YKK AP Receives International Design Excellence
July 30, 2009
AP's ThermaShade sunshade won a 2009 International Design Excellence
Award (IDEA®) Silver award in the Commercial & Industrial
"Building components are not the type of products that typically
win design competitions," says Richard Braunstein, product
development manager for YKK AP.
"ThermaShade's strength is the way it adds to the energy efficiency
of a building and at the same time offers an architectural element
for building design."
According to a company announcement, ThermaShade is the only commercial
building sunshade system that incorporates a thermally broken anchor
to minimize energy transfer into the façade at the point
of attachment. The product is also Cradle to Cradle SM (C2C) certified.
"The rapid deployment of more energy-efficient products and
sustainable building solutions is our small part of responsibility
toward supporting a strategic energy policy for the United States,"
adds Oliver Stepe, senior vice president for YKK AP. "ThermaShade
is one example of such products and marks the beginning of our sustainable
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