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      © Bob Perzel

      Christian Brothers Automotive

      Location:

      Houston, TX, United States

      Architect/Specifier:

      Powers Brown Architecture

      Featured Products:

      RB 500 Roller Shades

      When Christian Brothers Automotive Company (CBAC) built its new corporate headquarters, they wanted to ensure employee productivity and comfort. Located in Houston, the concrete headquarters building needed features to help combat the harsh Texas summers. “The heat was obviously brutal, but so was the glare, especially on the east, west and south sides of the building,” said Steve Palmer, President of Creative Blinds, Inc., which installed the shades.

      In consultation with the CEO of CBAC, Mark Carr, Palmer and his team at Creative Blinds specified Hunter Douglas' motorized RB 500 roller shades and Mermet's specially heat-reflective fabric, T Screen with KOOLBLACK Technology™, to help block the intense sun pouring in from all sides of the CBAC headquarters.

      The design called for motorized shades on the top floor, ensuring ease of use and creating a sharp appearance from both the interior and exterior of the building. “The shades look good, and the employees really like them,” said Carr. “I would estimate it’s probably about 10 or 15 degrees cooler with the T Screen with KOOLBLACK Technology™ fabric, which allows our team to feel more comfortable and be productive.”

      CBAC has also noticed significant monetary savings, which they attribute partially to the shades: “We budgeted a substantial amount monthly for electricity costs,” said Carr. “With the help of the shading fabrics, our average monthly bills are less than half of what we initially expected for heating and air conditioning costs. We are anticipating break even costs for the shading system in about two and a half years.”

      According to Robert Beals, Product Manager at Mermet Sun Control Textiles, other customers have experienced similar effects after installing T Screen with KOOLBLACK™ Technology shade fabrics. In fact, the fabrics have been proven to reflect 65% of all solar energy, reducing heat gain, as well as blocking 91% of visible light to control glare, enhance visual comfort and increase workspace productivity.

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      •   Roller Shades
      •   RB 500 Roller Shades
      •   Roller Shades FR
      •   Exterior Roller Shades
      •   Skylight Tension Systems
      •   Sail Shades
      •   Aluminum Horizontal Blinds
      •   CD
      •   CL
      •   CE
      •   H2
      •   Sheers, Shadings and Shutters
      •   Duette® FR Honeycomb Shades
      •   Silhouette® FR Shades
      •   Vignette® FR Modern Roman Shades
      •   FR Provenance® Woven Wood Shades
      •   FR Skyline® Gliding Window Panels
      •   Palm Beach™ Shutters
      •   Wood and Alternative Wood Blinds
      •   EverWood® Blinds
      •   First Edition™ Blinds
      •   Parkland™ Blinds
      •   Vertical Blinds
      •   Vertical Blinds

      Fill out the form below to get in touch with a Hunter Douglas Architectural representative. A member of our team will contact you within 48 hours. Required Fields *
      Please submit requests for commercial applications only.

      Select products for commercial applications:

      •   Metal Ceilings
      •   Plank & Tile
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Segmented - Torsion Spring
      •   Curved - Torsion Spring
      •   Geometries - Torsion Spring
      •   Hook-On
      •   Lay-In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Snap-In
      •   Gladius™
      •   Metalinx™
      •   Linear
      •   Box Series
      •   Deep Box Series
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   84R & 84G
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Ceilings
      •   Open Cell
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   High Profile -Straight
      •   High Profile -Horizontally Curved
      •   High Profile -Vertically Curved
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   V-Baffle Fins
      •   Exterior
      •   150F - Linear Metal Soffit System
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Box Series
      •   Deep Box Series
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Exterior Plank
      •   Woodwright™ Metal Ceilings
      •   Linear
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Plank & Tile
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Curved - Torsion Spring
      •   Lay In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Gladius™ Panels
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   High Profile - Straight
      •   Exterior
      •   150F
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Series
      •   300C
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Techstyle® Customizable Ceilings
      •   Techstyle® White
      •   Techstyle® Color
      •   Techstyle® Wood
      •   Techstyle® Graphic
      •   Techstyle® Texture
      •   Wall Systems
      •   Techstyle® Wall
      •   Natura™ Wall
      •   Metal Walls
      •   Woodwright™ Walls

      To request pricing for this product, please fill out the form below. A member of the Hunter Douglas Architectural team will contact you within 48 hours. Required Fields *
      Please submit requests for commercial applications only. For residential applications, please Click here

      Select products for commercial applications:

      •   Roller Shades
      •   RB 500 Roller Shades
      •   Roller Shades FR
      •   Exterior Roller Shades
      •   Skylight Tension Systems
      •   Sail Shades
      •   Aluminum Horizontal Blinds
      •   CD
      •   CL
      •   CE
      •   H2
      •   Sheers, Shadings and Shutters
      •   Duette® FR Honeycomb Shades
      •   Silhouette® FR Shades
      •   Vignette® FR Modern Roman Shades
      •   FR Provenance® Woven Wood Shades
      •   FR Skyline® Gliding Window Panels
      •   Palm Beach™ Shutters
      •   Wood and Alternative Wood Blinds
      •   EverWood® Blinds
      •   First Edition™ Blinds
      •   Parkland™ Blinds
      •   Vertical Blinds
      •   Vertical Blinds

      To request pricing for this product, please fill out the form below. A member of the Hunter Douglas Architectural team will contact you within 48 hours. Required Fields *
      Please submit requests for commercial applications only.

      Select products for commercial applications:

      •   Metal Ceilings
      •   Plank & Tile
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Segmented - Torsion Spring
      •   Curved - Torsion Spring
      •   Geometries - Torsion Spring
      •   Hook-On
      •   Lay-In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Snap-In
      •   Gladius™
      •   Metalinx™
      •   Linear
      •   Box Series
      •   Deep Box Series
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   84R & 84G
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Ceilings
      •   Open Cell
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   High Profile -Straight
      •   High Profile -Horizontally Curved
      •   High Profile -Vertically Curved
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   V-Baffle Fins
      •   Exterior
      •   150F - Linear Metal Soffit System
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Box Series
      •   Deep Box Series
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Exterior Plank
      •   Woodwright™ Metal Ceilings
      •   Linear
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Plank & Tile
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Curved - Torsion Spring
      •   Lay In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Gladius™ Panels
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   High Profile - Straight
      •   Exterior
      •   150F
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Series
      •   300C
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Techstyle® Customizable Ceilings
      •   Techstyle® White
      •   Techstyle® Color
      •   Techstyle® Wood
      •   Techstyle® Graphic
      •   Techstyle® Texture
      •   Wall Systems
      •   Techstyle® Wall
      •   Natura™ Wall
      •   Metal Walls
      •   Woodwright™ Walls

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