Mermet USA Announces Next Generation of High-Performance Shade Fabrics for Commercial ProjectsCOWPENS, S.C.
Mermet USA announced the launch of its new spring collection of contract shading solutions: E Screen Chroma™, M Screen Chroma™ and GreenScreen® Nature™. The expansion of Mermet’s high-performance portfolio evolved from a market need for more durable metalized fabrics, as well as shade materials with minimal ingredients and additives.
E Screen Chroma and M Screen Chroma are particularly unique with their new proprietary and aluminum back-coating for improved scratch resistance and higher solar reflectance. This enhanced metalized layer also provides a hydrophobic finish to repel water and oils for better durability, providing new flexibility for installations in humid climates, unlike other metalized fabrics. Both products are available in a 3 percent openness and have a unique construction of fiberglass core yarns and metal finishing, enabling the fabrics to deliver excellent glare control, thermal comfort, and view-through. Due to their exemplary fabrication, function, and form, both E Screen Chroma and M Screen Chroma place among the top heat control fabrics on the market today.
E Screen Chroma has the same room side basketweave appearance of traditional E Screen™, yet it achieves a higher solar reflectance rating of up to 82 percent with a 63 percent improvement on solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). This high-performance option of the E Screen line can be used in conjunction with Mermet’s traditional E Screen for a seamless design, maximum energy efficiency and cost savings.
M Screen Chroma maintains its popular rib-weave construction from standard M Screen™, but with a higher solar reflectance rating of up to 86 percent with a 68 percent improvement on SHGC. This high-performance option of the M Screen line can also be used in conjunction with traditional M Screen™ for a seamless design, maximum energy efficiency and cost savings.
“We are excited to introduce both Chroma™ fabrics as durable solutions to the daylighting and temperature issues commonly faced in commercial facilities,” said Robert Beals, Commercial Business Manager for Mermet. “With Chroma, we challenged ourselves to deliver solar shade fabrics that could meet the current performance and functional demands of architects and designers globally.”
GreenScreen Nature is unique with its lightweight construction of 100 percent natural fiberglass material that provides industry-leading achievement in flame resistance, smoke emissions, and dimensional stability. Featuring a mock-leno weave in a five percent openness and neutral, mineral-toned palette, the fabric is PVC-free, halogen-free and comprised of minimal ingredients. GreenScreen Nature reflects up to 61 percent of all solar energy, blocking unwanted heat, visible light, and UV radiation. GreenScreen Nature creates a total solar solution that not only increases the energy-efficiency of a building, but decreases overall resource demands on the planet.
“Over the past few years, product transparency and sustainable design have become increasingly popular. Architects and designers are often looking for products that have a limited number of material ingredients to satisfy sustainable building solutions,” observes Ali Fisher, Product Manager for Mermet USA. “GreenScreen Nature helps the architecture and design community achieve those goals while still meeting the performance criteria for window shade fabric. It is an environmentally conscious, recyclable screen fabric, making it the ideal solution for sustainable design.”
All fabrics in Mermet’s new spring collection are rated and certified GREENGUARD Gold Indoor Air Quality, RoHS Compliant (free of heavy metals), Fire Retardant (NFPA 701-10 TM#1), (California U.S. Title 19, and CAN/ULC-S109 Small & Large Scale), Fungal Resistant (ASTM G21), and Bacterial Resistant (ASTM E2180). GreenScreen Nature is also Red List compliant with an HPD available.
To learn more about E Screen Chroma, M Screen Chroma, and GreenScreen Nature, please visit Mermet at NeoCon in the Interiors and Sources Materials Pavilion, June 10 – 12, at theMart. Physical samples, along with live product demonstrations will be discussed for all new products. Mermet’s new collection, along with its other extensive range of Sun Control Textiles™, can be found at www.mermetusa.com.
Since 1951, Mermet has been dedicated to producing quality fabrics that meet and exceed our customer’s expectations. Mermet entered the solar protection market in 1976, and during the next forty years, developed the most technologically advanced products in the industry. Today, Mermet is recognized as a world leader in the solar protection market. Mermet’s extensive product range of fiberglass core fabrics, which cover a variety of applications, and provide high performance solutions that meet the growing market demand for sustainable and healthier homes and workplaces, are produced entirely in the United States.