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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  • Five Ways Graphic Shades Can Take Your Building to the Next Level
    Graphic window shades are more than just a fringe idea. They can be a relevant and unique part of your building’s presentation. And they can both encourage and inspire employees and potential customers. Here are just five ways you can use graphic shades to take your building to the next ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-01-09By Terry Coffey
  • Five Ideas Graphic Shades Can Take Your Building to the Next Level
    Graphics window shades are more than just a fringe idea. They can be a relevant and unique part of your building’s presentation. And they can both encourage and inspire employees and potential customers. Here are just five ways you can use graphic shades to take your building to the next ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2018-01-09By Terry Coffey
  • 2017 Was Our Best Year Ever
    As 2017 draws to a close, we have one item of 2017 business left. We want to say “thank you.” Thanks to our customers, dealers, employees, rep firms, and others, 2017 was the biggest and best year in Draper’s 115 year history! Here are some of the highlights: The Unveilling ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-12-29By Terry Coffey
  • Five Ways You Can Reduce Light Pollution
    Every year, more artificial light is flooding the Earth’s night skies, and scientists say that can be bad for the health and wellness of people, animals and even plants. That’s according to the results of a study that recently appeared in Science Advances journal. Also known as photopollution, light pollution ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-12-05By Terry Coffey
  • Four Times Draper Grabbed the Rebound
    What do Draper and Wilt Chamberlain have in common? We’re both great at rebounding! If you’re not familiar with basketball, a rebound is when someone grabs the basketball in the air after a missed shot. On this day in 1960, Wilt Chamberlain grabbed 55 rebounds in a game, still an ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-11-24By Terry Coffey
  • Draper Recipes for a Happy Holiday Season
    Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season in the United States. One of the most important trimmings from now through the end of the year is the food. A few years ago, Draper employees put together a cookbook with recipes from members of the Draper workforce and their families. ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-11-21By Terry Coffey
  • Draper is “all in” at Greenbuild 2017
    “We are all in.” It’s the theme of the Greenbuild 2017 Expo, that has a goal of “transforming the market and changing the way the people all over the world experience buildings,” according to the show’s website. Draper shares that goal, and we will be demonstrating just how we accomplish ... read more
    From: Draper Blog – Green CategoryPublished on 2017-10-24By Terry Coffey
  • 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