Product Detail

Vertilux – Polyester Range: Zing Translucent and Zing Room Darkening

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Overview

 

Range of low VOC sunscreen fabrics, suitable for interior residential and commercial roller blind, panel glide and roman blind system applications.

 

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Options

  • Zing Room Darkening - Blockout polyester/acrylic fabric with jacquard weave
  • Zing Translucent – Polyester fabric with jacquard weave

Colours

  • Zing Room Darkening - 10 colors
  • Zing Translucent – 10 colors

Warranty

7 years

Expected Life

10 years +

Indicative Costs

Please contact manufacturer via 'Product Enquiry' Tab

Purchase Options

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Constituents

  • Zing Room Darkening - Polyester (~100%b/w), and Acrylic based UV inhibitor and soil release coatings (less than ~1%b/w)
  • Zing Translucent – Polyester (~100%b/w)

 

Technical Specifications

Zing Room Darkening product specs

Zing Translucent Darkening product specs

 

National & International Standards

  • AS1530.2 + AS1530.3
  • AS/NZS 3837/1998 (Heat and Smoke Release Rates)
  • ASTM D5116
  • AS2001.4.21 (Colour fastness to light) Rating 6-7 for Zing Room Darkening and Zing Translucent

Country of Origin

Australia

Projects

Refer Vertilux website 

Preparation

Please contact manufacturer via contact us

 

ECOSPECIFIER LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND POLICY ISSUES

Polyester fabrics can enhance indoor environments by providing views to outdoor spaces and natural light. However, it can also generate significant nuisance glare and temperature transfer into (and from) internal spaces.  This result in reduced occupant comfort levels and increased pressure placed on air conditioning systems.

Internal shading devices enable occupants of offices and homes to reduce glare by controlling direct sunlight on internal surfaces, thereby reducing the eyestrain and discomfort that result from glare. The key factor in reducing glare is reducing the contrast level. Sunscreen fabrics that have a visual light transmission (VLT or TV) of less than 10% are considered to be effective in this regard, as recognised by the Green Building Council's Green Star™ Office Design and Office Interiors tools.

Internal shading also controls heat entering and exiting building spaces, minimising cooling and heating loads placed on mechanical air conditioning systems. This reduction of heat transfer may enable a natural ventilation period or the integration of mixed mode air conditioning, increasing the overall energy performance of a building. (Mixed mode air conditioning is natural ventilation with the addition of optional mechanical air conditioning).

A reduction in air conditioning loads may also lead to a reduction in HVAC plant sizes. Thermal insulation benefits of internal shading are affected by the fabric chosen, and the design and integration of the device into a building. A well sealed air space between the shading device and window will dramatically increase thermal insulation. (Internal shading is not as thermally efficient as properly designed external sunscreens.) Other factors which impact thermal efficiency include fabric porosity (low OF is preferable), reflectivity (a high RS percentage is preferable) and the Solar Heat Gain Co-efficient (SHGC) of the shading system, or overall SHGC of the system including the window (the 'G' factor).

The use of an automated shading system, as part of a building management system (BMS), provides optimal control of daylighting, glare, and thermal efficiency.

HUMAN HEALTH

Health

The Polyester fabrics are low toxicity with no known health issues.  The polyester components of the fabrics are not catalyzed with antimony trioxide (a common toxic chemical compound used in polyester manufacturing).

Comfort

The Polyester fabrics, when integrated into internal shading devices, can effectively increase occupant comfort levels, and hence productivity levels, by reducing radiant heat, ultraviolet rays and glare transmitted etc.

 Indoor Environment Quality

The Polyester fabrics have low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
All colours in the fabric range have a VLT (or TV) of less than 10%, indicating a fabric which is efficient at reducing glare.  A fabric with a VLT of less than 10% meets the requirements of some Green Building rating tools. See Ecospecifier Green Rate Green Building Pre-assessment section below.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Not applicable.

Safety

Not applicable.

Accessibility

Not applicable.

 ECOLOGICAL QUALITY

Terrestrial 

Emissions – The fabrics are principally derived from petroleum based polymers. Petroleum extraction and distribution can contribute to oil spills.

Physical – Petrochemical extraction can cause localized terrestrial disturbance around oil fields, via mining infrastructure and subsidence.

Aquatic

Emissions – Fabrics do not contain formaldehyde, metal based or chrome dyes. Waste water meets requirements set by a trade waste agreement with South East Water and EPA audits.

Physical – Petrochemical extraction can cause localized aquatic disturbance around oil fields via mining infrastructure and dredging of the seabed. Petroleum extraction and distribution can contribute to oil spills.

 Atmosphere

Greenhouse gas (GHG) – Polyester and polyester/acrylic fabrics have moderate embodied energy and GHG intensities in comparison to alternative sunscreen fabric materials, such as cotton (high), PVC (moderate) and wool (low). However the fabrics are highly durable with a long expected life. The fabrics aslo have thermal insulation qualities, which may offset initial GHG intensity in comparison to other materials, when integrated into an appropriate overall design strategy.

Greenhouse intensity Polyester Range (Zing Translucent and Zing Room Darkening without coating - 0.876 KgCO2e/m²*

*Calculation is based on specific data sourced from Bath University, United Kingdom.

Transport intensity – Product is manufactured in Victoria Australia.

Table below provides land transportation greenhouse intensity figures to help calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of land transportation from shipping port.

Light commercial vehicle

Rigid Truck

Articulated Truck

0.001451kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000195kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000069kgCO2e / kg.km

Transport intensity figures sourced from Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990, 1995 and 1999 and WWF International, Inland Navigations and Emissions, 2005.

Operational efficiency – The thermal efficiency of the fabrics depends significantly on whether the internal shading device the fabric is used in is installed to create a trapped air space between the glass and the shading device. Screens are most efficient when installed within a pelmet closed at the top. The screen edges are retained in the tracks or are fitted very close to the reveal, touching the sill at the bottom. A snug fit can decrease heat loss during winter by preventing the warm air from moving behind the curtain and cooling down when it contacts the cold glass (and vice versa). These thermal benefits may contribute to improved operational efficiency through reductions in energy consumption, associated greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.

Re-use Efficiency – Fabrics are reusable depending on final assembly, but are unlikely to be recycled (See Recyclability section below).

Toxics and Pollutants – The fabrics have low VOC emissions

Ozone Depletion – Not applicable.

Urban Heat Island Effects – Not applicable.

Noise – Not applicable.

Biodiversity

The Polyester fabrics generate biodiversity impacts through the atmospheric emissions generated during the extracting and manufacturing processes. These have not been quantified in terms of impacts on biological systems, except in the case of oil-spill impacts which, while rare, can have significant long-term, localized impacts.

RESOURCE DEPLETION

Resource Efficiency

Fabrics are principally based on polymers derived from petroleum, a finite and limited resource

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy

- Polyester Range (Zing Translucent and  Zing Room Darkening, without coating)- 28.67 MJ / m²*

*Calculation is based on specific data sourced from Bath University, United Kingdom.

Transport intensity - Product is manufactured in Victoria, Australia.

Embodied Water

Information not available.

Durability

The polyester based fabrics are durable with an expected life of over 10 years. The fabrics have a UV protector coating factory applied via a padded chemical treatment. The coatings stabilize the fabric against the degrading effects of the sun

Reusability

Reusability will depend on the final assembly of the fabrics into an internal shading system.

Repairability

Sponge clean for stains. More extensive damage may not be repairable.

Design for Dematerialisation

No

Design for Disassembly

Design for disassembly depends on the final assembly of the fabrics. The fabrics may be used in systems where all the components (fabric, metal blind hardware components) can be disassembled.

Recyclability

The polyester fabrics are unlikely to be recycled due to the backing materials used (viscose and acrylic).  Additionally, there are no commercial systems or facilities for recycling polyester fabrics currently in Australia. However, the fabrics can be recycled by garneting (reduction of textile waste to fibre) for use in mattress pads. The fabric manufacturer currently has a recycling program in place with an external manufacturer, but does not offer a product takeback scheme.

Maintenance

Polyester Fabrics are easy care and have a soil or Teflon release coating factory applied via a padded chemical treatment. The coatings allow easy cleaning of stains and spills on the fabric. Dust build-up should be removed by regular light cleaning with a duster, dry or damp cloth, or gently vacuum with appropriate attachment. The fabrics should not be washed or dry cleaned. The fabrics can be cleaned with a mild detergent. Cleaning agents should be tested in an inconspicuous spot before spot cleaning.

Product Takeback Scheme

No

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

No

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Audits and Environmental Reporting

No

Convictions

No

Environmental Policy

Yes

Social Enhancement Programs

No

Technology Transfer Programs

No

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Vertilux has an internal EMS Programme and committee that meets each month which is externally controlled by a 3rd Party for review of all actions and controlling of changes and implementations.

 ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHT

None

Information last verified on 19th October 2016

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

Conventional polyester window covering fabrics and alternative materials including PVC, cotton, and wool.

RELATED TOPICS

Fabric; Insulation & Acoustics; Sun Control; Windows & Window Furnishings.

sustainability criteria satisfied

Other Vital Signs

Expert Assessment

Documented manufacturer claims

Corporate Responsibility

Environmental policy

Energy Resources

Downstream reduction of energy use

Resource Depletion

Resource efficiency

Durability

Air Pollution

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Reduced smog-forming potential

Reduced GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions

Habitat & Biodiversity Conservation

Reduced waste generation

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Low/Reduced offgassing

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Promotes safety and security

Improved indoor environment