Integrated Design Lab Meeting Launches LouverShade

Many thanks to those of you who attended the LouverShade launch presentation at IDL last month. I know it’s a challenge to make time for an offsite meeting. Thanks also to Aaron Helmers of IDL who kicked off the meeting.

Daylight Harvesting Reduces Lighting Costs

Integrated Design Lab Meeting Launches LouverShade

The purpose for our gathering was to introduce a new concept in daylight harvesting to the architectural community. As you know, effective daylight harvesting reduces electrical costs associated with lighting. Many of you also know Iris Window Coverings. Iris has been solving difficult custom engineering problems for commercial motorized shade applications for some 30 years. In that time, they have applied most of the commercial solutions available to projects such as McCaw Hall, where 20 foot by 70 foot motorized shades adorn the opera house’s irregular wall geometry. During those years, they have observed shortcomings in the application of shading solutions. That coming forward body of knowledge is the basis for the design of LouverShade.

The Problem & The Solution

The solution LouverShade offers

The need for efficiency in commercial buildings is gaining momentum. For both new construction and building renewal, solving systemic design challenges in order to create greater energy efficiencies can be both difficult and cost prohibitive. Such is the case with daylight harvesting that includes motorized shading. The image below shows how LouverShade directs sunlight into a space through the use of reflective louvers on the upper portion of the shade while controlling glare with a second roller shade in the bottom two thirds of the window. These shading solutions can be applied for as little as $12 per square foot as opposed to competing systems at $70 per square foot and higher. At the IDL meeting, we also introduced our relationship with Philips lighting control as an integration partner with LouverShade. Savings in electrical costs can be 30% or more.

Let Us Show You More

At the IDL meeting, we asked what venues are most appropriate in order to inform a larger audience in the architectural community. The consensus was lunch-and-learns at each firm. With that knowledge, I’d like to invite you to contact us for a convenient date in your schedule. We’ll be contacting you as well in the days and weeks to come. We have a great LEED story as well. We look forward to speaking with you and telling you the rest of the LouverShade story.