Metal mesh screened for toxic materials
A flexible woven fabric manufacturer disclosed specific product
information to participate in an environmentally conscious labeling
program. Cascade Coil Drapery
Inc., Tualatin, Ore., announced it will be the first company to
apply Declare labels to woven wire-mesh fabrics. Declare is an
ingredients-labeling program for the construction industry,
according to its website, and is part of a green building
certification program, Living
Building Challenge. Declare labels include complete lists of
all components in materials.
Cascade Coil produces a variety of woven wire-mesh fabrics
including Aluminum Coil Drapery, Nickel-Plated Steel Coil Drapery,
Stainless Steel Coil Drapery, Steel Coil Drapery and Tin-Plated
Steel Coil Drapery. Five of the Cascade Coil wire-mesh fabric
compositions are free of toxic chemicals and suitable for
sustainable building, noted on the new labels as "Red List Free."
The fabrics are used for window treatments, exterior scrims, office
partitions, room dividers, ceiling treatments, indoor lighting
effects, shower curtains and fireplace screens.
Ronald A. Schoenheit, president and CEO of Cascade Coil Drapery,
says the metal-based draperies are inherently flame-retardant.
"Cascade Coil's woven wire-mesh fabric pushes sustainable design
outward into a new realm of potential and sophistication,"
Within the Declare products database, Cascade Coil's woven
wire-mesh fabrics are included in Division 12 - Furnishings.
The National Fire Protection Association requires cloth fabric
window treatments used in public buildings in the U.S. to be
flame-retardant based on criteria and testing, known as the 701
test. Chemicals, including PBDE, TBBPA, HBCD, Deca-BDE, TCPP, TCEP,
Dechlorane Plus and other bromine- and chlorine-based retardants,
have been used to comply with the conditions. The Environmental
Protection Agency started phasing out the chemicals about 10 years
"The benefits of using Cascade Coil woven wire-mesh drapery
fabrics are numerous," Schoenheit says.