Mermet USA introduces innovative solar shade fabric
May 19, 2015 - United States Of America
Mermet USA, a leader in the solar protection market, has introduced Chroma, an innovative solar shade fabric with aluminium, high reflectance backing.
Chroma reflects up to 78 per cent of solar radiation for heat management and blocks up to 98 per cent of visible light. When used with a standard insulated glass unit, the fabric can improve the combined Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) up to 29 per cent for improved building envelope performance, according to a company release.
“We are excited to introduce Chroma as a solution to the daylighting and temperature issues commonly faced in commercial, educational and residential facilities,” said Robert Beals, product manager for Mermet. “With Chroma, we challenged ourselves to deliver a solar shade fabric that could meet the current stylistic and functional demands of architects and designers globally,” he adds.
Akin to Mermet’s other fibreglass core shade fabrics, Chroma provides mechanical resistance and dimensional stability, but with a nano-layer of aluminium for solar performance and view through clarity. The nano-layer only covers the fabric’s fibres, leaving the 2x2 basket weave and textile properties visually intact.
The inherently strong fibreglass yarn enables Chroma fabric to test excellently for adhesion, weathering and breaking strength.
With all properties combined, Chroma essentially provides the reflective properties of white fabric and the visual properties of dark fabric in one, enhancing temperature control and preventing glare, while maintaining ideal view through. This makes the fabric ideal for optimising indoor environmental quality for comfort, health, productivity and sustainability.
“In addition to its ability to control light and conserve energy, Chroma is fireproof, RoHS certified, and has been tested to meet globally recognised efficiency standards including ASTM, NFPA and California US Title 19,” Mermet said on its website. (RKS)