Shades and pathways to sustainability
Summary of the session
With their ability to block, mask or limit sunlight, blinds play an important role in improving the thermal efficiency of buildings. As a result, they also help reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.
In other words, if used wisely, blinds – and especially those that are digitally connected and operated through building management systems – have an important role to play in a sustainable future. However, specifiers looking for “eco-friendly” products should be careful because thermal efficiency is only part of the story.
Product evaluation should also take into account several other factors, including the manufacturing process and associated waste, raw materials, packaging, transportation, etc. And it must take into account the concept of “embedded carbon”.
It is quite a complex path and can be difficult for prescribers to follow. So how should you go about assessing the durability of blinds and what tools are available to help you do so?
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Key learning outcomes
By the end of this presentation, you should be able to:
- Explain the concept of “embedded carbon” as it applies to blinds and window coverings.
- Describe the role window covering can play in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.
- Identify some of the harmful byproducts of blind making and how they can be minimized.
- Explain the role that “smart buildings” and the Internet of Things can play in improving the efficiency of blinds.
- Identify the environmental certifications you should look for when choosing products.
AACA Competency Standards
Design: Project presentation: 1.2, 1.4, 1.5
Design: Conceptual design 3.3, 3.4, 3.7
Design: Schematic design 4.2, 4.4, 4.6
Paul Humber, Managing Director, Norfolk Blinds
Paul took a hiatus from a planned career in metals engineering in 1990 to join his father’s window furnishing business and has been in the industry ever since. Paul went into business on his own to continue his own window furniture manufacturing and now has manufacturing facilities in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and has installation teams in all states. Paul’s business is still a family business, with his son Brendan and nephew Wesley Humber in key leadership roles on the team.
Fast forward 31 years and Paul is based on the NSW Central Coast and is still active in business management, building Norfolk Blinds with the help of his experienced team to be a known influence in the manufacturing industry. window furniture. His company specializes in the supply and installation of blinds, exterior shading solutions and curtains for commercial and multi-residential buildings.
Ben Roco, Outdoor Furnishings Manager, Norfolk Blinds
With over 20 years of sales experience and technical capabilities, Ben has honed his skills by developing business relationships with a deep understanding of the window furniture market in which he operates. His proficiency in the design, specification and implementation of external shading solutions for residential and commercial developments is critical to his success. Specialties include the integration of building management and sustainable control options with a hands-on approach to project management providing exceptional implementation that its clients have come to rely on.