07 Jun 2018
June 07, 2018

Passive House Exterior Shades in Madrid

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We are excited to showcase a new Passive House Exterior Shade project by Bandalux that was just installed in Madrid. The "Casa Titania" project is Passivehaus Certified and was installed with Bandalux Exterior ZIP Shades using PolyScreen Solar and blackout fabrics. Below are a few examples of the completed installation. 

Exterior ZIP Shade

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Topics: ZIP Shade

16 May 2018
May 16, 2018

Glossary of Shade Terms

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Here are the most popular Glossary of Shade Terms that is a great reference and guide to your shading needs and projects. For more information on any of the terms listed below contact us today at sam@insyncsolar.com

  • Ball Stops
    Upper and lower stopping limits for bead chain clutch shades.
  • Bead Chain
    Operating chain for shade clutches.
  • Bead Chain Connector
    Metal piece to connect ball chain.
  • Blackout Shade
    A shade that allows no light to pass through the fabric.
  • Bottom-Up Shade
    When a shade pulls up from the bottom of the window to the top.
  • Bracket
    Mounting point for shade. Use the term "bracket when providing shade without fascia.
  • Bracket Cover
    Decorative cover for brackets.
  • Cassettes
    Aluminum housing for shade roller, fabric, brackets and controls.
  • Ceiling/Wall Headbox
    Consists of decorative front fascia panel and top cover. Shade is accessible by removing fascia.
  • Chain Hold Down
  • Safety device to keep chain taut.
  • Clutch
    Bead chain operated for manual roller shades. 
  • Coupler
    Allows one motor or crank to operate multiple shade fabric bands.
  • Daylighting
    Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that during the day, natural light provides effective internal lighting. 
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08 May 2018
May 08, 2018

Passive House Exterior Shades

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The Passive House is designed to achieve maximum solar heat gain by orienting its largest windows with southern exposure with the intent of providing at least 50% of the building’s heating demand, and exterior shades are the perfect solution! Read MoreExterior ZIP ShadeWhile this works well in the winter months when the low angled sun radiates heat into the space, this solar radiation becomes excessive during the summer months and needs to be shaded. InSync Solar provides both exterior and interior shades with the needs of the Passive House in mind.

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08 May 2018
May 08, 2018

Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse

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Deborah Berke Partners is a New York-based architecture and interior design practice who was one of 16 design firms that were selected to participate in the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse.  
designer ripplefold draperies
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Topics: Drapery

08 May 2018
May 08, 2018

Graphic Printed Roller Shades at NJ High School

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Graphic printed roller shades have become increasingly more popular over the past few years, especially in schools and commercial applications.

We wanted to share with you a recently completed installation of motorized graphic printed shades for a high school in New Jersey. As you can see from the below photos and video, the shades were coupled and move together, while each panel still has their own individual graphic.

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06 Feb 2018
February 06, 2018

New Somfy Exterior Motor

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The new Somfy Maestria 50 RTS motor is designed to motorized all types of exterior shades and screens, while offering specific functionalities needed for ZIP Shade applications. 

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30 Jan 2018
January 30, 2018

Somfy Interior Motors

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Somfy offers a wide range of quiet motors and intelligent controls for interior applications, all based on project requirements and building functionality. Somfy solutions also offers a large range of motor and control options for all types of end products.

Inteiror somfy motors

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30 Jan 2018
January 30, 2018

Somfy Motorization and Applications

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Motorization by Somfy offers a wide range of applications, power sources, motors and control options for all your commercial, residential, hospitality, education and healthcare needs.  

To determine the necessary power supply for your project, first select from one of the following options for both interior or exterior applications:

Somfy motorization

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30 Jan 2018
January 30, 2018

Drapery at Downtown Condo

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We are very excited to share you with one of our recent drapery installation that was featured in the New York Times Real Estate Section back in September 2017. To read and learn more click on the following link or see below: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/realestate/a-downtown-skyscraper-with-yachtlike-interiors.html

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At 125 Greenwich Street, a new skyscraper rising in Manhattan’s Financial District, Bizzi & Partners Development is turning the typical condominium model on its head.

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23 Jan 2018
January 23, 2018

Myths of Exterior Shades

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As I present my Lunch & Learn program Exterior Shades – The Next Generation in Window Coverings, to architects, designers and consultants across the USA, I find myself addressing some similar misconceptions about this new trend in window shades. The most common myths about Exterior Shades are:

  • Exterior shades can not survive stormy weather conditions
  • They must have a short life expectancy
  • Maintenance is problematic
  • Interior shades are more economical then Exterior Shading Solutions

Before I address these myths one by one, it is important to understand that Exterior Solar Shades are becoming a significant part of many growing trends in architecture. For example, the Passive House movement has been gaining popularity in the USA. With the requirements of the Passive House to reduce energy costs by 90% over a traditional constructed home, Exterior Shading Solutions are becoming an integral part of Passive House design.

As a functioning element on the building façade, Exterior Shading Solutions are considered a part of Kinetic Architecture. Kinetic architecture is a concept through which buildings are designed to allow parts of the structure to move, without reducing overall structural integrity. Kinetic Architecture is becoming a force in sustainable building across the globe and a significant contributor to a growing trend in Exterior Window Shades. If these shades are to be successful as moving part of a structure, they must be reliable and robust. With that said, let’s examine the 4 most common myths about Exterior Shading Solutions:

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