techniques, which includes a custom-made shading system that reduces glare while allowing the proper amount of daylighting into the interior of the building. The iconic Flatiron building in Bethlehem, Pa., was in need of renovation. As sustainable design consultants, the owners, The Stone House Group, were keen to employ good daylighting techniques and wanted to select a custom-made shading system to suit the tall narrow windows. Proper daylighting control was a critical building component to reduce glare, while allowing abundant daylighting into the interior spaces of the building.

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