Shade Encased within Insulated Window Eliminates Pathogens from Clinging to Shade Fabric
POSTED BY: RETROFIT MAGAZINE EDITOR JUNE 16, 2021
Controlling viruses in high rise multifamily buildings is now a top priority for architects and facility managers. A new breakthrough in window systems, Transira Prime Window Solutions, resolves several common problems faced by developers and property managers.
Transira Prime Window Solutions encases a high-performance vertical shade within an insulated window, eliminating the possibility that allergens and airborne pathogens cling to the shade’s fabric. The window system can be locally controlled and simultaneously tied into the overall building management system. This offers residents the ability to control visibility, light, and solar heat entering a room at the touch of the button.
Winco Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural aluminum windows, developed the Transira concept as a way to modernize and simplify daylighting. The Transira technology was quickly adopted by school districts for security and has further application in the luxury condominium market. For coastal properties, Transira window systems can be designed with impact resistant glazing.
The Transira Prime Window Solutions can interface with a facility’s existing Building Management System to help conserve energy and save money by reducing or allowing heat transfer depending on the current cooling or heating load of the building.
Building the shade into the window not only protects it from contamination but also from inadvertent damage from daily use. Shades, blinds, draperies and window coverings are one of the largest single maintenance expenditures for facility managers. By putting the shade within the window, it is protected from handling and while being controlled seamlessly with a wall keypad or BMS integration — convenient, efficient and cost-effective.
Transira Prime Window Solutions can reduce energy bills because both the insulated window, glass coatings and interior shades all contribute to reducing costs. Security is also improved because the shades can be quickly raised in case of a fire or lowered in case of an intruder. The windows are also engineered to prevent sound entering the building, adding to patient comfort.
A final benefit of having the shades built into the window is that the installation of Transira Prime Window Solutions cuts down on multiple trades, multiple vendors, project complexity and extended timelines. Only one vendor is needed to spec, design and install Transira Prime Window Solutions.
WINCO also offers Transira Accessory Sash Window Solutions when a full window replacement is not necessary. This is a smart way to add energy and security upgrades to existing window systems. Transira Accessory Sash Window Solutions offers the convenience of built in shades that are controlled with BMS integration or local control.