Commitment to Sustainability and Transparency Puts Cascade Coil at the Forefront of the Market
New York, NY — Cascade Coil is pleased to announce that it has become the first and only company to offer a line of Declare™-labeled woven wire-mesh fabrics and that these mesh fabrics are "Red List Free," free of toxic chemicals and suitable for sustainable building. Cascade Coil's woven wire-mesh fabrics comply with Declare's strict standards for transparency about revealing products' ingredients in building materials for builders, architects and interior designers dedicated to sustainability.
Declare, which is a product-labeling initiative as well as a publicly accessible database of products and manufacturers, is part of the Living Building Challenge™, itself a high-level performance-based standard for those working in the building and built-environment trades. Within the Declare products database, Cascade Coil's woven wire-mesh fabrics are included in Division 12 – Furnishings.
Five of the Cascade Coil wire-mesh fabric compositions are part of the Declare "Red List Free" labeling. Each label includes a complete list of all components in the material. The woven wire-mesh fabrics include all painted mesh, because the colorants are "Red List Free" metallic powder.
Cascade Coil woven wire-mesh fabrics, which are all 100% salvageable and/or reusable, include:
• Aluminum Coil Drapery
• Nickel-Plated Steel Coil Drapery
• Stainless Steel Coil Drapery
• Steel Coil Drapery
• Tin-Plated Steel Coil Drapery
Applications for Cascade Coil's woven wire-mesh fabrics are plentiful and include energy-saving window treatments and exterior scrims, office partitions, room dividers, ceiling treatments, indoor lighting effects, shower curtains and fireplace screens.
"The benefits of using Cascade Coil woven wire-mesh drapery fabrics are numerous," says Ronald A. Schoenheit, president and CEO of Cascade Coil Drapery, which is based in Tualatin, Oregon. "The fabric is sustainable and stylish, available in any number of colors and fits in with a variety of interior and exterior looks. The fabric is easy to clean and maintain, and as metal-based draperies they are inherently flame-retardant."
Window treatments are one application for the Declare-labeled wire-mesh fabric that allows interior designers to maximize sustainability. Because cloth fabric window treatments used in public buildings in the U.S. are required to be flame-retardant, manufacturers must meet the National Fire Protection Association's criteria and testing requirements, specifically what's known as the 701 test. Textiles and draperies have traditionally relied on chemicals to comply with such requirements. Until recently, Red-Listed halogenated flame retardants, which include PBDE, TBBPA, HBCD, Deca-BDE, TCPP, TCEP, Dechlorane Plus and other bromine- and chlorine-based retardants, have been the primary chemicals used on draperies, cloth and blackout fabrics and textiles. These chemicals are also used in plastics and upholstery. A decade ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to phase out the chemicals' usage. They are pervasive, however, in many existing consumer and industrial products, from airplane seats to theater curtains and costumes to electronics to children's strollers to mattresses and beyond.
For public buildings, including schools, churches and synagogues, theaters and government buildings, Cascade Coil draperies offer a chic interior look with the added benefit of being permanently fire-retardant. For embassies and buildings at risk, the signature Cascade Coil system GuardianCoil™ offers the benefit of additional building security and blast mitigation.
Cascade Coil's woven wire-mesh fabrics have been used around the world in settings as diverse as the Linus Pauling Science Center, the Hard Rock Cafe, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the W Hotel Boston, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, Häagen-Dazs stores on five continents and the Museum of Modern Art bookstore. They've even been on tour with the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.
"From my grandfather's original fencing business in the 1920s to fireplace screens to cutting-edge interior, architectural and security design, Cascade Coil's rich history is a testament to creativity in motion," says Schoenheit on the business, which is still family-owned and -operated. "Cascade Coil's woven wire-mesh fabric pushes sustainable design outward into a new realm of potential and sophistication."
Web site: www.cascadecoil.com. For more information, contact Mantra Public Relations, +1-212-645-1600.
United Scenic Artists Local 829
National Fire Prevention Association
Living Building Challenge, Declare "Red List"