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.


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  • Why use exterior shading?
    Solar control solutions for inside the window seem to make sense. But one question we often hear is, “Why would you use exterior or outside solutions?” It’s actually a good question, and the answer is in the way energy from the sun is turned into heat. Solar control is about ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-09-15By Terry Coffey
  • Unveiling our All-New Daylighting Academy
    Today marks the unveiling of a significant new educational course from Draper. The Daylighting Academy, co-sponsored by Phifer, is the newest course offered as a part of the Architectural Record Academies of Digital Learning. While Draper has in the past offered online classes for architects, this new daylighting academy represents ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-09-01By Terry Coffey
  • Four Fabrics That Will Change the Way You Think About Shades
    We’re not dealing with your grandparents’ window shades anymore. New processes, new materials, and new ideas have given Draper access to fabrics that have the ability to change the way you think about shades. And here are four examples of fabrics that will change the way you think about shades: ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-07-28By Terry Coffey
  • Two Times Draper Threw Glare Out the Window
    Despite all the positives of natural daylighting, glare can be a huge problem. According to the Whole Building Design Guide, published by the National Institute of Building Science, “The science of daylighting design is not just how to provide enough daylight to an occupied space, but how to do so ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-06-27By Terry Coffey
  • Draper Announces Rebranding, Focuses on Innovation
    Today is a special day in Draper history. We are unveiling a new look, a new logo, and a heightened focus on innovation. Draper’s rebranding marks a growing initiative to clarify the company’s mission, services and goals, simplify a business approach and to refresh its relevancy to customer needs. Our ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-06-14By Penny Sitler
  • Controlling Your FlexShade® Recharge
    Draper takes an open view when it comes to automating our AV products. Instead of making you use a proprietary system that doesn’t work with anything else, we give third party control systems easy access to all of our products. That includes our FlexShade® Recharge battery-powered shade. In addition to ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-06-02By Terry Coffey
  • 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