Going Green with Window Treatments

Green Fact: The automated dimming systems supplied by Unique can save up to 70% on energy costs!

The Unique Green Division was created to offer businesses and individuals practical choices for going green with quality window treatments and lighting and shading systems. We offer proven energy reduction strategies through light control, insulation, and heat gain prevention that generates real results while improving the appearance of your property. As US Green Building Council Members with Green Advantage Certification, Unique has the training and knowhow to make your property green for the future.

In the wake of today’s climate crisis both businesses and homeowners are faced with important choices that will determine whether they contribute to or detract from the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. What most people don’t know is that it’s never been easier for both homeowners and commercial developers to go green.

When integrated correctly, window coverings and light control systems can result in increased energy and cost savings for your residential or commercial property.

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For homeowners this can mean saving up to 60% on energy costs with light control solutions such as dimming and switching systems and up to 30% on the energy consumption of your heating and cooling systems. This can be as simple as choosing the right insulating window treatments or adding programmable light sensor units into your home design.

For developers faced with the various political and financial incentives to build green, the benefits increase exponentially and can result in a lifetime of savings that will bolster your bottom line. Click here to learn more about our commercial development services that can contribute up to 24 points to yourLEED certification efforts.

Today, creating green or eco-friendly home design is more than a trend; it’s a moral and fiscal imperative. Let Unique help you implement energy efficient and sustainable solutions into your home or development property right now.

Commercial Services

Green Fact: The light sensors and “tune-to-task” light management systems that Unique uses can earn businesses up to 10 LEED points.

To meet the demand of builders looking to achieve their sustainable development goals and improve their LEED point rating, Unique developed a Green Commercial Division to help today’s leading builders and developers reduce energy costs and recoup investment capital.

Unique works directly with businesses and subcontractors to provide green solutions. Through the innovative use of window coverings, dimming and shading systems, astronomical clock scheduling, lights sensors, and “tune-to-task” light management, (among others) Unique can directly impact energy consumption. We can also provide products with low VOC ratings that are also adhesive-free.
Unique window covering and light control services provides innovative solutions for the following LEEDCategories:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Material and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Design Process

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Why Build Green?

Besides making financial sense, you might have to start implementing green technologies.

More than ever before, commercial developers are feeling the pressure to implement green initiatives into their building and development projects. With many non-profit and political agencies mandating sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems, ignoring the green revolution simply isn’t an option.

However, there are financial incentives that going green provides to commercial developers, which can show returns for the lifetime of their investments. These incentives are enticing more and more developers to get on board.

In 2008 the United States congress has created mandates for energy efficient lighting. Over a dozen states have begun bold plans to reduce heat-trapping gases, and hundreds of cities have begun reducing carbon output as outlined by the Kyoto Protocol. With the currents flowing toward more sustainable building strategies, developers and contractors will soon have no choice but to implement green solutions.

The good news for developers and contractors is that making a few green investments on their properties up front, like purchasing insulating window coverings or dimming and shading systems, can save them up to 70% on energy costs for the lifetime of their investments, which results in more cash flow and a positive bottom line.

In addition to the financial benefits of greening your development property, using green methods to improve light quality can yield tremendous results. In fact, maximizing natural sunlight can actually improve working conditions, which means fewer absences, a more productive work environment, and even improved sales. Educators are also getting on board, as improved natural light means a better learning environment.

Unique services allow businesses to:

  • Contribute up to 24 LEED points under various different credits;
  • Bolster their bottom line;
  • Use window treatments and light switching to keep the light within the building and prevent light pollution at night;
  • Reduce light levels and provide uniformity by dimming;
  • Utilize products that conserve lighting and hvac electricity usage by integrating the control of electric light and natural light;
  • Design the building with equipment to monitor and verify lighting system operation including actual energy performance reporting;
  • Increase recyclable and low adhesive materials on their project;
  • Integrate building management systems (bms) with unique systems for improved operation efficiency;
  • Include personal and local controls of electric light and natural light;
  • Incorporate controllable window treatments to facilitate utilization of daylight and provide access to views;
  • Use green advantage certified contractors (can contribute to one innovation point).

Download This PDF For an article describing the importance and energy savings of a Day-Light Control System.

Unique’s services can mean the difference between gold and platinum status. Contact us today; we can help you begin achieving your long-term sustainable development goals.

Residential Services

Green Fact: According to the US Department of Energy, properly selected and installed window coverings can save you up to 33% in heating and cooling costs!

Make Smarter Choices

Want to install the perfect window treatments while going green at the same time? Well, Unique’s Green Residential Division can accomplish both for you while enhancing your decor. Let us help you create the perfect ambiance and atmosphere with ecofriendly window treatments and energy-efficient lighting systems.

For homeowners, going green can be as simple as choosing energy efficient window treatments for better insulation or using sustainable or non-toxic products like eco-friendly drapes and blinds. In fact, choosing rapidly renewable window treatment materials, such as cotton, flax and hemp to aid in your energy efficiency goals can double your green efforts in one smart stroke.

But this is just the beginning. Integrating the choices above with automated dimmers and programmable lighting systems can dramatically reduce your energy consumption and costs. Let Unique show you how. It’s a fact that automated light control dimmers can save up to 60% more energy than standard lighting, which has two settings; all or nothing. Even if you have a manual dimmer, an automated dimming system ensures that you automatically use your reduced light settings to create a positive impact on the environment.

Save Money and Improve the Environment at the Same Time

Unique’s Green Residential Division was created to help homeowners maximize their green efforts with creative, integrated solutions. The good news is that this also leads to increased financial savings. For example, using the right treatments for maximum insulation in the winter months can save you up to 33% on energy costs. Window treatments are also very effective at reducing heat gain in the summer by filtering the UV rays that raise your cooling costs. We can also maintain your desired light flow with various green window treatment options that filter harmful UV rays without sacrificing your natural light.

Breathe Easier

Keep in mind, going green isn’t only about energy savings and sustainable window treatments, its about using low or non-toxic materials to improve your air quality and minimize allergic responses. Reducing the harmful materials in your home means a healthier environment for you and your family.

Contact us today to find out how you can make a difference while making your home both beautiful and safe.

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