Hunter Douglas have unveiled a new internal blinds fabric, which combines light and heat control properties and retains good indoor to outdoor visibility. The new Sunscreen Panama Chrome uses fibreglass and PVC to provide high levels of durability whilst also achieving a solar reflectance value of more than 75%.
The range has BREEAM-NL/EN145032-based Glare Control 3, which is the highest class for indoor blinds with indoor-to-outdoor visibility. This class has been achieved due to its special metal coating, this ensures an essential diffuse light transmission value of less than 2%. And thanks to the 3% openness factor, users can see outside. First to benefit from the innovative Sunscreen Panama Chrome blinds is Penta Scala Rietvelden College in Spijkenisse, the Netherlands. The college has ordered 265 blinds – a total of 1,150 square metres – in black pearl for its new classrooms.
The Sunscreen Panama Chrome range is ideal for a college environment because the blinds are highly durable. In fact they are up to twice as long lasting as exterior blinds – meaning less maintenance and lower operating costs, says Hunter Douglas Sales Manager Ronald Fleer. “That was the solution that the school was looking for,” he explains. “An important requirement was that our blinds had light and heat control qualities similar to those of exterior blinds and that people would be able to see out. The new Panama Chrome material combines all these characteristics in one solution.”
Fleer added that the combination of the metal coating, the fabric’s weave and the 3% openness factor ensures that all of the blinds offer good indoor to outdoor visibility, even those in the lighter colours. “This is what makes the material stand out in the market,” he explains. “Choosing a light interior colour usually means you have to add another high density fabric block-out to meet the visual demands. This means that there is almost no visual contact with the outside. Most lighter fabrics have a higher density, offering far less indoor to outdoor visibility.” Available in five colours – white, white linen, white pearl, black pearl and black. Visit our website for anymore information on the internal blinds fabric we offer.