DOW ECOLIBRIUM Bio-Based Plasticizers offer a renewable alternative to traditional petroleum based plasticizers for a more sustainable option. This unique green technology is exclusive to Phifer for the window treatment industry and can only be found in SheerWeave fabrics.
ECOLIBRIUM Benefits include:
- Lower greenhouse gas emissions as much as 40% vs. existing PVC compounds
- 98% of the plasticizer is derived from non fossil fuel based feedstock
- Lower carbon footprint
- RoHS compliant
- LEED credits for rapidly renewable content may be available
- Ability for compound to be recycled in a standard vinyl stream
- USDA certified bio-based product
SheerWeave fabrics manufactured with DOW ECOLIBRIUM maintain all of the established benefits of traditional vinyl such as durability, cleanability and fabric longevity
GREENGUARD Certification ensures products have met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Phifer was the first manufacturer in the window treatment industry to achieve GREENGUARD certification for interior shading fabrics. Certification is completely voluntary and ensures that the highest industry standards are being applied to maintain indoor air quality for the health and safety of building occupants. For more information on Phifer’s GREENGUARD certified products
Phifer SheerWeave fabrics are the only shade fabrics in the world to include Microban protection. Microban antimicrobial protection works continuously to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration.
- Microban antimicrobial protection is infused into Phifer SheerWeave sun control fabrics for lasting protection that won’t wash off or wear away for the lifetime of the shade.
- SheerWeave fabrics infused with Microban antimicrobial technology are ideal for any commercial or residential environment where microbes are a concern, including: Healthcare, Hospitality, Home, Office, Schools and Institutions.
- Most SheerWeave fabrics include Microban® antimicrobial product protection. Microban is the leading technology in antibacterial/antifungal protection. Look for the Microban logo in your fabric specifications.
SheerWeave fabrics are ideal for commercial applications and are designed to meet rigorous flame certification standards based on national and local requirements. Check the flame certification standards requirements for your project to verify compliance.
Phifer’s broad range of SheerWeave fabrics provides excellent reduction in solar heat gain for a more comfortable environment and less work for your air conditioner. Allowing diffused natural light in, SheerWeave may also reduce the need for additional interior lighting for added savings.
Phifer Incorporated’s entire line of SheerWeave fabrics is lead free, meeting and far exceeding several window covering industry testing standards for hazardous materials. SheerWeave interior sun control products comply with RoHS/Directive 2002/95/EC, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Section 101 and ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2007 for lead content. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, certain levels of exposure to lead, which can be found in everything from painted toys and furniture to soil around a home, can result in a variety of health effects. Even low levels of exposure can be harmful to children. The lead-free stamp marks another confirmation of Phifer’s commitment to remain environmentally responsible.
TrackLess Technology ®
All SheerWeave fiberglass yarn fabrics now feature Phifer’s unique TrackLess Technology. This breakthrough technology minimizes the fiberglass yarn’s inherent qualities to track when being rolled up in a shade. With TrackLess Technology, these same fabrics will track less, roll up straighter and reduce shade fabrication time.
Printing unique colors, patterns, logos and graphics on Sheerweave opens a whole new opportunity for product applications. SheerWeave fabrics are ideal for digital and screen printing methods. Your local printer can recommend the best print options based on their capabilities
NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) values for both BASIC 3%, Style 2500 and Performance+ 2500 are excellent. While, different materials may have the same NRC value, the one that absorbs more of the intelligible speech frequencies is a more effective product for controlling sound in an office environment. Human hearing is most sensitive to certain frequencies which are, understandably, the same as that of human speech. Within this range, SheerWeave BASIC 3%, Style 2500 and Performance+ 2500 have even more significant performance in absorbing sound with individual measurements ranging from .71 to .83.
- BASIC 3% – NRC .60
- Style 2500 – NRC .55
- Performance+ – NRC .55
When a more environmentally sensitive and sustainable fabric option is preferred, Phifer offers several PVC-free fabrics in multiple openness factors and blackout collections.
Melanoma International Foundation
The Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) is an organization established in 2003 to provide sound guidance and support by a Scientific Advisory Board of credentialed medical professionals and melanoma specialists. MIF provides free screenings and educational opportunities to communities nationwide. Phifer sun shading fabrics have been independently tested for their effectiveness in preventing sun damage to the skin and eyes as required by MIF standards. The MIF seal of approval is awarded to manufacturers of fabrics that demonstrate high performance in traditional shading devices such as umbrellas, awnings, sun shades, and other complimentary sun protective products including sunscreen lotion and sun protective clothing.