Solar Control/Sun Shading

Shimmering Relief

In Amsterdam, nearly 7000 polished aluminum “leaves” turned a renovated office building into a piece of functional art for workers and the community. Formerly empty, the building was transformed by Benthem Crouwel Architects into distinctive, energy-positive offices for the Dutch Charity Lotteries: Goede Doelen Loterijen.A major goal was to gather the company’s approximately 600 employees—formerly at different branches—into a single location. The new offices also needed to be highly sustainable and communicate the company’s social activities. In addition to offices, the building includes a public restaurant, an auditorium and a TV studio.Saartje van der Ma

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Pop-up PV

With no foundation required, the SolarZone charging and shade structure allows for power virtually anywhere. Completely prefabricated, its capacity allows for lights to be on for 8 hours; or four hours of wireless phone charging per day; or eight hours of computer charging per day. It comes with four wireless charging outlets, four 110V outlets, and LED lighting. Total wattage: 1,800W; Nominal battery capacity: 4,800 Wh (24V, 200Ah); Allowable depth of discharge: 50%; Maximum continuous load ( at 77°F): 700W (exclusive of lights). MSRP: $17,500 for base unit with local Bluetooth data monitoring; $250 for bench (0-4 benches per unit).

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Wooden Insulating Glass

Creating a warm aesthetic and comfortable atmosphere, OKAWOOD Insulating Glass with a Wooden Grid encapsulates natural wood grilles between the panes of glass which provide solar protection for the interior and preserve the natural raw material and its inherent color tones.

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

Triple-Paned Glazing

Triple-paned insulated glazing with SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37 and a slatted wood screen reduces solar glare, building heat gain and the need for solar and privacy shading. Designed with integrated sustainable features, it is LEED Gold certified. A hospital must carefully monitor light penetration as well as solar heat gain to protect its visitors, and therefore needs high-performing glazing such as SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37. The multifunctional coating offers strong solar protection and thermal insulation.

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Floor-to-Ceiling Inspiration in Seattle

Located in Seattle’s thriving and diverse South Lake Union neighborhood, 9th and Thomas provides a welcoming presence for the growing population of downtown Seattle and serves as a model for sustainable building design.The 12-story, 230,000-sq.-ft. office-retail complex, certified as LEED Gold, features an ultra-low-energy HVAC design, chilled beams that heat and cool with minimal airflow, a heat-recovery chiller that “pumps” heat from hot to cold spaces, and a dedicated outdoor air system that provides increased fresh air ventilation to all spaces. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the building also includes 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible, interconnected retail sp

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Child-Safe Drapes

Offering the benefits of bead chain operation in a child-safe design, Draper’s FlexShade Twin Pull is designed with pull wands on both sides of the clutch which eliminates the continuous loop present in mini blinds and roman shades, and the choking hazard associated with it. The shades are easy to operate and do not require adjusting.

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Niche Cocktail Bar Protected with Canopy System

New York City’s R17 cocktail bar, located on the building’s rooftop, offers patrons an elegant, locally-oriented hangout with dramatic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Pier 17 is a massive 300,000-sq.-ft. building at the waterfront along the East River. Encompassing retail, entertainment, architectural features and seasonal attractions, the area is intended to further the transformation of the Seaport district into a true destination. To ensure its all-weather use, modular construction firm, Nussli, sourced, selected and installed a retractable canopy.

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Art of Shading

The Eclipse Collection is Parasoleil’s newest addition to its line of engineered patterned panels. It features both shade and screen structures that include the frame and hardware system where the panels are connected. The ready-to-install panels are designed to filter light and frame space, infusing life into projects through perfect integration of shade, screening, railing and cladding. “The intent behind the design is to create a natural experience,” said Uriah Bueller, sculptor and Parasoleil’s CEO. “Think of the feeling of sitting under a 50-year-old shade tree and imagine the unique way its branches and leaves filter light. Our goal with this collection is

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Solar PV Options

Pvilion’s single-pole, 16-ft. × 16-ft. Solar Sail is a lightweight, but durable PVC-coated polyester fabric structure that delivers 800W. The 13-ft. × 15-ft. double-pole option delivers 500W, but provides greater shading.

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Renton Highlands Library, Renton, Wash.

Motorized Blinds Balance Daylighting for Washington Library

Mitigating glare and solar heat gain while promoting daylighting at the Renton High-lands Library in the Washington state-based King County Library System, Draper’s exterior motorized venetian blinds by Warema provided an aesthetic solution. The blinds can be retracted out of sight when not needed, and the louvers can be angled to provide direct light control depending on the height of the sun.

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