When designing a shading system, maintain a window-to-wall ratio of between 30-40%
- Specify a glass system with a visible transmittance in the range of 40 to 55% and a solar heat gain coefficient of less than 35%
- For energy efficiency, select a fabric with white or reflective coating on South, East and West facing windows.
- If privacy is your objective, select a fabric with dark interior face allowing a sharper outdoor view with improved color rendition and contrast
- For interior comfort, select a fabric with a 2-3% weave openness to control glare on south, east and west facing windows. For large windows facing due west or east, you may want to add exterior shading. On north facing windows, select a fabric with a weave openness factor of 5 to 10%
- Add the convenience of automated shade control. The lower stop limit should be programmed to 8 to 12 inches above the window sill to admit some daylight.
The Selection Process
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN CHOOSING A FABRIC
First, determine your daylight management goal. What’s your priority—protection against UV rays?
Privacy while maintaining an outdoor view? Total black-out? Energy savings?
Our wide range of performance textiles makes it easy to maintain optimal light levels in buildings with various exposures.
- To control daylight and protect furniture from sun damage, choose fabrics that diffuse UV rays such as our coated woven Alkenz fabrics
- When privacy matters, choose dim-out fabrics that keep prying eyes out while permitting a view of the outdoors
- For viewing rooms and media centers, Sierra Sol blackout shades turn daylight into darkness
- To significantly reduce energy costs, opt for metallized, highly reflective fabrics from our Verosol line.
Weave openness determines the amount of light transmitted through the shade. Rollease Acmeda offers Standard and Premium fabrics with varying degrees of weave openness.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN CHOOSING AN OPERATING SYSTEM
What type of shade control is preferred, manual or automated? Do shades need to be adjusted individually or building-wide? Does your project require robust hardware for a large scale system? Rollease Acmeda operating systems and hardware meet all your challenges.
- Manual or automated, our innovative operating systems such as RS38 let you adjust a single shade or an entire bank
- Automated shade control’s make it easy to maintain a comfortable environment and reduce energy use
- Opt for a handheld device or wall switch control for easy, all-day light management
- For a polished appearance think about adding Fascia to keep the workings out of sight
Talk to us about tensioned shades for skylights, angled and bottom-up applications. We also offer cable guided shades for angled windows up to 20° and for areas of high velocity airflow.
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