Hunter Douglas Architectural has launched two online tools to help specifiers understand the impact of fenestration and calculate how specific fenestration materials can alter the performance of a building project. By using these accessible web-based tools, architects and designers will be able to easily assist clients seeking LEED™ certification, enhance building energy efficiency through comprehensive performance data, and provide optimal environments for occupants.
The LEED™ Calculation Tool allows users to obtain LEED™ Materials and Resources Credit Information for Recycled Content (MR 4.1) and Distance to Manufacturer (MR 5.1). System parameters include: operation, type, bracket, width, height, fabric selection, and project location. After selecting the appropriate fields and inputting project information, the tool generates a .pdf file that clearly summarizes the application of LEED™ for New Construction and Major Renovation and Commercial Interiors projects using Hunter Douglas products.
“The process of generating LEED™ certification information can be incredibly time-consuming, but it’s something that has to be done if a building is seeking LEED™,” said Jon Behrens, Senior Project Manager of Window Coverings at Fabric Wallcraft, a California-based company that focuses on acoustic design solutions, architectural installations, interior light, and solar control. “This tool was incredibly straight-forward and easy to use and it took me about 35 seconds to get the information I needed whereas before it took hours.”
The Shading Performance Guide is a three-step tool designed for comparative estimates of key performance indicators of fabrics. The tool helps architects and designers implement the ABCs of shading fabric: application, the building, and color and composition. After entering the project’s location, building orientation, and glazing system, the fenestration tool compares two shading fabrics on glare reduction, view preservation, and energy reduction based on the ANSI/NFRC 200/201 procedure for determining Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SGHC) and Visible Light Transmission.
“When specifiers are selecting shading fabric, they may not fully consider the performance characters of the fabric versus the needs of the overall building,” said Nick Chiaro, General Manager of Architectural Window Coverings at Hunter Douglas Architectural. “This tool allows architects, designers, and others to make the right choice for their project’s specific requirements.”