Architectural design and expertise
Experts in solar shading since 1995.
Architects have to strike a delicate balance between fulfilling their clients’ dreams and meeting specific technical requirements. Whether your project is a school, a hospital, or an eco-friendly building, we have the custom solution to suit any application.
All of our products are designed to help create exceptional working environments that allow clients to perform better. They are built to withstand the rigours of these demanding environments as well as complying with all relevant legislations. In this way, Ultrasound Blinds manufacture and install blinds, curtains and shutters for commercial, residential, education, leisure and public sectors.
For every challenge
Ultrasound Blinds have been creating innovative products that offer high added value for its customers since 1995. This constant quest for excellence means that today, we master all the technologies involved in the production of effective, high quality, flexible composite products.
Our products are the perfect balance of form and function. They protect spaces against excess heat and glare while contributing to beautiful esthetics. They maintain precise control of indoor environments with bespoke products essential to every space and fabrics in varying opacities, shades and textures.
Solar protection fabrics play a major role in every space by directly influencing energy consumption related to the use of air conditioning and heating in the building.
In summer, solar protection fabrics promote energy savings by limiting the use of air conditioning and in winter, they promote energy savings from heating. Solar protection fabrics have an insulating effect on glass and help to reduce heat loss at night while combating the cooling effect of glass during the day. By using interior blinds to control luminosity, energy consumption is optimised as the zero-cost effect of the sun is partly retained. Conversely, light colours are more efficient indoors. They absorb less heat (lower As) and reflect it more (Rs) than dark colours.
An exceptional lifespan
Thermal performance, energy savings, light management and workplace comfort are major challenges for buildings in the service sector today. Indoor blinds play an essential role, guaranteeing optimal visual comfort.
Thermal and optical values, as defined in the European standard EN 14501 (Blinds and Shutters, Thermal and Visual Comfort, Performance Characteristics and Classification), are used to measure the performance of a fabric’s solar protection properties. The standard is based on a number of criteria and establishes various comfort classifications:
- for thermal comfort: the solar factor
- for visual comfort: control of opacity, privacy at night, vision to the exterior, glare control, use of natural light, colour rendering.
Quality fabrics offer effective protection against dazzle and preserve the privacy of building occupants without blocking the outside view. They offer excellent mechanical resistance (breaking and tear) can be placed under tension without going out of shape to create contours and volumes.
Our fabrics offer excellent dimensional stability thanks to the raw materials, and do not go out of shape when exposed to heat. Our quality textiles means colour fastness to light, exposure to sunlight, and therefore UV, means our fabrics remain colour-fast over time.
BREEAM & LEED
Green buildings aren’t simply about saving energy and using recycled materials; creating a pleasant and attractive environment is just as important as minimizing negative environmental impacts.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment – Environmental Assessment Method) is the most widely used method for assessing buildings’ environmental performance.
Solar protection fabrics help to obtain credits in different categories:
- Reduction of the building’s energy consumption (MAN 05)
- Visual comfort (HEA 01)
- Interior air quality (HEA 02)
- Thermal comfort (HEA 03)
- Acoustic performance (HEA 05)
- Reduction in CO2 emissions (ENE 1)
- Innovation (IN1)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a US building standard.
A building can be placed in one of four categories: certified (≥ 40 pts), silver (≥50 pts), gold (≥60 pts) and platinum (≥ 80 pts). It applies to commercial, industrial, institutional and multiple-occupancy residential buildings.
Solar protection fabrics help to obtain credits in different categories:
- Ecological site design
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Quality of the interior environment (low emissions, natural ventilation, thermal comfort, natural lighting and acoustic comfort)
Climate change conscious
Ultrasound Blinds doesn’t just take into account the fact that energy can be saved through shading. We also want to do our part by producing eco-friendly products based on recycled and recyclable materials.
The impact of buildings’ heating and air conditioning systems on both the environment and climate is considerable: they represent some 40% of carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases. By controlling the effect the sun exerts on buildings, our fabrics have a dual effect:
- On energy consumption by reducing the use of heating and air conditioning;
- On comfort and well-being; light and temperature control in winter/summer & aesthetics…
They are suitable for the bioclimatic facades of low-energy buildings (BBC) and contribute to obtaining credits in eco-efficient and eco-design building programmes (BREEAM, LEED).
The Greenguard certification gives manufacturers a competitive advantage by serving as a health-based differentiator. Fabrics that are Greenguard certified for low chemical emissions can contribute to healthier indoor environments and are scientifically-proven to meet the world’s most rigorous third party chemical emissions standards.
The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology (OEKO-TEX®) is a union of 16 independent textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan. Member institutes are responsible for the joint development of test methods and limit values that form the basis of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 criteria.
Our fabrics are treated with or infused with a variety of active ingredients to keep microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses from flourishing within its fibres. This is especially important in spaces such as healthcare facilities, dental offices and clinics that are frequently contaminated with germs and require ongoing protection.
Fabrics can be affected by bacteria, temperatures in well-insulated properties are consistently warm and the humidity tends to be high.
Antimicrobial is a general term for chemicals and treatments that kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Our fabrics provide effective and proven protection, having been tested by accredited labs against S. Aureus and K. Pneumoniae. Our fabrics achieved the rating of “strong antibacterial activity” according to the ISO 20743 standard and can therefore be used in health, hygiene and medical applications. The antibacterial action of our products is based on the inhibition of bacterial growth, keeping your space free of bacteria.
Following the architectural trend of wider glass expanses in buildings, Ultrasound Blinds has invested in new fabrics, wider looms – making us one the only manufacturers in the world capable of producing roller screens 3.5m wide. Wider blinds, no seams, less cutting loss, any requirements, to perfectly fit your project.
Thanks to the wide selection of openness factors and colours, it is possible to optimise how much natural light is let in using Ultrasound Blinds fabrics and therefore to limit the use of artificial lighting. In practice, artificial lighting accounts for the largest share of energy consumption in shops and offices.
Accordingly, depending on the direction of the building’s facades and its use of space, light must be filtered to a greater or lesser extent to avoid the phenomenon of glare. The denser and darker the fabric, or if it has a metallic side, the more effectively glare is controlled. Conversely and in order to favour natural light, a light-coloured fabric should be selected alongside a fabric with a high openness factor.
Using natural light improves the building’s energy performance, enhances the well-being of its occupants and increases productivity.
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Now perceived as the future of sustainable, low carbon textiles production -RPET fabric, is a new type of ‘green’ eco-friendly fabric made using the yarn of recycled plastic bottles. Just 1 tonne of regenerated RPET yarn equals to nearly 70,000 plastic bottles.
Basket weave fabric combines visual comfort with transparency, providing very good glare control, with up to 89% of light rays filtered. iNView® 3% openness is recommended for effective privacy and sun protection whilst still allowing natural light in.
- Made from 100% recycled PET bottles
- M1 = B s3 d1Euroclass Non Flammable
- Solar Transmission approx.
- Solar Reflective
- UV Blockage approx. 88%
- Lightweight 215g/m2 and 0.60mm thickness
- Wide width 240cm
- White, Sand, Slate, Plum Slate & Black