As part of our quality control systems, we independently test every batch of fabric in a UKAS accredited laboratory to check its colour fastness to light at grade 6 (double the required level for window blinds). We test the IFR (Inherently Fire Retardant) performance of every batch of ISX-FR fabric to make sure every sail blind meets safety performance requirements. We can also provide test certificates linked to the specific tests carried out on the fabric in your sails.
Additional internal quality control includes:
All of the material and inspection records are logged against the unique ID tag etched into the sail to ensure your sail's history is fully traceable during the life of the product.
When sustainability is a key objective of the project, ISX can be an especially useful option for architects, designers or building managers.
Every space is unique in size, sun issues and design requirements. These are factors we consider when creating a shade solution and seeking to optimise energy efficiency using ISX fabric.
Energy efficiency: Adding ISX to the energy efficiency efforts of a building or complex is a viable means towards meeting targets. ISX reflects up to 72% of the sun’s heat, cutting the heat gain to buildings, and significantly reducing cooling costs. In winter the fabric reflects up to 72% of the energy from underfloor heating or other radiant heat sources to reduce heating costs. In addition 20% diffused natural light transmission removes any need for artificial lighting during most days – improving light quality and further reducing energy consumption.
Adaptation: Many of our sail solutions are adaptable – allowing sails to be re-positioned, or the degree of coverage increased or reduced as requirements change, e.g., following a change of use for the space.
Recycling: ISX fabric is fully recyclable. At the end of life, if there are limited options for reuse then disposal options include recycling, which is straight forward given its single yarn composition.
Our fabric comes in a range of colours to suit any décor. The selected colour affects the performance of the sail and changes the mood of the light within the space. We understand how each hue behaves under different light intensities, so we can work with you to determine the most suitable colour for your application.
We start by considering how you want to use the space and what light levels are best for these activities. Second, we consider the variations in light throughout the day, and at different times of the year. A building’s aspect will also influence the intensity of light, and, along with décor, can affect which colours work best.
Finally, if you want or need a darker colour then we assess the solar performance requirements to see if a duplex fabric is required. Duplex fabrics maintain exceptional solar performance by having colour added only to the side you see, leaving the side facing the sun still highly reflective.
If you are looking for a colour we don’t have then we have a colour match service that can create a roll of fabric specifically for you in almost any colour imaginable.