Metal-Coated Fabrics Bring New Possibilities to Glass and Other Transparent Materials
SEFAR Architecture has developed a thermal modeling software system to accurately measure SEFAR Vision Fabric Interlayer for Glass. SEFAR Vision fabric interlayer is a unique combination of a performance glass product. To demonstrate its thermal heat gain reduction benefits to architects and façade consultants, SEFAR created the Thermal Reporting Systems to help design professional calculate the impact of the material when added to a Laminated or IGU glass buildup. Since building performance is a critical factor of the design process, precise thermal modeling reports demonstrate the tangible benefits of SEFAR Vision to reduce solar heat gain, glare and preserve views.
The thermal modeling software allows SEFAR Vision to:
- Complement the building design for a functional and aesthetic facade solution
- Reduce the need for exterior shading systems
- Allow for the downsizing of mechanical systems
- Manage glare and reflection
SEFAR Architecture experts can generate a thermal modeling report in 48 to 72 hours, combined with a designed glass report.
A complete thermal report is available in ASHRAE or EN Standard for every SEFAR Vision Mesh style across a range of glass thicknesses and types, and for numerous e-coatings from companies including AGC, Guardian, Pilkington, and Saint Gobain – with calculations reflecting complete double and triple insulated glass units.
Brilliant Energy Performance
Under sunlight metal is both brilliant and functional. SEFAR VISION is coated with metal to capture both benefits. Available in your choice of Aluminum, Copper, and Gold, SEFAR VISION provides a range of looks and ability to reflect solar energy away from a building. The metal you chose in combination with the specified thickness (140 or 260 microns), aperture (from 25% to 55% open area) of the fabric substrate, and glass makeup (with Low-E coatings, for example) determines the Solar Heart Gain Coefficient. SEFAR VISION-equipped glass has achieved a tested SHGC as low as .18.