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As recommended in the Sunday Times!

23/10/2011

The thermal blinds received a lovely accolade today via the Sunday Times – see http://thetim.es/ThermalBlinds (firewalled) – it says;

It’s curtains for cold

“Heavy lined curtains are a tried and tested way to keep in heat, but there are more effective options. “A clever solution is thermal blinds,” says Julia Kendell, an interior designer and TV presenter (juliakendell.com). She recommends a new product by the designer Katy Duke. Her thermal blinds lock onto the frame with magnets and are made with materials used in skiwear. The panels, pictured above, are as effective as triple glazing, Duke says. Made to measure, and available in nine colours, the blinds start at £145 a sq metre, including fittings (thermalblind.co.uk).” [Sunday Times, 23rd Oct 2011] Read more…

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Recycled fabric option

22/10/2011

We are excited to be launching a new range of thermal blinds made using 100% recycled polyester fabric from a UK company.  The new recycled fabric range by Camira Fabrics is from their Second Nature range named ‘Urban Plus’, with 30 colours to choose from – download a pattern card here and see some of the colours below. If you require extra wide fabric then the Lucia range is available at 1700mm wide (download here). You can see our standard fabric range for the thermal blinds in ten colours here.

recycled fabric

recycled fabric colours – neutrals

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Somerset HB&R Show

08/10/2011

Very much looking forward to showing the blinds at the Somerset Homebuilding & Renovation Show at the Bath & West Showground (near Shepton Mallet) – it will be my third show this year following Ecobuild & Earth Week. We will have STALL 126a, ground floor, just turn right at the main entrance – do come & find us (see below). Read more…

Fabric choice & more information

19/09/2011

The standard fabric we use is a 100% polyester blackout fabric, the swatch below shows the full range – from the left they are;  Rose (pink), Red (crimson), Terracotta, Cafe (brown), [Caramel (dark beige) DICONTINUED], Spice (warm beige), Oyster (pale cream), Bamboo (creamy yellow), Receda (mid green), Blue. … more.

thermal blind colour range

Ten colours available for thermal blinds

See the gallery for a variety of blind images. Also available is our 100% UK recycled fabrics. For sash windows check out how to measure up & read about Listed Buildings – how to fit blinds in historic buildings.

Leaflets & information packs here, Magnet information here. Read more on retrofit projects, Ecobuild & the Sunday Times article.

Blind components – magnets

19/08/2011

One of the key elements to reducing heatloss using thermal blinds is to get a good edge seal between the blind and the frame when they are down. This is achieved using high-performance magnets which are sealed within the blind along the outer edges. Each ‘internal’ magnet is then paired with a self-adhesive magnet attached to the window frame, which ‘click’ tightly together when the blind is lowered. They are described by the manufacturer as “Ultra High Performance Neodymium Magnets” – the most powerful permanent magnets known. They are supplied in nickel finish but can be painted on site (we’ve used Humbrol enamels) to match your frame.

We use 10mm diameter N42 Neodymium Magnets. The NORTH pole is on the showing magnetic face and the SOUTH pole is on the face covered in adhesive. These Magnets are plated with 3 layers of protective coatings – Nickel + Copper + Nickel (Ni-Cu-Ni). More technical details are below; Read more…

Leaflet & sample packs available

28/06/2011

I’ve been asked many times for a brochure & have finally prepared a simple leaflet which you can DOWNLOAD HERE (or see the image below) – its just a single A4 sheet with some images from the Retrofit projects and a small amount of information. If you want the full (large file) technical report you can download it HERE and if you’d like fitting instructions they are available HERE. Typical fixing details can be downloaded HERE.

I’ve also made up some sample packs, so if you’d like to see fabric & component swatches or know someone who might like a pack just email me on info@thermalblind.co.uk Read more…

Thermal blinds in retrofit projects

17/05/2011

We have supplied thermal blinds for five of the Retrofit for the Future properties, a national programme of whole-house refurbishments on a wide range of typical UK homes funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

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Prince Rupert Road thermal blind fitted

The aim is to cut CO2 emissions by 80% & establish which specifications are best and most cost-effective for each type of home. A virtual meeting with Mark Elton, Associate Director and Head of Sustainability at ECD architects at the Sustainability Now conference gave us the opportunity to discuss how thermal blinds might be used where the existing windows couldn’t be replaced with high performance new windows. Read more…