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The design of a vast manufacturing facility built five years ago has proved so successful that Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation chose to repeat the formula for their latest project

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Controlling heat and light in a large office is not only about maintaining a comfortable working environment – it's also about energy efficiency. To reduce glare and optimise the air conditioning in the new Fisher & Paykel Healthcare building, the designers specified Mermet E-screen 7505 blinds in white, from Window Treatments NZ Ltd.

Managing Director Graeme Rose says the PVC woven fabric blinds have a fibreglass core designed to block 89-94% of damaging UV rays.

"Mermet sunscreen blinds provide solar protection that helps prevent carpet and furniture fading," Rose says. "They can also help reduce energy consumption by up to 33% when fitted internally."

But although the blinds reduce glare and reflect heat, they don't block the view.

"Even with the blinds pulled down, it is still possible to see through the fabric, which means the outlook is not compromised," says Rose.


Window Treatments NZ Ltd specialises in a wide variety of window coverings, but Rose says the Mermet range of intelligent fabrics is proving highly sought after for both commercial and domestic installations.

"The benefits are well recognised and it is fast becoming our largest selling blind," he says.

Mermet sunscreen fabrics are available in eight colourways, and are suitable for roller, Roman and vertical blinds and panel glides.

For the Fisher & Paykel Healthcare project, Window Treatments NZ Ltd also supplied and installed 25mm Venetian blinds in the colour U6 Metal.

Other options available include cedar shutters and blinds, and vertical, pleated and motorised blinds.

Window Treatments NZ Ltd has branches nationwide. For more information, contact Window Treatments NZ Ltd, PO Box 6260, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, freephone 0800 363 639, fax (03) 343 0277. Email:, or visit the .

First published date: 20 September 2006

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