From Draper’s Blog

Draper supports green building projects and takes sustainable design seriously. On our blog we post articles about how our products support green building, daylighting, shading, and other information about how to get the most out of the products and resources that are available to support an environmentally conscious build.

  • Be Aware-National Fire Prevention Week
    This is National Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The theme for 2018 is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware–fire can happen anywhere.” Although Draper products do not fall within fire prevention or suppression categories, we do strive to help fire prevention efforts by using materials ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-10-12By Terry Coffey
  • Interior Design Podcasts You Should Follow
    Design is all around us. It’s everywhere we look, impacting our daily lives in more ways than it’s possible to list. Learning about and keeping up with the design world’s news and trends can be challenging, simply because there is so much going on. Here are several interior design podcasts ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-10-09By Terry Coffey
  • Real-World Solutions for the AEC Community at CONSTRUCT 2018
    Specifying window shades and solar control equipment can be difficult due to the number and variety of styles of shade models, fabrics, controls, and even due to where and how the shading devices will be installed. And what if you need a completely custom solution? At CONSTRUCT 2018, our experts ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-10-02By Terry Coffey
  • We Did What We Tell You Not To
    It’s never a good idea to leave exterior shading systems deployed during very windy conditions. Even with products like the FlexShade ZIP, which are designed to stay put in windy conditions, we stress that the product should not be in the open position during high winds. However we were still ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-09-28By Terry Coffey
  • Architectural Podcasts You Should Follow
    How do you stay up to date on trends, news, and best practices in the architectural community? Consider podcasts. Portable and easy to listen to in the office, car, or at home, well-done podcasts drill deeply into niche topics. Here are seven architectural podcasts you should download and give a ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-09-07By Terry Coffey
  • The Draper New Dealer Guide
    Over the past few years, the window shade industry has undergone substantial growth. Because of this, and shade market factors, Draper has added quite a few new dealers. Working with a new manufacturer can be a bit of a hassle, especially when it comes to specialty custom products like shades. ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-08-24By Terry Coffey
  • Get the Most Out of Your Shades—Go Early!
    Too often, one thing gets overlooked in the beginning stages of the design process: window shades. To get the most out of shades, don’t wait until the end of the design process to think about them. Instead, consider them early on, when windows, curtain wall, and HVAC are being planned. ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-08-14By Terry Coffey
  • Using Controls to Personalize Shading Systems
    A plethora of choices exist when it comes to customizing window shades. From color combinations and openness factor to panels built to fit individual window specs and environmental benefits, window shades are one of the most customizable design solutions you can find. And they add a personalized touch, especially when ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-07-20By Terry Coffey
  • The Evolution of Window Shades
    Since the development of roller blinds (possibly in 1700s Scotland), the concept appears to have remained basically the same. Today’s roller shades do look something like the original concept. They still feature a fabric panel attached to a roller. They still control glare and solar heat gain. And the strength ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-07-13By Terry Coffey
  • It Looked Like a Standard Videowall, but Then …
    Audiovisual equipment isn’t always the first thing architects consider when planning a building. At the A’18 architectural conference last week, Draper and NEC Display Solutions partnered to show how a custom architectural audiovisual experience can play a major role in aesthetics, wayfinding, and messaging. To showcase that role, Draper worked ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-07-03By Terry Coffey
  • Lesser-Known Uses for Window Shades
    Window shades reduce glare, solar heat gain, even light pollution. But shades are much more flexible than you might realize. Here are some alternative uses of shades that have nothing to do with solar control. Cover service windowsMuseums, sports facilities, and other venues often provide food, ticketing, and other services ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-06-26By Terry Coffey
  • Wherever You Go, There We Are
    There are several great online architectural communities where you can get design ideas, building and product news, and solutions. Draper can be found on many such sites, and since we’ve just joined probably the biggest such community in the world, here’s a reminder of places you’ll find us: Architecture design ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-06-08By Terry Coffey
  • Draper Brings New Solutions to A’18
    The construction industry continually evolves as improved technologies develop and new ways of thinking emerge. Draper has embraced that evolution with innovative window coverings and new custom solar control solutions. As we increase our range of architectural offerings, we are excited to present several new solutions at the A’18 Architectural ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-05-25By Terry Coffey
  • Four Ways Draper Stops a Skylight from Becoming a Heat Ray
    Skylights are a great way to allow natural daylight into buildings. As anyone who has spent any time beneath an unshaded skylight can attest, however, the amount of solar radiation that comes through horizontal and inclined glazing is much greater than from vertical facades, and can cause significant heat gain ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-05-22By Terry Coffey
  • Four Ways Draper Helps You Breathe Easier
    May is Asthma Awareness Month, also known as “breathe easy month.” Keeping dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC) out of the air is an important part of ensuring air quality. Here are four ways Draper makes that happen: Greenguard Gold products GREENGUARD Gold-certified materials meet or exceed industry standard limits for ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-05-15By Terry Coffey