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2017
2017
SEP
19

Winter is Coming

Prepare your home for the seasons ahead with our quick checklist.

Winter, Snow, Cold

As summer slowly departs the morning dew and the chill in the air arrive to take us into autumn. Some may not like the idea of the colder seasons coming in to take over but it’s a force that is inevitable. We have to be prepared and start making maintenance checks on our homes and make the appropriate adaptations in order to get through the frosty days. We have created a small autumn checklist for you to get stuck into over September and make your home safe and ready for your family.

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2017
SEP
12

Bye Bye Summer

Get your home ready for Autumn and save on your energy bills.

Autumn, Leaves, Cold, Summer

Autumn is be fast approaching bringing along its colourful yellows and reds with that chill in the air. Our days will soon get shorter and our layers of clothing will get thicker as we approach the tail end of the year. One thing that will be certain is our energy bills will see an increase as the thermostats get cranked up and gas fires put on blast.

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2017
AUG
17

Escape the Urban Heat Island

Are you paying high energy bills in the city?

Gas Bill, Bills, Energy Bills

London is a lively and crowded place and it continues to grow and flourish as people flood in to experience city living. As we are all aware that living this life can come with a price, property value is on the rise and rental prices can be very extortionate. If there are ways to reduce costs in areas then Londoners will take the opportunity to do so as we are in the day and age where we now have to be smart about the way we live and take different approaches.

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2017
JUL
06

It’s More Than A Shading Product

External shading could save you thousands all year round.

Energy Saving, Climate Change, Roof Blinds, Energy Bills, Caribbean Blinds

We’ve all noticed that the suns intensity increases year on year and although cooling the home may not be on the top of our agenda, considering our colder seasons (and typical British Summer weather, hot then cold), it is still something that is worth considering as it could save you money in the long term, no matter what the season.

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2017
MAY
24

Improve and Move

4 Home Improvement Ideas to Increase the Value of your Home

DIY, Home Improvement, Refurbish, Tiles, Ceramic Tiles

It can be a difficult task to sell a home and get the price that you are looking for; sometimes you may be better to improve instead of move. It is vital to make the right changes as some adjustments may lead to devaluing the home. We take a look at four improvement projects that will make your home more appealing.

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2017
MAY
11

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Are you returning home to a stuffy welcome?

Room, Hot, Sun, Humid, Caribbean Blinds, Windows, Glass, Sofa, Blinds, External Blinds

We are starting to see a rise in the temperature as we go deeper into spring and many of us are already spending our spare time relaxing outside or tending to the garden chores. With summer only a few weeks away, this is when we will start to feel the real heat from the sun.

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2017
APR
04

Investing In The Future

Short term solutions do not always pay off.

Decking, Wood, Composite

As people start to diversify with their habits and opt for a greener lifestyle, we are starting to witness more environmentally friendly products appearing in the consumer market. The way we live and the products that we choose all have an impact on our climate, by breaking the norm and looking beyond the box we can make a difference.

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2017
MAR
14

Introducing Twilight Pearl

The PVC free textile solar control mesh fabric

Twilight Blind Fabrics

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Twilight Pearl to our range, the innovative textile mesh fabric for external roller & roof blinds. Woven from solution dyed polyester fabrics, which are fade & UV resistant, Twilight Pearl is completely free of PVC and features a NANO technology (TEXgard) self clean effect coating to ensure the materials keep a clean visual appearance.

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2016
2016
OCT
13

Five Golden Reasons To Consider A Passivhaus Project

Future-proof your home!

External Roller Blind Passivhaus

Passivhaus is a building standard that delivers a high level of occupant comfort whilst using very little energy for heating and cooling. Built with exceptional attention to detail through rigorous design and construction, Passivhaus properties incorporate a variety of features to enhance one's lifestyle. If you're yet to see a Passivhaus property, they're set to grow on a global scale, so one could be coming to a street near you soon!

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2016
SEP
01

External Blinds Outshine All Other Shading Solutions

Our blinds offer year-round benefits

External Roof Blinds

Did you know it requires three times as much energy to cool a building by one degree centigrade than it does to heat it by the same amount? However, with a correctly positioned and specified exterior shading system, interior room temperatures can be reduced by more than ten degrees, which in turn can cut the energy consumption needed to cool down a hot room by more than 80%.

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2016
MAY
13

British Holidaymakers Are Going Green

Renewable energy hotels are big business!

External Blinds

New research published earlier this week has revealed concern for the environment is playing a big factor in Britons' hotel bookings, with one in five people saying they're more likely to stay somewhere if it uses renewable energy sources.

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2016
MAY
09

External Shading Is Key To Tackling Overheating

Cool, energy-efficient homes are hot property!

External Roller Blinds

As global temperatures reach record highs, developers of cool, energy efficient homes are in high demand. And whilst overheating may not appear to be the most pressing environmental issue in Britain with our cold Winters and temperamental Summers, with 83% of Londoners suffering from an uncomfortably home in 2015, this issue is only set to escalate.

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2016
APR
15

Take A Tour Of London's First Certified Passivhaus

Camden family home combines sustainability with style

Paving the way for Passivhaus properties, meticulous attention to detail has resulted in a comfortable, urban home for the client's young family, teaming maximum functionality with minimal energy consumption.

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2016
APR
13

Emerging Architecture Trends

We look at what's set to raise the roof in 2016!

Architecture

Due to a greater awareness regarding global health and well-being, the world of architectural design is progressing at an exceptional pace, as Catherine McKeown, president of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, explains: With the world we live in becoming ever more health conscious, it’s no surprise that healthy homes are becoming a must-have asset. The materials used in building, decorating and furnishing houses are key factors for architects seeking to create a home that’s kind to body and mind.”

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2016
MAR
28

Passivhaus Victory For Leicester University

New Passivhaus building is top of the class!

Oxford Uni Installation

James Ellimen, Operations Manager of the impressive project said: “This is a hugely significant project not only for the university and the region, but also the UK as a whole. Further to that it has been extremely exciting for us to work on such a landmark building. Delivering a Passivhaus on such a large scale is not without its challenges and we employed a number of energy efficient mechanisms to ensure that this standard was met.

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2016
MAR
03

Don't Be Dazzled By The Winter Sun

Low Winter sun prompts increase in solar shading enquiries

External Roller Blinds

Due to the sun's lower position in the sky during the Winter months, we've recently experienced lots of bright and sunny weather conditions. However, as much we appreciate these sun-filled days, the sun's increased intensity along with its lower orientation in the sky can leave us dazzled along with causing excess glare within our homes.

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2016
MAR
01

Exploring England's First Passivhaus

From a derelict barn to a desirable dwelling!

England's First Passivhaus

However, architects Seymour-Smith's design for the site eventually won the approval of the planners making it one of only twenty properties in the UK to ever to be granted planning permission in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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2016
FEB
25

Caribbean Blinds To Take Centre Stage At Ecobuild

See our seminar on Wednesday 9th of March at 10.30am

Ecobuild Map

The seminar will look at the rising issue of overheating in modern buildings and how external shading provides an effective solution to prevent overheating and is now a part and parcel of green eco build design.

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2016
FEB
23

Plummerswood Passivhaus

Take a look at this innovative eco-home featuring our external roller blinds

External Roller Blinds

Boasting stunning panoramic views, located in an area overlooking the River Tweed, this private dwelling was completed in 2011. The house was constructed in just six weeks during the harsh Winter of 2010 and has been designed to last 100+ years whilst taking into account the requirements of future generations.

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2016
FEB
19

Adapting Passivhaus Principles

Discover the power of Passivhaus in 2016

External Roller Blinds

If you're unfamiliar with the phrase Passivhaus (or Passive House) as it is otherwise known, this term refers to a building standard that is simultaneously comfortable, affordable, ecological and energy efficient

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2016
FEB
17

Sustainable Office Buildings Increase Workers' Productivity

Comfortable spaces prove key for workplace well-being

External Blinds Office

With features such as external shading systems and low-temperature heating, it's easy to see how green buildings help protect the environment whilst benefiting those that occupy them. This said, the consideration of users during the planning stages is often overlooked. 

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2016
FEB
12

The Putney Passivhaus

Step inside this impressive remodelled residence

Having demolished the previous dwelling with the goal to create a fully sustainable home from scratch, architect Trevor and his wife Steffi successfully completed their Passivhaus project in 2013. Their impressive abode is a textbook example of what can be achieved when great design is combined with an eco-conscious approach to everyday living- and the result is nothing short of stunning.

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2016
FEB
10

The Rising Popularity Of Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic Design through the ages

Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic architecture refers to the design of buildings and spaces that share a connection to nature. By taking account of cli­matic and envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, the interior of these buildings can achieve optimal ther­mal com­fort.

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2016
FEB
08

Natural Air Conditioning

Go green in 2016 with Caribbean Blinds

Natural Air Conditioning

In exactly one month's time, Caribbean Blinds will be exhibiting at Ecobuild, the UK's leading exhibition for the construction industry which places an emphasis on sustainable, innovative design. As the UK’s solar shading experts, the show offers an invaluable opportunity to see our products in action along with understanding the economic, environmental and lifestyle/productivity benefits they provide. 

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2016
JAN
27

The House With No Heating Bills

Reap the rewards of sustainable design

Along with generating their own electricity, the eco-conscious couple also have a rainwater harvesting system. This operates by diverting water from the guttering into a 5,000-litre tank so it can be used to flush their toilets. As a result, their water bills – charged through a meter – have been reduced by about 60 per cent. 

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2015
2015
DEC
14

The National Gallery Achieves 85% Energy Savings With External Roof Blinds

Solar shading is invaluable in the fight against Climate Change

External Roof Blinds

Due to an ambitious sustainability programme implemented by Arts Council England, over the last two years, England's arts and culture sector saved an impressive £2.3 million along with 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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2015
DEC
07

Passivhaus Barn Boasts Stylish External Blinds

Solar shading is the future for energy-efficient homes

Grand Designs Passivhaus

However, despite the fact the property is designed to be fully self-sufficient, architects were keen for the property to maintain the look and feel of a 'normal' home, along with ensuring the building fitted in with its rural surroundings. 

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2015
OCT
23

Improve The U-values Of Your Windows

Stay warm and toasty this winter, with lower energy bills by insulating your glazing

External Roller Blinds - Keep Warm This Winter

Following on from Friday’s article about Keeping Warm This Winter, today we thought we’d give you a further insight into effectively insulating your windows, helping to reduce the amount of heat lost from your property during the cold weather.

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2015
SEP
03

Grand Designs Live Special: A Guide To Eco-Friendly Gardening

Make your garden extra green with this useful guide

Patio Awning

We’re all aware we should try our best to help protect the environment. Whether this entails recycling, washing our clothes at a lower temperature or installing energy-efficient light bulbs, lots of us strive to live an eco-friendly life where possible.

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2015
JUL
13

'Modern Homes Are Turning Into Ovens'

The importance of external solar shading highlighted in Friday's Daily Mail

External Roller Blinds Passivhaus

Emma explained how, whilst initially the house was "great because I saved on bills and never ran out of hot water" during the Summer "the flat turns into a greenhouse and there’s no way of controlling the temperature. It’s an absolute nightmare at this time of year."

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2014
2014
NOV
20

Stop Throwing Money Out Your Windows

Some simple insulation can make a big difference, improving how well your windows retain heat inside your property, saving you energy and money on your heating bills.

U-values, seen on all window manufacturers literature is a measure of the thermal transmittance of the window or any material. Standing for watts per metre squared celsius, the lower the u-value, the lower the heat loss, therefore meaning the material is a better insulator.

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2014
JUL
31

Where There Is Glazing, It Needs External Shading

Explainer video tells all

Following on from our previous blog article below ‘External v Internal’ we are pleased to announce we have produced a new animated video designed to educate anyone who is experiencing and wants to prevent overheating in their properties caused by solar gain through the typical large expanses of glazing incorporated in modern extensions, renovations and new builds. This explainer video, in under 2 minutes demonstrates how the suns energy works and why external blinds are so effective at preventing unwanted solar heat gain, outperforming any interior shading devices, window film etc.

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2014
JUL
29

External 'v' Internal

New heat transmission comparison charts

At Caribbean we don’t just say our products will keep you cool, we are proud of the fact that we are the only UK manufacturer to have invested in actually having all our materials tested to strict European standards for their heat transmission in combination with all common glazing types (single, double, double low-e….), so the overall heat element of the suns energy that gets through both the fabric and glazing into the property.

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2014
JUL
09

Overheating In Buildings Is A BIG Issue

Committee on Climate Change warns heatwaves are a threat

The CCC estimate that around a fifth of all existing homes are already at risk of overheating even during a cool summer and forthcoming research from Cambridge University concludes that 90% of hospital wards already overheat.

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2013
2013
SEP
13

Recently Completed: AHMM London Offices

Caribbean put award winning Architectural Practice of the Year in the Shade

35no. of our Antiguan external roller blinds with zip locking side guides have recently been installed as part of the extensive refurbishment and upgrade package to Morelands office building, located in Londons design district, Clerkenwell and part of Derwent London's prestigious property portfolio.

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