Healthy Building Solutions

Sustainable Building Products and Materials

Activate a Healthy Building Experience with Mecho

Mecho’s solar shading systems facilitate and promote health and wellness strategies for building occupants while addressing long-term sustainability and near-term COVID-19 considerations. Mecho’s greatest environmental building impacts are associated with daylight harvesting and material health, creating sustainable building materials to positively support people and the planet.

In reference with Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Foundations, IWBI, and Fitwel, Mecho outlines the most impactful methods of promoting Healthy Building Solutions utilizing automated shading systems and optimized sustainable building materials.

Automated Shade Solutions
Sustainable Building Material Solutions
Work, Learn, Heal + Stay with Mecho
Healthy Building Resources

Automated Shade Solutions

Automated shading systems are an active component of the building façade and are responsible for connecting occupants with the outdoor environment. Research supports that when people have access to daylight and outdoor views in an indoor setting, occupants experience positive outcomes.

With improved daylighting, building occupants are more productive in an office environment, achieve improved learning outcomes in a school, and experience quicker recovery rates in a hospital. In addition, occupancy and daylight sensors can automate shade movements, optimize the efficiency of complementary building systems, and provide touchless shade solutions for high traffic spaces.

Products

Solar Trac 4.0

State-of-the-art, scalable automated shade system for any project size

SunDialer

Offers floor or small-building level shade automation between multiple rooms

SolarLinc

Automation system scaled for a smaller number of zones, like single rooms or lobbies

 

Healthy Building Strategies with Automated Shades

Daylight

Automated shade solutions are designed to maximize daylight for occupants without the risk of glare by automatically raising and lowering shades to support occupant privacy and building insulation.

Views

A key benefit of solar shading systems is the ability to preserve views and a connection to the outdoor environment even when the shades are fully deployed.

Energy Efficiency

Mecho’s solar shading material and automated shade systems directly contribute to a reduction in energy consumption by optimizing HVAC and automated lighting.

Comfort

Thermal and visual comfort are priorities for every space. Automated window shades not only maximizes daylight and views but protect occupants from unwanted heat and glare throughout the day, prioritizing occupancy comfort.

Touchless

Automated shade systems reduce touchpoints that are associated with manual shading. Scalable automated solutions ensure that you can prioritize touchless technologies in high-traffic and shared spaces in any setting. This is a critical strategy to ensure people feel safe as they return to buildings shared by other occupants.

Sustainable Building Material Solutions

As people continue to stay indoors for longer periods of time, the health and wellness of building materials elevate in importance. Human and environmental health remains a top priority in Mecho’s design process, as well as the ability to clean and disinfect materials without compromising quality.

From high-performing shade systems that contribute to LEED-certified projects to Cradle to Cradle certified products, Mecho’s sustainable solutions optimize building performance. Rigorous acoustic, material health, antimicrobial, and air quality tests ensure that Mecho offers environmentally sustainable building materials.

Shade Cloth

Environmental Commitment

Overview of Cradle to Cradle certified products + products that support LEED certification

Mecho Shade Cloth

View complete solar collections including blackout and sustainable shade cloths

Shade Cloth Selector

Tool to find collections that meet your project specifications

Shade Cloth Cleaning + Disinfecting Guidelines

Cleaning tips and overview of antimicrobial products available

Healthy Building Strategies with Sustainable Materials

Material Health

Mecho’s material health achievements include Cradle to Cradle Certified EcoVeil Shade Cloth, HHI compliant EcoVeil Sheer, and Cradle to Cradle Certified hardware systems. All certifications can be found on our Shadecloth Selector and Mindful Materials.

Material Circularity

Mecho’s circularity initiatives include designing all systems for longevity, disassembly, and circularity. Mecho is currently piloting the Cradle to Cradle v4 Pilot Standard demonstrating its leadership in this field.

Acoustics

Mecho’s products reduce noise from both our quiet motors and our sound absorbing shade cloths. The impacts of noise range from hindered healing in a healthcare setting to causing distractions in commercial offices. Our product pages outline the acoustical performance for each shade cloth.

Air Quality

All shade cloths and hardware systems have earned Greenguard Gold or Clean Air Gold. These certifications comply with CDPH v1.2 to help identify products and materials that improve indoor air quality with low VOC emissions.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

All shade cloths are designed for cleanability, using soap and water, and disinfecting, with hydrogen peroxide. Third-party testing ensures that product quality and durability will not be compromised even in the most rigorous conditions.

Work, Learn, Heal, and Stay with Mecho

All commercial shade projects can apply these healthy building tactics to help achieve a healthy and safe space for people to work, learn, heal, and stay.  Learn more about how our solar shade systems can support healthy building projects below.

Work

As we return to the office setting, employees need to feel safe in their new environment.

  • Touchless automated shading solutions in shared spaces reduce touchpoints and maximize daylight + views for optimal productivity

  • Shade cloths that can be rigorously cleaned and disinfected support infection control

Office Solutions

Learn

From nursery school to higher-education, classroom spaces need to be optimized for mental health and productive learning.

  • When classrooms maximize daylight availability and views with products like automated or motorized shades, there is a proven reduction in student stress and increased test-scores.

  • Children are one of the most vulnerable populations and it is critical to reduce their exposure to hazardous chemicals. Cradle to Cradle certified shade cloths and systems help schools remain a safe and healthy environment.

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS

Heal

Solar shade solutions are a critical part of ensuring a healing environment for patients and a productive work environment for staff.

  • Acoustics is one of the biggest barriers for healing in a healthcare environment. The WHO declares 30-40 dB as ideal for patient rooms. Ultra-quiet solar shades ensure that as the motors raise and lower, it will not cause disruption to patient care.

  • Increased access to daylight and views is associated with faster recovery rates and reduced pain management. Daylight is the medicine, automated hospital-grade window shades provide the dose.

Healthcare Solutions

Stay

Hospitality will return for both leisure and business. When it does, people will want to stay in spaces that feel clean and healthy.

  • Incorporating materials that are cleanable is imperative for the future of hospitality. Mecho’s shade cloths are designed for cleanability and disinfecting.

  • Indoor Air Quality has long been important in hospitality spaces and has an impact on human cognition and productivity. All Mecho products are Greenguard Gold or Clean Air Gold certified.

HOSPITALITY SOLUTIONS

Learn more about how Mecho Healthy Building Solutions can work for you


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