Window Coverings have been long considered afterthoughts. However, with the advent of integrated and sustainable building systems, they are now accepted as an essential element of architecture and design. In essence, an Engineered Shading Solution is a sustainable system for an interior or exterior windows, which engage the latest technologies to control heat, glare, privacy, and light.
With these technological advances in the industry, it has become challenging for architects to keep up with the variety of design and control options. So what does one do when faced with new, exciting yet overwhelming choices?
The answer is to rely upon an expert consultant. This is nothing new, as architects see a litany of specialists engaged to work on projects, such as: lighting, acoustics, audio- visual, façade, security, landscape, radio frequency, just to name a few. It is time for the
architectural community to consider the advent of the Shading Solution Consultant.
Working with a consultant can provide expert advise on how to design, build, and install an Engineered Shading Solution, that will reduce solar heat gain, lower annoying glare, and control unwanted daylight.
Through our consultation service, you can design and plan how to integrate an exterior or interior shading solution for your next project.
~Shade Consultation Services~
- Architectural, Aesthetic and Functional Intent
Architectural Intent: To determine the nature of the Engineered Shading Solution, which includes the type of solution, proper fabrics, and the options of power and control.
Aesthetic Intent: To evaluate and determine the quality of the materials, level of finish, ceiling pocket design, special hardware, fabric selection, type of user control and placement.
Functional Intent: To understand the level of automated control required. This would include such decisions as local, group or master control, level of integration, and sensors. The type of fabric in order to reduce solar heat gain, control unwanted glare and manage daylight..
- Preparation of a Preliminary Budget Estimate
Our team will provide a general sense of what resources will be required to satisfy the architectural, aesthetic and functional intent of the project. This early budget number will reflect what may be required to design, engineer, test, source, fabricate and install the shading and control system.
- Provide Basic Design Concept Drawings
Our team can prepare visually representations of possible solution sets to be included into the architectural drawings for the project. Design concepts will be in an AutoCAD format with an accompanying PDF version.
- Provide Design Mockups
If required to provide proof of concept, our team can design, engineer and procure a scaled, functioning mockup.
- Provide Physical Samples
Our team can procure and provide physical working samples for the purpose of understanding the design, appeal and functioning nature of the Engineered Shading Solution.
- Provide a Three-Part Specification
Our team can prepare, review and if necessary modify a Three-Part Specification that defines the scope of the shading and control system.
- Prepare a Working Budget
Our team can present a working budget that will represent the refined elements of the finalized project drawings and specifications.
- Planning and Coordination
Our team can provide planning and coordination with other trades that relies upon the success of the Engineered Shading Solution. This includes such trades as: façade, ceiling, drywall, painting, HVAC, lighting and electrical.
We are pleased to showcase the below list of projects and architectural firms that we have previously provided shade consultation services: