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Importance of non-jamming controls for privacy solutions

It’s happened to all of us. We try to adjust our blinds, louvers or other privacy glass solution, and the mechanisms get jammed, tangled or otherwise malfunction. While an irritation in normal conditions, jamming malfunctions can be a major disruption in healthcare environments where patient monitoring and privacy have more critical implications. For example: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for doctor-patient privacy are an increasingly important consideration for healthcare facilities and designers. From a legal standpoint, greater visual privacy also helps protect healthcare workers from inadvertently breaching patient privacy regulations. Therefore, privacy solutions need to be...

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Unicel & the Net Zero Capable Solar-powered House

Unicel contributes to fabrication and design of solar-powered roof We recently announced our participation as part of TeamMTL for the 2018 Solar Decathlon China (SDC) competition in the city of Dezhou, Shandong province. SDC 2018 focuses on green residential design concepts and was formed with the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China, and the China Overseas Development Association. Incorporating a smart energy production system into the roof The house designed by TeamMTL for the 2018 competition employs both Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) and Building Integrated Photovoltaic with Thermal recovery (BIPV/T) roofs....

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Healthcare Design – Cleaner, Safer, More Accessible Window & Door Operators

Hospital facility managers and designers constantly assess the status of their facilities through the lens of cleanliness, safety and accessibility. These three elements are essential to patient healing and well-being. They also apply to the smallest things – like the operators or mechanisms that are used to open and close windows, doors and privacy solutions. Consider the constant adjustment of blinds, privacy glass, curtains, internal louvers or any other privacy solution. These operators are handled by so many people including healthcare staff, patients and their families. This makes them both a hotbed of germs and an important functional tool...

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Making Our Schools Safer

How Integrated Louvers Enhance Privacy and Security in Educational Facilities All children should grow up free from fear and violence. And fortunately, most of our children do. However, statistics from the US National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015”, show that during the 2013–14 school year a total of 1,501 firearm possession incidents were reported.  In Canada, Statistics Canada data indicates that one in five violent crimes (19 percent) involving an accused youth occurred at school during school hours or during a supervised activity. Designing for Safer Schools Design matters in schools...

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Use of louvers-between-glass can contribute up to 31 LEED certification credits

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – a third-party verification system for green buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. And it is rapidly becoming a ‘must’ for new and retrofit building. The operation of buildings and the construction of new buildings have had a negative impact on the environment for years. As a result, architects, builders and building owners alike are now turning to LEED to assist them in designing more environmentally conscious buildings and communities. Notably, LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, on average...

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