Controlling viruses in healthcare and public facilities is now a top priority for architects and facility managers. A breakthrough in window systems, Transira Prime Window Solutions, resolves several common problems faced by hospitals and clinics.
Transira Prime Window Solutions encases a high-performance vertical shade within an insulated window, eliminating the possibility that allergens and airborne pathogens cling to the shade’s fabric. The window system can be locally controlled and simultaneously tied into the overall building management system. This offers healthcare workers and patients the ability to control visibility, light, and solar heat entering a room at the touch of the button.
Winco Window Co. developed the Transira concept as way to modernize and simplify daylighting. The Transira technology was adopted by school districts for security and has further application in the healthcare field for cleanliness and safety.
Transira neutralizes the source of contamination while simultaneously reducing operating costs, harnessing daylighting, and streamlining and sanitizing the user interface for a room’s lighting and privacy.
The need for virus-resistant patient-care spaces is significant. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi combined, cause or contribute to almost 1 million deaths each year. That’s more than the death toll from AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined.
When not being operated locally by a patient, guest, or nurse, the Transira Prime Window Solutions can interface with a facility’s existing Building Management System to help conserve energy and save money by reducing or allowing heat transfer depending on the current cooling or heating load of the building.
Building the shade into the window not only protects it from contamination but also from inadvertent damage from daily use. Shades, blinds, draperies and window coverings are one of the largest single maintenance expenditures for facility managers. By putting the shade within the window, it is protected from handling and while being controlled with a wall keypad or BMS integration.
Bundled Benefits Can Reduce Costs
Transira Prime Window Solutions can reduce energy bills because both the insulated window, glass coatings and interior shades all contribute to reducing costs. Security is also improved because the shades can be raised in case of a fire or lowered in case of an intruder. The windows are also engineered to prevent sound entering the building, adding to patient comfort.
A final benefit of having the shades built into the window is that the installation of Transira Prime Window Solutions cuts down on multiple trades, multiple vendors, project complexity, and extended timelines. Only one vendor is needed to spec, design and install Transira Prime Window Solutions.
WINCO also offers Transira Accessory Sash Window Solutions when a full window replacement is not necessary. This is a smart way to add energy and security upgrades to existing window systems. Transira Accessory Sash Window Solutions offers the convenience of built in shades that are controlled with BMS integration or local control.