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.

  • What’s Best-Fiberglass or Polyester?
    What makes better window shades: fiberglass or polyester? This question is getting a lot more attention as companies that sell mainly shades with polyester fabric are trying to push the narrative that fiberglass is inferior. That narrative is false. Each fabric has its advantages and uses, which is why Draper ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-05-26By Terry Coffey
  • More Than a Trend: Biophilic Design Satisfies Human Nature
    Bringing nature into the built environment goes beyond just a design trend. It satisfies an inherent human inclination to connect with nature. That inclination is called biophilia, and it’s the inspiration behind biophilic design, which uses natural light, nature views, and even vegetation and natural building materials in design. For ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-05-12By Terry Coffey
  • Draper, Phifer, and Mermet-Partners in American Manufacturing
    Every time I turn on the news, I hear about another American manufacturing company that is sending jobs outside the United States. Unfortunately, the window treatment industry is no exception. Many of our competitors have moved manufacturing out of the country, joining the trend of sending production to Asia or ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-05-09By Jeff Miller
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Louvers
    Draper’s FlexLouver™ Rack Arm System and Venetian Blinds by Warema are among the most effective solar control solutions on the market. They are also among the most flexible solutions: you can operate the louvers into a variety of positions depending on conditions. In fact, there must be 50 ways to ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-04-28By Terry Coffey
  • Exterior FlexShades Upgrade
    We have updated our Motorized and Crank-operated Exterior FlexShades® for easier installation, more color options, and more streamlined design. Exterior FlexShades now have the same look as our FlexShade ZIP™. This updated design to match ZIP hardware means one consistent look across all motorized Draper exterior window shades. Both ZIPs ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-03-24By Jeff Miller
  • Four Ways to Use the Pantone Color of the Year
    Just in case you haven’t heard the news, let me be the first to break it to you: Pantone has named its 2017 Color of the Year! The Color of the Year is … Greenery, also known as Pantone 15-0343. Pantone calls it a “refreshing and revitalizing shade,” adding that ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-01-03By Terry Coffey
  • NAQs for Window Shades
    Recently, we shared a number of NAQs—Never Asked Questions—relating to our AV products. NAQs are the opposite of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); not only do they almost never get asked, but they are questions we wish we’d hear more often. You can click here to read that post. For this ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2016-11-22By Terry Coffey
  • Introducing EchoControl Acoustical Shading
    Draper is proud to introduce a new line of acoustical shading products. We’ve all heard of different kinds of pollution as they pertain to buildings. Of course, there are physical types of pollution we have to worry about—by-products getting into groundwater, for instance, or chemicals off gassing into the air. ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2016-10-14By Amy Madden
  • European Vacation-Exterior Shading Edition
    I’ve just returned from completing a bucket list item: vacation in Europe. I studied in Europe (many years ago). I have worked in Europe (short trips to ISE—Integrated Systems Europe—and to our subsidiary, Draper Europe). But I’ve never traveled in Europe just to enjoy it. This year, we finally made ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2016-10-04By Penny Sitler
  • Greenbuild 2016 Preview
    Next week, Draper will be in Los Angeles, exhibiting at Greenbuild 2016. Greenbuild has become one of our most important shows as the role of solar control has become more important in the green building movement. In the past, we’ve introduced some of our most innovative and important solar control ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2016-09-27By Terry Coffey
  • Three Ways to Control Draper Motorized Shades
    With the use of more and bigger windows in all types of construction, Draper motorized shades are playing a more important role in mitigating the issues that result. Shades can help provide thermal comfort, reduce glare, or even provide varying levels of privacy while allowing building occupants to enjoy the ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2016-09-02By Terry Coffey