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  • Let illuminated stretch ceilings change the way you think about lighting

    May 5th, 2022
    Good lighting lifts the mood in a room. It sets the tone – warm and relaxing, focused and task-oriented, atmospheric and moody, the options are endless.  LEDs have revolutionised the way we light i

    How Barrisol Recycled stretch ceilings cut carbon footprint and outperform traditional suspended ceilings

    May 5th, 2022
    Architects are looking for environmental improvements in the buildings they design and materials they specify. BREEAM, HQE and, in the US, LEED keep everyone on their toes. One way to improve the carb

    Energy saving tips for the office using blinds and curtains

    March 9th, 2022
    The rising cost of energy is affecting every UK business. More and more people are searching for energy saving tips. The FT recently quoted a hotel owner as saying “It would be ironic if we survived

    Textiles and curtains create ‘home from home’ as firms entice staff back to the office

    January 24th, 2022
    Ben Vowles, Specification Manager at Waverley, explains how curtains and fabrics are creating ‘home from home’ appeal in corporate office spaces. The past few years have seen a gradual merging of

    The 5 trends shaping the industry in 2022

    January 1st, 2022
    “Workplace envy” is one of the most unexpected outcomes of the pandemic, as firms invest in their office environments to entice employees back following long periods of working from home. As a res

    Considerations When Specifying Room Divider Curtains

    November 23rd, 2021
    Ben Vowles, Specification Manager at Waverley, explains what architects should consider when specifying room divider curtains. The past few years have seen a large increase in the demand for room div

    What is a hybrid roller blind?

    October 29th, 2021
    Waverley announced this week that it is partnering with QMotion UK to bring patented wireless hybrid roller blinds to the commercial market. But what are they? Ground-breaking hybrid technology Batter

    Blind fabrics explained: What options are available to businesses?

    October 28th, 2021
    If you’ve been given the task of choosing a blind fabric for commercial premises you’ve no doubt realised that there is a vast range to choose from. The best way to choose fabrics for blinds is no

    What is a stretch ceiling?

    October 6th, 2021
    What is a stretch ceiling? A stretch ceiling is an alternative to the traditional suspended ceiling, which is effective in many commercial and residential buildings.  It consists of a film stretched

    Understanding the performance data of solar shading fabrics for blinds

    October 4th, 2021
    When considering what is the best fabric to use for your blinds it is important to have an understanding of what the various performance data tells you about that fabric and any specific colour. This

    What are the best sustainable blind fabrics?

    September 29th, 2021
    Whether you’re managing a commercial refurbishment project or replacing blinds in a residential setting, it is important to choose high-quality, sustainable blind fabrics that are both functiona

    How to conceal electric roller blinds

    September 22nd, 2021
    While electric roller blinds represent some of the most efficient and durable window coverings on the market, they can negatively affect the style of a space if left uncovered and when developing beau

    What are the best blackout blinds for hotels? 

    September 15th, 2021
    If your project involves sourcing shading solutions for a hotel, it is important to consider what will benefit the hotel guests the most. Hotel owners and managers will naturally want to ensure their

    Green London office buildings could achieve 12.3% rental premium

    September 8th, 2021
    New research from Knight Frank and BRE, the creators of BREEAM, shows London office buildings that achieve the highest sustainability standards can achieve up to a 12.3% rent premium. As the focus on

    Tax Incentives for External Shading

    April 20th, 2021
    External solar shading systems are now more tax-efficient! From this month, expenditure on such systems qualifies for a 50% tax deduction in the first year.  This is because the cost of this equipmen

    Why is glare from the sun an issue in winter?

    March 4th, 2021
    Although winter is the darkest and coldest season, glare through an office window can be more of a nuisance than in summer. Glare problems persist all year round, but during the winter it’s particul

    How much space do electric motors on blinds need?

    March 4th, 2021
    Electric blinds are becoming increasingly popular, especially in offices and high-end residential projects. Within this post, we will cover where the electric motors for blinds are mounted so you can

    What are the best blinds for gable end windows?

    March 4th, 2021
    Gable end windows not only look stunning, they also flood the room with natural daylight at ceiling level giving any space an airy feel. It’s important that any window blind solution used is as

    How to use natural daylight to create optimum light levels in office interiors

    March 4th, 2021
    The aesthetic and health benefits of natural daylight have been well documented over the past decade by designers and researchers alike. Daylit environments are known to boost occupant productivity an

    Overheating in commercial buildings

    March 4th, 2021
    As we enjoy (or endure?!) the longest heat wave for over 40 years, this blog looks at the issue of overheating in offices, what the common factors are that contribute to this challenge and the solutio

    DRAPER blinds – the ultimate in durability for schools and colleges

    March 4th, 2021
    For the first time, this proven blind system from the USA is being fabricated in the UK by Waverley. The 25-year hardware warranty makes these blinds a ‘fit and forget’ solution which means no mor

    What is the law relating to blind cords and child safety in publicly accessible areas?

    March 4th, 2021
    When installing blinds into residential or public buildings, including schools and hospitals, the law now specifically addresses the importance of child safety. BS EN 13120 legislates that any new bli

    The New Domestic Reverse Charge VAT

    February 24th, 2021
    From 1st March 2021, HMRC is introducing Domestic Reverse Charge VAT for supplies of construction services which fall within the scope of the CIS Scheme. We would like to state that Waverley

    Screening & Shading for Patio Doors

    February 1st, 2021
    Say Hello to Centor S2 and S4 Sideways Pulling Blinds from Waverley! These screens offer clean unfussy styling and are designed to fit virtually any patio door – whether folding, French or sli

    A Look at Anti-Microbial and Covid-Safe Fabrics

    November 4th, 2020
    Anti-microbial fabric is treated in a way that permanently kills and inhibits the growth of microbes and bacteria.  This helps to keep your fabric smelling fresh and reducing the risk of potentially

    Why blinds with metallised fabric are the best option for today’s offices

    September 22nd, 2020
    A roller blind in screen fabric has long been the window shading solution choice of architects and interior designers when designing office interiors. However, the increased use of large expanses of g

    Why specify automated shading?

    May 28th, 2020
    Buildings in recent times are rightly being designed with natural light in mind. Large scale glazing and curtain wall facades maximise the amount of daylight received by a space which as we know has a

    How can Blinds help achieve a Ska Rating? Part 2: Window Coverings & Treatments

    February 20th, 2020
    In Part 1 of How can Blinds help achieve a Ska Rating, we looked at the benefits to businesses and the criteria of Daylight Glare Control.  In Part 2 we look at the assessment of window coverings and

    How can Blinds help achieve a Ska Rating? Part 1: The Benefits & Daylight Control

    February 19th, 2020
    The Ska Rating is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) environmental assessment method and sustainability award body.  Launched in 2009, it helps landlords and tenants evaluate, rat

    How Wide can a Roller Blind be?

    September 4th, 2019
    The modern architectural design of commercial and residential buildings continues to feature large expanses of glass, in order to maximise daylight to the interior and provide the best connection for

    How can curtain tracks & blinds be totally concealed when not in use?

    July 12th, 2019
    Designed to Disappear – Shading when Needed  Blinds appearing only when needed and then magically disappearing when not in use?  This is not just a dream but now reality, thanks to BL’NDSPAC

    The need for blinds in swimming pools

    May 8th, 2019
    If you search online for safety in swimming pools, there are numerous guidelines and health and safety pointers that owners need to know and follow, from chlorine levels to permitted temperatures, but

    Soft Option: The Use Of Curtains & Blinds In Offices To Improve Acoustics

    February 18th, 2019
    We all know too much noise in the office can have an effect on staff productivity: creating issues with increased stress levels, discomfort and finally decreasing efficiency. All these can be side eff

    Fire retardant curtains saved lives at this private boarding school

    July 21st, 2018
    If you are having blinds or curtains installed at your school, college or workplace this summer, the following pictures are a timely reminder to make sure they are fire retardant to BS5867. Our surv

    Avoid this mistake when specifying blinds

    July 10th, 2018
    It is entirely possible that blinds are sometimes seen as a minor item along with a whole lot of other fixtures and fittings that can be taken care of by a ‘use-what-we-did-on-the-last-project’ ap

    Why blinds in modern office interiors will be inadequate without metallised screen fabric

    June 12th, 2018
    Roller blinds with screen fabric have long been the window blind of choice for architects and interior designers working on office projects. Screen fabrics are PVC coated fibreglass or polyester yarns

    Why domestic blinds should not be installed in schools

    June 11th, 2018
    The above picture says it all and we come across it often in schools – budgets are stretched so why not buy blinds at low prices from a domestic blinds e-commerce website and get the site manager to

    What is the maximum window height that a roller blind can cover?

    May 24th, 2018
    Floor to ceiling glass is increasingly common in offices and residential apartments and roller blinds that are capable of covering the entire height are favoured by specifiers, interiors designers and

    Considerations when choosing printed blinds

    April 28th, 2018
    Advances in printing mean that almost anything can be printed on – including blinds. Printed blinds are an excellent way to promote corporate messages for businesses and create inspiring environment

    A cautionary tale of going for ‘cheap’ blinds…

    March 21st, 2018
    Because of their relatively low value, blinds are typically not high on the priority list of buying decisions. The following real-life example highlights some of the consequences of putting price as t

    Why is glare from the sun an issue in winter?

    December 13th, 2017
    Although winter is the darkest and coldest season, glare through an office window can be more of a nuisance than in summer. Glare problems persist all year round, but during the winter it’s particul

    Can a white roller blind screen fabric cut out glare?

    November 21st, 2017
    In our daily visits to architects and interior designers we’re noticing that white screen fabric is a really popular choice when selecting blind fabrics. This blog explains the pros and cons of usin

    How wide can you make a roller blind?

    October 24th, 2017
    Roller blinds are the most popular type of window blind especially in schools, offices and high-end residential projects. Modern building design often includes large glazed areas to maximise natural d

    Can I totally conceal roof light blinds so they are invisible when not in use?

    October 2nd, 2017
    Roof light glazing is being used increasingly in offices as well as residential buildings in order to maximise natural daylight. As a result roof light blinds are being used more frequently as occupan

    How to use blinds & curtains to help acoustics in offices

    October 2nd, 2017
    Uncontrolled noise in commercial office interiors can have a negative impact on the productivity and health & well-being of staff. Increased stress levels, inefficiency and discomfort are all side

    Considerations when deciding the best fabric for office blinds

    August 30th, 2017
    Whether you are an architect, interior designer or facilities manager it is easy to overlook the huge impact that blinds in offices have on staff productivity and well-being. As companies invest in im

    What is Solar Gain?

    July 18th, 2017
    Solar gain (also known as solar heat gain) is the increase in temperature in a space, object or structure that results from solar radiation. The sun radiates energy in the form of short wave radiation

    How wide can you make a roller blind, without any fabric joins?

    July 7th, 2017
    However neat, fabric joins in roller blind fabrics will always be visible to the discerning eye. As glazing in offices and high-end residential apartments gets bigger in width and height, fabric joins

    What is a blackout blind?

    June 28th, 2017
    A popular choice for school or office spaces, a ‘blackout blind’ refers to a blind designed to ‘cut out the light’ and is a term used by architects and facilities managers alike. Within this p

    Important considerations when purchasing blackout blinds for schools and offices

    June 28th, 2017
    Whilst all blackout blinds look similar at first glance, there is one important feature to look for if you want to ensure your blackout blinds for schools and offices provide adequate room darkening a

    The advantages of integral gutters on canopies for projects in schools

    June 16th, 2017
    As a contractor or facilities manager, you will be aware of the plethora of choice when it comes to external canopies suitable for schools and public buildings. Whilst at first glance most look to be

    What are the operational considerations for roller blinds?

    June 12th, 2017
    Roller blinds are the most frequently specified type of window blind on commercial, education and high-end residential projects. Their simple construction with minimal moving parts and the plethora of

    Safety considerations when specifying blinds for your project

    June 9th, 2017
    BS EN 13120 legislation relating to looped blind cords in publically accessible areas came into effect in February 20014. Blinds installed in areas where children under the age of 42 months are likely

    3 steps to ensure existing blinds in publicly accessible areas comply with BS EN 13120

    June 7th, 2017
    Blinds that are operated by cords or chains which could form a hazardous loop and place a child in danger. Therefore existing blinds that installed after February 2014 into areas where children under

    What are the best type of blinds for a school?

    June 1st, 2017
    The short answer is – roller blinds are the best school blinds. This post will provide a slightly longer answer by exploring the most important considerations when choosing blinds for schools and ex

    Blinds or curtains? Window furnishing considerations for student accommodation projects.

    May 29th, 2017
    Student accommodation provides its own set of unique challenges when it comes to choosing the best window furnishing solution. Blinds or curtains need to be robust, easy to use, low maintenance at the

    Considerations to ensure visual comfort is achieved on building design

    May 9th, 2017
    Buildings that include visual comfort in the design brief ensure a high degree of health, wellbeing and productivity for its’ occupants.  A wide range of research studies shows that factors such as
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