Create thermal and visual comfort through our metallised textiles

Kvadrat Shade metallised textiles offer a blend of functional and design excellence, which conventional textiles cannot match. They create visual comfort by providing control over glare and access to views, and thermal comfort by providing control over heat.

Some of the metallised textiles we offer can also be specified to elevate acoustic quality. They combine Kvadrat’s expertise in design and innovation with Verosol’s over 50 years’ experience in developing performance textiles to deliver wide-ranging benefits.

Design benefits

- No colour rendering
- Colour independent solutions
- Uniformity in facades

Social benefits

- Use of natural lighting
- Healthier environment
- Thermal comfort
- Visual comfort

Environmental benefits

- Lower CO2 emissions
- 100% PVC-free products
- 100% recyclable products

Economical benefits

- Savings in cooling
- Savings in lighting
- Savings in heating
- Increased productivity
- Lower TCO 

How does it work?

Our metallised textiles are coated with a nanolayer of non-transparent aluminium. This property enables them to reflect up to 80% of solar radiation and prevent diffuse light transmission – while their weave characteristics remain intact. Consequently, they are highly effective at preventing heat and glare issues yet still provide access to views.

Metallised textiles create visual and thermal comfort, reducing the need for heating and cooling. Independently verified as an equivalent alternative to outdoor solar shading, in summer they reflect sunlight before it turns to heat. In winter, their aluminium coating acts as an insulator to limit heat loss and keep the cold out.

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Which of our textiles are metallised?

Apo

Apo is a metallised, elegantly woven textile designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Slightly transparent, it enhances acoustic conditions and provides a high degree of control over glare.

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Niesen

Niesen is a metallised textile designed by colour-master Alfredo Häberli, which has an intricate woven structure and a particularly pure, sophisticated character.

Launch December 2020

Silvretta

Silvretta is a metallised textile designed by Louise Sigvardt characterised by a sophisticated plain-woven construction and intriguing colour depth. It offers clear views of the outside and provides a high level of control over glare.

Launch December 2020

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Kvadrat Shade and Verosol

The spark that led to the inception of Kvadrat Shade in 2019 was a question: “How can we create roller blinds that express Kvadrat’s expertise in design, innovation, textiles and engineering excellence?”.

The acquisition of Verosol – the inventor of metallised textiles with over 50 years’ experience – paved the way for us to create a unique-on-the-market solution that combines functional and aesthetic excellence.

FAQs

    Kvadrat Shade metallised fabrics are crafted with a nano-layer of aluminium, so they are highly reflective. As they reflect up to 80% of the solar radiation, they prevent heat absorption. In practice, this means metallised textiles are very effective as indoor solar shading. They are independently verified as an equivalent alternative to outdoor solar shading.

  • They reduce the need for heating and cooling – and therefore, energy consumption. And the less energy used, the lower the carbon emissions.

    On our website, we have a tool where you can get a rough estimate of your potential energy savings. Furthermore, we can make detailed calculations on the heat gain (G-value) and cold/heat loss (U-value) and quantify the impact that we can make on these with our metalised textiles. This service is available on request.

  • Visual comfort is the ability to have a view out without glare. Achieving this is a delicate balance, as using a textile with too high transparency will result in too much sunlight entering the building.

    In general, an openness factor of 2-4% ensures a good view of the outside. Meanwhile, the total light transmission through the pores (the openness factor) and the yarns, should not be higher than 7%.

    In practice, light transmission through the yarns plays an important role and should be as low as possible. By applying an ultra-thin layer of non-transparent aluminium to the translucent yarns, you eliminate the diffuse light through these yarns. This enables you to have a transparent textile with a great view through, without having the glare issues due to diffuse light.

  • The sunlight that hits a building is energy. The window partly reflects it, and some energy is absorbed and passes through the window.

    The reflective layer of aluminium on metallised textiles reflects over 80% of the incoming energy before it turns into heat. Neither the screen nor the room heats up. In the summer, this creates thermal comfort and reduces the need for air-conditioning.

    In wintertime, the same layer of aluminium works as a low-emissivity coating and an insulator. In other words, it prevents heat and cold transfer through the fenestration. It improves the insulation, limits the heat loss and keeps the cold outside.

    Especially when used as part of a Kvadrat Shade automated blind solution, metallised textiles can optimise the thermal comfort in summer and winter by opening up the blinds and closing them when needed.

  • It takes a lot of energy to make pure aluminium. However, we only use a minimal amount for metallised textiles through nano-technology. When you balance the energy savings, they deliver against the energy used in their creation, the pros outweigh the cons, within the first year.

  • There are several. The key benefits include:

    Return on investment – outdoors shading is much more costly to acquire, install and maintain.

    Exterior aesthetic freedom – indoor solar shading does not affect the design of the façade.

    Windproof – indoor solar shading can be used regardless of the wind conditions.

    Extra insulation benefits – these are even greater with metallised textiles, as the aluminium is a low-emissivity coating that blocks heat and cold transfer. We can achieve 40% improvements in window insulation.

  • Unfortunately, you can't. The solution is to prevent incoming solar energy (light) being transformed into heat by absorption (short wave into longwave radiation). Aluminium reflects the incoming light through the window before it can be absorbed and turns into heat.

  • Vacuum metallising follows the same fundamental principles as a bathroom mirror fogging up: warm vapour condenses and bonds to a cooler surface.

    In our metallising chamber, we heat pure aluminium up to 1400 C in vacuum to create aluminium vapour. The vapour rises in the chamber and condenses on the fibres on one side of the fabric.