Middleton, WI - June 12, 2008
Graber, a Springs Window Fashions brand, is helping the "Smart Home: Green+Wired" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago stay cool this summer with eco-friendly LightWeaves Solar Shades.
Graber donated motorized window treatments from its line of LightWeaves Solar Shades to the museum's sustainable living home, labeled as the "greenest home in Chicago." The GREENGUARD® and OEKO-TEX-certified low-VOC emission fabric Solar Shades are featured on the first floor of the 2,500 square-foot home, which is open on museum grounds through January 2009.
"Graber is proud to be part of this important educational project," said Greg Farr, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Graber. "We are committed to being the 'green' leader of our industry and are pleased to have our Solar Shades showcased alongside so many other impressive eco-friendly home products."
LightWeaves Solar Shades protect a home's furnishings by blocking from three to 14 percent of damaging UV rays and can help minimize glare on TVs and home computers. Heating and cooling bills are also lowered because reduced heat transmittance results in comfortable indoor temperatures. These Solar Shades are available in 55 color choices and a wide selection of jacquards, stripes and woven texture to complement nearly any type of home décor or interior design.
The Graber LightWeaves Solar Shades are controlled by a wireless remote from Somfy, the world's leading manufacturer of specialized motors and control systems for retractable awnings, rolling shutters, interior shades, blinds, projection screens and other home lift-up applications.
"Graber Solar Shades effectively reduce waste, save energy and improve indoor air quality," added Farr. "They are an ideal choice for anyone looking to create a more eco-friendly home environment."
Springs Window Fashions supplies leading retailers and distributors with a complete line of horizontal and vertical blinds, shades, specialty window treatments and window hardware. The company, which is based in Middleton, Wis., markets these products under the brands Graber®, Bali® and Nanik®.
The home, conceived by Michelle Kaufmann Designs and built by All American Homes, forms the exhibit "Smart Home: Green+Wired" at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL. Celebrating exciting new directions in sustainable living and spectacular, environmentally-friendly technology, Smart Home offers guests guided tours of the 2,500 square-foot home. Families can discover the latest innovations in reusable resources; smart energy consumption; sustainable gardens and green roofs; and clean, healthy-living environments in a contemporary setting.